RDECOM Reservists address technology gaps at Ulchi Freedom Guardian

Officers support the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command during Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2012 at Camp Walker in Taegu, South Korea, in August 2012. From left: Lt. Col. Ted Ashford, U.S. Forces Korea science advisor; Lt. Col. Alan Samuels, Army Reserve Sustainment Command, Detachment 8;  Lt. Col. Anthony Lee, Army Reserve Sustainment Command, Detachment 8; and Capt. Scott Christensen, Army Reserve Sustainment Command, Detachment 8.

Officers support the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command during Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2012 at Camp Walker in Taegu, South Korea, in August 2012. From left: Lt. Col. Ted Ashford, U.S. Forces Korea science advisor; Lt. Col. Alan Samuels, Army Reserve Sustainment Command, Detachment 8; Lt. Col. Anthony Lee, Army Reserve Sustainment Command, Detachment 8; and Capt. Scott Christensen, Army Reserve Sustainment Command, Detachment 8.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — U.S. Army Reserve officers are serving a key role in identifying and addressing science and technology needs during a major U.S. Army exercise in the Pacific.

Col. John Olson is leading four officers from the Army Reserve Sustainment Command, Detachment 8, who will deploy to South Korea in August for Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2013.

The team interacts with Soldiers to better understand how Army scientists and engineers can improve capabilities on the peninsula, Olson said.

“These are real-world shortfalls. It’s part of a real-world war plan,” said Olson, who also participated in UFG 2011. “If we don’t begin to address this now, we may not be able to address these issues when a war starts.

“They understand there are important capability gaps that we can begin addressing now prior to actually needing them.”

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