New U.S. Army unit in Korea on rotational mission
SEOUL, Oct. 23 (Yonhap) -- Another U.S. Army combat unit has begun its service in Korea in a rotational deployment program, the U.S. Forces Korea's 2nd Infantry Division said Tuesday.
The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, replaces the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, which completed its nine-month stint.
A transfer of authority ceremony was held at Camp Humphreys, some 70 kilometers south of Seoul, on Monday.
The U.S. started such a rotational deployment of its combat team to the peninsula, home to the 28,500-strong USFK, in 2013.
Maj. Gen. Scott McKean, commander of the 2nd Infantry Division, lauded the outgoing unit's service.
"During their rotation they furthered interoperability with our ROK partners and demonstrated their Soldiers toughness throughout," he said, using the initialization of South Korea's official name.
Col. Mike Adams, leader of the unit, also said, "Our soldiers trained and competed in everything they could across Korea."
Meanwhile, the new unit marks the first footprint in Korea by the 1st Armored Division, based in Fort Bliss, Texas.
Source: Yonhap News Agency