• Leaders with the 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, conduct a meeting to review their upcoming staff exercise with the Republic of Korea's 17th Infantry Division in Bucheon, South Korea, Sept. 25, 2013. The staff exercise was the first of its kind by having a U.S. brigade report directly to an ROK army infantry division.

    2-2 SBCT participates in historic joint exercise

    Leaders with the 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, conduct a meeting to review their upcoming staff exercise with the Republic of Korea's 17th Infantry Division in Bucheon, South Korea, Sept. 25, 2013. The staff exercise was the...

  • Col. Louis Zeisman, commander of the 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, discusses an upcoming staff exercise in Bucheon, South Korea, with his Korean counterpart in the Republic of Korea's 17th Infantry Division, Sept. 25, 2013. The staff exercise will be the first of its kind by having a U.S. brigade report directly to an ROK army infantry division.

    2-2 SBCT participates in historic joint exercise

    Col. Louis Zeisman, commander of the 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, discusses an upcoming staff exercise in Bucheon, South Korea, with his Korean counterpart in the Republic of Korea's 17th Infantry Division, Sept. 25, 2013...

  • Capt. Eric McDermott, the deputy operations officer with 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, discusses an upcoming staff exercise in Bucheon, South Korea, with his Korean counterpart in the Republic of Korea's 17th Infantry Division, Sept. 25, 2013. The staff exercise will be the first of its kind by having a U.S. brigade report directly to an ROK army infantry division.

    2-2 SBCT participates in historic joint exercise

    Capt. Eric McDermott, the deputy operations officer with 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, discusses an upcoming staff exercise in Bucheon, South Korea, with his Korean counterpart in the Republic of Korea's 17th Infantry...

  • Maj. Jon Storozuk, fires and effects coordinator with 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, discusses an upcoming staff exercise in Bucheon, South Korea, with his Korean counterpart in the Republic of Korea's 17th Infantry Division, Sept. 25, 2013. The staff exercise will be the first of its kind by having a U.S. brigade report directly to an ROK army infantry division.

    2-2 SBCT participates in historic joint exercise

    Maj. Jon Storozuk, fires and effects coordinator with 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, discusses an upcoming staff exercise in Bucheon, South Korea, with his Korean counterpart in the Republic of Korea's 17th Infantry Division...

  • Col. Louis Zeisman, commander of the 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, reviews his plan for an upcoming staff exercise with Maj. Gen. Song Yujin, commander of the Republic of Korea's 17th Infantry Division, in Bucheon, South Korea, Sept. 25, 2013. The staff exercise will be the first of its kind by having a U.S. brigade report directly to an ROK army infantry division.

    2-2 SBCT participates in historic joint exercise

    Col. Louis Zeisman, commander of the 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, reviews his plan for an upcoming staff exercise with Maj. Gen. Song Yujin, commander of the Republic of Korea's 17th Infantry Division, in Bucheon, South...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Rafael Sierra, the medical noncommissioned officer in charge with the 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, begins planning with his Republic of Korea counterparts in the 17th Infantry Division for a staff exercise in Bucheon, South Korea, Sept. 25, 2013. The staff exercise will be the first of its kind by having a U.S. brigade report directly to an ROK army infantry division.

    2-2 SBCT participates in historic joint exercise

    Sgt. 1st Class Rafael Sierra, the medical noncommissioned officer in charge with the 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, begins planning with his Republic of Korea counterparts in the 17th Infantry Division for a staff exercise in...

  • Col. Louis Zeisman, commander of the 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, discusses with his Republic of Korea counterparts in the 17th Infantry Division his vision for success as they come together to prepare for a staff exercise in Bucheon, South Korea, Sept. 25, 2013. The staff exercise was the first of its kind by having a U.S. brigade report directly to a ROK army infantry division with 2-2 SBCT falling under an ROK army infantry division.

    2-2 SBCT participates in historic joint exercise

    Col. Louis Zeisman, commander of the 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, discusses with his Republic of Korea counterparts in the 17th Infantry Division his vision for success as they come together to prepare for a staff exercise in...

  • Soldiers with the 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, monitor their workstation to prepare for a staff exercise with the Republic of Korea's 17th Infantry Division in Bucheon, South Korea, Sept. 25, 2013. The staff exercise was the first of its kind by having a U.S. brigade report directly to an ROK army infantry division.

