Military Wiki
United States Forces Korea
Active July 1, 1957-present
Country United States
Type Subordinate Unified Command
Size 28,500 personnel
Headquarters USAG Yongsan
Seoul, South Korea
Nickname(s) USFK
General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, USA
General George Decker
General Hamilton H. Howze
General John W. Vessey
General John A. Wickham
Distinctive Unit Insignia Army JointSupporting Defense

United States Forces Korea (USFK), also known as Headquarters, U.S. Forces Korea (USFK), was established on July 1, 1957 as a subordinate-unified command of U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM). USFK is the joint headquarters through which U.S. combat forces would be sent to the South Korea/US (ROK/U.S.) Combined Forces Command’s (CFC) fighting components – the combined ground, air, naval, marine and special operations forces component commands. Major USFK elements include Eighth U.S. Army (EUSA), U.S. Air Forces Korea (Seventh Air Force) US Naval Forces Korea (CNFK), Marine Forces Korea (MARFORK), and Special Operations Command Korea (SOCKOR). USFK has Title 10 authority, which means that USFK is responsible for organizing, training and equipping U.S. forces on the Korean Peninsula so that forces are agile, adaptable and ready. With 28,500 American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines in South Korea, U.S. forces in South Korea are a forward presence in the region and a key manifestation of the U.S. government’s rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific. Given the threat that North Korea poses to South Korea and the region, the USFK mission also includes planning noncombatant evacuation operations to ensure that if the need arises, U.S. and other previously agreed upon countries citizens are removed from harm’s way. To this end, USFK conducts routine exercises to ensure that this process is effective, efficient, and orderly.

Shoulder sleeve insignia[]


A shield-shaped embroidered device 3 1/8 inches (7.94 cm) in height and 2 1/2 inches (6.35 cm) in width overall blazoned: Azure, in chief four mullets bendwise Argent, all above a stylized American Bald Eagle, issuant from sinister base volant to dexter chief; the eagle’s body Gules surmounted by two bendlets, wider at base, of the second throughout; head of the second, eyed of the field, leg and talons of the second grasping a laurel branch and seven arrows Or. The entire shield shape is edged with a 1/16 (.16 cm) White border. Attached above the device is a designation band in Scarlet inscribed “USFK” in White letters. The entire device is edged with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) Blue border.


The shield shape reflects the United States Forces Korea’s steadfast commitment to defend the sovereignty of South Korea. The abbreviation “USFK” stands for United States Forces Korea which activated on 1 July 1957. The four stars symbolize the service and contributions of the United States army, United States Navy, United States Air Force, and the United States Marine Corps. The stylized American Bald Eagle represents cohesion and unity among the services. The laurel sprigs and arrows depict the mission of the United States Forces Korea to defeat aggression if necessary. Red, white, and blue are the colors of the flag of the United States of America. Red symbolizes hard work and honor, white represents innocence and purity, and blue refers to justice and perseverance. Yellow signifies wisdom and intuition


The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 18 June 2012. (TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-1077).[1]


  • US Army: 8th US Army; Headquarters: Yongsan Garrison, Korea; authorized about 20,000 Soldiers
  • US Air Force: 7th US Air Force; Headquarters: Osan AB, Korea; authorized about 8,000 Airmen
  • US Navy: Commander, Naval Forces Korea (CNFK); Headquarters: Yongsan Garrison, Korea; authorized about 300 Sailors
  • US Marine Corps: Marine Forces Korea (MARFORK); Headquarters: Yongsan Garrison, Korea; authorized about 100 Marines
  • Special Operations Command Korea (SOCKOR): Headquarters: Camp Kim, Yongsan, Korea; authorized about 100 members


Support the United Nations Command and Combined Forces Command by coordinating and planning among US component commands; and exercise operational control of US forces as directed by US Pacific Command.

United Nations Command and Combined Forces Command[]

While USFK is a separate organization from United Nations Command (UNC) and CFC, its mission is to support both UNC and CFC by coordinating and planning among US component commands and providing US supporting forces to the CFC. As such, USFK continues to support the ROK-US Mutual Defense Treaty.

