News: 20th CBRNE Soldiers complete Ulchi Freedom Guardian
Story by Walter Ham
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - Soldiers from 20th CBRNE Command (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives) conducted a change of mission and prepared for redeployment, following their recent participation in Ulchi Freedom Guardian in South Korea Aug. 28.
Soldiers from 20th CBRNE Command participated in the Korea Peninsula-wide exercise that keeps U.S. and South Korean forces ready to deter aggression on the Korean Peninsula and maintain stability in the Asia Pacific region.
Defensive in nature, the annual exercise involved 3,000 personnel from military bases in the U.S. and across the Pacific.
The 20th CBRNE Command, based out of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, deployed the command's Tactical Command Post, along with more than 100 Soldiers to the Korean Peninsula for Ulchi Freedom Guardian.
The command also deployed the Tactical Command Post of the 48th CBRNE Brigade, based out of Fort Hood, Texas, along with the commander and staff of the 71st EOD Group, out of Fort Carson, Colorado.
Soldiers and civilians from 20th CBRNE Command train to counter weapons of mass destruction (WMD), eliminate CBRN and explosive ordnance threats and defeat improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Serving on 19 military posts in 16 states, the 20th CBRNE Command trains and operates with joint, interagency and allied partners around the globe.
"This exercise demonstrates the strength of the ROK-U.S. alliance and the flexibility of the 20th CBRNE Command to deploy and execute CBRNE related missions anytime and anywhere," said 20th CBRNE Commanding General Brig. Gen. JB Burton, the former deputy commanding general for maneuver of the South Korea-based 2nd Infantry Division.
Burton returned to Korea for the exercise. The commanding general said the 20th CBRNE Command has built a strong relationship with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Army Chemical, Biological and Radiological Defense Command (CBRDC).
Burton added that his 20th CBRNE Soldiers trained together with the ROK Army during Exercise Atropian Phoenix at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, California.
"It is an honor to serve with our great Republic of Korea allies and our fellow joint service members who defend liberty daily on freedom's frontier. Katchi Kapshida! (Korean for 'We go together')," said Burton, a native of Tullahoma, Tennessee.