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  • F-16 ends up off runway while landing at Osan

    07/17/2013 7:54:03 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 11 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | July 16, 2013 | N/A
    OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — An F-16 ended up off the runway surface while attempting to land at Osan Air Base on Tuesday. The pilot was recovered safely from the scene, while the aircraft remained off the side of the runway, said a statement from the 51st Fighter Wing. An investigation into the incident is under way. Osan was being buffeted by high winds at the time.
  • (LEAD) USFK chief cancels trip to Washington amid high tensions

    04/07/2013 8:31:03 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 7 replies
    Yonhap ^ | April 8, 2013 | Lee Chi-dong
    SEOUL/WASHINGTON, April 8 (Yonhap) -- The top U.S. military commander in South Korea has called off a trip to Washington this week, the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Monday, as the Pentagon is on full alert for North Korea's possible missile launch or other provocative acts. Army Gen. James Thurman had planned to testify at a series of congressional hearings on the operations of the 28,500 American troops in Korea, but he has decided to stay in Seoul next week, the USFK said in a statement. "Given the current situation, General Thurman will remain in Seoul next week as a...
  • USFK warns North Korea against missile launch

    12/07/2012 12:11:46 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 7 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Dec 7 2012 | By JON RABIROFF
    U.S. Forces Korea issued a warning Friday that any North Korean launch using ballistic missile technology would be considered “a provocative act.” North Korea has announced it plans to launch a satellite sometime between Monday and Dec. 22. U.S. officials believe it will really be a test of the country’s missile-launch capabilities, and thus is a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. News of the launch has prompted warnings from a variety of U.S. officials, along with South Korea and Japan. Even China, the North’s closest ally, has expressed concerns. “We are taking prudent measures to posture our forces to...
  • (LEAD) N. Korea honing capability to attack Seoul: USFK commander

    03/28/2012 5:51:00 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2012/03/29 | Lee Chi-dong
    2012/03/29 (LEAD) N. Korea honing capability to attack Seoul: USFK commander By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, March 28 (Yonhap) -- The commander of U.S. troops on the Korean Peninsula expressed concern Wednesday that North Korea's new leadership will trigger a military conflict based on a "miscalculation." Before the House Armed Services Committee, Gen. James Thurman said the North continues improving its ability to attack the South Korean capital of Seoul. "The first thing I worry about every day is a miscalculation on somebody's part that causes a conflict that he hadn't planned for," he said at a hearing on the security...
  • Caption These Photos (USFK Commander and N. Korean Soldiers)

    07/16/2011 4:38:11 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 07/15/11
    James D. Thurman, the new Commander of USFK, tours Panmunjom on Jul. 15
  • Transition to A-10C complete at Osan AB

    12/07/2010 9:52:51 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    United States Air Force News ^ | 12/7/2010 | United States Air Force News
    The last A-10A model of the Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned here departed the base Dec. 4, marking the 25th Fighter Squadron's successful transition to the A-10C model. The new model features improved precision strike capability and enhances the Air Force's ability to provide lethal and precise close-air support, said Maj. Andrew Taylor, from the 51st Operations Group. The first five A-10Cs arrived here in spring 2010, beginning the transition to the new model. The final A-10A aircraft is being transferred for modification and reassignment to the Air National Guard. "The upgrade to the C-model is unlike any other in the...
  • US, S.Korea to coordinate response to N.Korea attack

    11/28/2010 6:42:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | 11/28/2010 | Defense Talk
    The United States and South Korea have agreed to "coordinate" any response to North Korea after Pyongyang's deadly artillery attack on a South Korean island provoked global condemnation. The assault Tuesday which killed two South Korean marines was one of the most serious border incidents since the 1950-1953 war. South Korea's military went on top alert, its troops fired back with cannon and the government met in an underground war room, officials said, in response to what Seoul called an atrocity against civilians. North Korea's supreme command, however, accused South Korea of firing first and vowed "merciless military attacks with...
  • U.S. Air Force 'Ready To Strike' If Korean Tensions Escalate

