Air defenders bond over barbecue on Osan Air Base
August 30, 2011
OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea - Air defenders from the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade and 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command were invited to a friendship dinner meeting at the Republic of Korea Air Force Officers Club here Aug. 16.
Maj. Gen. Park Seong-hyeok, ROK ADAC commander and Brig. Gen. James H. Dickinson, 94th AAMDC commander, who said, "That the event represents the U.S.-Korea growing relationship now and in the future."
The dinner started out with a brief introduction involving the historical account that lead up to the relationship between the forces.
The guest's were given an overview for the day's event.
35th ADA Brigade Commander Col. Eric Sanchez, Command Sgt. Maj. Jerome Wiggins and staff got an opportunity to exchange their knowledge with senior ROK forces.
The discussion focused on shared areas of interest on combined training on the Korean Peninsula and America's long-time commitment to Korea.
"This is great," said Kim Hyon-guk, assigned to 35th Air Defense Artillery Bridage S5 section.
The guest had a good deal of interaction, engaging in topics that were an enjoyable experience for both sides. Afterwards, they exchanged honorary toasts for each other's continued support for the units and then enjoyed a wonderful Korean style dinner.
Sooner than they wanted to leave, based on the expressions on their faces, they exchanged gifts to close out the occasion. They came away with a better understanding of the relationship and had a cultural exchange they will always remember. The dinner reassured both sides that they would continue to build positive relationships in the future.