Team 19, Area IV establish NEO reception center
USAG Daegu — Soldiers assigned to the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command and Army Garrison Daegu kicked-off Focus Passage at Kelly Fitness Center on Camp Walker to rehearse non-combatant evacuation operations, April 4.
The Area IV team established a reception center consisting of 15 stations to smoothly integrate non-combatant evacuees in the NEO system. The exercise was conducted to rehearse the speed and plan of establishing a facility in less than 24 hours. Ultimately, more than five units in Area IV came together to make this exercise a success.
The Kelly fitness center, which is one of several reception stations in Area IV, provides the space needed to house non-combatant evacuees. NCEs include DoD dependents, families and pets. NCEs also include American citizens on the Korean peninsula during a crisis.
Inside a reception center, evacuees would group together to clear a number of stations before leaving the Korean peninsula. Stations include housing, finance, transportation, legal as well as a mask demonstration in the case of a chemical or biological attack.
The NEO process can be an overwhelming task for families. However, NEO wardens are assigned to each command when they arrive in country. NEO wardens are Soldiers who are trained by their units to assist and inform the noncombatants during the evacuation process.
NEO wardens are liaisons who review NEO packets and documentation. They also consistently update assigned families during an evacuation ensuring they are well informed throughout the process.
Since the Korean War, more than 25 real-world evacuations have taken place, according to U.S. Forces Korea. In the Republic of Korea, Soldiers train for non-combatant evacuation operations year-round.
The Focus Passage exercise will continue into May giving Soldiers and leaders the opportunity to train on the safe, rapid and orderly NEO process.