Most days in the JSA and on the DMZ are not so eventful, and Soldiers of the UNCSB-JSA dedicate time to training to ensure they're ready in case something does happen.
American Soldiers are assigned to the UNCSB-JSA in year-long rotations, and Ciarrocchi said he believes the opportunity allows Soldiers to leave Korea with a real sense of what freedom is all about.
The intent of honoring and respecting the Korean culture, traditions, and customs was to build a foundation of trust, confidence, and respect between the Soldiers and leaders of the UNCSB-JSA and the Korean people.
The Korean soldiers that were selected to serve in the UNCSB-JSA were some of the best and brightest young men in the ROK.
This was not our belief and experience in the UNCSB-JSA. Establishing close, personal and professional relationships between individuals was a key component to effective operations, especially when dealing with people from two different nationalities.
As the relationship between the villagers and the leaders of the UNCSB-JSA matured and a sense of mutual trust permeated both, the villagers became comfortable enough to raise issues that they had previously withheld.
Because of its proximity to the DMZ, the UNCSB-JSA maintains a rigid pass and leave policy and offers few of the comforts that soldiers from many other units take for granted.
The UNCSB-JSA's stated mission is to provide the Commander in Chief United Nations Command, a secure environment in which to conduct negotiations with North Korean representatives.
Life on Camp Bonifas focuses on five very different mission cycles that are rotated among the UNCSB-JSA platoons.
Of all the activities that take place inside the JSA, security operations receive the most attention from the UNCSB-JSA staff.
The UNCSB-JSA can expect to evacuate more than 600 noncombatants at one time.
The UNCSB-JSA is commanded by an American lieutenant colonel--usually one who has previously served in Korea.