By Sgt. Nicole HallMarch 4, 2014
ANSEONG, South Korea - Mayor of Anseong City, Hwang Eun Sung, along with the Anseong City Defense Council visited Camp Humphreys, Feb. 21, to meet with 2nd Infantry Brig. Gen. Erik C. Peterson, the division's deputy commanding general support.
Peterson invited Mayor Hwang and other city officials to discuss possible ways to improve the relationship between Anseong citizens and the soldiers of 2nd Inf. Div., as well as the relocation of U.S. Forces in the Republic of Korea.
Mayor Hwang began their meeting expressing his gratitude for the presence of U.S. troops in the ROK.
"The U.S. Army plays an important role in war deterrence," said Hwang. "I look forward to promoting cooperation with 2nd Inf. Div."
A member of Anseong City Defense Council expressed how he felt about the long history the U.S. Army has with Korea.
"We have always believed that South Korea would not be what it is today, if it were not for the support of U.S. soldiers who fought and sacrificed their lives during the Korean War,' said Kim, Tae-Woong, president of Anseong Veterans Association. "I'm grateful for U.S. service members and their service in Korea.
After exchanging greetings, Anseong City officials and Peterson received a brief on the relocation of U.S. service members in Korea to Camp Humphreys.
It is projected that a majority of service members on the Korean Peninsula will complete their tours at Camp Humphreys in the near future.
"I'd like to request 2nd Inf. Div., to hold a display for the citizens of Anseong, especially the children," said Kim. "It would be a great opportunity for citizens to understand the importance of the U.S. Army and help the children learn the importance of security."
"2nd Inf. Div., is doing their best to elevate cooperative ties with Anseong city and Cheonan city, said Peterson.
Peterson also explained the relationship the division already has with the ROK army and how the outreach program can help citizens adjust to all the upcoming changes and bring a better sense of security to Anseong City.
"We currently work with our ROKA partners who have outreach programs as well," he said. "This outreach shows that it's not just about the U.S. Army, but more importantly the Alliance. We are a team with a common goal of protecting the Republic of Korea."