• Spc. Leah Weiss, a CBRN specialist with 4th Chemical Company, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, and a Bethlehem, Pa.,-native, talks to Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the Army chief of staff, about her training experience in Korea.  Oderino visited 2nd Inf. Div. at Camp Casey, South Korea, Jan. 11, 2013, where he talked with the division Soldiers and viewed their newly accquired equipment.

    Army's top general visits the 2nd Infantry Division

    Spc. Leah Weiss, a CBRN specialist with 4th Chemical Company, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, and a Bethlehem, Pa.,-native, talks to Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the Army chief of staff, about...

  • Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the Army chief of staff, holds a press conference with U.S. and Korean media during his visit with the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Casey, South Korea, Jan. 11, 2013.

    Army's top general visits the 2nd Infantry Division

    Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the Army chief of staff, holds a press conference with U.S. and Korean media during his visit with the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Casey, South Korea, Jan. 11, 2013.

  • 1st Lt. Joshua Sumpter, the Battery B executive officer, 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery, 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, briefs Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the Army chief of staff, on the MLRS system used by his battery.  Oderino visited 2nd Inf. Div. at Camp Casey, South Korea, Jan. 11, 2013, where he talked with the division Soldiers and viewed their newly accquired equipment.

    Army's top general visits the 2nd Infantry Division

    1st Lt. Joshua Sumpter, the Battery B executive officer, 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery, 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, briefs Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the Army chief of staff, on the MLRS system used by his battery. Oderino visited...

CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea (Jan. 11, 2013) -- Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Army chief of staff, and his wife, Linda, visited 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers and their families at Camps Casey and Hovey, Jan. 11, 2013.

This two-day visit to the Korean peninsula allowed the Army's top general to strategize on President Barack Obama's policy to rebalance the U.S. focus to the Asia-Pacific region.

"The [Republic of Korea-U.S.] Alliance has been going on now for over 60 years and the strong relationship with Republic of Korea continues to be and will always be a very important relationship for us," said Odierno at a press conference. "As we shift our strategy in the Pacific, Korea clearly is an important part of that shift."

Odierno said requests for expanding U.S. military presence on the peninsula with additional Apache and infantry battalions is still being discussed in Washington, D.C.

"We discussed the requirement, potentially, for additional support here in Korea," Odierno said at a briefing at Camp Casey in South Korea. "We expect a decision on whether we will provide additional capabilities here very shortly."

In addition to visiting the division Soldiers, Odierno also met with his counterpart in the ROK Army, Gen. Cho Jung Hwan and Gen. James Thurman, commander of U.S. Forces Korea. They discussed how to further build on their military relationship through a continued commitment to multi-lateral training exercises. Odierno hopes through the continued combined exercises, the ROK Army will be able to hold command and control of future exercises and operations.

"I am very confident the Republic of Korea and their army is more than capable of taking over responsibility for their security," said Odierno. "And with them being in the lead will help us to enable them to continue to help them to establish the appropriate command and control structures for them to be able to execute the operational control in 2015."

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