by Staff Sgt. Emerson Nuñez
7th Air Force Public Affairs
8/25/2013 - OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- One
of the biggest challenges the Air Component Commander in the Republic
of Korea faces is how to ensure seamless communication between forces
who speak different languages.
While the shared mission might be clearly understood, how to get there
might not always be easy to translate. That's where the ACC plans and
coordination team comes in.
"Bringing both U.S. and ROK forces together is our goal," said U.S. Air
Force Lt. Col. Bryan Christensen, incoming director for the ACC/PJ team.
"We are a combined force and make sure both sides are communicating
effectively together -- we bring both services together as one team to
accomplish the mission."
A large part of their mission is to coordinate senior leadership battle
rhythms between U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Jan-Marc Jouas, the Air
Component Commander, and ROKAF Lt. Gen. Cha-Kyu Choi, Air Force
Operations Command commander.
The team's operations tempo kicks into high gear during yearly exercises
such as Key Resolve and Ulchi Freedom Guardian as military members and
civilians come from all over the world to take part in scenarios
designed to ensure readiness to defend the ROK and sustain the
capabilities that strengthen the ROK-U.S. alliance.
Interpreters on the ACC/PJ team have to worry about more than just
simple translation between English and Korean. They must also overcome
cultural differences and nuisances while also figuring out how each
service works to accomplish their goals.
"The cultural differences between USAF and ROKAF is vast and its can be
difficult to ensure that both sides understand each other," said Capt.
Min-kyung Park, ACC/PJ contingency planning officer.