Owning the night, 7th KSC HET moves an army
Stripes Korea | .
published: May 23, 2016
USAG DAEGU – Korean Service Corps para-military members have transported heavy equipment across Area I to strengthen the alliance between the Republic of Korea and U.S. Soldiers since the Korean War.
Operating primarily at night, KSC’s 7th Heavy Equipment Transportation company displays nerves of steel and an unsurpassed technical proficiency in tactical transportation. The paramilitary members of the 7th KSC are proud to provide an asset to the warfighter. They have proven to be the best in the business with zero incidents to date. With thousands of missions completed and future missions scheduled, the 7th KSC is undeniably a force multiplier to the U.S. and ROK alliance’s readiness.
Activated in 2005, the 7th’s mission is moving military vehicles along South Korea’s roads, mostly at night to avoid heavy daytime traffic in cooperation with the Republic of Korea government. Using heavy transporters to move tanks and armored personnel carriers means less damage to South Korean roads from tracked vehicles.
Moving tracked vehicles on HET systems saves ROK/U.S. forces copious amounts of money on petroleum. These movements also reduce risk and help maintain our fleet readiness.
“U.S. Soldiers were used to carry out this mission in the past,” said Han Sik Ko, commander of 7th KSC. “After several years of accidents and incidents due to the heavily congested areas, we were activated.”
Ko explained as new Soldiers arrive in country for a 12-month assignment in processing and driver’s training can take a couple of months to complete. KSC drivers start out in schools and getting familiar with roads, local drivers and laws.
U.S./ROK forces are more than familiar with the ROKs roads and drivers’ tendencies because of 7th HET’s diligent training.
“The 7th KSC is a great asset,” said Capt. Jason Yu, commander, Battery A, 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment. “They are a professional organization. They are a multiplier, a training asset that helps us sustain our ‘Fight Tonight’ readiness.”