Good Afternoon, everyone.
I'm keeping this OP somewhat short because it's one of two I am producing today. This is the practical knowledge and useful information side of it
though. Right now, for most, the Media is the best source of changing events in Korea. No harm there, when no better options exist or are known about.
Well, I hope to give everyone a few more ways to independently verify what is happening in the Republic of Korea and North Korea. First,
United States Forces: Korea / Force Protection Levels.
This is a bit of a recap as I've posted some of this before. However, not the central display or some of the additional context. The purpose here is
to bring it all into one thread and one place for quick and immediate reference.
This is the current (Check thread date/time) status of U.S. Forces across the Republic of Korea (South Korea).
Force Protection Levels Briefly Explained:
FPCON NORMAL: Applies when a general global threat of possible terrorist activity exists and warrants a routine security posture. At a minimum,
access control will be conducted at all military installations and facilities.
FPCON ALPHA: Applies when there is an increased general threat of possible terrorist activity against personnel or facilities, the nature and extent
of which are unpredictable. The increased measures during FPCON Alpha must be capable of being maintained indefinitely.
FPCON BRAVO: Applies when an increased or more predictable threat of terrorist activity exists. Sustaining FPCON Bravo measures for a prolonged period
may affect operational capability and military-civil relationships with local authorities.
FPCON CHARLIE: Applies when an incident occurs or intelligence is received indicating that some form of terrorist action or targeting against
personnel or facilities is likely. Prolonged implementation of FPCON Charlie measures may create hardship and affect the activities of the unit and
FPCON DELTA: Applies in the immediate area where a terrorist attack has occurred or when intelligence has been received that terrorist action against
a specific location or person is imminent. FPCON Delta is usually declared as a localized condition and is not intended to be sustained for an
There is more to the levels and specifics but I'm giving the critical highlights and not necessarily every minor detail in manuals which people
stationed at these places need to know.
This is what those mean in real terms of who is where for bases among those designations:
Chinhae Naval Base
Osan Air Force Base
Daegu Air Base
Gwangju Air Base
Kunsan Air Base
(Source for updated versions of Protection Levels
For those needing more specific information, I've included these:
US State Department Information and Fact Sheet : Republic of Korea
State Dept Travel Warning for the DPRK - March 14, 2013
State Dept. International Travel Warning Index
Warnings and Watches are important because the role of the U.S. Embassy and State Department in other nations is, in part to keep American citizens
abroad up to date and informed of changing situations with LOCAL context and detail. These are available from RSS and other real time updating feeds
and used that way by Americans overseas quite often. Hence, updates are very likely to appear across the Warning/Watch feeds and quite possible with
more detail than global MSM would consider worth reporting to the larger audience.
If reliance on updating feeds and other official lines of data are not enough, there are webcams to glance at, which I always recommend people do in a
dynamically changing situation. Just as many average people don't think of it....nor do many who might otherwise think better of such things showing
live feed. (If they ALL go down at once? ...I'll leave everyone to draw their own conclusions but I'd not think it would need much more
Webcams in Korea
Jongno-gu District, Seoul
Namsan Park, Seoul
Finally, a couple maps to help place where all this is located.
Map of US Camps near Seoul and the DMZ
US Presence in South Korea w/ Airbases
Overall Map of South Korean Cities and Areas of Interest
It's a 'just the facts' one this time and I hope this gives everyone a few more options to check for themselves as this crisis seems to be building
and worsening. Hopefully the real and near-real time links don't become critical to have. However, it's always better to have it and not need it
...than need it and not have it, right?