BORYEONG -- Approximately 500 Soldiers from Korea gathered at Daecheon Beach June 15-17 for the 2012 Beach Blast, sponsored by Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers.

The festivities included DJ on the Beach, barbecue, rock climbing, limbo, volleyball, sand sculptures, fear factor, twister and tug-o'-war.

"We hope that you radiate youthfulness and passion during the festival, make good friends and have unforgettable memories," said Boryeong Vice Mayor Jeon, