By Chief Warrant Officer 4 Matthew Tassin, 403rd AFSBAugust 6, 2015
CAMP CASEY, Korea -- The Army Field Support Battalion-Korea welcomed the 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division (Black Jack) and the 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment (Deep Strike) to Camp Casey, Korea, July 2, as the newest Korea Rotational Forces.
The KRF are part of the Army's rotational concept to deploy trained and ready units on nine month rotations to enhance security, cooperation and build partner capacity.
During the initial stages of transition and integration, the 2/1 Black Jack deployed more than 4,200 Soldiers while the 2-20th Deep Strike deployed more than 350 Soldiers to Korea on multiple main body flights. The units deployed a combination of 342 pieces of equipment and related stocks to support their sustainment mission while operating on the peninsula.
"(It was) a truly herculean effort by the AFSBn-Korea with tremendous results and work completed by many partners such as the Eighth Army, 2-ID, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, 407th AFSB and many others," said Col. Jordan Chroman, commander, 403rd Army Field Support Brigade.
Initially, the focus was ensuring a smooth transition from the continental U.S. to the Korean Theater of Operations, which included sending a Military Transition Team and AFSBn-K engagement team to Fort Hood, Texas prior to the arrival of the KRF in Korea.
The next focus was Soldier readiness -- driver's training, testing, licensing and ammunition handler's training, issuing new Korea-specific or cold weather-specific Central Issue Facility items and the realignment of non-tactical vehicles to support the KRF.
Finally, base-level support was increased, including the number of dining facility personnel.
Dennis Williams, director, Logistics Readiness Center-Red Cloud, echoed Chroman's statements.
"Outside of a wartime environment, this is the first time in the Army's history that we have deactivated a permanently stationed Brigade within 60 days," said Williams. "A rotational brigade replaced the inactivating brigade adding to the complexity. This required a herculean effort on the part of all LRC services and divisions to meet this demand. Without flawless planning by all, this would not have been such a huge success."