Eighth Army trains for full spectrum operations
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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea, Nov. 9, 2011 -- Eighth Army is participating in exercise Warpath III from Oct. 31 to Nov. 11 to hone its ability to command combat operations from its mobile headquarters.

The command post exercise enables Eighth Army and 2nd Infantry Division to train for full-spectrum combat operations.

Eighth Army and 2nd Infantry Division are the only U.S. Army combat formations that continually train for real world missions within enemy artillery range.

The command post exercise involves the Republic of Korea, or ROK, Army and U.S. Army units around the Korean Peninsula, as well as U.S. Army units at Fort Lee, Va., and Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

Warpath III is the third round of the computer-simulation exercise. Warpath II took place in October and Warpath I occurred in August.

"Working together the 2nd Infantry Division and our ROK allies gives us the opportunity to train like we'd fight," said Lt. Col. Howard Hall, executive officer for the Eighth Army Training and Exercises Branch.

According to Hall, the ROK-U.S. Alliance conducts defensive tactical, operational and strategic level exercises to maintain a high state of combat readiness.

"Together with our other major exercises, Warpath III ensures that we stay ready to fight tonight," said Hall, from Fort Mitchell, Ala.

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