YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - American and Korean military officials formally signed a joint security agreement in a Jan. 16 ceremony at Yongsan Garrison.

The Republic of Korea 218th Homeland Reserve Regiment and U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan updated a long-standing memorandum of understanding that enhances the partnership between the two units.

"We have been working closely with the 218th HRR over several months to streamline this agreement," said Robert Wallace, USAG-Yongsan base defense officer. "It's a better document now, and we've been able to enhance our relationship."

Wallace said the 218th agreed to augment base defense operations in contingency operations.

"We get great cooperation," he said. "That extends to working closely with each other on military exercises. We've got a lot of good things going."

The memorandum is the culmination of a lot of effort by the USAG-Yongsan Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobility and Security, the Republic of Korea Army Support Group and the 218th Homeland Reserve Regiment, Wallace said.

"This is also a key part of our good neighbor program," said An Chang-sin, USAG-Yongsan community relations officer. "The mil-to-mil relationships grow stronger through mutual respect and close coordination."

Soldiers from the 218th will host a friendship soccer match for USAG-Yongsan troops later this spring.