    11/26/2010 10:29:30 AM PST · by Strategy · 123 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | November 26, 2010
    The U.S. Air Force is ready to respond immediately if hostilities between the two Koreas escalate, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said Wednesday. Schwarz told reporters after North Korea's attack on Yeonpyeong Island, "The bottom line is that U.S. Forces Korea cetainly is monitoring the situation carefully." He mentioned Osan and Gunsan in South Korea, Kaneda in Okinawa, Japan, and other U.S. Air Force bases in the Pacific to emphasize that the U.S. has plenty of firepower in the region. Schwarz added USFK Commander Gen. Walter Sharp "has operational control of Air Force assets that reside on...
  • US military deploys upgraded A-10 attack aircraft in S Korea

    11/17/2010 11:39:35 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies
    Brahmand.com ^ | 11/16/2010 | Brahmand.com
    The US military has deployed an upgraded A-10 Thunderbolt II ground attack aircraft to its base in South Korea. The new aircraft was deployed at the US air base in Osan near the South Korean capital Seoul late last month, the Korean news agency Yonhap reported Tuesday quoting a statement from the US Forces Korea (USFK). With this deployment, the 25th Fighter Squadron of the USFK has received its last batch of A-10C aircraft with “improved precision strike capability”, the statement said. The A-10 Thunderbolt is a twin-engine combat aircraft used to provide close-air support to ground forces and employs...
  • The Chinese Plan To Crush American Power In Korea

    11/15/2010 10:14:57 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 34 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/15/2010 | The Strategy Page
    U.S. military planners have discovered that China's current arsenal of non-nuclear ballistic and cruise missiles could probably knock out five of six major American air bases in Japanese and South Korea. Oops. To make matters worse, this has become an issue as North Korea stumbles towards political collapse, and China indicates that it will assume control in the north if that happens. South Korea believes it should move north to deal with a collapse, and this plan is becoming a contentious issue with China. It's long been obvious that China planned a similar tactic against Taiwan. Wargames and detailed analysis...
  • S. Korea, US begin air defense exercise

    10/17/2010 1:00:46 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 10/15/2010 | Jung Sung-ki
    South Korea and the United States kicked off a joint air force training exercise Friday to increase interoperability among the airmen of the two allies. About 50 fighter jets, including F-15Ks and KF-16s from South Korea as well as F-16 Fighting Falcons and KC-135 Stratotankers from the U.S., are participating in the eight-day drill, the South Korean Air Force said in a news release. More than 250 pilots from the allies will be mobilized for the drill, named "Max Thunder," to be staged over the western airspace of the Korean Peninsula, it said. "This air readiness exercise is aimed at...
  • US, SKorea to conduct 10 drills this year

    07/20/2010 11:49:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Channelasianews.com ^ | 7/21/2010 | Channelasianews.com
    The United States and South Korea will stage about 10 naval exercises in coming months including one starting Sunday as a deterrent to North Korea, Seoul's defence ministry said Wednesday. On Tuesday the US and South Korean defence chiefs announced a major exercise from July 25-28 off the east coast of the peninsula, following the sinking of a South Korean warship that they blame on a North Korean torpedo. The two sides said the drill was the first in a series but gave no details. "Both sides will continue to conduct joint military exercises -- approximately 10 times -- in...
  • USS George Washington to Visit Republic of Korea

    07/18/2010 11:31:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 23 replies · 1+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | American Forces Press Service
    USS George Washington, the U.S. Navy's only permanently, forward-deployed aircraft carrier will visit the Korean port of Busan July 21-25, 2010, officials at U.S. Forces Korea announced today. In addition to USS George Washington, three destroyers from its strike group will also visit Korean ports. USS McCampbell and USS John S. McCain will visit Busan, and USS Lassen will visit Chinhae. "The U.S. Navy maintains a robust forward presence in the Asia-Pacific region and the people of the Republic of Korea are our good friends and allies," said George Washington commanding officer Capt. David Lausman. "Our presence here is a...
  • Compromise on drill by U.S., Korea

