Members of the 411th Contracting Support Brigade and 906th Contracting Battalion stand only feet away from The Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea while visiting the Joint Security Area (JSA) during a Staff Ride. July 20, 2019. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Maurice A. Galloway
Members of the 411th Contracting Support Brigade and 906th Contracting Battalion stand only feet away from The Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea while visiting the Joint Security Area (JSA) during a Staff Ride. July 20, 2019. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Maurice A. Galloway

Contracting Brigade traces historical footprint during staff ride

by CPT Maurice A. Galloway
411th CSB, 640th CT Services Division

Camp Humphreys, Korea July 22, 2019 – Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the 411th Contracting Support Brigade and 906th Contracting Battalion conducted a Staff Ride designed to increase the historical knowledge of operational environment, while building comradery amongst the teams.

“To my knowledge this is the first time that we been able to do a Staff Ride in the 411th since the brigade stood up” said Col. David Ware, Commander of the 411th CSB and native of Warren, Ohio.

The 411th CSB is headquartered at Camp Humphreys with the 906th CBn headquarters co-located, however the battalion is spread out across the peninsula with Regional Contracting Offices (RCO) teams located at Camp Casey, Osan Air Base, US Army Garrison Deagu and Kunsan Air Base.

“The challenge is trying to get everyone together. We are good at spending everyone else’s money and rarely have any of our own” said Lt. Col Justin L. DeArmond, Battalion Commander of the 906th CBn and native of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

The event was planned by Captain’s across each of the RCO’s and led by Maj. Jeffery C. Johnson, RCO Casey Team leader, and native of Shreveport, La. “Planning this event was made easy by all the talented members of the team. The constant communication and everyone’s eagerness to contribute is what made us successful,” Johnson said.

The trip actually began a few weeks prior with a tour to the newly opened Korean Operational Theater located on Camp Humphreys. COL (Retired) Mike Alexander, 8th Army & 2nd Infantry Division Historian provided an overview of the Korean War history with the impactful contributions of the 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers whom paid the ultimate sacrifice in securing freedom for South Korea.

54 members of the Brigade were led on a tour of the Joint Security Area (JSA) and followed nearly the exact path where one month ago The President of the United States, Donald Trump met the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Un on June 27, 2019.

Service members were able to step inside the famous blue rooms designed to accommodate peace talks during the 1950’s Armistead treaty and also walk the famous “Blue Bridge”, built to connect to a mutual meeting location.

“This was a great event and definitely something we can build on and continue in the future. I have to thank Justin and his team for planning something like this. It’s a first in this organization, but definitely not the last time we’ll do this.” said Col. Ware.

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