• CAMP STANLEY, SOUTH KOREA - The 23rd Chemical Battalion uncased its colors and held a patch ceremony at Camp Stanley April, 2013. The Department of the Army announced the relocation of the battalion from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash, to Camp Stanley in Uijeongbu, South Korea on Oct. 25, 2012. This relocation is part of planned enhancements to the 2nd Infantry Division and U.S. forces in the Republic of Korea and brings 300 new Soldiers to Camp Stanley. The battalion will provide Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical reconnaissance, equipment decontamination and consequence management assistance to support U.S. and ROK military forces. Relocating the 23rd Chemical Battalion within 2ID is strictly defensive and designed to increase readiness to defend the ROK, protect the region, and maintain stability on Korean peninsula.  (Photo By: Pak Chin U  2ID PAO)

    Lions battalion celebrates return to ROK

    CAMP STANLEY, SOUTH KOREA - The 23rd Chemical Battalion uncased its colors and held a patch ceremony at Camp Stanley April, 2013. The Department of the Army announced the relocation of the battalion from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash, to Camp Stanley...

  • CAMP STANLEY, South Korea " Soldiers from the 23rd Chemical Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, stand at parade rest during the uncasing ceremony at Camp Stanley, South Korea, April 4, 2013. The uncasing of the colors symbolizes the unit's pride, history and readiness to take on new challenges in service to the nation.

    Lions battalion celebrates return to ROK

    CAMP STANLEY, South Korea " Soldiers from the 23rd Chemical Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, stand at parade rest during the uncasing ceremony at Camp Stanley, South Korea, April 4, 2013. The uncasing of the colors symbolizes the unit's...

  • CAMP STANLEY, South Korea " Lt. Col. Sean Crockett, commander of the 23rd Chemical Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, and Command Sgt. Maj. Luis Rivera unfurl the battalion colors during a ceremony at Camp Stanley, South Korea, April 4, 2013. The unit returns to the Republic of Korea after being transferred to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 24, 2004.

    Lions battalion celebrates return to ROK

    CAMP STANLEY, South Korea " Lt. Col. Sean Crockett, commander of the 23rd Chemical Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, and Command Sgt. Maj. Luis Rivera unfurl the battalion colors during a ceremony at Camp Stanley, South Korea, April 4, 2013...

  • CAMP STANLEY, South Korea " A Soldier accepts the new patch for 23rd Chemical Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, during a ceremony at Camp Stanley, South Korea, April 4, 2013. The battalion will provide nuclear, biological, chemical and radiological reconnaissance, equipment decontamination and consequence management assistance to support U.S. and Republic of Korea military forces.

    Lions battalion celebrates return to ROK

    CAMP STANLEY, South Korea " A Soldier accepts the new patch for 23rd Chemical Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, during a ceremony at Camp Stanley, South Korea, April 4, 2013. The battalion will provide nuclear, biological, chemical and...

  • CAMP STANLEY, SOUTH KOREA - The 23rd Chemical Battalion uncased its colors and held a patch ceremony at Camp Stanley April, 2013. The Department of the Army announced the relocation of the battalion from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash, to Camp Stanley in Uijeongbu, South Korea on Oct. 25, 2012. This relocation is part of planned enhancements to the 2nd Infantry Division and U.S. forces in the Republic of Korea and brings 300 new Soldiers to Camp Stanley. The battalion will provide Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical reconnaissance, equipment decontamination and consequence management assistance to support U.S. and ROK military forces. Relocating the 23rd Chemical Battalion within 2ID is strictly defensive and designed to increase readiness to defend the ROK, protect the region, and maintain stability on Korean peninsula.

    Lions battalion celebrates return to ROK

    CAMP STANLEY, SOUTH KOREA - The 23rd Chemical Battalion uncased its colors and held a patch ceremony at Camp Stanley April, 2013. The Department of the Army announced the relocation of the battalion from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash, to Camp Stanley...

  • CAMP STANLEY, SOUTH KOREA - The 23rd Chemical Battalion uncased its colors and held a patch ceremony at Camp Stanley April, 2013. The Department of the Army announced the relocation of the battalion from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash, to Camp Stanley in Uijeongbu, South Korea on Oct. 25, 2012. This relocation is part of planned enhancements to the 2nd Infantry Division and U.S. forces in the Republic of Korea and brings 300 new Soldiers to Camp Stanley. The battalion will provide Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical reconnaissance, equipment decontamination and consequence management assistance to support U.S. and ROK military forces. Relocating the 23rd Chemical Battalion within 2ID is strictly defensive and designed to increase readiness to defend the ROK, protect the region, and maintain stability on Korean peninsula.

    Lions battalion celebrates return to ROK

    CAMP STANLEY, SOUTH KOREA - The 23rd Chemical Battalion uncased its colors and held a patch ceremony at Camp Stanley April, 2013. The Department of the Army announced the relocation of the battalion from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash, to Camp Stanley...

