Korea drill will test war, natural disaster evacuation procedures

U.S. military dependents, contractors, retirees in Area 4 participate in the Courageous Channel exercise at the Kelly Fitness Center on Camp Walker, South Korea, in May 2012.


By ASHLEY ROWLAND | STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 9, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea — Military family members and a number of civilian employees in South Korea soon will take part in the annual Courageous Channel evacuation drill, essentially a dress rehearsal in case of war or natural disaster on the Korean peninsula.

The noncombatant evacuation exercise, frequently called NEO, will be from Sept. 15-Oct. 5 at various installations on the peninsula, U.S. Forces Korea announced Tuesday.

During the exercise, participants will undergo a walkthrough of a potential evacuation that will include NEO binder checks, briefings and practicing assembly and registration procedures at on-post NEO centers. All Department of Defense-affiliated noncombatants with a date eligible for return from overseas of Nov. 1, 2014 or later, including nonemergency essential U.S. government employees, are required to participate.

USFK said the NEO exercise is not related to a specific real-world event or current situations.

The assembly and registration portion of the exercise will be from Oct. 1-5. Local installations will provide more information about the locations of their NEO sites and hours of operation.

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