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    Republic of Korea Government Ministries Visit 358th Civil Affairs Brigade

    Republic of Korea Government Ministries Visit 358th Civil Affairs Brigade

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Robert Van Tuinen | The 358 Civil Affairs Brigade Commander Col. Earnest Lloyd (seated far right) and 351...... read more read more

    RIVERSIDE, CA, UNITED STATES

    11.17.2016

    Story by Staff Sgt. Robert Van Tuinen 

    351st Civil Affairs Command

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Republic of Korea Ministry of Unification hosted a combined joint overseas training program in Los Angeles for 19 government and military personnel from 17 different ministries of the ROK government November 13-19, 2016.
    The ROK government ministries participated in a training for Dispute and Conflict Management with visits to the RAND Corporation and research centers of U.S. Universities, that included a visit to the 358th Civil Affairs Brigade in Riverside, Calif., November 17, 2016.
    The 358 Civil Affairs Brigade Commander Col. Earnest Lloyd and 351 Civil Affairs Command Korea Team Chief Col. Glenn Donelin hosted the Korean delegation. Commander of the 351 Civil Affairs Command, Brig. Gen. Christopher Stockel, Deputy Commander Col. Jim Orbock, Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Thomsen and Operations Officer Lt. Col. Daniel Still were also in attendance via tele-conference.
    Col. Donelin began his remarks by explaining how the United States Army Reserve functions with the active duty component, the command structure, and where the United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command fits as one of 26 two-star commands in the Army Reserve. Col. Donelin described some benefits of Reserve Soldiers, to include leveraging their civilian experience when they perform their Army responsibilities.
    The briefing then centered on the roles and capabilities of the 351 Civil Affairs Command and 358 Civil Affairs Brigade. There was discussion of who the 351 and 358 are, what they do and their relationship with the ROK government and the ROK Army, as part of the Combined Forces Command, Korea.
    Col. Donelin said “This visit is a great step forward in our coordination” [with the ROK government]. He went on to explain we are all looking for ways to improve readiness and responsiveness in order to have the right capabilities, in the right place, at the right time. We need to have more conversations with ROK Ministers and ROK Army on the composition and timing of forces that will be most useful, and whether we need to do more to help blend active duty and reserve elements in Korea.
    Brig. Gen. Stockel stated this is “Not just about ROK Joint Chiefs of Staff, but also ROK Ministries and the ROK Government, and I thank you for traveling here for this meeting.”
    Col. Donelin talked about how many civilian agencies are helpful to our success in Stability Operations and “We don’t want to make assumptions on how we will work with them in Korea, and you are an important part of that discussion.”
    Mr. Su Ill Kim, Director of the ROK Ministry of Unification, closed the visit with these words, “We came here to build the relationship. We want good communication with the 351.”

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    Date Taken: 11.17.2016
    Date Posted: 01.10.2017 16:54
    Story ID: 219863
    Location: RIVERSIDE, CA, US 

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