Yongsan-gu KAFC strengthens ROK-U.S. alliance
July 24, 2012
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- On behalf of Servicemembers, Families and Civilians on U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan and Yongsan-gu citizens, members of Yongsan-gu Korean American Friendship Council gathered to highlight their efforts to strengthen the ROK- U.S. alliance at the Dragon Hill Lodge, July 24.
KAFC partners welcomed new members of KAFC, including Park Seok-kyu, chairman of Yongsan-gu City Council, Woo Jong-soo, chief of Yongsan Police Station, Kwon Ryo-won, chief of Yongsan Fire Station and Col. Robert Forsten, commander of 121st Combat Support Hospital.
The quarterly get-together was the last luncheon for Col. William P. Huber, garrison commander for USAG Yongsan, who is about to complete his two year assignment in Yongsan.
Huber conveyed words of appreciation to the attendees who had shared in the joys and experiences for the last two years.
"Our alliance is the strongest it has ever been," Huber said. "It's been a pleasure to work with highly skilled very pleasant people who are willing to give heart and soul to better serve the alliance."
Mayor Sung Jang-hyun of Yongsan-gu District returned the gesture by thanking community members for a variety of events and activities that had brought meaningful changes to Yongsan-gu and the Yongsan Community.
"Yongsan-gu has become more beautiful than any pictures of other parts of the world," Sung said. "On behalf of the 300,000 Yongsan-gu citizens, I really appreciate Col. Huber for his efforts and concern to making Yongsan Garrison the symbol of friendship between our two countries."
The work that KAFC conducts includes regular Yonsan-gu cleanups, volunteer service for the challenged, Arbor Day events, Teenage English Camps, Itaewon Global Festivals and many others.
These programs have played a big role in strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance by providing an opportunity for the Community to personally see and appreciate the work that the two countries conducted mutually on the peninsula.