2nd Lt. Jeremy Lockhart and Staff Sgt. Kyle Kingsley, members of 368th Forward Engineer Support Team, 412th Theater Engineer Command, check the distances between buildings and the outside perimeter to determine if they meet safety and security requirements during Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2012 at Camp Carroll, South Korea.

WAEGWAN, Republic of Korea--Staff Sgt. Kyle Kingsley, assigned to 368th Forward Engineer Support Team-Main, 412th Theater Engineer Comnmand, volunteered for this year's Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise for the training experience. But as a member of this specially select group of engineers, Kingsley's contribution here has real-world connotations for service members serving in Korea.

Although FEST teams generally support base planning, design and operations, 368th engineers had one particular mission in support of UFG12...force protection.

Kingsley arrived boots on ground on August 12 and served as Quality Assurance/Quality Control manager ensuring the product the team produced was accurate and met the standards.

"My main mission was assessing the Entry Control Points (ECP) on Camp Carroll to make sure they're within standards and support the actual security parameters outlined in the UFG's various regulations, making sure that the ECPs could basically keep vehicles from getting in according to the threat."

Kingsley said, "Another one of our missions was to verify the stand off distances of the structures near the perimeter wall of the camp, basically getting a double-check on buildings encroaching on the standard distance. If they're potentially too close, then we have to make sure that the buildings are to the standard to be within that distance and still provide safety and security for the occupants."

"If the buildings don't meet standards, we make recommendations for what has to be done to make them meet code," said Kingsley. "There are different things you can do to make the building meet the code, by reinforcing it or change the actual use of the building so it will coincide with the regulations. If it's a barracks building, you can make it into something else so it will fit the distance."

"I think we're providing real-world answers to problems and leaving plans to go forward and implement or consider when or if something were to happen," said Kingsley. "I think it's paramount that the mission be done and done right."

Kingsley, a construction supervisor with a horizontal construction background, was excited about the training.

"It gives me a chance to grow, not only as a Soldier, but it also teaches me a valuable skill," said Kingsley. "I always feel like I have a lot to learn so this provides that and by going to more countries it helps to become more well rounded as an individual and I totally embrace that. I hope to do it as much as I possibly can down the road."

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