CAMP CASEY, South Korea - U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan-Casey Commander Col. Loyd Brown and Dongducheon City Mayor Park Hyeon-deok co-chaired the first Camp Casey/Dongducheon Korean-American Cooperation Council meeting at the Camp Casey Warriors Club, April 5.
The focus of the council is to promote cultural exchanges, cooperation and generate mutual understanding between both communities, in accordance with U.S. Forces Korea and 8th Army guidance to strengthen partnerships.
“This first meeting solidifies our commitment to this historic partnership between our communities,” said Brown. “This council is an opportunity to foster open and clear communication on behalf of our most important assets, our people.”
Camp Casey was established in 1952 and has been a part of the Dongducheon community for more than 70 years.
“Throughout history, our citizens and Camp Casey Soldiers have been neighbors and brothers living on the same land,” said Park. “Through this council, we hope to restore our relationship with the U.S. military, achieve the development of Dongducheon City and improvement of Korean-US relations through mutual cooperation.”
The agenda for the first meeting included volunteer opportunities, a stronger cultural exchange program, joint Korean National Police/Military Police patrols and opportunities to improve communication.
After the meeting, council leaders planted two Cherry Blossom trees as part of an Arbor Day commemoration ceremony outside the club.
“I want to leave you with this Korean Proverb,” said Brown during the meeting. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now. We began planting seeds of friendship over 70 years ago – now let’s go outside and plant a few more."
The council consist of the Dongducheon City Council, key directors from both parties and stakeholders. Brown and Park officially established the council with a signed memorandum of understanding on Feb. 9.