By Walter T. Ham IV, Eighth Army Public AffairsMarch 9, 2011
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - Exercise Key Resolve came to an end March 10 following two weeks of training around the Korean Peninsula.
The exercise, which started Feb. 28, was commanded by the Republic of Korea-United States Combined Forces Command.
Held in conjunction with the annual field exercise Foal Eagle, the command post exercise enables the ROK-U.S. Alliance to hone the skills needed to deter aggression against South Korea or to fight and win, if necessary.
Exercise Foal Eagle continues until the end of April.
"The ROK-U.S. Alliance is the strongest military alliance in the world, built on a foundation of more than 60 years of service and sacrifice," said Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson, 8th Army Commanding General. "And exercises like Key Resolve and Foal Eagle only make this alliance stronger."
Johnson said Key Resolve validated the readiness of the ROK-U.S. Alliance to confront and defeat any threat to South Korea.
"To maintain stability in this important part of the world, we must stay ready for any crisis or conflict," said Johnson, "and following this exercise, I know that we are."
Key Resolve and Foal Eagle are routine defensive exercises that occur around the same time every year. The next major exercise is Ulchi Freedom Guardian, held every summer.