KSC Battalion brightens holiday season in Korea
The Korean Service Corps Battalion brightens the holiday season in South Korea every year by stringing up millions of holiday lights.

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - The Korean Service Corps Battalion helped to brighten the holiday season by stringing up millions of lights at U.S. Army posts in South Korea.

According to 19th KSC Company Commander Han Kwang-man, the KSC Battalion has been decorating Yongsan Garrison and Hannam Village with holiday lights since 2004.

The 19th KSC Company spent more than three weeks rigging red, white, blue and green lights on the bushes, in the trees and along the walls of Eighth Army Drive and X Corps Boulevard on this U.S. Army headquarters post.

"[The holiday lights] bring home to the Yongsan community and people," said Han.

For more than 35 years, the 1st KSC Company has also decorated Camp Casey and Camp Hovey with holiday lights, including placing a large star light on a mountain inside the post.

"We are very proud to be able to have the chance to offer a joyful holiday to military members and families," said Kim Yong-su, commander of the 1st KSC Company.

Part of Eighth Army, the Korean Service Corps was established during the Korean War. The battalion, whose motto is "Service First," played a critical role in the Korean War, from evacuating wounded Soldiers to carrying ammunition to the frontlines.

Today, the KSC Battalion provides a wide variety of combat support and combat service support to U.S. Forces Korea and Eighth Army.

At the tree lighting ceremony on Yongsan Garrison Dec. 5, Eighth Army Deputy Commanding General Brig. Gen. David J. Conboy thanked the Korean Service Corps Battalion for the support they provide during the holiday season and year around.

"The KSC Battalion does tremendous work for us every day throughout the peninsula," said Conboy. "We couldn't have done this holiday celebration without their assistance."

The holiday lights are on from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily from Dec. 5 until Jan. 2, 2012.

Page last updated Mon December 5th, 2011 at 00:00