• Pfc. Jabob Durski shakes hands with Gen. Kwon Oh-sung, the Deputy Commanding General for Combined Forces Command, during the medal presentation part of the 41st Annual Six Star Salute in Seoul, South Korea Apr. 5. Durski was recently chosen as the USAG Yongsan Soldier of the Year, and is preparing to leave to participate in the Installation Management Command 'Best Warrior' competition later in April.

    Soldiers shine at Six Star Salute

    Pfc. Jabob Durski shakes hands with Gen. Kwon Oh-sung, the Deputy Commanding General for Combined Forces Command, during the medal presentation part of the 41st Annual Six Star Salute in Seoul, South Korea Apr. 5. Durski was recently chosen as the USAG...

  • Members of the United Nations Honor Guard present the colors to open the 41st Annual Six Star Salute at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul, South Korea Apr. 5. The Salute, which was created to help recognize outstanding Soldiers, brought members of the United Nations Command to help congratulate the 80 awardees.

    Soldiers shine at Six Star Salute

    Members of the United Nations Honor Guard present the colors to open the 41st Annual Six Star Salute at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul, South Korea Apr. 5. The Salute, which was created to help recognize outstanding Soldiers, brought members of the...

  • Soldiers, waiting for their cue to take the stage, stand before the United Nations Flag before the start of the 41st Annual Six Star Salute. 39 United States servicemembers, 39 Republic of Korea servicemembers, one Filipino Soldier and one Thai Soldier were honored for their outstanding work as a part of the Combined Forces working to keep South Korea safe.

    Soldiers shine at Six Star Salute

    Soldiers, waiting for their cue to take the stage, stand before the United Nations Flag before the start of the 41st Annual Six Star Salute. 39 United States servicemembers, 39 Republic of Korea servicemembers, one Filipino Soldier and one Thai Soldier...

SEOUL, Republic of Korea -- April 5 was the night to shine for 80 Soldiers across the Republic of Korea. The United Service Organizations, with the help of several business partners and guests, honored these outstanding Servicemembers at the 41st Annual Six Star Salute at the Seoul Grand Hyatt.

The Six Star Salute, which began its mission of honoring outstanding Soldiers serving in South Korea in 1971, spared no expense for the night's guests and awardees. The event began with a presentation of the 80 selected Soldiers, who marched under uplifted swords before taking their seats at tables around the ballroom. The tables were reserved for business partners and dignitaries, including Gen. James Thurman, the Commander of United States Forces Korea, and the Honorable Sung Kim, United States Ambassador to South Korea, who then awarded medals to the Soldiers seated with them.

After the Soldiers were presented, Kim took to the podium to speak about the ROK-US Alliance, the Soldiers honored by the USO and the future of relations between the two countries.

"The best thing about this relationship is the unlimited potential," Kim told the audience. "If we work together, there is no limit to what we can accomplish. I look forward to working with everyone in this room to make sure we continue to have the best and maximize all the potential we have before us."

Tony Davis, country director for USO Korea, spoke about Dr. Oh, Chae-kyung and his contributions to the program, which he helped create back in 1971. Oh was in attendance as well, sitting at the front table with Thurman and Kim.

"His observation was that without Soldiers, there would be no generals," Davis said, explaining the name of the event. "So we take one day each year to promote a bunch of enlisted guys to the honorary rank of Six Star."

Thurman, Kim and Gen. Kwon Oh-sung, the Deputy Commanding General for Combined Forces Command, led the assembled in a toast for the Soldiers being awarded and the continued strength of the ROK-US Alliance.

Once the speeches were done, the Soldiers were treated to dinner and a show, with live music from the 2nd Infantry Division Band and a performance of "The Ballerina who loves a B-Boy." Scholarships were presented to four of the Soldiers, as well as raffle prizes donated by the various sponsors of the event.

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