Allies confront 'terror strike' at K-16
April 22, 2010
Undeterred by cold, rainy weather throughout the week, American and Korean Warriors assigned to K-16 Air Base demonstrated their ability to confront and defeat terror threats during an exercise conducted March 29 to April 1.
All K-16 units participated in the force-protection exercise, including a battalion of Soldiers with 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, the 15th Composite Wing of the Republic of Korea Army from Seoul Air Base, a team from the 718th Explosive Ordinance Disposal Company and civilian personnel from the base fire department.
The exercise, designed to ensure readiness in the event of a terrorist strike, focused on communication among the various units involved in defending the base, said 2nd Lt. Laurence Hines, the intelligence officer of 2nd Assault Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd CAB. "It helps personnel know what to do, how to do it and when to do it based on the command group's overall protection plan."
The exercise also satisfies annual force protection training requirement and allows the command from U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan to evaluate overall readiness, said Hines.
During the exercise, Soldiers with 2nd CAB, along with their ROK Army counterparts, EOD and fire department personnel, simulated civil and military disturbances and designated responsibilities for the protection of assigned and visiting personnel.
Simulations ranging from a mass casualty event to a Korean national protest to a planted explosive device challenged participants during the strenuous exercise.
I think we did really well given the short preparation time, but if we had more practice it certainly couldn't hurt, said Sgt. Kevin Shoun, the assistant platoon sergeant for D Company, 2-2nd Avn., and leader of one of the participating quick reaction force teams.
The 15th Composite Wing augmented the exercise with a K-9 military working dog unit employed to search for explosive devices and two armored personnel carriers to reinforce gate guard strength.
ROK as well as American and Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army Soldiers played a vital role in the exercise.
K-16 Air Base leaders are committed to fostering a better relationship with the ROK Army, and practicing the exercise with the 15th Composite Wing helps to forge a stronger relationship, Hines said. "During the exercise I was impressed by their professionalism and efficiency."