Soldiers clear snow for local community
February 21, 2013
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, lent their helping hands to its local neighbor by sweeping snow away from the city walk ways, Feb. 5.
Snow that has not cleared turns into ice and causes injuries to many pedestrians. According to the Korean Meteorological Administration, this year's snow precipitation marked one of the highest in Korea, and cleaning up the mass of snow became a great burden not only to the garrison but also to its local neighbor, Yongsan-gu.
The HHC Soldiers shoveled the snow away from the sidewalk that connects Gate 1 (Civilian Personnel Advisory Center Gate) to Noksapyeong Station.
"As a KATUSA, helping out the local Korean community is a very special and meaningful experience," said Pfc. Kim Seung Ho, strategy specialist for ROKA Support Group. "Clearing away the snow is one of many ways we can give back what we have received. By helping each other when the help is needed, we can strengthen our alliance and forge even stronger friendship."
The clearing lasted about a couple of hours, and Soldiers did not stop shoveling until all the road was clear.
"It is important to realize that small things like cleaning up snow for the local community is just one of the things we do to build a strong friendship between the ROK and U.S.," said An Chang Sin, community relation officer for U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. "We can understand the true meaning of the greatest alliance by helping each other whenever possible. We should always go together."