    07/15/2010 10:06:06 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 1+ views
    JoongAng Ilbo ^ | 7/15/2010 | JoongAng Ilbo
    South Korea and the United States will push ahead with a joint naval exercise to warn North Korea against making attacks on the South, officials in Seoul and Washington said. But a defense ministry official told the JoongAng Ilbo that the two countries have arrived at a compromise to avoid angering China, which objected to the exercise being held in the Yellow Sea near its own territorial waters. “We will hold drills in both the Yellow Sea and the East Sea,” the official said. In addition, the U.S.S. George Washington, a U.S. Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, will participate in the exercise...
  • U.S. Mulls Year-Round Drills with S.Korea

    07/15/2010 2:54:34 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 7/15/2010 | The Chosun Ilbo
    The U.S. government is apparently debating how to stage joint exercises with South Korea not only this month but all year round as a response to North Korea's torpedo attack on the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan in March. A diplomatic source in Washington on Tuesday said the U.S. is thinking a lot about these joint exercises "to deliver a clear message to the North." Following the planned joint drill this month, the two countries will further upgrade the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise, which is staged in August every year, and may also possibly conduct various other kinds of drills....
  • Military curfew in South Korea ending in time for July 4 weekend

    07/10/2010 9:37:00 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 6/29/2010 | Ashley Rowland
    Saying “there is no reason to have a curfew,” the commander of U.S. troops in South Korea will end an almost 9-year-old curfew on the peninsula Friday, the start of Fourth of July weekend. “I believe that we can trust our servicemembers to do the right thing,” U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. Walter Sharp said in an interview Monday. “I personally believe in personal responsibility and making that the top thing that we do with our servicemembers, rather than trying to impose restrictions on them because of the acts of very, very few.” Local commanders will be allowed to impose...
  • U.S. Forces on Korean Peninsula Reject China's Criticism of Maritime Exercises with S.Korea

    07/09/2010 10:47:47 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 07/10/10
    U.S. Forces on Korean Peninsula Reject China's Criticism of Maritime Exercises with S.Korea Commander of U.S. forces in South Korea, General Walter Sharp The leader of U.S. forces on the Korean Peninsula rejects China's criticism of maritime exercises planned with South Korea. But the top American general in South Korea asks Beijing to work more closely with Washington and Seoul to deter the North Korean threat. The commander of U.S. forces in South Korea, General Walter Sharp, says every nation, within its territorial limits, is obligated to train its forces against perceived threats. "South Korea has that right. And South...
  • New U.S. command entity delayed

    06/30/2010 11:00:58 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1+ views
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 7/1/2010 | Jeong Yong-soo
    The planned creation of the U.S. Korea Command has been delayed to October or later, according to a source at the Ministry of Defense yesterday. The source told the JoongAng Ilbo that the new command structure was supposed to be created on June 1, but Seoul and Washington agreed to push back its creation to October or later, because of the delay of the transfer of wartime operational control of South Korean soldiers from the U.S. to South Korea. The U.S. Korea Command will be a new organization of the U.S. military forces here to be used after Korea is...
  • Military curfew in South Korea ending Friday

    06/29/2010 9:48:20 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | June 29, 2010 | Ashley Rowland
    Sharp does not expect rise in incidents in lifting nearly 9-year-old restrictions SEOUL — Saying “there is no reason to have a curfew,” the commander of U.S. troops in South Korea will end an almost 9-year-old curfew on the peninsula Friday, the start of Fourth of July weekend. “I believe that we can trust our servicemembers to do the right thing,” U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. Walter Sharp said in an interview Monday. “I personally believe in personal responsibility and making that the top thing that we do with our servicemembers, rather than trying to impose restrictions on them because...
  • Troop control transfer delayed

