US 8th Army Conducts Noncombatant Evacuation Operation Exercise

An exercise to evacuate U.S. citizens residing in South Korea in the event of a contingency was carried out last week.

The U.S.' Eighth Army unveiled on its Web site on Monday that its 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command headquartered in the city of Daegu simulated the noncombatant evacuation exercise as part of Courageous Channel 2016 between Monday and Thursday of last week.

During the drill, dozens of family members of U.S. troops stationed in South Korea were transported from Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek to Daegu International Airport aboard two Chinook helicopters. After spending a night at Camp Walker in Daegu, the noncombatant evacuees were transported to Gimhae International Airport and left the Korean Peninsula aboard a C-130 transport plane. The C-130 is said to have safely evacuated the U.S. civilians to a U.S. base in Japan.

An evacuation expert at the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command said this year's drill was carried out under conditions most similar to a real emergency situation.

He said the latest drill was the first since 2009 to have evacuated family members of U.S. soldiers out of the peninsula.

Source: KBS World Radio