In response to the North Korean attack against South Korea on June 25, 1950, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) established the UNC as a unified command under the US in UNSC Resolution 84 on July 7, 1950. The UNC mission was to assist South Korea to repel the attack and restore international peace and security in Korea. Throughout the war, 53 nations provided support to the UNC; 16 nations provided combat forces and five sent medical and hospital units. After three years of hostilities, the commanders of both sides signed the Armistice Agreement on July 27, 1953.

Hostilities today are also deterred by this bi-national defense team that evolved from the multi-national UNC. Established on November 7, 1978, CFC is the warfighting headquarters. Its role is to deter, or defeat if necessary, outside aggression against the ROK.

To accomplish that mission, the CFC has operational control over more than 600,000 active-duty military personnel of all services, of both countries. In wartime, augmentation could include some 3.5 million ROK reservists as well as additional US forces deployed from outside the ROK. If North Korea attacked, the CFC would provide a coordinated defense through its Air, Ground, Naval and Combined Marine Forces Component Commands and the Combined Unconventional Warfare Task Force. In-country and augmentation US forces would be provided to the CFC for employment by the respective combat component. The transfer of wartime control of the defense of South Korea to the South Korean government has been delayed many times with another reconsideration of the current December 2015 target date scheduled for early 2014.[2]

North Korean threat[]


The propaganda published in North Korea is mainly based on the Juche ideology to promote the Workers’ Party of Korea. These posters focus on military might, Utopian society and devotion to the state, and the leader’s personality.

Kim Jong-un is the unchallenged leader of North Korea following his elections as First Chairman of the National Defense Commission (NDC), Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army (KPA), and First Secretary of the Korean Worker’s Party (KWP). Kim has focused on strengthening the KWP control over the government including the military. His domestic agenda has centered on revitalizing the economy and expanding education while his international focus has been on luring foreign investment, seeking international acceptance of North Korea as a nuclear state, and legitimizing his ballistic missile program. Kim is portrayed in North Korean media as a wise, caring, and natural leader similar to his grandfather, Kim Il-Sung, the nation’s founder. Although North Korean conventional capabilities continue to slowly erode due to shortfalls in equipment modernization and advanced training, they remain dangerous.

Asymmetric capabilities[]

North Korea continues to focus on asymmetric capabilities with deployments and development of new ballistic missile systems and increased emphasis on specialized light infantry/special operations forces. North Korea has a sizeable stockpile of chemical weapons with a full range of chemical agents, including nerve, blister, choking, and blood agents. It also has a biological warfare capability and possesses biological warfare production and dispensing technology. North Korea would likely use chemical weapons in a major conflict; additionally, it has sufficient quantities of chemical munitions for an extended campaign.

More importantly, North Korea views its ballistic missile programs as a source of international power and prestige, strategic deterrent, means of exerting regional and international influence, and a source of hard currency for export. Despite severe fiscal difficulties, it commits significant resources to develop and produce ballistic missiles for both deployment within North Korea and for export. Exports have been hampered due to sanctions and a weak global economy.

North Korean Missile Range Capabilities

Kim Jong-un has clearly communicated intent to continue with ballistic missile testing, however the time line on future tests remain unclear. Following the passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2087 Jan. 22, 2013, and UNSCR 2094 March 8, 2013, North Korea has indicated in multiple statements that it intends to bolster its strategic missile deterrent. The North Korean Foreign Ministry, NDC, KWP, and media commentaries have indicated intentions to launch multiple satellites, long-range rockets, and conduct high-level, nuclear tests.

Furthermore, North Korea continues to focus on the development of its nuclear capabilities. While we assess North Korea now has several plutonium-based nuclear weapons, the development of a uranium enrichment capability could enable North Korea to produce weapons-grade uranium to support its nuclear weapons program. Although North Korea’s nuclear weapons capability is undetermined, even modest achievements could mean a more destructive capability. Concerning international cooperation, North Korea and Iran have agreed to strengthen strategic projects between the two countries, including development of nuclear program and ballistic missiles.

