by SSgt. Emerson Nuñez
7th Air Force Public Affairs
8/25/2013 - OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Every military member stationed in the Republic of Korea knows they need to be able to fight tonight.
But, how can they maintain such a sharp edge of readiness without actually throwing lead downrange or putting bombs on target?
That's where the staff of the Korean Air Simulation Center comes in.
This diverse group of ROK and U.S. military members, civilians and
contractors receive augmentation from around the world to create
realistic battle scenarios on the peninsula during yearly exercises Key
Resolve and Ulchi Freedom Guardian.
"We exist for combat readiness for the Seventh Air Force team and all of
our supporting war fighting team whether it's a Sailor, Soldier, Airman
or Marine," said U.S. Air Force Col. Tracey Murchison, 7th Air Force
Programs and Analyses Directorate director.
To ensure the best possible battle simulation is carried out, the KASC
is integrated with the Korean Battle Simulation Center at U.S. Army
Garrison Yongsan in Seoul, as well as other simulation centers around
"We are linked in with simulation centers back in the United States,
Japan, and all over the Republic of Korea," Murchison said. "All those
models and simulations are connected and are interacting with each other
in order to provide the training audience with what they need for this
Two of the main reasons why simulation centers exist is to allow senior
leadership to practice vital decision making in wartime scenarios, and
to save money in a world of ever-decreasing budgets.
"When there's just 0s and 1s being exchanged, in the models and
simulation business, there is a lot of money being saved," Murchison
said. "You're not flying live sorties or maneuvering units on the field
which definitely adds up."
UFG 2013 is one of the biggest exercises that the KASC has participated
in within the past seven years. The personnel tasked with writing the
script for the exercise are assigned to the wing operation cell, which
also acts as the WOC for other air bases as the simulation is played
out. This can be an extremely time consuming and tedious task for WOC
"In the initial planning phase for the script, we receive request from
different career fields of what wartime related issues they want the air
operations center to work though during the simulated war," said U.S.
Air Force Capt. Jared Marvin, Wing Operations Cell deputy.
The WOC cell not only writes the script for the exercise, but also
reports to tactical-level commanders on how the war is playing out
during the simulation to provide instant feedback.
The KASC's mission is to provide the world's finest exercise planning
and simulation support to U.S. Pacific Command, Pacific Air Forces, 7th
AF, and the Korean Air Operations Center -- and they successfully and
proudly carry out their mission with excellence, said Murchison.