    06/29/2010 8:59:52 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 6/302010 | Ser Myo-ja
    Leaders of South Korea and the United States have delayed Seoul’s scheduled takeover of wartime operational control of its troops to Dec. 1, 2015, pushing back the transfer date three years and seven months. The decision was made at a meeting between Presidents Lee Myung-bak and Barack Obama before the Group of 20 financial summit here on Saturday. The two leaders also discussed security issues and North Korea’s recent provocation, government officials said. When the 1950-53 Korean War began, South Korea handed over peacetime and wartime operational control of its soldiers to the U.S.-led United Nations Command, after which the...
  • S. Korea, U.S. to delay wartime command transfer, speed up FTA

    06/26/2010 10:53:54 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 6/26/2010 | Lee Chi-dong
    South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and his American counterpart Barack Obama announced a three-year delay in Washington's transfer of wartime operational control (OPCON) to Seoul, citing the volatile atmosphere on the Korean Peninsula with North Korea's continued military provocations, most recently a deadly naval attack on a warship. The leaders also agreed to make concrete efforts to revive their long-stalled free trade agreement talks, as Obama set November as the deadline for completing necessary discussions. Obama began the summit with Lee with a show of his resolve to make North Korea pay a price for sinking a South Korean warship,...
  • US to retake control of S Korea war games amid tensions

    06/19/2010 9:50:25 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 237+ views
    Times of India ^ | 6/17/2010 | Times of India
    US forces will regain control over a major annual military exercise with South Korea amid rising tensions with the North following the sinking of one of Seoul's warships, officials said on Thursday. Seoul's defence ministry said the Combined Forces Command led by US General Walter Sharp will retake control of the computerised war game called Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) from this year. In 2008 and last year the South's military took control of the exercise, to prepare for a scheduled transfer of wartime command in the military alliance. UFG, which is due to start in mid-August, is the world's largest...
  • Seoul Weighs Shift in U.S. Military Ties

    05/31/2010 10:01:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 645+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/31/2010 | Jay Solomon
    South Korea is reviewing its defense policy following North Korea's alleged sinking of a South Korean naval vessel, a process that could significantly change Seoul's military alliance with Washington, according to officials engaged in the process. Over the past week, U.S. and South Korean leaders have outlined plans to conduct war games and strategy sessions to better equip the South for combating the type of submarine attack Pyongyang is accused by international investigators to have staged in March, killing 46 South Korean sailors. For the longer term, President Lee Myung-bak's conservative government could seek to alter the alliance's command structure...
  • U.S., South Korea Forces Say They Can Repel North as Raptors, Ships Deploy

    05/30/2010 11:59:10 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 1,149+ views
    FeedCry Archive ^ | 5/28/2010 | Patrick Harrington
    U.S. and South Korean forces said they are ready to repel any threat posed by North Korea as 24 stealth fighter jets deploy to the region and a report said the military alert level has been raised. Naval vessels plan anti-submarine exercises close to the disputed maritime border between North and South Korea where one of the South’s warships sank on March 26, killing 46 sailors. An international team of experts last week concluded that a North Korean torpedo blew apart the Cheonan, prompting Kim Jong Il’s regime to cut all ties with the South and threaten “all-out war” over...
  • Deadly silence at the DMZ

    05/28/2010 11:36:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 716+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 5/29/2010 | Donald Kirk
    In the duel between North and South Korea, the question now is who will pull the trigger first? The answer may be neither, but don't count on it. The dueling now focuses on two quite different flashpoints. The first is the West or Yellow Sea, where North Korea has vowed to open fire against any South Korean vessel intruding in its waters. One issue there is how to define which waters are North Korean. The North refuses to recognize the Northern Limit Line, set by the United Nations Command after the Korean War (1950-1953) and challenged by North Korea in...
  • Clinton: Koreas security situation 'precarious'

    05/24/2010 7:43:27 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 77 replies · 2,710+ views
    Clinton: Koreas security situation 'precarious' By MATTHEW LEE (AP) BEIJING — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that North Korea's sinking of a South Korean warship has created a "highly precarious" security situation in the region and that the Obama administration is working to prevent an escalation of tension that could lead to conflict. Speaking to reporters in Beijing shortly after the White House issued a statement offering Washington's full and unequivocal support for Seoul, Clinton said all of North Korea's neighbors, including its chief ally China, understand the seriousness of the matter and want to "contain"...
  • Obama Orders U.S. Troops in Korea to 'Ensure Readiness' as North-South Tensions Rise...

