Kiowa Warrior helicopters arrive in South Korea
BUSAN, South Korea — The 4th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment offloaded equipment from the “Ocean Giant” shipping vessel here Oct. 6.
The Armed Reconnaissance Squadron brings around 380 new Soldiers and 30 OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters to Korea.
The squadron was assisted by Soldiers and civilians of the 602nd Aviation Support Battalion and the 837th Transportation Battalion.
The unit, new to Korea, is based out of Joint Base Lewis McCord and is currently on a nine month rotation to the peninsula.
The deployment is part of planned enhancements to 2nd Infantry Division and U.S. Forces Korea.
This action reinforces the U.S. Department of Defense’s rebalance to the Asia Pacific region and makes 2nd Infantry Division a more agile force, more capable of deterring aggression on the peninsula.
Deploying the 4-6th Attack Reconnaissance Squadron to South Korea is strictly defensive and designed to increase 2nd Infantry Division readiness to defend the Republic of Korea, protect the region and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula.
The 4-6th ARS will be assigned to 2nd Infantry Division, the only permanently forward-stationed division in the U.S. Army, and further join the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. The ARS will provide reconnaissance, security and attack support to the ROK-U.S. combined force.