U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, Republic of Korea —
The Republic of Korea-United States Combined Forces Command Deputy Commander Gen. Ahn Byung-seok and Operations Director Maj. Gen. Lonnie Hibbard visited the ROK 6th Marine Brigade on the northernmost island of PY-do, April 28.
This staff ride allowed personnel to strengthen their combined combat readiness through on-site discussions on plans and operational execution in consideration of Democratic People's Republic of Korea’s provocations and attack patterns.
Through this visit, CFC combat staff monitored the ROK 6th Marine Brigade’s operational status and environment on the front line. They visited the ROKS Cheonan 46 Warriors Memorial Tower and residents' evacuation facilities, encouraged Marines, and asked them to make efforts to establish decisive “Fight Tonight” readiness.
Gen. Ahn emphasized, "This visit to the 6th Marine Brigade is an opportunity to solidify our combined defense posture by having CFC leadership and staff visit the northernmost part of the northwest islands amid North Korea's growing threats."
In addition, Maj. Gen. Hibbard stated, “The staff ride was designed to allow personnel to recognize the strategic importance of the northwest islands.”
CFC conducted its first staff ride to the ROK 2nd Fleet in December 2022 since its relocation to Pyeongtaek. CFC has made various efforts to strengthen combined readiness, including tactical discussions with each CFC component command and seminars on combined logistics improvement and civil-military operations. The strong combined defense posture demonstrated during Freedom Shield (FS23) in March was the result of these efforts.
CFC will conduct more staff ride in the future by visiting ROK Air Force 17th Fighter Wing and Army 1 Corps. CFC will establish a strong combined defense posture as ‘alliance in action’ by continuing activities that can further strengthen the alliance.
Note: A staff ride is an activity in which commanders and staff visit major operational areas or units to recognize and study the strategic importance of the terrain to strengthen combat readiness.
It originated from Helmuth Karl Bernhard von Moltke, who was the chief of staff of the Prussian army in the 19th century, conducting topographical research and tactical preparations while riding horses with his staff during the war and preliminarily scouting areas where major operations are expected.