    2-2 SBCT participates in joint exercise

    Soldiers with the 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, monitor their workstation to prepare for a staff exercise with the Republic of Korea's 17th Infantry Division in Bucheon, South Korea, Sept. 25, 2013. The staff exercise was the...

  • Spc. Rodney Poole, an intelligence analyst with the 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, monitors his workstation to prepare for a staff exercise in Bucheon, South Korea, with the Republic of Korea's 17th Infantry, Sept. 25, 2013. The staff exercise was the first of its kind by having a U.S. brigade report directly to an ROK army infantry division.

    2-2 SBCT participates in historic joint exercise

    Spc. Rodney Poole, an intelligence analyst with the 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, monitors his workstation to prepare for a staff exercise in Bucheon, South Korea, with the Republic of Korea's 17th Infantry, Sept. 25, 2013...

  • The command team of 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division watches a rehearsal of concept with their South Korean counterparts for an upcoming staff exercise with the Republic of Korea's 17th Infantry Division in Bucheon, South Korea, Sept. 25, 2013. The staff exercise will be the first of its kind by having a U.S. brigade report directly to an ROK army infantry division.

    2-2 SBCT participates in historic joint exercise

    The command team of 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division watches a rehearsal of concept with their South Korean counterparts for an upcoming staff exercise with the Republic of Korea's 17th Infantry Division in Bucheon, South Korea...

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (Oct. 10, 2013) -- For every Soldier on patrol, there is a staff of Soldiers providing mission-essential support by maintaining communication and ensuring critical battlefield information is disseminated.

The brigade staff of the 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, took part in a ground-breaking staff training exercise with the Republic of Korea's 17th Infantry Division during a Korean Warfighter Exercise in Bucheon, South Korea, Sept. 25 to Oct. 1.

The exercise was the first time a U.S. Army brigade had operational command of two Republic of Korea, or ROK, infantry battalions, while working under the leadership of an ROK army infantry division.

A division headquarters is responsible for providing purpose and direction through a unified vision, intent, and operational guidance to its subordinate units, so ensuring proper communication was maintained between U.S. and ROK forces was crucial to the success of the exercise.

The exercise provided a unique opportunity for the 2-2 SBCT Soldiers to test their ability to come together with an allied force to build and implement a plan for combat operations.

"Training with the ROK is crucial as we continue to focus our effort toward the Pacific Rim," said Col. Louis Zeisman, 2-2 SBCT commander and a native of Fayetteville, N.C. "We have been partners with the Republic of Korea for over 60 years and this alliance has been crucial in bringing security and safety to the region."

The Lancers are assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., which plays a crucial role in the U.S. shift to the Pacific as the largest military installation on America's Western Seaboard.

"We worked closely beside our ROK counterparts to make sure that any differences due to language and terminology didn't keep us from issuing and receiving orders in a timely manner," said Capt. Walton Gouldin, a Warsaw, Va., native and the daytime battle captain for 2-2 SBCT during the exercise.

As the daytime battle captain, Gouldin was responsible for planning, coordinating, supervising, and maintaining communication flow throughout the command post to ensure the successful accomplishment of all assigned missions.

"Our ROK counterparts did a very good job of making sure we fully understood the intent of what they wanted from us, and we [made] sure the same took place for the battalions that were subordinate to us," added Gouldin.

The Lancer Soldiers who participated in the exercise built systems to provide accurate and correct information so they could ensure missions and deadlines given to them by the 17th Infantry Division were successfully carried to completion, and on time.

"The biggest thing was timeliness," said Gouldin. "We would make sure we would touch base with our counterparts at least an hour before something was due just to make sure that we knew exactly what they wanted, and it also allowed for a little refinement. If they needed something in a certain form or fashion, then that is what we did."

The historic exercise tested the staff and better prepared them to operate effectively in an array of scenarios.

"I know my Soldiers were able to take away lessons learned from their ROK counterparts that allow them to think outside the box. [They] will be better mentally equipped to face challenges in the future," said Zeisman.

As the exercise came to an end, Zeisman was confident of his Soldiers' capabilities.

"I am so proud of my Soldiers and everything they accomplished," he said. "The training allowed us to continue to develop and grow adaptive leaders, and proves once again the Soldiers of [2-2 SBCT] are ready to go to war and win no matter what the circumstances."

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