News: ROKA and US Army share ideas for logistical support as partners
Story by Pfc. Sang-cheol Lee
CAMP CARROLL, South Korea – Brig. Gen. Kim Myung-kyu, Republic of Korea Army Consolidated Maintenance Depot commanding general, visited Materiel Support Center-Korea located in Camp Carroll May 13 to tour the area and observe the maintenance procedures of MSC-K.
Col. John P. Chadbourne, MSC-K brigade commander, invited the ROKA general and his chief of staff to share maintenance procedures and processes as well as to solidify the strong 60-year ROK-U.S. alliance.
“This is a great event to develop together. Since we are very similar organizations, it helps us to gain the appreciation of what each other does to help the alliance and what our mission is here in Korea,” Chadbourne said.
The event started with MSC-K hosting a luncheon for members of the ROKA Depot on Camp Carroll. Kim and Chadbourne shared thoughts and experiences while eating lunch.
“I learned that we do a lot of things differently, but we also do a lot of things the same and that both organizations are continuously try to improve their processes,” Chadbourne said.
Chadbourne also gave briefing on the status and installation of MSC-K and tour of facilities to Kim.
“After looking around the installation, facility and workers here, I could recognize their strong will to protect Korea and have confidence that they are able to provide logistical support in wartime. It was a great opportunity for us to learn advanced techniques and become a unit fully ready for war,” Kim said.
Kim promised to invite MSC-K to Changwon where the ROKA Depot is located to continue their relationship as similar organizations.
“This should not be a one-time event. I hope we keep continuing events like today every year as we gradually improve to understand the mutual logistical support,” Kim said.
“With opportunities to share and communicate like today, it will help to fortify the partnership and to move forward together,” Chadbourne said.