Twelve days earlier, 10 U.S. Service members from 19th Special Forces Group began the foot march alongside their partners from the 7th Republic of Korea, Special Forces Brigade. The trek has been conducted on and off over the past thirty years by Republic of Korea Special Forces units. Unlike any other training event it was developed to increase the capabilities and push the limits of the ROKSF.
This was the first time that U.S. Soldiers participated in trek alongside their ROKSF counterparts. For Lt. Col. Jay Kim, commander of 32nd ROKSF Battalion, it allowed a deep bond between the U.S. and ROK to be forged.