North Korea is also developing formidable cyber capabilities. It has been assessed that it is conducting attacks against ROK and U.S. networks, and it continues a robust training program for cyber hackers. Additionally, North Korea has one of the world’s largest Special Operations Forces (SOF). Approximately 60,000 SOF are prepared to infiltrate the ROK by ground, air, and sea. It maintains an additional 130,000 SOF light infantry forces capable of conducting limited asymmetric operations. In 2012, North Korea completed construction on a naval base at Koampo, approximately 60 kilometers from the ROK’s Northwest Islands on the west coast. This base can accommodate up to 70 of North Korea’s hovercraft putting them approximately 30 minutes travel distance from the Northwest Islands.

Despite these capabilities, North Korea’s military lags considerably behind Combined Forces Command’s advantage in technological and combined/joint capabilities. However it is still capable of offensive operations and threatens Seoul with a multitude of artillery, rocket, and missile systems. It continues improving asymmetric capabilities, with emphasis on missiles and light infantry forces, but because its ability to wage conventional war has declined over the past two decades due to a lack of resources, the regime recognizes it is not capable of prosecuting a successful reunification by force.[3]

Commanders, U.S. Forces Korea[]

Image Name Start End
GEN George Decker General George Decker July 1, 1957 June 30, 1959
Carter B Magruder General Carter B. Magruder July 1, 1959 June 30, 1961
Guy S Meloy Jr General Guy S. Meloy July 1, 1961 July 31, 1963
Hamilton Howze General Hamilton H. Howze August 1, 1963 June 15, 1965
Dwight E Beach General Dwight E. Beach June 16, 1965 August 31, 1966
GEN Bonesteel, Charles H III General Charles H. Bonesteel, III September 1, 1966 September 30, 1969
John H Michaelis General John H. Michaelis October 1, 1969 August 31, 1972
Donald Vivian Bennett General Donald V. Bennett September 1, 1972 July 31, 1973
GEN Stilwell Richard G General Richard G. Stilwell August 1, 1973 October 8, 1976
Gen John Vessey Jr General John W. Vessey, Jr. October 8, 1976 July 10, 1979
General John Wickham, official military photo 1988 General John A. Wickham, Jr. July 10, 1979 June 4, 1982
GEN Sennewald, Robert William General Robert W. Sennewald June 4, 1982 June 1, 1984
William J Livsey General William J. Livsey June 1, 1984 June 25, 1987
Louis C. Menetrey DA-SC-83-08758 General Louis C. Menetrey, Jr. June 25, 1987 June 26, 1990
Robert RisCassi 4 Star Photo General Robert W. RisCassi June 26, 1990 June 15, 1993
General Gary Edward Luck General Gary E. Luck June 15, 1993 July 9, 1996
John H Tilelli General John H. Tilelli, Jr. July 9, 1996 December 9, 1999
GEN SCHWARTZ General Thomas A. Schwartz December 9, 1999 May 1, 2002
Leon J. LaPorte - official portrait, 1998 General Leon J. Laporte May 1, 2002 February 3, 2006
Bell Final Mil Pic General B. B. Bell February 3, 2006 June 3, 2008
Walter L Sharp Official Portrait General Walter "Skip" Sharp June 3, 2008 July 14, 2011
Cmd genthurmand official General James D. Thurman July 14, 2011 October 2, 2013
GEN Scaparrotti (Official) General Curtis Scaparrotti October 2, 2013 PRESENT


The following is a partial list of border incidents involving North Korea since the Armistice Agreement of July 27, 1953, ended large scale military action of the Korean War. Most of these incidents took place near either the Korean Demilitarized Zone or the Northern Limit Line. This list includes engagements on land, air, and sea, but does not include alleged incursions and terrorist incidents that occurred away from the border.

