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SEOUL — The 7th Air Force recently announced its participation in upcoming major readiness exercises on the Korean peninsula, according to an Osan Air Base news release.

The exercises involve all 7th Air Force bases in South Korea, including Osan and Kunsan, and are designed to sharpen the 7th’s wartime mission of deterring aggression on the peninsula.

These 7th Air Force-specific exercises are planned, the release stated:

• April 7-11: Pacific Air Forces Operational Readiness Inspection. Event used to assess Air Force standards of mobilizing, deploying, and employing personnel and assets in support of wartime or contingency operations.

• July 21-25: Peninsula Combat Employment Readiness Exercise. Used to evaluate a unit’s ability to sustain all elements of its primary wartime missions in a realistic combat scenario.

7th Air Force participation in these U.S. Forces Korea-sponsored exercises is planned:

• Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integrating (RSOI), March 16-23. Combined Forces Command, South Korean and U.S. forces commanders use this scheduled annual combined and joint command post exercise to train and evaluate command capabilities to receive U.S. forces from bases outside the country.

• Foal Eagle, March 4-April 2. This joint and combined field training exercise, linked with RSOI, focuses on rear area security and stability operations, onward movement of critical assets and select war-fighting training events across all South Korean and U.S. service components.

• Courageous Channel, March 27-30. Tests how swiftly approximately 126,000 civilian noncombatants can be evacuated in case of an emergency on the peninsula.

• Ulchi Focus Lens, August 2003. Free-play command-post exercise designed to provide theater, component commanders, Army Corps commanders and their equivalents in other services with an advanced-training environment for improving skills.

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