By Pvt. Lee Min-hwi (USAG-Yongsan)March 26, 2008
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - They stand outside the gates, helping to protect Yongsan Garrison and community members. Sixty Korea National Police officers got to see what it looks like behind the gates they guard during the KNP Appreciation Day March 17.
"We know your job is not easy," Don Moses, U.S. Army Yongsan-Garrison deputy commander, told the policemen. "You are out there 24-7, no matter what the weather. You are always on guard, and we really appreciate what you do."
Moses presented certificates of appreciation to some of the officers as gratitude for their service. He recognized them as key members of the United States-Republic of Korea Alliance. "You make a difference," he said. "You are part of the alliance, and part of our team."
After a watching a video presentation on the U.S.-ROK alliance and the Yongsan Relocation Plan, the KNP toured the South and Main Post and had lunch with U.S. Soldiers at the Three Kingdoms\' Inn Dining Facility.
"I was surprised by the choices of food you can choose at the dining facility, and the food was also great," said Pvt. Oh Hae-sung, of the Seoul Special Mobile Police. "It was a nice experience to actually hear from American Soldiers."
Pfc. Chun Ho-Seung, visiting the garrison for the first time, said, "Unlike my anticipation that there would only be Army facilities, I realized that there are also many cultural facilities in the Garrison. I feel like I am in a different country."
The KNP Appreciation Day is part of the U.S. Forces Korea Good Neighbor Program designed to strengthen relationships between local and military communities throughout Korea.
An Chang-sin, USAG-Yongsan community relations officer, said, "We hold this day quarterly to show the community's appreciation for their hard work in protecting the safety of its members."