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Post  bjeb318 on Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:18 pm

Noncombatant Evacuation Operations
While Korea is a relatively safe location, it is important that all “noncombatants” be prepared to evacuate both quickly and safely. Noncombatant Evacuation Operations (NEO) are operations directed by the US Department of State to evacuate eligible personnel frm foreign countries when their lives are endanger by war, natural disaster, or civil unrest to safe havens or to the US. People considered noncombatants are family members of US Department of Defense (DoD) military and civilian employees, non-emergency essential US civilian employees, and DoD invited contractors and their families. Both Command Sponsored and Non Command Sponsored families are eligible for evacuation assistance from Korea.

Military members and emergency essential civilian employees are NOT considered noncombatants and will remain in Korea until directed otherwise. All DoD affiliated noncombatants must register for NEO with their NEO Warden. To help noncombatants prepare for a possible evacuation, US Forces Korea (USFK) conducts a twice yearly Courageous Channel exercise. All DoD affiliated noncombatants are required to participate in these exercises, in order to rehearse evacuation procedures and to train personnel who support NEO execution. In addition to participating in Courageous Channel, each family is required to maintain a NEO kit which includes the following:

■Important documents (NEO packet), for a list of these documents, click this link.

■Enough food and water to last three days
■Protective equipment issued by the military
For more information on NEO, click this link.
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