By Cpl. Sohn, Joon Hyung, 2ID PAOJune 18, 2008
The 210th Fires Brigade Family Readiness Group hosted a roundup for Soldiers and their Families in New Town Park, Dongducheon June 4. From toddlers to spouses, a total of 92 people with 42 spouses enjoyed a variety of dishes prepared by the FRG.
The FRG meeting, which was sponsored by the Camp Casey USO and Camp Casey Golf Club, discussed the concerns regarding Soldiers and Families who continue to transition in and out of the unit.
Maj. Joseph P. Buccino, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 210th Fires Brigade, pointed out it has been challenging for non-command sponsored Families living off post because many do not have personal vehicles or adequate quality of life.
However, the FRG put forth the maximum amount of effort and tried to work out the difficult concerns regarding Soldiers and Families.
Dongducheon Mayor Oh, Sae Chang, City Council President Hyung, Nam Sun and Donducheon Volunteer Center President Kim, Kyung Cha participated in the event and received a certificate of appreciation from Buccino.
"We have FRG meetings every month, including the bowling party in Camp Casey, Soyosan mountain visit and the pool party in Camp Hovey," said Buccino. "This time, we presented the award to the mayor, city council and Dongducheon Volunteer Center for supporting the ROK-U.S. coalition and to show how much we appreciate them."
Mayor Oh said the U.S. Soldiers and their Families are now a part of the Dongducheon Family.
"I am glad to meet 210th Fires Brigade Soldiers and Families. If you have any concerns, please visit Dongducheon City Hall. We can always support you," Oh said.
After the award ceremony and remarks, Soldiers and Families enjoyed Korean, Filipino, American and Indian dishes. The international dishes reflected the diversity in cultures and ethnicities of the Soldiers' Families. During lunch, kids ran around the big green park with smiles. Even Korean passers-by greeted them with waves.
"We did really a great job today," said Spc. Philip Samuels, Battery E, 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery, 210th Fires Brigade. "It was a great opportunity to get away and to see Soldiers' Families and kids. It was nice to come out and talk to other people and see what is going on with the brigade."
"We are one big Family," said Staff Sgt. Lymuel Chee, HHB, 210th Fires Brigade. "To the husbands, wives, mothers and fathers, that is the hardest job in the Army. I really appreciate your support."