YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - A ceremony was held here on Knight Field March 30 to honor Maj. Gen. John E. Sterling Jr, the departing Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations for United Nations Command, ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea.

Hosted by UNC/CFC/USFK Commander Gen. Walter L. Sharp, the ceremony included the United Nations Command Honor Guard, Eighth U.S. Army Band and 2nd Infantry Division Salute Batteries.

To recognize their service in Korea, Sharp presented the Defense Superior Service Medal to Sterling and the Outstanding Public Service Award to his wife Catherine Sterling.

"When I say that the ROK-U.S. Alliance is the strongest in the world, I always recall that it is Soldiers like Jack who over the past 60 years worked tirelessly to partner with our ROK military brothers and sisters to build bonds of friendship and trust," said Sharp.

During his remarks, Sterling thanked everyone who supported him during his assignment in Korea.

"To our Korean friends, Cathy and I would like to say that your kindness to our Servicemembers separated from Families by so many miles is recognized by all of us, is deeply appreciated and has built friendships that will last forever."