Thursday, August 1, 2013
'Base relocation likely to affect 2ID mission'
I fully concur with the General. This is one reason why I believe that if we do have to move them South or if we shift to rotational forces, we need to return to the mission of US forces patrolling the DMZ (not in a US sector but fully integrated throughout the DMZ with ROK forces). Giving up that mission back in the 1990's was a mistake.
We should also note that it is going to be very hard for 2ID forces to train at Camp Humphreys. They will have to travel from Pyongtaek back up to the Tongduchon area and beyond to go to their training areas. It will obviously be more expensive to train.
And then there is deterrence to consider. The move of US forces South and the OPCON transfer (mean the dissolution of the Combined Forces Command) gives a perception of the weakening of the US military commitment to the alliance.
I am very gratified to read that the General states the blunt truth. I hope we can take a holistic view of the Alliance strategy and properly organize our combined military forces sos that we can support achieving the
strategic objectives that our two Presidents have established (from deterrence all the way to unification). It is my opinion that the current plans of both OPCON transfer and moving 2ID south do not contribute to achieving them.
(I also now feel old when I read that the division commander is younger than me - I still think of myself as a young captain on the DMZ when then MG Luck was the division commander!)
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