Combined Forces Command announces Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2012
YONGSAN GARRISON, SEOUL, Republic of Korea – The Republic of Korea - United States Combined Forces Command has announced that the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise will take place from Aug 20-31, 2012.
“Ulchi Freedom Guardian is a key exercise in strengthening the readiness of Republic of Korea and U.S. forces, “ said Gen. James D. Thurman, Combined Forces Command commander. “ It is based on realistic scenarios and enables us to train on our essential tasks with a ‘whole of government’ approach.”
Neutral Nations Supervisory commission observers will monitor the exercise to ensure it is in compliance with the armistice agreement.
The United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission informed the Korean People’s Army through its Panmunjom Mission of the exercise dates and non-provocative nature of this training.
Training exercise like Ulchi freedom Guardian are carried out in the spirit of the Oct. 1, 1953, ROK-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty and in accordance with the armistice. These exercises also highlight the longstanding military partnership, commitment and enduring friendship between the two nations, help to ensure peace and security on the peninsula, and reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the Northeast Asia region.