Many of the incidents occurring at sea are due to border disputes. The North claims jurisdiction over a large area south of the disputed western maritime border, the Northern Limit Line in the waters west of the Korean Peninsula. This is a prime fishing area, particularly for crabs, and clashes commonly occur. In addition, the North claims its territorial waters extend for 50 nautical miles (90 km) from the coast, rather than the 12 nautical miles (22 km) recognized by other countries. According to the 5 January 2011 Korea Herald, since July 1953 North Korea has violated the armistice 221 times, including 26 military attacks.[4]


  • 16 February 1958: North Korean agents hijack a South Korean airliner to Pyongyang en route from Pusan to Seoul; 1 American pilot, 1 American passenger, 2 West German passengers, and 24 other passengers were released in early March, but 8 other passengers remained in the North.[5]



Sergeant Charles Jenkins in 2007.

File:Pueblo crew on 122368.jpg

The Pueblo crew being released by the North Koreans across the Bridge of No Return in the Joint Security Area of the DMZ in Panmunjon on 23 December 1968.

  • May 1962: Private Larry Allen Abshier abandoned his post in South Korea in May 1962 when he crept away from his base and crossed the DMZ into North Korea. Lary Abshier was the first to defect. Also in May 1962, Corporal Jerry Parrish crossed the DMZ into North Korea. His reasons for defecting, according to Jenkins' autobiography The Reluctant Communist, were "personal, and [Parrish] didn't elaborate about them much except to say that if he ever went home, his father-in-law would kill him."[6]
  • Aug 1962: James Joseph Dresnok was a Private First Class with a U.S. Army unit along the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Soon after his arrival, he found himself facing a court martial for forging signatures on paperwork that gave him permission to leave base and which, ultimately, led to him being AWOL (Absent Without Official Leave).[7] Unwilling to face punishment, on August 15, 1962, while his fellow soldiers were eating lunch, he ran across a minefield in broad daylight into North Korean territory, where he was quickly apprehended by North Korean soldiers. Dresnok was taken by train to Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, and interrogated.[8]
  • 1964: North Korea creates an underground group: Revolution Party for Reunification, this group is ground down and eliminated by South Korean authorities by 1969 [9]
  • Jan 1965: Charles Jenkins, the most notable case, defected to North Korea. In South Korea, Jenkins was assigned to night patrols. As a result of fears that he would be transferred to combat duty in Vietnam, he grew depressed and anxious, and started drinking alcohol. On the night of January 4, 1965, after reportedly drinking ten beers, he set off on his nightly patrol of the Demilitarized Zone. In the early morning, he told his patrol that he was going to investigate a noise.[10] He subsequently crossed into North Korea and surrendered to forces there, in hopes of being sent to Russia and then, through prisoner exchange, eventually returned to America. Shortly thereafter, North Korean propaganda declared that a U.S. sergeant had defected, and broadcast statements allegedly made by the defector, reportedly in stilted English. The U.S. Army claimed Jenkins wrote four letters stating his intention to defect (an allegation Jenkins denies); however, the original letters are reportedly lost. His relatives maintained throughout his absence that he was abducted.[10]
  • April 27, 1965: Two North Korean MiG-17s attack a United States EC-121 Warning Star reconnaissance plane in the waters east of the Korean Peninsula, 80 km (50 mi) from the North Korean shore. The aircraft was damaged, but managed to land at Yokota Air Base, Japan.[11][12]
  • January 17, 1968: In an incident known as the Blue House Raid, a 31-man detachment from the Korean People's Army secretly crosses the DMZ on a mission to kill South Korean President Park Chung-hee on January 21, nearly succeeding. The incursion was discovered after South Korean civilians confronted the North Koreans and informed the authorities. After entering Seoul disguised as South Korean soldiers, the North Koreans attempt to enter the Blue House (the official residence of the President of South Korea). The North Koreans are confronted by South Korean police and a firefight ensued. The North Koreans fled Seoul and individually attempted to cross the DMZ back to North Korea. Of the original group of 31 North Koreans, 28 were killed, one was captured, and two are unaccounted for. Additionally, 68 South Koreans were killed and 66 were wounded, the majority of whom were soldiers and police officers. Three American soldiers were also killed and three were wounded.[13]
  • January 23, 1968: The United States Naval ship the USS Pueblo is boarded and captured, along with its crew, by North Korean forces in the waters east of the Korean Peninsula. The entire crew of 83 is captured, with the exception of one sailor killed in the initial attack on the vessel, and the vessel was taken to a North Korean port. All the captives were released on December 23 of the same year via the Bridge of No Return at the DMZ. The USS Pueblo is still in North Korean possession and is docked in Pyongyang and is on display as a museum ship.[14]
  • October 30, 1968: From October 30 to November 2, 120 to 130 North Korean commandos land on the northeast shore of South Korea, allegedly to establish a base in order to wage a guerrilla war against the South Korean government. A total of 110 to 113 were killed, seven were captured, and 13 escaped. Around 20 South Korean civilians, law enforcement officers, and soldiers were killed.[12][15]
  • March 1969: Six North Korean commandos kill a South Korean police officer near Jumunjin, Gangwon-do. Seven American soldiers are killed in a North Korean attack along the DMZ.[16]
  • April 1969: An EC-121, U.S. reconnaissance plane is shot down 90 miles (140 km) east of the North Korean coast, leaving 31 dead.
  • November 1969: Four U.S. soldiers are killed by North Koreans in the Demilitarized Zone.