    05/24/2010 8:03:26 AM PDT · by kristinn · 39 replies · 1,202+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | Monday, May 24, 2010 | Mail Foreign Service
    U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered the 28,000 American troops stationed in South Korea to 'ensure readiness' as tensions with North Korea escalate. Mr Obama demanded Pyongyang apologise for sinking a South Korean naval ship and punish those responsible for the 'belligerent and threatening' attack. He said U.S. support for Seoul was unequivocal and that the American troops stationed on the peninsula would be put on alert. The comments come as the rhetoric between North and South continued to harden. SNIP With U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Beijing, Washington has pressed North Korea's only major ally, China, to...
  • Obama tells military: prepare for North Korea aggression

    05/24/2010 12:50:36 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies · 934+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo news ^ | 5/24/2010 | Jeff Mason
    President Barack Obama has directed the U.S. military to coordinate with South Korea to "ensure readiness" and deter future aggression from North Korea, the White House said on Monday. The United States gave strong backing to plans by South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to punish North Korea for sinking one of its naval ships, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement. The White House urged North Korea to apologize and change its behavior, he said. "We endorse President Lee's demand that North Korea immediately apologize and punish those responsible for the attack, and, most importantly, stop its belligerent...
  • U.S. military cancels annual S. Korea evacuation exercise

    05/18/2010 9:33:14 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 2 replies · 316+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 20, 2010 | By Jon Rabiroff,
    SEOUL — The U.S. military canceled this week’s dress rehearsal for the evacuation of American civilians from South Korea amid growing tensions on the peninsula. U.S. Forces Korea said in a statement Tuesday that the Courageous Channel exercise — which was to run Thursday through Monday — was canceled to avoid the appearance that it was scheduled in response to the March sinking of a South Korean warship or the subsequent investigation. South Korean investigators are expected to announce Thursday that a North Korean torpedo was responsible for the March 26 explosion that ripped the Cheonan patrol ship in two...
  • US Forces OK in ROK-for Now

    05/07/2010 8:07:02 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 350+ views
    The Diplomat ^ | 3/2/2010 | Ben Hancock
    Charles Reeder remembers the backlash after the ‘Highway 56 Incident’ in 2002, when a couple of US soldiers driving an armoured vehicle accidentally crushed two South Korean schoolgirls, yet were found not-guilty of negligent homicide by a US military court. ‘It rocked the whole USFK,’ says Reeder, 42, a recent retiree from the United States Forces Korea, who was stationed in downtown Seoul at the time. ‘It was painful…We were out there on the gates, and it was like a siege mentality.’ South Korean activists broke into a US facility in the northern part of the capital, he recalls, and...
  • Korean Military to Strengthen Anti-Submarine Drill

    05/06/2010 2:23:54 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 164+ views
    Arirang TV ^ | 5/5/2010 | Arirang TV
    Meanwhile the South Korean military plans to beef up security in the waters near its maritime border with North Korea. Reports indicate the South Korean Navy will conduct more anti-submarine drills in the West Sea where a warship sank in March. claiming the lives of 46 sailors. Seoul's National Defense Ministry also plans to request government funds to improve underwater surveillance by modernizing sonar devices and naval radar systems. And more joint anti-submarine warfare exercises between South Korean and US forces could take place in the East and West Seas. In a report to President Lee Myung-bak South Korean defense...
  • President Lee to preside over meeting of top military commanders

