Story by Timothy Hale
U.S. Army Reserve Command
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Republic of Korea Army generals visited the U.S. Army Reserve Command headquarters, here, Nov. 5 and 6 for the second time this year to find out more about the capabilities of America’s warrior-citizens.
Maj. Gen. Beom-Soo Lee, the ROKA Mobilization Planning Department chief, and Brig. Gen. Doncheol Choi, Mobilization chief, visited with Maj. Gen. James “Boe” Young, U.S. Army Reserve chief of staff, for a series of briefings at the command’s headquarters, and toured Fort Bragg’s Virtual Training Facility.
“They [South Korea] have been great allies for over 50 years,” Young said. “Anything we can do to help each other helps solidify that partnership.”
Lee and Choi were able to use some of the latest training tools in the Army’s arsenal at the VTF.
The ROKA delegation received briefings on the Virtual Clearance Training Suite, the Mine Resistant Ambush Protection Vehicle rollover trainer, the Virtual Convoy Combat Trainer, and the Virtual Battlespace Simulator 2.
Lee, Choi, and others in their party, sat behind the wheel of the VCTS, getting the feel of the Buffalo simulator while interrogating suspected improvised explosive devices in one of the computer-generated scenarios.
“I have seen the U.S. has been organized and very well trained,” Lee said, speaking through an interpreter. “Wherever the U.S. goes, worldwide, they will fight well.”
Young said Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, chief, U.S. Army Reserve and USARC commanding general, recently visited South Korea for a similar exchange of information and capabilities.
“The Army Reserve’s partnership and commitment to South Korea is strong,” Young said.