Services to be limited on camps during force-protection exercise
CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — Some base services will be closed at camps Stanley, Red Cloud and Jackson on Wednesday and Thursday as part of the Monday-Friday Adaptive Focus force-protection exercise.
The bases will raise their force-protection levels to Charlie or Delta at any time on Wednesday and Thursday, base officials said.
Since most South Korean workers do not have base privileges during the elevated security levels, services such as the post exchange, commissary and fast food restaurants will be shut down or scaled back.
Vehicular traffic also may be limited to essential movements during elevated security levels.
During Adaptive Focus, U.S. Forces Korea tests force-protection standards at different bases with a variety of scenarios, rotating to different bases every other year.
The exercise tests responses from security personnel, along with how well agreements between South Korean and military emergency personnel are working.
In August, Camp Red Cloud held its own force-protection scenario involving a chemical bomb and multiple injuries. This time around, base officials won’t know what to expect by design, said Area I force protection officer Cary Biggart.
“It’s supposed to be a surprise to us so we don’t have everything in place and ready to go when they get here,” Biggart said.