    05/02/2010 8:40:49 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 343+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 5/02/2010 | Yonhap News
    President Lee Myung-bak will chair a meeting of top military commanders next week, his spokesman said Sunday, a reflection of how seriously he regards last month's deadly sinking of a naval ship in waters near North Korea. Lee will preside over the military commanders' meeting on Tuesday, marking the first time in history for a South Korean president to chair such a meeting, presidential spokesman Park Sun-kyoo said. The 1,200-ton patrol ship Cheonan sank in waters near the tense western sea border with North Korea on March 26, revealing problems with the way the military responded to the deadly disaster...
  • US hints at North Korean torpedo attack

    05/02/2010 8:49:39 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 741+ views
    The Korea Times ^ | 5/02/2010 | Jung Sung-ki
    The U.S. government believes a North Korean torpedo attack was the most likely cause of the March 26 sinking of a South Korean warship, a foreign diplomatic source in Seoul said Sunday, citing solid "circumstantial evidence." The remarks come as South Koreans increasingly believe the communist North was responsible for the sinking that left 46 sailors dead. A joint investigation team involving U.S. and other foreign experts has tentatively concluded that the mysterious sinking was due to a "close-range" explosion under the 1,200-ton frigate Cheonan while it was on patrol in waters off the disputed western sea border with North...
  • USFK to become Korea Command

    04/14/2010 6:06:29 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies · 306+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Apr 13, 2010 | By Ashley Rowland,
    SEOUL — U.S. Forces Korea soon will get a name change. USFK commander Gen. Walter Sharp has announced that the 28,500-strong U.S. presence here will become the U.S. Korea Command later this year, one of the changes the U.S. military will undergo as the South Korean military prepares to assume wartime control of its own troops in two years. A date for the change has not been set, USFK spokesman David Oten said Tuesday. However, troops moving to South Korea this summer will fill billets for KORCOM, as the command will be known, he said. Oten said KORCOM will have...
  • U.S. commanders leave open possibility of OPCON transition delay

    03/26/2010 11:30:38 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 311+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 3/27/2010 | Hwang Doo-hyong
    Top U.S. military commanders said Friday that they are ready to transfer the wartime command control of South Korean troops to Seoul as scheduled in 2012, but left open the possibility of a delay if governments agree. "To the extent that the government would question that, I think then it becomes a government to government decision between the United States and the Republic of Korea," Adm. Robert Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. "This is a government of Korea decision, or certainly OPCON transition will be considered by the government of Korea...
  • S.Korea, U.S. 'Complete N.Korea Contingency Plan'

    03/25/2010 10:34:36 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 291+ views
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 3/26/2010 | The Chosun Ilbo
    South Korea and the U.S. have completed an operational plan that envisages military responses to six types of emergencies in North Korea including regime collapse, a government source said Sunday. The source said the two sides will continue to complement and develop the plan. In 1999, during the Kim Dae-jung administration, the South Korean and U.S. militaries gave shape to the contingency plan, but it was then billed as a "concept plan" and envisaged five scenarios -- a civil war caused by a transition of power or a coup after North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's death; theft and sale abroad...
  • USFK Chief Warns of Instability in N.Korea

    03/25/2010 9:04:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 259+ views
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 3/25/2010 | The Chosun Ilbo
    U.S. Forces Korea Commander Gen. Walter Sharp has warned of sudden regime collapse in North Korea and called for urgent preparation for such an eventuality. Sharp was speaking at a subcommittee hearing of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday. "We would also be mindful of the potential for instability in North Korea," he said. "Combined with the country's disastrous centralized economy, dilapidated industrial sector, insufficient agricultural base, malnourished military and populace, and developing nuclear programs, the possibility of a sudden leadership change in the North could be destabilizing and unpredictable." South Korea and the U.S. are ready for any...
  • US Offers to Sell Command Bunker to S. Korea

    03/21/2010 11:09:41 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 531+ views
    Korea Times ^ | 3/21/2010 | Jung Sung-ki
    The top American military officer here has proposed that South Korea buy a key U.S. underground command bunker on the outskirts of Seoul, as his troops will move to an area south of the Han River, relinquishing wartime operational control to Korean commanders, a source at the Combined Forces Command (CFC) said Sunday. CFC Commander Gen. Walter Sharp, who concurrently heads the 28,000-strong U.S. Forces Korea (USFK), made the proposal to South Korea during the Key Resolve command-post exercise that ended Thursday, the source told The Korea Times. The Ministry of National Defense is reviewing the offer but has yet...
  • USFK redeployment talks will conclude this year

