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Key Resolve/Foal Eagle - 2009

Key Resolve is an "operational-level," Republic of Korea-U.S. training exercise held peninsula-wide to ensure “operational” readiness of air, space and cyberspace operations in the Korean theater of operations. This annual exercise is held in conjunction with Foal Eagle 2008. Both exercises demonstrate U.S. resolve to support the Republic of Korea against external aggression while improving ROK/U.S. combat readiness and joint/combined interoperability.

KEY RESOLVE is a Combined Forces Command (CFC) operational plan-oriented Command Post Exercise driven by simulation and a master scenario events list. The primary focus of KEY RESOLVE is crisis management, maneuver and sustainment of forward forces within the context of operational planning warfighting. KEY RESOLVE is directed at maintaining the readiness of the CFC staff and components. It is executed in conjunction with Foal Eagle and involves more than 29,000 U.S. forces and more than 200,000 ROK forces.

About 13,100 troops from outside Korea participated in this year's exercise, along with those already in the country, officials said. They added that this was consistent with previous years's participation.

"These exercises are designed to help teach, coach, and mentor military members from both the ROK and U.S., while exercising senior leaders' decision-making capabilities," said Gen. Walter Sharp, commander of the Combined Forces Command. "The primary goal is to ensure the command is ready to defend the ROK in the event it becomes necessary."

Special Operations Command Korea troops prepare for airborne jumps with a helium blimp and gondola at the ROK Drop Zone, March 5. The jump was an opportunity for SOCKOR augmentees that are assigned or attached during Exercise Key Resolve 09 to jump with active SOCKOR members.

Key Resolve/Foal Eagle 2009 continued through March 20 across the Republic of Korea. About 13,100 troops from outside Korea participated in this year's exercise, along with those already in the country, officials said. They added that this is consistent with previous years's participation.

"These exercises are designed to help teach, coach, and mentor military members from both the ROK and U.S., while exercising senior leaders' decision-making capabilities," said Gen. Walter Sharp, commander of the Combined Forces Command. "The primary goal is to ensure the command is ready to defend the ROK in the event it becomes necessary."

Last year, the name of the exercise changed from Aca,!A"Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration/Foal Eagle RSOI was changed in March 2008 to Key Resolve to reflect the changing roles of American troops on the peninsula, officials said.

Key Resolve is primarily a command-post exercise with computer-based simulations that focus on deploying troops and equipment to Korea in the event of an attack. Foal Eagle includes a series of field exercises. Both exercises have U.S. troops training with South Korean service members.

As it does before each annual exercise, United Nations Command informed the Korean People's Army in North Korea that the Republic of Korea and the U.S. would be conducting the routine defensive exercise. The United Nations Command also reassured the Korean People's Army at general officer-level talks held March 6 that these exercises, conducted annually in or around March, are purely defensive in nature and have no connection to ongoing or current events.

"KR/FE is a routine training exercise that takes place every year at about the same time," said Sharp. "It is not tied in any way to any political or real-world event."




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