U.S. and South Korea Conduct Joint Airborne Drills with Special Operations Forces

U.S. and South Korean special ops forces conducted joint airborne training, showcasing their alliance, interoperability, and readiness to respond to regional security threats on the Korean Peninsula.

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Bijay Laxmi
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U.S. and South Korea Conduct Joint Airborne Drills with Special Operations Forces

U.S. and South Korea Conduct Joint Airborne Drills with Special Operations Forces

U.S. and Republic of Korea (ROK) special operations forces conducted a static-line airborne training operation as part of the Korea Flying Training 24 (KFT 24) exercise, which ran from April 12-26, 2024. Approximately 200 personnel from both countries participated in the training, which involved parachute jumps from a Republic of Korea CASA 235 aircraft over Osan Air Base in South Korea.

The jumpers, assigned to the ROK Special Warfare Command and U.S. Special Operations Command Korea, were carried by eight aircraft, including U.S. C-17s, ROK and U.S. C-130s, and ROK CASA 235s. The training focused on the proficient integration of joint and combined forces, preparing them to defend South Korea against potential aggression while maintaining stability in Northeast Asia.

Why this matters: The joint exercise reinforces the strong alliance and interoperability between U.S. and South Korean military forces. It demonstrates their readiness and ability to respond to regional security threats in an increasingly tense environment on the Korean Peninsula.

According to U.S. military officials, the successful event required months of deliberate planning. It provided valuable experience for Airmen across the 7th Air Force to closely integrate with their special operations forces partners. The training reinforces a broader integrated deterrence posture and validates a range of scalable options for senior leaders.

"The exercise was a routine, combined training event between U.S. and ROK special operations forces," said a U.S. military spokesperson. It is part of the ongoing efforts by both countries to maintain a high level of readiness and cooperation in the face of potential security challenges in the region.

Key Takeaways

  • U.S. and ROK special ops conducted airborne training as part of KFT 24 exercise.
  • Approx. 200 personnel from both countries participated in parachute jumps over Osan Air Base.
  • The training focused on joint and combined forces integration to defend against potential aggression.
  • The exercise reinforced the strong U.S.-ROK military alliance and interoperability.
  • The successful event required months of planning and provided valuable experience for Airmen.