Incorrect picture of Lt Barrett

Axe murder incident on August 18, 1976.

  • April 1970: In Geumchon, a region of Paju south of the DMZ, a clash leaves three North Korean soldiers dead and five South Korean soldiers wounded.
  • June 1970: The North Korean navy seizes a broadcast vessel from the South near the Northern Limit Line. 20 crew are captured.
  • February 1974: Two South Korean fishing vessels are sunk and 30 crew detained by the North.
  • 1974: The first tunnel into ROK is discovered (the three following tunnels were found in 1975, 1978, 1990)[9]
  • June 1976: An incursion south of the DMZ in Gangwon-do leaves three dead from the North and six from the South.
  • August 18, 1976: The Axe murder incident—an attempt to clear brush in the Demilitarized Zone near Panmunjom ends with two U.S. soldiers dead.
  • October 1979: Three North Koreans enter the eastern DMZ. One is killed.
  • December 1979: One U.S. Army soldier killed, 3 U.S. soldiers wounded after stumbling into a North Korean minefield in a heavy fog while patrolling DMZ. One body is recovered from the North Koreans 5 days later.


  • March 1980: Three North Koreans are killed while trying to cross the Han River estuary.
  • May 1980: North Koreans engage OP Ouillette on DMZ in firefight. One North Korean WIA.
  • March 1981: Three North Koreans try to enter the South in Geumhwa-eup, Cheorwon, Gangwon-do; one is killed.
  • July 1981: Three North Koreans are killed trying to cross the Imjin River to the South.
  • November 1984: Nine North Korean soldiers and one South Korean soldier die, and one American soldier is wounded during the firefight that erupted when a North Korean security detail chased a defecting Soviet citizen (Vasily Matusak) across the MDL into the southern-controlled sector of the Joint Security Area.
  • November 1987: One South Korean killed on DMZ central sector by North Korean sniper fire.


  • May 1992: Three Northern soldiers in South Korean uniforms are killed in Cheolwon, Gangwon-do; three South Korean soldiers are wounded.
  • December 1994: North Koreans shoot down US Army helicopter. One US KIA and one US POW for 13 days.
  • May 1995: North Korean forces fire on a South Korean fishing boat, killing three.
  • October 1995: Two armed North Koreans are discovered at the Imjin River; one is killed.
  • April 1996: Several hundred armed North Korean troops cross repeatedly into the Demilitarized Zone.
  • May 1996: Seven Northern soldiers cross south of the Demilitarized Zone, but withdraw after warning shots are fired.
  • May & June 1996: North Korean vessels twice cross the Northern Limit Line and have a several-hour standoff with the South Korean navy.
  • April 1997: Five North Korean soldiers cross the Demilitarized Zone in Cheolwon, Gangwon-do, and fire on South Korean positions.
  • June 1997: Three North Korean vessels cross the Northern Limit Line and attack South Korean vessels two miles (3 km) south of the line. On land, fourteen North Korean soldiers cross 70 m south of the center of the DMZ, leading to a 23-minute exchange of fire.
  • June 1999: A series of clashes between North and South Korean vessels take place in the waters west of the Korean Peninsula near the Northern Limit Line.


