Noncombatant Evacuation Operations

Noncombatant Evacuation Operation

Noncombatant Evacuation Operations:

Each year U.S. Forces Korea hosts two preparatory exercises, Courageous Channel and Focused Passage, to ensure that all DoD family members and non-emergency essential DOD Civilians and their families are prepared in case of an emergency evacuation. Both exercises are MANDATORY for all DoD family members and non-emergency essential DoD civilian employees. They are voluntary for U.S. embassy personnel, DoD retirees, contractors and their families, but highly recommended. Any other U.S. civilians with base access are also invited to participate.

During each exercise NEO Wardens are available to update your NEO packets, demonstrate use of the ICAPS mask and answer any questions you might have about a potential evacuation.

NOTE

  • Your ICAPS mask comes in a yellow sealed box. You may open the ICAPS box to train with the mask, however the sealed canister inside the box MUST remain sealed.
  • The M52 mask comes in a brown cardboard box. The box must remain sealed. Ask your warden for M52 training opportunities.

NEO Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is my NEO Warden?
Each unit has a designated NEO warden. Please contact your chain of command.

2. What is Exercise COURAGEOUS CHANNEL?
Exercise Courageous Channel maintains our readiness to conduct non-combatant evacuation operations in Korea if needed. This exercise requires all potential evacuees to contact their NEO Warden and to update their packets, information and items in their NEO kits. Contact your NEO warden today to ensure you are ready.

3. Why is this exercise being conducted?
To exercise the command’s Noncombatant Evacuation Operations (NEO) plans and procedures for an ordered evacuation from the Republic of Korea. This is a semi-annual exercise and is unrelated to any current events.

4. Can NEO registration be completed on-line?
This exercise requires all potential evacuees to contact their NEO Warden and to update their packets, information and items in their NEO kits. Contact your NEO warden today to ensure you are ready.

5. Is this exercise related to any current or specific event on the Korean Peninsula?
No. Exercise Courageous Channel maintains our readiness to conduct non-combatant evacuation operations in Korea if needed.

6. What is the purpose of the exercise?
Exercise Courageous Channel maintains our readiness to conduct non-combatant evacuation operations in Korea if needed.

7. Who is involved in the exercise?
Participation in the NEO exercise is mandatory for DOD command and non-command sponsored family member and non-emergency essential DOD personnel. It is encouraged for DOD contractors and their families, U.S. embassy personnel, DOD retirees, and any other U.S. civilians with post access.

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