20th CBRNE completes exercise in South Korea

by Walter T. Ham IV
20th CBRNE Command PAO

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea -- Soldiers from 20th CBRNE Command (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives) completed Exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian in South Korea Aug. 28.

 The Defense Department's only multifunctional formation that confronts and defeats chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats deployed to Korea for the annual exercise Aug. 17 - 28.

 Defensive in nature, the exercise keeps U.S. and South Korean forces ready to deter aggression on the Korean Peninsula and maintain stability in the Asia Pacific region.

 Along with U.S. and Republic of Korea (ROK) forces, the command post exercise included United Nations Command troops from Australia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

 The 20th CBRNE Command, based on Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, deployed its Operational Command Post and more than 100 Soldiers to the Korean Peninsula for Ulchi Freedom Guardian.

 One of 20th CBRNE Command's major subordinate units, the Fort Carson, Colorado-based 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Group, also deployed to Korea. The 71st EOD Group served with the 2nd Infantry Division, the combined American and South Korean combat division that serves close to the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

 Soldiers and civilians from the 20th CBRNE Command train with joint, interagency and allied partners to counter Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), eliminate CBRNE threats and defeat Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

 "American Soldiers have served in South Korea for more than 65 years and our alliance with our Korean partners has never been stronger," said Brig. Gen. William E. King IV, the commanding general of 20th CBRNE Command.

 A native of Killeen, Texas, King previously served as the Eighth Army assistant chief of staff for operations (3/5/7) in South Korea.

 "It was an honor to return to Korea and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our Korean allies on Freedom's Frontier," said King.

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