Two Korean sailors watch the U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) as it arrives in Busan, Republic of Korea.
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Blue Ridge Crew Welcomes Osan Command Chief Master Sergeant

CHINHAE, Korea (NNS) -- USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) hosted a visit from the command chief master sergeant of 7th Air Force from Osan Air Force Base, Korea, March 16.

Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Stephen R. Ludwig, who represents 9,000 enlisted service members on five bases and 19 operating locations in Korea, dined in the Blue Ridge's chief petty officer's mess for lunch.

Ludwig spoke to the chief's mess about the importance of teamwork between the services.

"Anytime you get a group of enlisted service members together, you start learning about each other's branches," said Ludwig. "Then you realize that you depend on each other and that you can't accomplish the mission without each other."

Ludwig's visit, and the Blue Ridge's visit to Busan, supplement the combined forces exercise, Key Resolve/ Foal Eagle 2010, a routine, peninsula-wide interoperability exercise involving all branches of the U.S. military and combined international forces.

"Lessons learned are something we can capitalize on. We should be always planning ahead so we have the answers to questions before we have the questions," said Ludwig, speaking directly about experiences during the exercise.

Blue Ridge serves under Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7/Task Force 76, the Navy's only forward-deployed amphibious force. Blue Ridge is also the flagship for Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. Task Force 76 is headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, with an operating detachment in Sasebo, Japan.

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