    02/21/2010 9:26:59 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 314+ views
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 1/21/2010 | Yonhap
    Korea and the United States plan to conclude bilateral talks this year on the method and procedures for possible overseas redeployment of American troops stationed here, sources in Korea said yesterday. An informed source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the sides were seeking to conclude negotiations before the annual defense ministerial talks, known as the Security Consultative Meeting, slated for October. “Talks are being held between the two sides to conclude the details and procedures of strategic flexibility of the U.S. Forces Korea,” the source said. Seoul had opposed the flexibility of U.S. troops as it earlier believed the...
  • U.S. commander says 'no change' in troop number in S. Korea

    02/04/2010 12:02:29 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 213+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 1/03/2010 | Yonhap News
    The number of U.S. troops in South Korea will remain unchanged after Seoul takes back the wartime operational control of its troops from Washington, the top U.S. commander here said Wednesday, strongly denying speculation of weakened U.S. military support after the transition. "The U.S. troop numbers will stay the same as we fight side-by-side. The transition does not mean the United States will reduce its commitment," Gen. Walter Sharp told a group of graduating cadets of the Korea Military Academy. "We will never reduce our responsibility to defend Korea. It will always be our No. 1 responsibility." The U.S. Forces...
  • Extra U.S. troops not likely to arrive in time in case of N.K. crisis: Gates

    02/03/2010 11:23:22 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies · 562+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 2/04/2010 | Hwang Doo-hyong
    Additional U.S. ground forces may not be able to arrive in South Korea in time in case of an emergency situation in North Korea due to America's heavy commitment in Iraq and Afghanistan, senior U.S. officials said Wednesday. "We could not get the Army units required for South Korea into South Korea on the time line required by the plan," Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee. "That's not to say they wouldn't get there. It's just that they wouldn't get there as quickly because of the commitments that we have in Iraq...
  • 55 take citizenship oath at Yongsan ceremony

    12/16/2009 4:33:04 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 223+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | December 17, 2009 | By Alfredo Jimenez Jr.,
    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Jeff and Patty Guerrero held their son close as a sense of joy — and relief — washed over them. “We endured a long, lengthy adoption process, and it took two years for my son to pass the naturalization process,” Jeff said minutes before 3-year-old Ethan, who was adopted from Japan, was sworn in as a U.S. citizen Tuesday at Yongsan Theater. It may have been a long journey for the Ethan and the 54 other immigrants who became Americans during the naturalization ceremony, but it was one they were all happy to take. “This...
  • North takes over as PACAF commander

    08/18/2009 11:12:10 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 347+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | August 20, 2009 | N/A
    Lt. Gen. Gary North was to assume command Wednesday of Pacific Air Forces at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. Before the ceremony, he was to be promoted to the rank of general, according to a news release. North succeeds Gen. Howie Chandler, who took command in November 2007. Chandler is heading to the Pentagon to be the vice chief of staff of the Air Force. North commanded the 9th Air Force and U.S. Air Forces Central, at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. There, he ran air campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, the release said.
  • NKorea puts troops on alert over military drill: state media

    08/16/2009 3:28:59 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies · 546+ views
    AFP via Breitbart ^ | August 16, 2009 | N/A
    North Korea Monday ordered its army and people on special alert as US and South Korean troops began a joint exercise, and vowed to respond to any military provocation with a nuclear attack. The communist state's military supreme command, in a report on official media, described the exercise south of the border as a "grave threat" to peace and a prelude to an invasion. It vowed to respond to "even the slightest military provocation" infringing on its sovereignty with a "merciless and prompt annihilating strike at the aggressors with all offensive and defensive means including nuclear deterrent involved." SNIP Some...
  • N. Korean attack would be sudden but futile: U.S. general

    07/14/2009 11:08:44 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 7 replies · 407+ views
    Yonhap ^ | July 14, 2009 | Sam Kim
    A North Korean offensive on South Korea would come with "very little notice" but fail to endure as the communist state lacks the economic and diplomatic support it needs, a senior U.S. military officer said Tuesday. "They have an extremely large military that is forward deployed," U.S. Maj. Gen. Johnny Weida said, noting over two-thirds of North Korea's forces are within 90km of the border with South Korea.
  • What would war with North Korea look like?

