News: CCP leads Army forces during Key Resolve 13
Story by Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Bell
DAEGU, Republic of Korea - The U.S. Army Pacific Contingency Command Post is showing its flexibility and capability during exercise Key Resolve. The CCP deployed March 10 from Fort Shafter, Hawaii, to Camp Walker, Korea, to assume command and control all U.S. Army Forces supporting operations in South Korea during the exercise that runs March 11-21.
The Command Post Exercise is designed to train commanders and staffs from the Republic of Korea and U.S. in combined planning, command and control operations, military intelligence, logistics and other key military specialties. The successful deployment of U.S. augmenting forces into the Korean Peninsula is also a primary task.
Improving the RoK military's theater operations command capabilities in order to establish a basis for the transition of wartime operational control to the Korean military is another goal of the RoK Joint Chiefs of Staff led exercise.
CCP personnel form the core of the Army Service Component Command (FWD), with nearly 150 personnel from the USARPAC Main Command Post, theater enabling commands, reserve forces from Hawaii and the mainland U.S. and several dozen soldiers from Eighth Army completing the team.
"We're here to exercise our part of Theater and Korea specific operational plans with the ultimate goal of improving our ability to help our Korean partners defend the Republic of Korea if needed," said Lt. Col. Johnny Davis, USARPAC deputy provost marshal.
"The exercise also provides us with the opportunity to build professional and personal relationships with our RoK Army counterparts, something vital to our success if we needed to do this for real," added Davis.
The USARPAC CCP provides theater-army expeditionary capability. It consists of a 96-person cell representing, the major staff functions of a theater-army headquarters. Due to the frequency of natural disasters in the Pacific region, the CCP most often focuses on small scale contingencies such as supporting humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and peace operations. It is however a flexible organization and can tailor personnel and equipment to fit a multitude of missions such as the mission in Korea.