  • 2001: On twelve separate occasions, North Korean vessels cross the Northern Limit Line and then withdraw.
  • November 27, 2001: North and South Korean forces exchange fire without injuries.
  • June 29, 2002: Renewed naval clashes near the Northern Limit Line lead to the deaths of four South Korean sailors and the sinking of a South Korean vessel. The number of North Koreans killed is unknown.
  • November 16, 2002: South Korean forces fire warning shots on a Northern boat crossing the Northern Limit Line. The boat withdraws. The similar incident is repeated on November 20.
  • February 19, 2003: A North Korean fighter plane crosses seven miles (11 km) south of the Northern Limit Line, and returns north after being intercepted by six South Korean planes.
  • March 2, 2003: Four North Korean fighter jets intercept a US reconnaissance plane over the waters east of the Korean Peninsula.
  • July 17, 2003: North and South Korean forces exchange fire at the DMZ around 6 AM. The South Korean army reports four rounds fired from the North and seventeen from the South. No injuries are reported.[17]
  • November 1, 2004: North Korean vessels, claiming to be in pursuit of illegal fishing craft, cross the Northern Limit Line and are fired upon by the South. The vessels withdraw 3 hours later.
  • July 30, 2006: Several rounds are exchanged near a South Korean post in Yanggu, Gangwon.
  • November 10, 2009: Naval vessels from the two Koreas exchanged fire in the area of the NLL, reportedly causing serious damage to a North Korean patrol ship.[18] For more details of this incident, see Battle of Daecheong.


File:ROKS Cheonan salvaged debris.png

ROKS Cheonan salvaged debris

  • March 26, 2010: A South Korean naval vessel, the ROKS Cheonan, was allegedly sunk by a North Korean torpedo near Baengnyeong Island in the waters west of the Korean Peninsula. A rescue operation recovered 58 survivors but 46 sailors were killed. On May 20, 2010, a South Korean led international investigation group concluded that the sinking of the warship was in fact the result of a North Korean torpedo attack.[19][20] North Korea denied involvement.[21] The United Nations Security Council made a Presidential Statement condemning the attack but without identifying the attacker.[22]
  • November 23, 2010: North Korea fired artillery at South Korea's Greater Yeonpyeong island in the waters west of the Korean Peninsula and South Korea returned fire. Two South Korean marines and two South Korean civilians were killed, six were seriously wounded, and ten were treated for minor injuries. Approximately seventy South Korean houses were destroyed.[23][24][25] North Korean casualties were unknown, but Lee Hong-gi, the Director of Operations of the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), claimed that as a result of the South Korean retaliation "there may be a considerable number of North Korean casualties".[26]


USFK Prostitution Warning

United States Forces Korea warns American soldiers not to hire prostitutes and involve in human trafficking.


South Korean protested the expansion of Camp Humphreys in 2006.

  • The Gwangju Movement and the United States

The 1980s marked a surge in Anti-Americanism in Korea, widely traced to the events of May 1980.[27] Gwangju convinced a new generation of young [Koreans] that the democratic movement had developed not with the support of Washington, as an older generation of more conservative Koreans thought, but in the face of daily American support for any dictator who could quell the democratic aspirations of the Korean people. The result was an anti-American movement in the 1980s that threatened to bring down the whole structure of American support for the ROK. American cultural centers were burned to the ground (more than once in Gwangju); students immolated themselves in protest of Reagan's support for Chun.[28] Fundamental to this movement was a perception of U.S. complicity in Chun's rise to power, and, more particularly, in the Gwangju massacre itself. These matters remain controversial. It is clear, for example, that the U.S. authorized the Korean Army's 20th Division to re-take Gwangju – as acknowledged in a 1982 letter to the New York Times by then-Ambassador Gleysteen. [General Wickham], with my concurrence, permitted transfer of well-trained troops of the twentieth R.O.K.A. Division from martial-law duty in Seoul to Gwangju because law and order had to be restored in a situation that had run amok following the outrageous behavior of the Korean Special Forces, which had never been under General Wickham's command.[29] However, as Gwangju Uprising editors Scott-Stokes and Lee note, whether the expulsion of government troops left the situation lawless or "amok" is very much open to dispute.

