OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea — Military members at the Hardened Tactical Air Component Command operations floor at Osan AB, Korea, keep a watchful eye on simulated friendly and enemy air and ground forces during Exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle 09. Through a series of computer networks and giant data walls, a joint team of Americans and Republic of Korea Air Force counterparts exercise their warfighting capabilities. The annual air and space portion of Key Resolve/Foal Eagle demonstrates U.S. resolve to support the Republic of Korea against external aggression while improving ROK-U.S. combat readiness and joint/combined interoperability. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force, Staff Sgt. Benjamin Rojek
SOCET GXP® product manager and U.S. Air Force Reserve senior non-commissioned officer Rob Stout traveled to OSAN Air Base, Republic of Korea (ROK), for a training exercise in mid-March with participants representing the U.S. Air Force and South Korea. More than 1,000 Airmen from around the world gathered on the Korean peninsula to execute operations for the annual Key Resolve/Foal Eagle 2009 joint military exercise. This command post exercise, which focuses on crisis management and warfighting operations, is the largest of its kind in the world.
“These exercises are designed to help teach, coach, and mentor military members from both the ROK and U.S., while exercising senior leaders’ decision-making capabilities,” said Gen. Walter Sharp, commander of the Combined Forces Command. “The primary goal is to ensure that the command is ready to defend the ROK in the event it becomes necessary.”
Training exercises included simulated before-and-after battle damage assessments using SOCET GXP’s two-color compare, porthole, and swiper tools. The pre- and post-strike analyses are used to determine effectiveness. Other SOCET GXP image comparison tools include three-color multiple views, merge, flicker, and side-by-side.
Rob Stout was selected as one of 10 top performers out of the 70 participants from the Air Operations Center (AOC) Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Division. His service was recognized with an award for outstanding performance. The battle damage assessment techniques used in this exercise were nominated as a “Best practice” to be implemented by other AOCs in future operating procedures.