YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - Army commands throughout the Korean Peninsula hosted athletics, recreation, and cultural events April 18-22 as part of the 2016 KATUSA-U.S. Soldier Friendship Week (Friendship Week). The annual week-long event gives KATUSAs and U.S. Soldiers a chance to further cultivate the friendships they develop working side-by-side as members of the ROK-U.S. Alliance.

"This week celebrates the long and storied bond between the KATUSA Soldiers and Soldiers of the United States Army," said co-host and Yongsan Garrison Commander Col. Maria Eoff. "During this week, KATUSA and American Soldiers will interact in the spirit of friendship, camaraderie, sportsmanship, and cross-cultural understanding through competitive sporting events and cultural activities."

"This week is intended to be fun, to promote and encourage new friendships, to bridge our cultural differences…all with the intent to strengthen our commitment to each other and to temper the steel of our time tested alliance."

While most of the week is devoted to having fun and getting to know each other better, Friendship Week also serves as a way to pay tribute to the KATUSA Corps for all they have done to contribute to the Alliance and the success of the Eighth Army mission.

While most of the week is devoted to having fun and getting to know each other better, Friendship Week also serves as a way to pay tribute to the KATUSA Corps for all they have done to contribute to the Alliance and the success of the Eighth Army mission.

As the festivities came to a close the competition was close, but in the end it was the 65th Medical Brigade taking home top honors for the overall team winner for the second year in a row. Other individual team winners in each event are listed below.

Individual Competition Winners
Soccer - 65th Medical Brigade (1st Place); HHB, Eighth Army (Runner Up)
Basketball - HHB, Eighth Army (1st Place); 65th Medical Brigade (Runner Up)
Flag Football - 1st Signal Brigade (1st Place); 142nd MP Company (Runner Up)
Jokgu - 65th Medical Brigade (1st Place); USAG Yongsan (Runner Up)
Softball - 1st Signal Brigade (1st Place); 65th Medical Brigade (Runner Up)
Tug of War - 501st MI Brigade (1st Place); 2-2 Aviation Battalion, 2nd CAB (Runner Up)
5K Team Run - 501st MI Brigade (1st Place); 1st Signal Brigade (Runner Up)
Team Challenge - 501st MI Brigade (1st Place); 65th Medical Brigade (Runner Up)
Overall Winner - 65th Medical Brigade (1st Place); 501st MI Brigade (Runner Up); 1st Signal Brigade (2nd Runner Up)