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Promoting peace - Red Oak’s Moore helps demonstrate U.S. ability to defend South Korea

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Special to the Ellis County Press
PUSAN, Republic of Korea - The son of a Red Oak woman plays the same role in international politics as U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.

While Powell negotiates an end to a cold war between North Korea and its southern neighbor, this airman is also doing his part to promote peace, albeit in a starkly different fashion.

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Hal Moore, son of Patricia Moore of Red Oak, was one of 30,000 U.S. military members taking part in Foal Eagle 2000, a massive military exercise teaming U.S. troops with more than 500,000 Republic of Korea forces and showcasing their capability to defend South Korea should the need arise.

Held at military sites throughout South Korea in October and November, the exercise tested the ability of allied forces to provide ground and air protection, launch and recover aircraft and evacuate civilians from an embattled Korean Peninsula.

It also tested the individual job skills of airmen like Moore, an information manager from the 1st Special Operations Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan.

'I supervised the commander's support staff,' said Moore, a 1978 graduate of Red Oak High School. 'I'm also an information manager. I work with all kinds of information systems, like computers and secure communication systems.'

The experience U.S. troops gained during Foal Eagle is good practice should the uneasy peace between North and South Korea ever erode. It's that kind of uncertainty that had U.S. and South Korean forces not only practicing for Foal Eagle 2000, but for real-world crisis as well.

'Everything I did during Foal Eagle is what I would have done in a real world crisis,' said Moore. 'I ensured our computer systems were up and running and also provided a secure means for our troops to communicate with each other.'

With another Foal Eagle exercise successfully completed, Moore returned to his usual job and resumed the pursuit of personal and professional goals.

'I feel I'm a dedicated professional who loves what he does,' said Moore. 'I wouldn't want to do anything else.'

Moore's loftiest goals may not have him negotiating a peace agreement, but he joins thousands of U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines in keeping the peace, while U.S. dignitaries help negotiate a new beginning in the Land of the Morning Calm.

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