Senior leaders provide insight to new Area II service members
July 31, 2013
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan's goal is to brief each newcomer on the do's and don'ts while on tour in Korea during the day three in-processing brief for every new service member in Area II.
Brig. Gen. Chris R. Gentry, the deputy commanding general for Eighth Army and also the senior responsible officer for Area II, Col. Michael E. Masley, garrison commander for USAG Yongsan, and Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel L. Willing, command sergeant major of USAG Yongsan, each attend to provide newcomers with insight on what is expected of them and to stress the continuous push to strengthen the ROK-U.S. alliance.
"I want to come out and show a little appreciation to the troops for what they do every day," Gentry said. "I want to encourage service members to enjoy Korea and learn some of the heritage and ethnic background of this great country."
During the briefing, Masley discusses the importance of knowing about sexual assault with ways to prevent it and report it.
"I encourage everyone to have a battle buddy while traveling the peninsula or attending any type of events where there is alcohol involved," Masley said. "The Army's focus right now is preventing sexual assaults and we need to ensure that we do all that we can as a team to prevent this type of act from occurring in our organizations."
Willing talked about the places that are off- limits and stressed the importance of the curfew hours.
"It is the responsibility of everyone to know the off-limits areas and stay away from them," Willing said. "The curfew hours are from 0100-0500 (1 a.m. to 5 a.m.), and each Soldier needs to be at their place of residence during those hours unless you are on pass or leave."
Following the briefing from the three senior leaders, there are representatives from other various organizations, including Army Community Service, Army Substance Abuse Program and a host of others providing information about services to the Area II military community.
"It is an honor to serve with all of you in our effort to strengthen the ROK-US alliance," Gentry said. "Welcome to Korea and 'Katchi Kapshida' (We Go Together)."
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