News: Sharing information key step in strengthening ROK-US alliance
Story by Pfc. Han-byeol Kim
CAMP CASEY, South Korea – Senior leaders from the Republic of Korea army headquarters visited 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, on Camp Casey, South Korea, April 19, 2013.
“Sharing common information makes us understand each other better and then we can plan how to help and support each other,” said Maj. James Dayhoff, 210th Fires Brigade operations and plans officer.
The meeting allowed the U.S. and ROKA leaders to discuss how both countries capabilities complement and enhance one another, increasing readiness to defend the Republic of Korea. In the spirit of sharing information, U.S. Soldiers prepared equipment displays and explained operations and tactics to the ROKA leaders.
“We have to understand our ally’s capability, so that we can integrate better,” said Col. Jay Gardner, commander of 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment. “Especially for air defense, it is important because we have to pass information to each other. Then we can strengthen our combined combat force.”
The leaders observed the counter-fire equipment of Battery E, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery, attached to 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, and the 333rd Field Artillery Target Acquisition Battery, 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Regiment.
The brigade soldiers also explained the role of the U.S. Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Control, Communication, and Computer Intelligence System, as well as the strike alert and response systems, such as the Firefinder Radar, the Sentinel and the Avenger.
The Firefinder radar is used for target acquisition and tracks enemy artillery and rockets. The Sentinel system automatically detects, tracks, identifies, classifies, and reports airborne helicopters, high-speed attack aircrafts, cruise missiles, and unmanned aerial vehicles. The Avenger provides mobile and short-range air defense protection.
“This visit showed how we care about each other’s readiness to defend this country,” said Sgt. Park Won-jin, from Yongin, South Korea, a liaison office senior Korean Augmentation the U.S. Army soldier assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 210th Fires Bde. “We interact continuously to strengthen our combined combat force so we are always ready to fight tonight.”