2ID welcomes new deputy commander in Pyeongtaek
July 16, 2013
CAMP HUMPHREYS, Korea - The 2nd Infantry Division conducted a patch ceremony July 16 at the Super Gym, Camp Humphreys to welcome Brig. Gen Erik Peterson, the new deputy commanding general for support.
This will be Peterson's second time stationed at Camp Humphreys. He served there as a helicopter pilot during his first assignment in the Army.
"I am honored and humbled to be serving once again in the Republic of Korea, among friends and colleagues, as part of our thriving 63-year alliance," said Peterson. "My first Army assignment, 25 years ago, was as a lieutenant in the Republic of Korea, right here at Pyeongtaek and Camp Humphreys. It was an amazing experience, as both a soldier and a guest of this magnificent country."
Peterson said that first experience in Korea led to his decision to stay in the Army.
"During that tour, I traveled the country, made many new friends and watched first hand as the Republic of Korea graciously and successfully hosted the entire world during the 1988 Olympics," said Peterson. "That experience and that assignment convinced me to make the Army service my career, and I'm pleased to finally make it back."
During his speech in the ceremony, Maj. Gen. Thomas S. Vandal, the commander of the 2nd Infantry Division, thanked the leaders of the Pyeongtaek community for their support during the last 63 years.
"To our many ROK army partners and Korean friends of the division, thank you for being here and for your unwavering support to our soldiers and families," said Vandal. "Your kindness and generosity have sustained us here in 'Warrior Country' for more than six decades. We could not be as effective in our mission if it were not for your support. We sincerely appreciate your friendship and continued support to the Warrior Division. We are proud to be part of the greatest alliance, and one of the strongest partnerships in the world, where Warrior soldiers are honored to serve in Korea with their ROK counterparts."