  • CAMP STANLEY, SOUTH KOREA - The 23rd Chemical Battalion uncased its colors and held a patch ceremony at Camp Stanley April, 2013. The Department of the Army announced the relocation of the battalion from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash, to Camp Stanley in Uijeongbu, South Korea on Oct. 25, 2012. This relocation is part of planned enhancements to the 2nd Infantry Division and U.S. forces in the Republic of Korea and brings 300 new Soldiers to Camp Stanley. The battalion will provide Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical reconnaissance, equipment decontamination and consequence management assistance to support U.S. and ROK military forces. Relocating the 23rd Chemical Battalion within 2ID is strictly defensive and designed to increase readiness to defend the ROK, protect the region, and maintain stability on Korean peninsula.

    Lions battalion celebrates return to ROK

    CAMP STANLEY, SOUTH KOREA - The 23rd Chemical Battalion uncased its colors and held a patch ceremony at Camp Stanley April, 2013. The Department of the Army announced the relocation of the battalion from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash, to Camp Stanley...

  • STANLEY, South Korea " The Republic of Korea army's 26th Infantry Division Band provides music during a re-patching and uncasing of the colors ceremony for the 23rd Chemical Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, at Camp Stanley, South Korea, April 4, 2013. The uncasing of the colors symbolizes the unit's pride, history and readiness to take on new challenges in service to their new unit and their nation.

    Lions battalion celebrates return to ROK

    STANLEY, South Korea " The Republic of Korea army's 26th Infantry Division Band provides music during a re-patching and uncasing of the colors ceremony for the 23rd Chemical Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, at Camp Stanley, South Korea...

  • CAMP STANLEY, SOUTH KOREA - The 23rd Chemical Battalion uncased its colors and held a patch ceremony at Camp Stanley April, 2013. The Department of the Army announced the relocation of the battalion from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash, to Camp Stanley in Uijeongbu, South Korea on Oct. 25, 2012. This relocation is part of planned enhancements to the 2nd Infantry Division and U.S. forces in the Republic of Korea and brings 300 new Soldiers to Camp Stanley. The battalion will provide Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical reconnaissance, equipment decontamination and consequence management assistance to support U.S. and ROK military forces. Relocating the 23rd Chemical Battalion within 2ID is strictly defensive and designed to increase readiness to defend the ROK, protect the region, and maintain stability on Korean peninsula.

    Lions battalion celebrates return to ROK

    CAMP STANLEY, SOUTH KOREA - The 23rd Chemical Battalion uncased its colors and held a patch ceremony at Camp Stanley April, 2013. The Department of the Army announced the relocation of the battalion from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash, to Camp Stanley...

  • CAMP STANLEY, South Korea " Lt. Col. Sean Crockett, commander of the 23rd Chemical Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, and Command Sgt. Maj. Luis Rivera unfurl their battalion colors during a ceremony at Camp Stanley, South Korea, April 4, 2013. The uncasing of the colors symbolizes the unit's pride, history and readiness to take on new challenges in service their new unit and their nation.

    Lions battalion celebrates return to ROK

    CAMP STANLEY, South Korea " Lt. Col. Sean Crockett, commander of the 23rd Chemical Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, and Command Sgt. Maj. Luis Rivera unfurl their battalion colors during a ceremony at Camp Stanley, South Korea, April 4...

CAMP STANLEY, South Korea -- The sounds of the American and South Korean national anthems resonates through the air while played by the Republic of Korea army's 26th Infantry Division Band marking the beginning of a new chapter in the Lion battalion history.

After more than eight years away from the Korean peninsula, the 23rd Chemical Battalion "Lions" made its way back to Area I, calling Korea home once again. The Lions officially recognized this homecoming with a re-patch and battalion colors uncasing ceremony held on Camp Stanley April 4, 2013.

"My Soldiers, the Lions battalion, we are all excited to be back home in the 'Land of the Morning Calm,'" said Lt. Col. Sean Crockett, battalion commander. "It's something that we knew was coming for a while, so I'm glad we're back to bring our services to the table again."

With 23rd Chemical's history of enforcing the armistice, the unit joins with the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, to reclaims its vital role it once had enhancing the division's assets, increasing its ability to fight tonight and conducting full spectrum operations.

Before the Lions were inactivated in 2004, the unit maintained a motto dating back to the Korean War -- "Moong chi ja -- two joined as one." As U.S., ROK army and Korean Augmentations to the U.S. Army Soldiers stood together on the parade field, they signified the motto.

"Our main focus here is to build upon the 60-year alliance between the U.S. and the ROK Soldiers," said Sgt. Allen Tracy, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the 501st Chemical Company (Technical Escort). "We have a lot of training coming up so we plan to get to know our ROK counterparts better."

Not only did the trip back to Korea mean the unit will get to reconnect with some past acquaintances, but also for some, the trip was even more like home.

"Being of Korean descent, I think it's cool to be back over here," said Spc. Steven Hong, an Atlanta-native and a decontamination team member with the 501st Chemical Company. "I still have family over here so I get to see them more often plus the unit gets to build on past relationships. I'm looking forward to doing my job and spending sometime with my family. It doesn't really matter if we're in the States or here, the job stays the same -- it's all about saving lives and preventing threats."

The battalion colors have been unfurled and the welcome mat has been officially placed out front of the headquarters building. The Lions battalion is open for business as they incorporate Moong chi ja with fight tonight.

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