by Osakabe Yasuo
374th Airlift Wing public affairs
1/28/2014 - YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Royal
Australian Air Force Group Captain Barbara Courtney assumed command of
United Nations Command, Rear, from Royal Australian Air Force Group
Captain Luke Stoodley during a ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan.
The guest speaker for the event was U.S. Army General Curtis
Scaparrotti, commander of the United Nations Command, Combined Forces
Command, and U.S. Forces Korea.
"Service members of the Republic of Korea, the United States and the UNC
standing states work hard every day both in Korea and Japan to maintain
the armistice and the readiness. Our combined joint team does this by
ensuring we have the proper manning, force structure, modern equipment,
and readiness to fight the night. UNC (Rear) is a vital part of that
team and continues to embody the spirit of Gen. McArthur's vision.
Under the superb leadership of Group Captain Luke Stoodley, the small
and capable group maintains the status of forces agreement for UN forces
Japan." Scaparrotti said during the ceremony.
As the United Nations Command's principal representative in Japan, the
UNC (Rear) maintains the status of forces agreement regarding United
Nations Forces in Japan during armistice conditions. During hostilities,
the unit supports UNC operations within Japan and facilities the
movement of UNC Sending States' Forces through the country to Korea.
The UNC (Rear) is composed of eight nations accredited to the United
Nations Command: Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, The
Philippines, Thailand, Turkey and the United Kingdom.