Eighth U.S. Army, ROK Army hold Alliance Conference
June 14, 2009
- The 2009 ROK-U.S. Alliance Conference was held June 11.
- U.S. and ROK Army leaders discussed future initiatives.
- The conference is held annually.
U.S. ARMY GARRISON YONGSAN, Korea - Lt. Gen. Joseph F. Fil, Jr., 8th Army Commanding General, and other 8th Army staff officers met June 11 with Republic of Korea Army Chief of Staff Gen. Lim Choung-bin and their ROK Army officer counterparts in an alliance conference held at the Octagon, the ROK version of the Pentagon, near Daejeon, Korea.
The 2009 ROK-U.S. Alliance Conference, as the meeting is formally known, is an annual event held between the two staffs to discuss future initiatives and to allow them to interact and get to know each other better for continued coordination and planning efforts.
"These meetings are especially important in ensuring that we are communicating and interacting...in a consistent and meaningful way so that we are both prepared to fight and win here in Korea...," Fil said during the conference.
During the conference, 8th Army participants were given a tour of the Octagon's facilities and some of its units before engaging in working groups with their ROK counterparts that focused on communicating upcoming challenges and policy changes in their respective commands.
Some of the issues discussed included updates in current policy that allow more Soldiers to come to Korea command sponsored with their family members on longer two or three year tour rotations, transformation efforts and the impact of changes in operational control transition.
"I thought this conference went extremely well and that it was an overall productive and beneficial event for both sides," said Maj. Roy Kempf, 8th Army Future Plans Officer.