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U.S. and ROK Engineers Successfully Complete Wet Gap Crossing Training

By Maj. Taylor Criswell

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea – March 20, 2024

Joint Training for Wet Gap Crossing

The 11th Engineer Battalion from the 2nd Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, in conjunction with the ROK Army's 5th Engineer Brigade, recently participated in a combined wet gap crossing training exercise. This annual joint training took place near the Imjin River in Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do from March 11 to 20, 2024.

Strength of Alliance and Capabilities

Lt. Col. Brent Kinney, commander of the 11th Engineer Battalion, emphasized the significance of this joint effort: "Today, the 11th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry-ROK/U.S. Combined Division, successfully completed a wet gap crossing alongside the ROK 129th Engineer Battalion. Our achievement here underscores the strength of our alliance and our collective capabilities. Identifying, seizing, and crossing challenging terrain ensures forward momentum on the battlefield."

Interoperability and Engineering Support

During the exercise, ROK and U.S. Army units utilized aviation, armor, air defense, chemical, biological, and defense capabilities. The goal was to enhance security and protection at the site. Notably, a joint pontoon bridge was constructed to verify interoperability.

Approximately 200 Korean soldiers, 270 U.S. Soldiers, and 65 pieces of ROK-US engineering equipment, including Ribbon Pontoon Bridges (RBS), Improved Ribbon Bridges (IRB), and CH-47 Chinooks, were deployed. The CH-47 Chinooks played a crucial role in air transport of bridging assets, allowing for gap crossings even when land movement is hindered.

Maximizing Interoperability

Major Kim Jin-woo, commander of the 5th Engineer Brigade Doha Company, highlighted the importance of joint training: "Operations are training, and training is operations. This exercise provided an excellent opportunity to maximize the interoperability of ROK-U.S. crossing equipment and improve our combined operational performance capabilities."

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