  • In 2002, anti-American sentiment in South Korea spiked after two U.S. soldiers in an armored vehicle accidentally hit and killed two South Korean teenage girls in the Yangju highway incident.[30]
  • An expansion of Camp Humphreys later in the decade saw protests, drawing thousands of South Korean citizens[31] resulting in occasional violent clashes and arrests.[32] Following a series of large protests against the U.S. and Republic of Korea governments' plan to expand Camp Humphreys and make it the main base for most U.S. troops in South Korea., residents of Daechuri and other small villages near Pyeongtaek agreed to a government settlement to leave their homes in 2006 and allow for the base expansion.[33][34] Compensation for the land averaged 600 million won (about 600,000 USD) per resident.[35]
  • U.S. soldiers have frequently abandoned foreign wives and children; in June 2010, U.S. forces initiated a service to identify and locate the soldiers responsible.[36][37] Western princess (prostitutes servicing U.S. soldiers) have resulted in a negative image for Korean women who have relationships with American men.[37][38]


Each year the ROK, the US and a selection of Sending States from the United Nations Command participate in multiple defense-oriented, combined and joint training events designed to defend the Republic of Korea, protect the region, and maintain and increase stability on the Korean peninsula.

Ulchi Freedom Guardian, Key Resolve, and Foal Eagle, in addition to multiple Rehearsal of Concept (ROC) Drills, are the three theater level exercises.

  • Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) is an annual simulation driven, command transformation-oriented Command Post Exercise (CPX). Elements of the ROK and US governments participate, as well as ROK and US forces from on and off the Korean peninsula. UFG integrates the annual ROK government exercise “Ulchi”, which focuses on procedures for transitioning to war, government support. Ulchi also emphasizes ROK procedures for coordination between government and military organizations from the national to local level. UFG typically incorporates the following components: a Crisis Management Exercise focused on strategic and operational decisions needed to de-escalate a crisis, or posture the command for successful execution of the appropriate OPLAN if the enemy actions dictate; a Senior Leader Seminar (SLS) designed to foster senior-level discussion on a variety of topics related to crisis management and warfighting; and a two-week Computer Assisted Exercise that exercises the transition to war, defense, and counteroffensive phases of the warfight. The exercise culminates in detailed senior leader level After-Action Reviews (AARs).
  • Key Resolve (KR) is over the course of a two week long CFC and ROK crisis management and warfighting exercise. It provides invaluable opportunities to evaluate, train, and improves combined and joint coordination, procedures, plans and systems necessary for the conduct of contingency operations by ROK and US forces. It is a simulation driven Command Post exercise that exercises the defense of the ROK and the ability of the US to bring forces into the Theater of Operations to participate in that defense. The exercise culminates in detailed senior leader level AARs.
  • Foal Eagle (FE) is a series of component-sponsored joint and combined Field Training Exercises (FTX) that support training of OPLAN related tasks via participation of selected off-peninsula units. FE demonstrates US power projection and rapid deployment capabilities and is conducted concurrently, but not linked to, the KR CPX. Tactical units are the primary FE FTX training audience exercising all aspects of CFC's mission; rear area security, support operations, RSOI, special operations, ground maneuver, expeditionary operations, air combat operations, and maritime operations.

