By Sgt. 1st Class Clint Carroll December 19, 2016
Daegu - Leaders from 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, ROK Transportation Command, and other strategic partners participated in the Combined Movement Control Discussion at Camp Carroll on 15 Dec.
The Combined Movement Control Discussion (CMCD) brought together US and ROK sustainment and movement control specialists from across the Korean peninsula to review lessons learned from past exercises, and share best practices. Participants also discussed ways to correct areas requiring improvement, and how to set conditions for future combined exercises between the US and ROK partners.
The past exercises discussed during the CMCD included Non-Combatant Evacuation (NEO) and Reception, Staging, and Onward movement (RSO). Although these exercises were tactical in nature, they had both strategic and operational impacts. Preparing for these exercises brought together ROK and US sustainment planners to work these extremely difficult missions of RSO and NEO, not just discussing them, but executing them in real time.
The CMCD is designed to benefit the entire theater by gathering leadership from the sustainment and movement control community to get a common site picture on any issues in executing missions.
As stated by Major Tim Davis, 19th ESC support operations mobility officer, "The Combined Movement Control Discussion provides an opportunity for US and ROK movement control stakeholders from across the Korean theater of operations to review mobility issues and processes and set the conditions for improvement in future combined operations".
The CMCD allows leaders and planners from both nations to seek opportunities to improve the overall skill sets to execute missions during both exercise and real world operations. One such example is the possible implementation of a plan move a rotational force's equipment during a future RSO FTX. This plan would allow ROK and US soldiers the opportunity to train on moving an entire brigade's equipment just as they would during contingency operations.
The next Combined Movement Control Discussion will be hosted by the ROKTRANSCOM and is tentatively scheduled for May 2017.