News: ROK-US field artillery share knowledge
Story by Sgt. Han-byeol Kim
CAMP CASEY, South Korea – Cooperation is very important when working as a team. This applies to the U.S. and Republic of Korea armies. In defending South Korea from threats, knowing and understanding each other is essential.
Leaders from the ROK Field Artillery School, including Lt. Col. Jung Jung-gyu, the head of school affairs, visited the newly renamed 210th Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Dec. 9 on Camp Casey, South Korea.
“They came here because we always try to share our expertise with those who are teaching the future field artillerymen in South Korea,” said Lt. Col. Will Freds, the deputy commander of 210th FA Brigade. “They always want to be skilled and knowledgeable about the most current tactics, techniques and procedures.”
The 210th FA Brigade, invited the ROK FA School trainers to look at the brigade’s progress during the annual training exercise and discuss the two armies’ differences in training and briefed on the latest U.S. techniques in the field artillery.
Leaders from the ROK FA school visited the tactical operations centers of 210th FA Brigade, and 1st Battalion, 38th FA Regiment. They also viewed a demonstration of an M270A1 multiple launch rocket system.
During the visit, they discussed technical fire direction and how to manage artillery.
“We were able to learn and actually see what we knew just theoretically before,” said Maj. Kim Ki-ang, a tactics trainer at the ROK FA school. “We learned about a system of conducting counter fire, how division and brigades work together and communicate, and how U.S. forces conduct operations with the Republic of Korea army.”
Kim believes this kind of close relationship can enhance both armies’ capabilities to conduct operations and accomplish the mission more efficiently.
“Controlling field artillery tactically is a very precise business, and it’s very complicated,” said Freds. “The visit gives them perspective on what they are teaching, so that they understand not just how the ROK army conducts operations, but also how the United States Army does it.”
Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army soldiers translated for leaders of each army during the visit. The role of KATUSAs is also important for interactions between the two.
“Translating complicated concepts of operations and systems is not that easy,” said Sgt. Hwang Seung-man, from Busan, a liaison office senior KATUSA assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 210th FA Brigade. “I am happy and proud that I can help both armies communicate better and contribute to the alliance to defend our country.”
After the visit leaders of both sides, hope this interaction and relationship continues to develop in the future.
“It’s always a lot of fun to meet with our Republic of Korea counterparts because they are bright, knowledgeable and have great personalities,” said Freds. “We always learn as well whenever we engage with them.”
The brigade had an opportunity to closely work together with their ROK counterparts enhancing the alliance between both armies.