By Pfc. Kim, Tae HoonJune 12, 2009
RED CLOUD GARRISON, South Korea - "We go together", is the mantra of United States Forces Korea, and means a great deal to the 17th Ordnance Company, since its mission is in cooperation with Republic of Korea Army and the company is made up of Korean National employees and Korean Services Corps members.
Utilizing their slogan "enhancing R.O.K. and U.S. relationship and international family support," the 17th held an organization day barbeque May 22 for Soldiers, Civilians, their Families, and ROKA troops attached to the 17th, at USAG-Red Cloud pavilion. More than 100 attended, playing sports, and games.
"We wanted to provide family support as well as enhance R.O.K. and U.S. relationship," said Cpt. Adrian Johnson, commander of 17th Ordnance Company. "We brought together our Soldiers and Civilians along with their Family members and the ROKA troops."
After the commander's safety brief, they played Jok-gu, a football sport whose rules are similar to volleyball, while others cooked. Those not playing Jok-gu played baseball and took photos.
A variety of food was served with the barbeque, including salads, fried rice, beans, and desserts.
After lunch, awards were given to seven people for 10 and 15 years of continuous service and other achievements.
Three Korean officers from 56th Ordnance Battalion, along with a couple of enlisted soldiers, attended the event. Lt. Col. Shin, Young Seok, commander of 56th Ordnance Battalion, gave an appreciation plaque to Johnson.
"We had a big ammunition retrieval exercise with 56th Ordnance Battalion before," explained Staff Sgt. Richard Pierce, 17th Ordnance Company morale, welfare, and recreational coordinator, "everyone reacted quickly and were able to accomplish the mission."
Two units challenged each other playing Jok-gu to promote friendship.
"In Jok-gu games, we had ROKA officers play with our Korean Nationals and Korean Service Corps members," Pierce said. "That was one of the biggest events."
Johnson emphasized everyone's contributions made the event successful.
"If it weren't for the Soldiers, their Families, Korean Nationals, Korean Service Corps, and our Department of Army Civilians, this would never be as successful as it is," she said.
"We have a lot of very happy people here; they loved the entire event. It was worth the effort." Pierce said.