Stars and Stripes Archives: Operation Teamwok

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Air Force S. Sgts. James Oakley (left) and Phillip Stone perch atop a tank to get the word on its operation from Army S. Sgts. Artis Williams (standing) and James A. Hooks, tank commanders with B Co., 1st Bn., 73rd Armor, 7th Inf. Div. (S&S)
Air Force S. Sgts. James Oakley (left) and Phillip Stone perch atop a tank to get the word on its operation from Army S. Sgts. Artis Williams (standing) and James A. Hooks, tank commanders with B Co., 1st Bn., 73rd Armor, 7th Inf. Div. (S&S)

Stars and Stripes Archives: Operation Teamwok

by: Stars and Stripes Korea Bureau | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: September 14, 2012

Editor's note: This story first appeared in Stars and Stripes on July 27, 1967.

CAMP CASEY, Korea— A project to extend Operation Teamwork to non-commissioned officers was launched at Camp Casey and Osan AB this week with exchange of 14 sergeants between the Army and Air Force for a four-day orientation.

The project, initiated by the 7th Inf. Div., sent 14 Air Force NCOs to the Bayonet Div. for familiarization with what the Army is doing and 14 sergeants from the 7th and 2nd Inf. Divs. to Osan for a study of Air Force operations Sunday through Wednesday.

Patterned after the Operation Teamwork program which exchanges Army and Air Force officers, the idea for the NCO swap originated at the 7th Div. sergeant majors’ conference last November, said Sgt. l.C. Bob D. Timothy, 7th Div. G-3 training NCO who served as Teawork escort NCO at Camp Casey.

This week’s exchange was the first of what Timothy said will become a quarterly project. “We think this is a really worthwhile project and hope to see it grow into a bigger and better program,” he added.

The four-day visit is the first introduction to the Army for many of the NCOs, while for others, like CM. Sgt. Fred L. Hilaszek who served in the days of the Army Air Corps, the orientation served as an opportunity to see changes in the Army. Most Army sergeants had their first look at Air Force operations.

During their stay at the 7th Div., the Air Force NCOs saw an infantry unit in the attack, artillery in action, a bayonet demonstration, the NCO academy, trainfire and an engineering demonstration. They also took the controls of tanks from the 1st Bn., 73rd Armor.

At Osanj the Army sergeants visited various squadrons, saw aircraft scramble and observed maintenance techniques.

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