    07/11/2009 5:38:19 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 100 replies · 3,001+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | July 12, 2009 | Ashley Rowland,
    Secrecy makes contingency planning hard SEOUL — Little is known about the secretive country considered the most closed society in the world. Crossing into North Korea, analysts say, you could expect to find crushing poverty, widespread hunger and a massive military that includes nearly one in three of the communist nation’s citizens. Beyond that, it’s anybody’s guess. "It’s such an isolated society that we only have ... glimpses of what’s going on," said Brig. Gen. Richard Haddad, commander of Special Operations Command Korea. Should U.S. forces ever be called on for a mission inside North Korea, it is the unknown...
  • U.S., South Korea begin exercise amid North Korea’s threats

    03/08/2009 9:23:33 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 14 replies · 1,315+ views
    stars and Stripes ^ | mar 9, 2009 | Jimmy Norris,
    SEOUL — The annual Key Resolve/Foal Eagle exercises were to kick off Monday, scheduled to last through March 20. The peninsulawide joint exercises feature thousands of visiting U.S. servicemembers from duty stations around the world. As in previous years, Key Resolve/Foal Eagle was preceded by protests from the North Korean government, which claims the exercise is preparation for an invasion. This year’s protests led the United Nations Command and the North Korean army to resume general officer-level talks after a seven-year hiatus. USFK spomesman Dave Palmer said the talks were requested by the North in the interest of easing the...
  • U.N. Command attends talks with North Korea

    03/02/2009 7:39:35 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 2 replies · 208+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 4, 2009 | Jimmy Norris,
    Pyongyang reportedly called meeting to reduce tension SEOUL — For the first time in seven years, general officers from the United Nations Command and the North Korean army held official talks at Panmunjom on Monday, according to a U.N. Command news release. U.N. Command spokesman Dave Palmer said North Korean requested the talks Saturday in hope of reducing tension on the peninsula. In late January, citing the South’s "confrontational policies," the North scrapped long-standing military agreements between the two Koreas and said it would no longer recognize the Northern Limit Line, a maritime border in the Yellow Sea. In response...
  • U.S. phone numbers available in S. Korea

    02/12/2009 9:47:27 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 8 replies · 417+ views
    stars and Stripes ^ | February 14, 2009 | jimmy Norris,
    SEOUL — Just in time for Valentine’s Day, troops stationed in South Korea can give their sweethearts back home the gift they’ve been waiting for — a cheaper phone bill. U.S. phone numbers will once again become available on posts Saturday, according to an Army and Air Force Exchange Service release. Customers can register for the new numbers at any LG Dacom storefront. The numbers, which will be issued in addition to the Korean numbers customers already have, will cost customers an additional $15 a month. If they have LG Dacom’s unlimited calling plan, the service will cost an additional...
  • Sharp tells N. Korea to act responsibly

    02/09/2009 8:07:55 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 2 replies · 247+ views
    stars and Stripes ^ | February 11, 2009 | Teri Weaver,
    USFK leader: Scrap nukes, return to talks SEOUL — The top U.S. military commander in South Korea called for North Korea to quiet talk about testing nuclear missiles and instead agree to an open dismantling of its nuclear weaponry. "We call on North Korea to stop provocations and act like a responsible country," Gen. Walter Sharp, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, said at a luncheon with reporters in Seoul. Sharp’s statements were part of a continued response from the United States in recent days after North Korea scrapped military agreements with South Korea and threatened to test another nuclear missile,...