Key Resolve/Foal Eagle - 2016
The Republic of Korea-United States Combined Forces Command’s annual Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercise training windows began 07 March 2016. Key Resolve, slated for March 7-18, highlights the longstanding and enduring partnership and friendship between the two nations and their combined commitment to the defense of the ROK and regional stability.
Foal Eagle training also started March 7 and continued until April 30. The approximately eight week-long Foal Eagle exercise implements a series of several joint and combined field training operations conducted by CFC and USFK component commands (ground, air, naval, and special operations).
The 607th Weather Squadron's responsibility is to provide the weather picture for the airspace to ensure safety of aircrew, passengers and cargo. "It's all about the fight," said Tech Sgt. Jerrimy Erskine, non-commissioned officer in charge of the weather specialty team. "In a joint service, combined force effort, we work with U.S. civilians and forecasters from the Republic of Korea Air Force to create a common forecast for the peninsula and the exercised fight during Key Resolve 16." Not only does this ensure aircraft are safe, but it also helps provide a clear description of what commanders can expect in days to come, which in turn helps them make decisions on which strategy to make to successfully employ munitions and defeat the enemy.
Approximately 17,000 U.S. forces participated with ROK forces in the two exercises. The United Nations Command had informed the Korean People's Army in North Korea through their Panmunjom mission about Foal Eagle and Key Resolve exercise dates and the non-provocative nature of this training.
Led by the Republic of Korea and U.S. Combined Forces Command, the annual exercise involves Combined Forces Command, United States Forces Korea and, to a lesser extent, United Nations Command (Korea).
It is the latest evolution in a series of exercises to ensure the Alliance is fully prepared to respond to defend the ROK against hostile actions. The focus of the exercise is on training service members regarding their role in the defense of the ROK while exercising senior leaders’ decision-making capabilities, the abilities of units and formations to respond, and the verification of command and control relationships and means.
Between 1950 through 1953, 16 nations provided combat, combat support, and combat service support forces to the United Nations Command in response to North Korean aggression against the Republic of Korea. Concurrently with the signing of the Korean War Armistice Agreement on Jul. 23, 1953, military representatives of those 16 nations reaffirmed their national commitment to the UNC with a promise to return to Korea should the Armistice Agreement fail.
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