RODRIGUEZ TRAINING RANGE, South Korea -- Gen. James D. Thurman, commander United States Forces Korea, met with soldiers from 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, "Gimlets," 25th Infantry Division, here, to observe their combined training with Republic of Korea Army units as part of the annual Foal Eagle exercise 2012, April 12.

Thurman was accompanied by Maj. Gen. Yang Gu Lee, deputy chief of staff, combined forces command Korea. The two generals were given a tour and briefed on two distinct training events by Gimlet leaders and soldiers. They visited a U.S. and Republic of Korea Army defensive training scenario executed by combined elements of B Company, 52nd Infantry Regiment and the 3rd Tank Company, 56th Battalion, 9th Regiment, of the Republic of Korea Army. He also observed team live-fire training conducted by soldiers from C Company, 21st Inf. Regt.

Following each training event visit, Thurman presented coins for excellence to soldiers who were selected by their leadership for their outstanding performance.

Squads, platoons and companies are what make the difference, Thurman said. These training events are excellent opportunities to get our soldiers and our partners on the terrain together to build confidence through combined team building events, he added.