United States Army Garrison Daegu invited more than 30 Kei-myung University students who major in American Studies and two American Studiers professors, Ryu, Du-ha and Heo, Jung-myung to Area IV for a base tour on December 2.
" We thought that it could be a good opportunity for students who did not have experience about United States to communicate with Americans and to experience the American work environment," said Kim, Won-bin, American Studies Representatives student. "Moreover, there are a lot of students who interested in working at the Garrison. Based on this chance, I hope that they are getting closer to their dream."
"All of the students major in American Studies. American Studies in Kei-myung University was founded in March 1983 to meet the needs of a rapidly changing 21st century," said Ryu. "The department has sought to train global professionals who can lead with expertise and creativity. Visiting here is special for us. I think United States Army Garrison seems to represent the United States well in Korea. Through this program, students could develop a perspective on America more and better understand and American Society. Lastly, I appreciate to the Garrison giving this chance to students."
"It's really educational program for them. It is really big chance to see what the American commissary food store is. Even if, Korea has big store as well, when they came to tour, they were fascinated with commissary looks and some of merchandises not to carry in Korea. Especially, nowadays, here are a lot of unique merchandises related to Christmas. By visiting commissary, they learned about culture and way of American's life," said Solange Gates, Commissary officer.
In the morning, students were gathered at Camp Henry. They were met and escorted by Chong, Yong-kon, USAG Daegu Community Relations Specialist. They visited the barrack to see the life of Soldiers. After, were given a tour of Camp Henry and Camp Walker. At Camp Walker, they had lunch at Evergreen, and visited the Commissary, American Forces Network Daegu, and the library.
The tour focused on improving and understanding Knowledge related to major of American Studies. The students would learn about Army work environment from touring barracks and visiting department of AFN, welfare from visiting Camp Walker Community Activity Center and library, and cultural things from Commissary and communicating with foreigners.
The tour focused on improving the American Studies student's knowledge and understanding about the Army work environment and the American way of life.
This tour is part of the USAG Daegu Community Relations Program. The goals of the program are to strengthen and promote U.S-Korea relations through the implementation of COMREL events involving garrisons, tenant units and the surrounding Area IV Korean Community both on and off the installations.