Leadership from across the Combined Forces Command (CFC) and U.S.
Forces Korea (USFK) took part in a staff ride to Incheon to learn about
Operation Chromite and the crucial role Incheon played in the Korean War
Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, commander of United Nations Command (UNC),
CFC, and USFK, Lt. Gen. Bernard S. Champoux, Eighth Army Commanding
General, and other U.S. and Republic of Korea (ROK) leaders from CFC and
USFK visited Incheon Landing Memorial Museum, Green Beach, Radio Hill,
Observatory Hill, and MacArthur Monument to conduct on-site discussions.
During one of the discussions at Green Beach, Scaparrotti emphasized
the US-ROK alliance and what senior leaders can learn from the past.
“U.S. and Republic of Korea’s alliance is very strong today and the
spot we are standing on today was the very beginning of that alliance,”
Scaparrotti said. “Even though many years have gone by there is enduring
truth about the leadership, the dimension of war and techniques of
combat that we can take away from something that happened many years
While touring Observatory Hill and MacArthurs’ Monument, Scaparrotti
also shared how Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s successful amphibious operation
inspired him as a senior leader.
“The bold decision made by General MacArthur despite of all the hazards
that had led the battle to success, that we might need to make today,
is very inspiring,” said Scaparrotti. “When you looked in Incheon we
tallied up all the natural and geographic handicaps and Incheon had them
all, and yet we came here and succeed.”
ROK Army Maj. Gen. Suh Hyung Suk, CFC deputy chief of staff and senior member of UNC Military Armistice Commission, shared his opinion on how staff rides can build better understanding between ROK and U.S. senior leaders.
“It is a great opportunity for all the senior leaders because learning
wartime history and conducting on-site tactical discussion can bridge
the gap between U.S. and ROK Army,” Suh said. “The tactical discussion
that Gen. Scaparrotti newly implemented contributes to combat
effectiveness in U.S.-ROK joint operations.”
Concluding the event, Scaparrotti shared his opinion and explained the importance of teamwork and leadership.
“It’s just a pleasure to be here,” Scaparrotti said. “This is a team
building event with the CFC staff day out of headquarters to focus on
building that team and also on the leadership in the military that we
work every day.”
This staff ride event gave senior ROK and U.S. leaders the opportunity
to discuss decisive military operations from the past. It also assisted
ROK and U.S. commanders with the development and common understanding of
past military operations that can be used for current and future
decision making and execution.