Newly formed US Army Garrison Yongsan-Casey holds first full-scale base exercise
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — About 300 U.S. and South Korean first responders practiced evacuating families from homes and used saws and hammers to pry victims from car crashes in an exercise at the Army’s newly unified garrison for bases north of Seoul this week.
The four-day drill, which ends Friday, tested emergency services at K-16 Air Base, Yongsan Garrison and Camp Casey, the three major installations maintained by what is now officially known as U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan-Casey.
Jon Blevins, the garrison’s emergency manager, said the goal is to make sure crews are ready to respond to scenarios ranging from potential intruders to natural disasters like a typhoon that threatened the area in August.
“The idea is you get everyone involved and go through the whole process,” he told Stars and Stripes on Thursday. “If you need to send a dump truck somewhere to pick something up because it’s storm debris, then you should actually have the guy get into the truck, take the dump truck to that location and then take something back to prove that you can do it in coordination with other elements.”
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