By Pfc. Jin Choi (USAG Red Cloud)August 25, 2010
CASEY GARRISON, South Korea - Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, USAG Casey gathered for the 16th Semiannual New Horizons Day - a series of briefings to help them better understand each other - July 29 at the theater here.
The purpose of the New Horizons Day, which originated in 2002 as safety stand-down training, is to increase Soldiers' knowledge cultural differences and improve their understanding of current Army policies and regulations. The three-hour session covered equal opportunity programs, prostitution and human trafficking awareness and the KATUSA program.
Lt. Gen. Joseph Fil, 8th U.S. Army commanding general, gave the opening remarks in a video clip in which he emphasized the importance of the Republic of Korea and United States alliance.
"The theme for today's New Horizon's day is 'Woo Ri Nun Hana' or We Are the One," he said. "It's important to remember that U.S. and KATUSA Soldiers have served together in Korea and other parts of the world shoulder and shoulder for more than 60 years."
New Horizons Day training is mandatory for all Solders assigned to Warrior Country.
The training began with a series of videos about Korean culture and the history of the ROK-U.S. alliance.
Staff Sgt. Patricia Wortherly-Foye, equal opportunity advisor, talked about sexual assault prevention. She also talked about prostitution and human trafficking awareness, and how it relates to Army values.
Sgt. 1st Class Natasha Hall, USAG Casey safety specialist for HHD Casey, lectured about heat and summer safety.
"Safety is not just a slogan, but a condition that individuals should be aware of," she said while explaining sways to prevent summer hazards. "Drink water! To avoid dehydration, keep drinking enough water. Accident prevention is everybody's job."
Pfc. Lee Eui-kyoon, HHC orderly room assistant, talked to garrison Soldiers about the history of the Korean Augmentee to the United States Army.
"KATUSAs are unique because they only exist in Korea," he said. "You will not see a Japanese or German Augmentee to the United States Army. It signifies the special relationship between the Republic of Korea and the United States. KATUSAs exist for the interests of both countries."
Capt. David Hong, HHC commander, told the troops to take the training seriously.
"Remember what we learned today and live up to our Army values," he said.