Bullet Nation: The synergy developed from sustaining an Alliance

By Maj. Javon Starnes, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command public affairs officerMay 24, 2023

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DAEGU, Republic of Korea – In the heart of South Korea, a harmonious collaboration between the Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) and the United States Army thrives within the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC). Lt. Col. Daniel Eusebio, a logistics officer and commander of the 6th Ordnance Battalion provides an insider's perspective on the remarkable work being accomplished within this dynamic alliance.

Headquartered at Camp Carroll, Eusebio's daily mission revolves around the management, storage, issuance, and movement of ammunition crucial to the training and sustainment of the Republic of Korea. As he recounts the history of the 19th ESC, one cannot help but be captivated by the extraordinary individuals populating this illustrious organization.

"The 19th ESC is an incredible unit," Eusebio said. "I am truly honored to be a part of this organization — working alongside some of the most amazing Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, and Korean nationals I've ever encountered," he added.

The benefits of serving as a member of the 19th ESC extend beyond the typical duty assignment. The Republic of Korea has much to offer that includes travel, genuwine professional development, and growth.

Eusebio highlights the joys of working with ROKA soldiers, which adds a special dimension to his assignment in Korea. The cultural exchange, fostered by ROKA soldiers assigned to his battalion, has enriched his understanding of Korean traditions, cuisine, and even tourist destinations within and around the Republic of Korea..

"The friendship and 'iron-clad' partnership we have with ROKA are some of the many reasons why I'm proud to be a part of Team 19," he adds.

ROKA and U.S. Soldiers working together not only enhance interoperability but also forge lasting friendships. The advantages are evident in the strengthening of the "iron-clad" alliance between the two nations and the improved importance of fighting together. However, language barriers often call for the presence of translators to facilitate seamless communication between ROKA and U.S. soldiers.

To bridge the language barrier, Eusebio commits himself to learning and improving his Korean language skills. He embraces online resources and engages in practice sessions with his Korean staff and friends, nurturing a connection that transcends mere words.

Eusebio reiterates his pride in serving at the 19th ESC and his gratitude for the opportunity to work alongside ROKA partners. The shared commitment, unwavering camaraderie, and mutual respect forged within this alliance continue to pave the way for success in this strategic theater.

To learn more about joining the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command visit https://www.army.mil/19thESC. To learn more about becoming an Army logistician, visit www.GoArmy.com.