DONGDUCHEON, South Korea (April 2, 2013) -- Dongducheon Mayor Oh Sea-chang presented Col. Tracy P. Banister, commander, 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, an appreciation award for supporting the annual Wang Bang International Mountain Bike Race, April 1, 2013, at Dongducheon City Hall.

"I feel very grateful for the award," said Banister. "This award is a magnification for all the hard work the 210th Fires Brigade Soldiers did to be part of the bike race."

The bike race took place at the Sport Complex in Dongducheon, Oct. 28, 2012.

"The bike race is a huge event for the city of Dongducheon; therefore, it is a huge event for 210th Fires Brigade too," Banister said. "For Soldiers to able to get out to interact and work with our neighbors shows that we are part of the community."

The Soldiers of the 210th Fires Brigade continue to strengthen their alliance with the Republic of Korea by participating in events that involve local citizens as part of the good neighbor program.

"Being part of something like this continues to strengthen the relationship with not only the city of Dongducheon, but with the whole province," said Banister. "Whenever we can get Soldiers to go out and work hand-in-hand and shoulder-to-shoulder with our [Republic of Korea] neighbors and allies, that serves to build trust, and when you have trust you have one of the strongest alliances in the world."