K-16 -- Service members, civilians and their families enjoyed the early summer weather with musical performances, entertaining booths, outdoor BBQ and sports events during the K-16 Summer Festival, May 31.

The annual event allows the community to relax and build relationships with the local neighbors. It also marks the beginning of the summer season, offering the community an opportunity to gather together and enjoy the outdoors.

"We are going to open up the Summer festival here," said Lt. Col. Brian E. Walsh, 2-2 Aviation Battalion commander, in his opening remarks. "We greatly appreciate Area II garrison facilitating and enabling all of this. I also want to thank all the vendors for coming out and making this event even better. We are looking forward to a great day."

Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel L. Willing, Command Sergeant Major for USAG Yongsan, also visited the festival and expressed his gratitude to the K-16 community.

"I am glad to be here today while we open this up," said Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel L. Willing, Command Sergeant Major for USAG Yongsan. "K-16 is well known for outstanding facilities with outstanding soldiers and leadership. I always like to come down here and see you all. I hope everyone enjoys this wonderful weather with great people around you."

Attendants of the festival enjoyed the musical performances of rock bands and many others. Festive food like BBQ and cotton candy with ice cold drinks were there to beat the heat. Children had their faces painted while soldiers played flag football.

Other activities strengthened the bond between local neighbors and provided an opportunity for the K-16 community to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends. Service members and families visited various booths set up by local Korean companies, offering roulette games, free massages and many other gifts and services.

"This is my first time visiting K-16," said Jung Ha-young, a local contractor. "This is a great opportunity for me because I can actually interact with the service members, civilians and families of the U.S. Army whom I usually work with. I also enjoyed the great food and the air of festivity here."