Water supply
1 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Private 1st Class Andrew Skalecki, from Kansasville, Wi., and Spc. Jose Rodriquez of San Juan, Puerto Rico - both water treatment specialists with the 339th Quartermaster Co. - resupply the water for over 500 U.S. and Canadian soldiers stay... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Water is life
2 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Private 1st Class Andrew Skalecki, from Kansasville, Wi., and Spc. Jose Rodriquez of San Juan, Puerto Rico - both water treatment specialists with the 339th Quartermaster Co. - resupply the water for over 500 U.S. and Canadian soldiers stay... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Water treatment specialists
3 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Private 1st Class Andrew Skalecki, from Kansasville, Wi., and Spc. Jose Rodriquez of San Juan, Puerto Rico - both water treatment specialists with the 339th Quartermaster Co. - resupply the water for over 500 U.S. and Canadian soldiers stay... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Directing an LHS
4 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Private 1st Class Andrew Skalecki, a water treatment specialist with the 339th Quartermaster Co., from Kansasville, Wi., directs Spc. Jose Rodriquez of San Juan, Puerto Rico as he backs an LHS vehicle carrying 2,000 gallons of water to resu... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Korean and U.S. soldiers working together
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Learning Korean at Yongin
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Field conditions in Korea
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Korean and American officers working together
8 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Lt. Col. Troy Ellis (right), the deputy of civil military operations for I Corps, and Korean Army Lt. Col. Seunghoon Lee, Third Republic of Korea Army liaison officer, work together at Yongin, South Korea during a two-week training exercise... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
American and South Korean flags at Yongin
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MKT in Korea
10 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Pvt. 1st Class Dorian White, a culinary specialist from Albany, Ga. with the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment based at Suwon Air Base, South Korea, jokes with one of her counterparts as she prepares to make coffee in a mob... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Tent City
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Just another day in Oz
12 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The rain subsides long enough for a rainbow to arch over a tent city constructed by I Corps and Korean Army soldiers for U.S. and Canadian army personnel conducting a two-week training mission at Yongin, South Korea, Aug. 27, 2016. (U.S. Army photo ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Respect from South Korea
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TROKA honor guard
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Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza salutes
15 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, commander of I Corps, salutes as an honor guard from the Third Republic of Korea Army plays the national anthem during a ceremony at TROKA headquarters at Yongin, South Korea, Aug. 26, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by St... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Lt. Gen. Lanza meets Gen. Ki-Hak Eom
16 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – South Korean Army General Ki-Hak Eom, commander of the Third Republic of Korea Army, greets U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza (far left), I Corps commanding general, at TROKA headquarters in Yongin, South Korea, Aug. 25, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by S... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Hooah! At ease!
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Ki-Hak Eom greets Gen. Omer Lavoie
18 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – South Korean Army General Ki-Hak Eom, commander of the Third Republic of Korea Army, greets Canadian 1st Division Commander Maj. Gen. Omer Lavoie - as U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza (second from left), I Corps commanding general, looks on - at T... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
I Corps logistics in Yongin
19 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army 1st Lt. Kelly Chapman, a logistics officer with I Corps who hails from Annapolis, Md., goes over redeployment plans with two Canadian soldiers during a two-week training exercise at Yongin, South Korea, Aug. 27, 2016. She and her fellow sol... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
usa image
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Boots on the Ground in Yongin
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Phoenix Satellite Terminal at Yongin
22 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A U.S. Army Humvee carrying a Phoenix satellite terminal belonging to the 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion perches under a cloudy night sky in support of I Corps during a two-week training exercise in Yongin, South Korea, Aug. 31, 2016. (U.S. Arm... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Night Shift
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Undefeatable Alliance
24 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Leaders with I Corps, the Canadian Army's 1st Division, and the Third Republic of Korea Army, including Lt. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, I Corps commander, and General Ki-Hak Eom, commander of TROKA, gesture in solidarity during a two-week training mission... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Gift from general to general
25 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, I Corps commanding general, presents South Korean Army General Ki-Hak Eom, commander of the Third Republic of Korea Army, with a gift basket in thanks for Eom's support during a two-week training event at Yongin, ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

YONGIN, SOUTH KOREA -- More than 300 I Corps soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord made the long trip across the Pacific to join their Korean and Canadian partners for Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2016, an annual training event designed to enhance the combat readiness of Republic of Korea and U.S. supporting forces.

In all, some 30,000 U.S. service members will participate in the event as the exercise will be conducted at Combined Forces Command and Republic of Korea military installations throughout the ROK and is tied to the ROK government's national defense exercise Ulchi.

UFG is a routine, defense-oriented exercise developed around realistic scenarios designed to defend the ROK, protect the region, and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula. It aims to improve participating units' readiness in order to maintain stability of the Korean Peninsula. The focus of the exercise is on strategic, operational, and tactical aspects of military operations in the Korean Joint Operations Area (K-JOA). The scope of the exercise extends beyond the Korean Peninsula and takes a whole-of-government approach.

UFG is carried out in the spirit of the ROK/U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty signed between the U.S. and ROK on October 1, 1953. The exercise highlights the longstanding and enduring partnership and friendship between the two nations and their combined commitment to the defense of the ROK and ensuring peace and security in the region.

Nine United Nations Sending States are scheduled to participate: Australia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, Italy, Philippines, United Kingdom and New Zealand. In addition, the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission observers will monitor the exercise to ensure it is in compliance with the Armistice Agreement for the Restoration of the South Korean State (1953).

In July 1976, in anticipation of the establishment of a combined forces command, the annual ROK government mobilization exercise Ulchi was combined with U.S. and allied forces. Exercise Ulchi-Focus Lens (UFL) was institutionalized to enhance ROK-U.S. interoperability by training commanders and staffs from both nations in wartime planning, command and control operations, intelligence, logistics, and personnel procedures required for the successful defense of the ROK. The name of the exercise was changed to Ulchi Freedom Guardian in 2008.