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Check Six: Team Spirit 1980 – 37 years ago

December 22, 2017

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In the photograph, Lt. Col. Melvin Morris and CMSgt Clement Oshiro are on the Osan AB flightline. They observed the off loading of a Flying Tiger charter aircraft. Lt. Col. Morris was the Deputy Commander of the 201st Combat Communications Group and Chief Oshiro was the Maintenance Superintendent of the 201st Combat Communications Squadron in Hilo.


From the late 1970s, members of the 201st Combat Communications Group deployed to Korea.

Team Spirit was a joint military training exercise of United States Forces Korea and the Military of South Korea held between 1976 and 1993. The exercise was scheduled from 1994 to 1996 but cancelled in each year as part of diplomacy to encourage the Government of North Korea to disable the North Korean nuclear weapons program.

The North Korea regime abandoned talks following the January 1986 Team Spirit exercises, and in late 1992, North Korea unilaterally withdrew from the South-North High-Level Talks on the pretext of the 1993 Team Spirit exercise.

Until 2007 the exercise had been called “Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration of Forces” (RSOI). As of March 2008, it is called Key Resolve. North Korea has denounced the joint military exercise as a “war game aimed at a northward invasion.”

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