ROK, 2nd SBCT hold bilateral training in South Korea

| March 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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A UH-60 Black Hawk with the 25th CAB conducts a dust landing during bilateral air-assault training with the 2nd SBCT and ROK’s 137th Mech. Inf. at New Mexico Range Complex, South Korea, March 14.

Sgt. Chris Hammond
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

 

NEW MEXICO RANGE COMPLEX, South Korea — Soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, partnered with the 137th Mechanized Infantry, Republic of Korea Army, to conduct small unit level bilateral training to kick off exercise Foal Eagle in South Korea, during the first half of March.

“For us, the No. 1 priority is partnership,” said Capt. Nathaniel Carter, commander, Company B, 1st Battalion, 27th Inf. Regiment, 2nd SBCT. “We are building readiness and relationships through working together and partnership as much as we can throughout Foal Eagle.”

The U.S. and ROK Soldiers conducted several small unit bilateral training events to develop individual proficiencies, including mortar training, close quarter marksmanship, air assault operations and artillery training.

“Were going over our standard tasks and drills on the 81mm mortars,” said Staff Sgt. Kevin Flanders, mortar squad leader, 1-27th Inf.

Spc. Brody Scott, 1-27th Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, explains how to properly adjust the sights when firing an 81 mm mortar. Scott was conducting bilateral training at the New Mexico Range Complex, South Korea, with the ROK’s 137th Mech. Inf.

Spc. Brody Scott, 1-27th Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, explains how to properly adjust the sights when firing an 81 mm mortar. Scott was conducting bilateral training at the New Mexico Range Complex, South Korea, with the ROK’s 137th Mech. Inf.

Flanders added that working with ROK soldiers builds combat readiness between the two nations.

To increase the flexibility of ROK-U.S. training, Soldiers of 2nd Bn., 25th Cbt. Aviation Regt., 25th CAB, added the aviation capabilities of the UH-60 Black Hawk.

“Aviation is pretty crucial, because aviation is used in everything we do in the Army,” said 2nd Lt. Lara Stack, 1-27th Inf. liaison officer, 2-25th Avn. “Our ROK counterparts don’t regularly get the chance to work with that aviation piece, so when we are able to fly, support and partner with (the U.S.) and ROK infantry in a training environment like this, it’s a great opportunity.”

From air assault operations, mortar and close quarter marksmanship training, the Soldiers of 2nd SBCT and the 25th CAB remain confident that the relationships, readiness and partnerships already established will only strengthen our countries’ ties.

Staff Sgt. Randall Stuker, squad leader (center), 1-27th Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, demonstrates how to properly clear a room for soldiers of the ROK’s 137th Mech. Exercise Foal Eagle included several other bilateral training events.

Staff Sgt. Randall Stuker, squad leader (center), 1-27th Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, demonstrates how to properly clear a room for soldiers of the ROK’s 137th Mech. Exercise Foal Eagle included several other bilateral training events.

“In case of any future humanitarian assistance missions or conflicts, in the future, they know they have a partner in the United States,” said Carter.

Following the bilateral training, 2nd SBCT and 137th Mech. are scheduled to conduct large-scale training exercises during the remainder of Foal Eagle that will culminate with a combined arms live-fire range at the end of March.

Foal Eagle

Foal Eagle is a joint military exercise between the United States and Republic of Korea with a focus on enhancing the combat readiness posture of the ROK-U.S. alliance through combined and joint training at multiple echelons.

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