FORT SHAFTER, HAWAII-- Soldiers from the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command deployed to Korea for the upcoming exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian on August 12, 2013.

The Soldiers deployed to participate in UFG in order to help maintain a joint defense posture and guarantee the security of the Korean Peninsula.

"One major key task for this exercise is to enable regional security in our partnership capacity through bilateral training events just like UFG," said Sgt. 1st Class Luis A. Reyes, the 94th AAMDC battle systems manager. "The 94th AAMDC is in the business of professionalism and by being at UFG we would like to build partner capacity by exporting professionalism."

As with any exercise, UFG has many Soldiers participating that have different skill sets and various levels of training to accomplish the mission.

"This is my first UFG exercise," said Spc. Jason Puening, a 94th AAMDC G6 senior local area network manager. "I will be setting up the combined air missile defense operations center and I hope to gain a lot of knowledge on the various communications systems."

Throughout UFG, combined forces will take part in simulated conflicts that exercise their abilities to handle a variety of events and actions concerning current and future threats to the region. Several realistic scenarios will be executed during the ten-day exercise.

"UFG is a great opportunity for the 94th AAMDC to show our partners and allies in the region that we are committed to missile defense in the Pacific," said 1st Lt. Richard Eriksson, the 94th AAMDC headquarters and headquarters battery executive officer.

Ulchi Freedom Guardian is an annual training event designed to ensure readiness to defend the Republic of Korea and sustain the capabilities that strengthen the ROK-U.S. Alliance. It also is a defense-oriented exercise developed around realistic scenarios designed to defend the ROK, protect the region and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula.