By Walter T. Ham IV, Eighth Army Public AffairsApril 11, 2014
RODRIGUEZ LIVE FIRE COMPLEX, South Korea (April 11, 2014) -- Task Force Bayonet conducted a combined live-fire exercise at this training range near the world's most heavily guarded border April 11.
Commanded by Lt. Col. Jonathan White, Task Force Bayonet is made up of American and South Korean troops from the 25th Infantry Division and the Republic of Korea, or ROK, Army.
Demonstrating the interoperability of U.S. and South Korean forces, the exercise brought together armor, infantry and engineer units.
The 25th Infantry Division has a long and storied history in Korea. Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division led the legendary bayonet charge up Hill 180 and held the line at the Pusan Perimeter during the Korean War.
Eighth Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Bernard S. Champoux is a former 25th Infantry Division commander.
The 25th Infantry Division previously sent Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment "Gimlets," and 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment "Wolfhounds," to train in Korea, in 2012.
The Task Force Bayonet training is part of Exercise Foal Eagle, a combined and joint field training exercise taking place in South Korea from Feb. 24 - April 18. Exercise Foal Eagle occurs around the same time as Key Resolve, a computer simulation exercise. This year, Exercise Key Resolve was held from Feb. 24 - March 6.
Held in the spirit of the 1953 ROK-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty, these annual exercises are defensive in nature and designed to train alliance forces to respond to any crisis or contingency.