See also[]


  1. The Institute of Heraldry,
  2. Eun-jung Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£, Kim (14 October 2013). "S. Korea, U.S. to decide timing of OPCON transfer next year". Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  3. USFK Strategic Digest 2013
  4. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£ (5 January 2011). "N.K. Commits 221 Provocations Since 1953". Korea Herald. 
  6. The Reluctant Communist. Charles Robert Jenkins (University of California Press) p. 34
  7. Russell, Mark (October 19, 2006). "An American in North Korea, Pledging Allegiance to the Great Leader". New York Times. Retrieved January 28, 2007. 
  8. Anderson, Robert G.; Casey Morgan (28 January 2007). "Joe Dresnok: An American In North Korea". 60 Minutes. CBS News. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Seth, Michael. "12 North Korea: Recovery, Transformation, and Decline, 1953 to 1993". A History of Korea: History to Antiquity. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£. "Deserter Recalls N. Korean Hell". CBS News. 
  11. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£. "Cold War Shootdowns". Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£ (2007-04-20). "North Korean Provocative Actions, 1950 - 2007" (PDF). United States Congress. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  13. Daniel, Bolger. "3: A Continuous Nightmare". Scenes from an Unfinished War: Low-Intensity Conflict in Korea, 1966-1968. Command and General Staff College. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  14. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£. "Pueblo". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. United States Navy. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  15. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£ (2006-08-31). "filtration of North Korean Commando Troops into Ulchin-Samchok Area". Koreascope. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  16. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£ (March 17, 1969). "7 GIs Die in Korean DMZ Fighting". The Hartford Courant. 
  17. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£. "North, South Trade Fire Along DMZ". VOA News. Archived from the original on 2007-10-26. Retrieved 2006-08-02. 
  18. Kim, San (November 10, 2009). Koreas clash in the waters west of the Korean Peninsula, blame each other. Yonhap.
  19. Foster Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£, Peter; Moore, Malcolm (20 May 2010). "North Korea condemned by world powers over torpedo attack". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  20. Park In-kook Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£ (4 June 2010). "Letter dated 4 June 2010 from the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council". United Nations Security Council. S/2010/281. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  21. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£ (15 June 2010). "Press Conference on Situation in Korean Peninsula: DPRK Permanent Representative to the United Nations Sin Son Ho". Department of Public Information. United Nations. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  22. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£ (9 July 2010). "Presidential Statement: Attack on Republic of Korea Naval Ship ‘Cheonan’". United Nations Security Council. United Nations. S/PRST/2010/13. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  23. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£ (November 23, 2010). "북한 해안포 도발 감행, 연평도에 포탄 100여발 떨어져". Chosun Ilbo. Retrieved 2010-11-23. 
  24. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£ (November 23, 2010). "GLOBAL MARKETS: European Stocks Seen Lower On Korea News". The Wall Street Journal. 
  25. Gabbatt, Adam (November 23, 2010). "North Korea fires on South Korea – live coverage". The Guardian. London. 
  26. Gwon, Seung-jun (23 November 2010). "합참 "우리 군 대응사격으로 북한 측 피해도 상당할 것"". Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  27. Neoliberalism and the Gwangju Uprising
  28. Bruce Cumings in Lee Jai-Eui, Gwangju Diary. University of California, 1999. p. 27
  29. quoted in The Gwangju Uprising. Ed. Henry Scott-Stokes and Lee Jai-Eui, East Gate Publishing, 2000. p. 231
  30. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£ (8 December 2002). "Anti-US protests grow in Seoul". BBC News. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  31. Franklin Fisher Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£ (13 May 2006). "Turmoil, barbed wire surround rice fields". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  32. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£ (8 August 2005). "Ten injured in protest near U.S. military base". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  33. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£. "Ceremonies honor residents driven from lands slated for Humphreys expansion". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 9 April 2007. 
  34. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£. "S. Koreans rally at Camp Humphreys fence to protest U.S. presence". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 10 August 2005. 
  35. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£. "Daechuri issue sees no resolve". The Hankyoreh. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  36. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£ (2010-04-27). "[뉴스테이션/탐사리포트또 다른 양공주의 비극"]. Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  37. 37.0 37.1 Sung So-young Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£ (2012.06.13). "The actual reality of interracial relationships". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  38. Kim, Soe-jung (2005-10-23). "Forum tackles overseas marriages". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 2013-04-12. 

External links[]

All or a portion of this article consists of text from Wikipedia, and is therefore Creative Commons Licensed under GFDL.
The original article can be found at United States Forces Korea and the edit history here.