An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | May 5, 2023

Humphreys Performs Multi-day Installation Emergency Exercise

By Monica K. Guthrie USAG Humphreys

Personnel on Camp Humphreys conducted a multi-day exercise to train on emergency operations. The exercise spanned from April 24-27 and included training on increased force protection levels, gate runners, suspicious packages and accidents resulting in multiple causalities.

“The whole purpose (…) is to prepare for when an incident does happen so that we’re ready to react and support the troops,” said Robert Nelson, operations chief for the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS) and battle captain during the exercise. “Additionally, we work to stablish a safe and secure environment for everybody and make sure we’re providing the right amount of support to make sure support is there for our Soldiers, civilians and Koreans.”

The first day, participants encountered a fictional scenario, which resulted in gates closing. The event took place at one of the gates at Humphreys allowing the players to physically close the gate based on the fictional situation. By doing so, personnel were able to evaluate their capabilities and determine ways to improve.

In addition to training emergency personnel, across the installation in an emergency operations center, leaders from agencies across the Humphreys installation, mimicked responding to the scenarios as they unfolded. Questions ranged from information sharing, to feeding the Humphreys community, to maintaining operations without the support of local nationals. Included in the participants were installation staff as well as fourth-estate organizations such as the Defense Commissary Agency, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, and Department of Defense Education Agency.

“The first day was really about looking at different (force protection conditions) and looking at what services would be encumbered by going to a higher level of FPCON, because we don’t routinely go to a higher level,” said Nelson.

Day two involved multiple events happening simultaneously in order to create a situation that added an additional stressor for the emergency personnel. Between a vehicle breeching the gate, a suspicious package and a multi-casualty accident, the scenario required organizations to work together.

“The key is to get the staff to start thinking out the process and procedures of how we support,” said Nelson. “We work as a group but we all belong to different organizations and directorates and we have to come together as a team and work as a team. So, there is a bit of relationships building, as well as learning who to call and when to call to get that support.”

At another location on the installation, members of the 718 Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) addressed a fictional situation involving a vehicle with a potential improvised explosive device. In case the explosive was wired to the door hinge, a TALON robot is used to remotely inspect the vehicle while its operators are in a EOD truck further away.

"718th EODs participation in the exercise was critical to not only practice integration of EOD capabilities into Camp Humphreys incident command system and emergency measures, but also reinforce our partnership and interoperability with diverse organizations to ultimately enhance force protection readiness," said Lt. Keegan Buros, 2nd Platoon leader for 718 Ordnance Company.

Mike Nave, a logistics management specialist with 403rd Army Field Support Battalion Korea, said this was his second time participating in an incident operations exercise. He believes it is important to participate in exercises such as these in order to “find flaws in the system.” He hopes the community realizes the effort that goes into the protection of the installation.

“These exercises are necessary to help ensure their safety,” said Nave. “They should feel more comfortable knowing that we, as an element, are working our best to try and make sure that we are doing everything we to ensure their safety. No matter what situations come our way, we’ve done everything we possibly can do to find a mitigating factor or process in order to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.”


Like Us
Follow Us



PACAF RQ-4 Global Hawks Arrive at Yokota Air Base
An RQ-4 Global Hawk, assigned to the 4th Reconnaissance Squadron, 319th Operation Group, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, sits on the flightline at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 2, 2023. U.S. Pacific Air Forces began positioning RQ-4 Global Hawks at Yokota Air Base, Japan, from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on May 15 to provide theater-wide enduring operations in support of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S, Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)
May 25, 2023 - YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- U.S. Pacific Air Forces began positioning RQ-4 Global Hawks at Yokota Air Base, Japan, from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on May 15 to provide theater-wide enduring operations in support of...

U.S. Partnership with U.K., Australia Enhances Security
U.S. Marines with 3d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Ground Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force-Darwin 22, establish defensive positions as MV-22 Ospreys approach for landing during an airfield seizure event as part of exercise Koolendong 22 at Royal Australian Air Force Base Curtin, WA, Australia, July 18, 2022. Exercise Koolendong 22 is a combined and joint force exercise focused on expeditionary advanced base operations conducted by U.S. Marines, U.S. Soldiers, U.S. Airmen, and Australian Defence Force personnel. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Cedar Barnes)
May 25, 2023 - WASHINGTON -- In September 2021, the U.S., Australia and the U.K. announced a new partnership, AUKUS, meant to strengthen alliances and security, especially in the Indo-Pacific. In March, plans for moving forward on the first...

Enduring PACE Exercise Bolsters Communications Readiness throughout South Korea
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman James Angeley, left, 607th Air Communications Squadron, radio maintenance technician, and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Carlos Perez Ortiz, right, 607 ACOMS, radio frequency transmission system technician sets up a ground multiband terminal during exercise Enduring PACE, May 18, 2023, at Osan Air Base, South Korea. Exercise Enduring PACE put communication equipment to the test and involved communications Airmen from the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan AB, the 51st Fighter Wing, the 607th Air Operations Center at Osan AB and other communications units dispersed throughout South Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kenneth W. Norman)
May 25, 2023 - OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea -- In modern warfare, the ability to communicate rapidly and effectively can be the difference between victory and defeat. To effectively maintain Fight Tonight readiness and provide the best...

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command kicks off Large Scale Global Exercise 23
May 25, 2023 - CAMP SMITH, Hawaii -- U.S. Indo-Pacific Command will conduct Large Scale Global Exercise 23 (LSGE 23) beginning May 24 through Aug. 19, 2023. LSGE23 is a Department of Defense exercise executed by U.S. Indo-Pacific Command...

U.S. Coast Guard Post-Typhoon Mawar Update 1
Station Apra Harbor 45-foot Response Boats weather the residual storm as U.S. Coast Guard crews in Guam begin assessments and reconstitution efforts on May 25, 2023, after Typhoon Mawar devastated the island. Crews are working to resume operations and reopen the ports. (U.S. Coast Guard photo Lt. j.g. Drew Lovullo)
May 25, 2023 - SANTA RITA, Guam -- Following the devastating impact of Typhoon Mawar, U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia Sector Guam, MAT/WAT Guam, and USCGC Sequoia (WLB 215) crews are actively assessing the situation and coordinating...