Military Capabilities

South Korean general to head future US-South Korean military command

04 June 2019

South Korea and the United States have agreed to appoint a four-star South Korean general to head their future joint military command once wartime operational control (OPCON) is transferred from Washington to Seoul, the Ministry of National Defence (MND) in Seoul announced on 4 June.

The two sides reached the agreement during a meeting held the previous day in Seoul between South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo and US Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, during which they also agreed to relocate the headquarters of the allies’ Combined Forces Command (CFC) – which is headed by a four-star US Army general – from Yongsan Garrison in Seoul to Camp Humphreys.

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