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U.S. Stryker team comes to Korea for joint exercises

Thousands of U.S. rapid response troops, including the Stryker team, are taking part in a joint exercise in South Korea, the U.S. military said Wednesday, as tensions run high on the peninsula amid North Korea’s saber-rattling.

The Army’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) has been deployed here for the ongoing Foal Eagle exercise after the Cobra Gold training in Thailand, according to the U.S. Pacific Command (Pacom).

The Stryker unit, code-named Task Force Ghost, is a motorized infantry force known for increased operational and tactical mobility and flexibility.

It reportedly includes three infantry battalions, a cavalry squadron for reconnaissance, a field artillery battalion, an anti-tank company and a military intelligence company.

A team of U.S. marines also practiced joint parachute operations with South Korean marines as part of Korea Marine Exercise Program (KMEP) last week.

After a simulator-using practice, they actually jumped together out of a U.A. Army CH-47 Chinook, the Pacom said. The U.S. Marine Corps’ F-35 Lightning II aircraft based in Japan also joined the KMEP, the first time for the stealth fighter to hold a drill in Korea’s aerospace.

Around 28,500 American service members are stationed in Korea to help defend against North Korea.

The allies hold massive combined trainings including Key Resolve and Foal Eagle each year, drawing a number of American troops abroad as well. The command-post Key Resolve drill finished last week after a two-week run, while the Foal Eagle field training will last through the end of next month.

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