USAG DAEGU, South Korea -- The United States Army Garrison Daegu 2017 Spring Session Intern Program Closing Ceremony was held Aug. 18 at the Camp Henry Theater to congratulate every 45 interns who have contributed greatly to the Area IV community for the last six months.

USAG Daegu Commander Col. Robert P. Mann Jr., Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Juan A. Abreu, university administrators and Area IV supervisors attended the ceremony to celebrate the successful closing of the 26th session of the intern program.

"Over the last six months, our interns have contributed significantly to Area IV with their hard work," said Mann. "It is hard to believe this incredible program has begun its second decade, that almost one thousand students have taken advantage of this opportunity. The USAG Daegu Intern Program builds strong, positive and personal relationships and highlights the partnership between our two great nations, strengthening our alliance forged in blood."

Interns hail from Kyungpook National University, Yeungnam University, Keimyung University, Daegu University and Daegu Catholic University Medical Center.

After the congratulatory message from Mann, the interns received the Certificates of Appreciation as a token of appreciation for their dedicated work. Special awards were presented to two outstanding interns and one outstanding intern supervisor. Ms. Lee, Jo-eun and Ms. Shin, Hyo-ju, interns working at the USAG Daegu Public Affairs Office, received the Commander's Award for Public Service. Ms. Sin, Hyon-chong, management analyst, USAG Daegu Plans, Analysis and Integration Office, received the Commander's Award for Civilian Service.

"First of all, I would like to appreciate to my PAO teams: Ms. Teresa Kaltenbacher, Mr. Anthony Mayne and KATUSAs for supporting me whenever I had troubles," said Lee. "The last six months has been a wonderful time for me. This intern program helped me to understand American work culture and develop many skills related to my future careers. I am honored to receive the award with my colleague Ms. Shin."

"I am truly honored and grateful with this award," said Shin. "Thank you very much to everyone, especially my Public Affairs team. During the last six months, I had a chance to meet many awesome people and experience that I would never earn if I didn't apply for the internship program. I was very fortunate to work at the Public Affairs Office."

"I am really grateful and honored to receive the Commander's Award for Civilian Service for 2017 Spring Session USAG Daegu Intern Program," said Sin. "I would like to thank Mr. Son, Sung-min who worked as a PAIO intern for the last six months, PAIO Chief Don Lambrix and all of my PAIO coworkers. Also, I encourage many Korean employees to participate as a intern supervisor."

The USAG Daegu Internship Program is considered a benchmark for Good Neighbor programs in the Korean region by United States Forces Korea. The intern program builds positive U.S. and Korean relationships, brings a unique and talented group of young adults with fresh ideas to multiple work sites, and gives a decided edge in future endeavors for those students as they move into the Korean workforce.