General Robert B. Abrams today took possession of his position as the new commander of the US forces deployed in South Korea (USFK), at a time marked by distension and rapprochement with North Korea.
The ceremony of change of command was held today at the new headquarters of USFK, the quartering of Camp Humphreys, located in the town of Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul, according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap.
The event included among other attendees the South Korean Defense Minister, Jeong Kyeong-doo, and General Vicent Brooks, who led the USFK since April 2016.
Abrams faces the challenge of keeping the troops ready while the dialogue between Pyongyang, Seoul and Washington seeks to establish peace and denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.
Following the rapprochement and summits this year between the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, and the presidents of South Korea and the US, Moon Jae-in and Donald Trump, the Seoul-Washington alliance decided to indefinitely freeze their great military maneuvers, which the regime of North Korea considers a trial for its invasion.
Brooks, however, faced one of the most turbulent phases that are remembered in recent times in the peninsula, with a record number of tests of missiles and nuclear weapons by North Korea and a hardening of the rhetoric of the United States after the arrival of Donald Trump to the White House.
Abrams has led various units in combat operations in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan and from August 2015 until last October he was the general in command of the US Armed Forces Command. (FORSCOM), the largest in the North American country.