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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - February 11, 1983, Tokyo, JapanFriday february 11, 1983 Korea Pacific stars and stripes new commander discusses his Job by maj. Jim Simpson . Army amp red Cloud the Best three Star command in the United states army that the Way it. Gen. Louis c. Menetrey commanding general of the combined Field army Rok-. Describes his new berth. In a recent interview Menetrey also expressed his opinions on tactical concepts the Quality of soldiers today equipment modernization training and Quality of life. Elaborating on his Best command state ment Menetrey commented that it s the Best possible assignment of any nature especially for someone who s had the Opportunity to command and be around soldiers. It s a Field command he said such As every Soldier should aspire to. South Korea he noted has Long been known Ashe Best place to serve with soldiers. Training readiness requirements the immediacy of the threat. All make the Job desirable from the perspective of soldierly tasks. If i had Choice for any assignment in the world at my Grade this would be nothing but Praise it is Gratifying he added to see again How disciplined and Well trained the Rok army is and i also have nothing but Praise for the . 2dinfantry he looks Forward he said to working with theron army much More closely than he did in his last korean assignment As assistant division commander of the 2d division. Menetrey has no hesitation when queried about his tactical concepts. The thrust and direction set by it. Gen. James a Vaught and several of my predecessors such As it. Gen. James Usa photos by sgt. Walt Christiansen sense of purpose. Hollingsworth he affirms Are Correct. I will continue to build on what is called the dynamic my perspective i like to think of it As the air land Battle concept modified for Korea a korean air land Battle concept if you will. There Are of course several difference Between Europe and Korea he said. I will be looking at How Best to implement the air land concept in Korea. This is essentially the same thrust which it. Gen. Vaught Menetrey defines his concept As the application and synchronization of combined arms with air Power in a decisive manner at a time and place chosen by the commander. Also critical Are gaining and retaining the initiative at All times. Finest american soldiers turning to some particular thoughts on the United states army he recalled a recent visit to the 2d infantry division. The 2d infantry division reinforces what i had previously known he reflected. We have today the finest american soldiers we be Ever had. They re Alert they re intelligent they re volunteers and they want to serve in a meaningful Way. Today s soldiers Are very Gratifying to someone like me who has observed soldiers Over Many years. For example he continued today watched a 2d infantry division squad Leader who cared for his men who knew his Job and who was just a True professional. Such an experience is heartwarming and it happens , he added it just makes my the general further commented that both the american and South korean armies Are engaged in modernization of their organizations and their equipment. The scope of that modernization he said is escalating. Well see Many More new weapons systems in the future he predicted. We must prepare for modern decisive combatant not fight previous wars we must insure that the equipment we have is right for this terrain and this Menetrey added that there Are still area which need work. He noted that particularly adaptable to the korean situation is the korean500-md helicopter and the up gunning of artillery. Among new . Equipment he feels radars and some intelligence related systems Are particularly Valu Able. The deployment of the us60 Blackhawk helicopter to Korea he said will help Rok . Forces As air mobility in this terrain is noted that training conducted in As realistic a manner As possible is vital. Small unit trainings the most important he said. It s the building Block and that s where my emphasis will be. Intend to see that Crews squads and sections can perform at maximum level under All great Mission has been to deter War and maintain peace Here in Korea the general stated. As Long As we Are ready i believe that we will deter War. If we re Ever perceived As not ready then there is invariably a High risk of War. So we have a great my View readiness is at an All time High Best three Star command both Rok and .," he said. I will seek to maintain the current High level and to improve upon it. At the same time combined Field army must prepare for different kinds of operations using different techniques and skills mad possible by our equipment and Menetrey noted that any army is dependent on the morale discipline and valor of soldiers. Particularly in the armies of the free world where More opportunities exist outside. Taking care of the Soldier and insuring his or he Well being is the second most important task of any Leader the first being Mission accomplishment. You can t do one without the other. A Soldier s morale and spirit Are directly related to How he s treated so i put great emphasis on morale building activities and Quality of life. We have a sense of purpose the morale of our Rok and . Soldiers Nowise very High he continued. We All have a sense of purpose a sense of accomplishment and sense of doing something important and it is important if we maintain peace in Korea the there will be peace in Northeast Asia. And considering How interrelated world affairs Are today by definition we help maintain peace for the entire world. You can expect continue emphasis on keeping our soldiers ready to fight. I look Forward to this time with great enthusiasm he said. I liked it Here before the land the people the soldiers and i know i a like it again. But mostly commanding the combined Field army is a professionally Gratifying position and ship arrives with team spirit equipment by Steve Davis ass Korea Bureau chief Pusan the military sea lift command s contract vessel cygnus has limped into port with the first Load of team spirit 83-bound military with 600 wheeled vehicles 50 helicopters and eight main Battle tank belonging to the Hawaii based . 25th infantry division the cygnus blew one of it twin diesel engines 10 Days after setting out from Pearl to a military sea lift command spokesman the cause of the engine malfunction is under investigation. The breakdown forced the 634-foot cygnus to steam seven knots slower than its Normal 1.8 knots per hour. The ship s Captain confident that the cygnus would reach South Korea decided not to put int Japan for repairs the spokesman said. The ship arrived in Pusan two Days behind schedule. After mooring at a .-South korean Pierin Pusan the cygnus 20,000-ton cargo was off loaded by an Advance party of soldiers fro the 25th infantry Tropic lightning division participating in team spirit 83, the largest combined military forces exercise to be conducted in the free world this 40,000 american troops from outside Korea and inestimable tons of military hardware Are beginning to arrive in Korea during the strategic deployment phase of the massive exercise which began feb. 1. About 32,000 . Military personnel already stationed in South Korea along with 118,000 South korean military personnel will also participate in the land air and sea exercise designed to test evaluate and improve mobilization procedures and techniques in response to defense contingencies on the korean Peninsula. Pacific stars and stripes depends largely on Public affairs offices for contributions to this Page. If you have a Story that would be of particular interest to this newspaper please let your Pao know about it

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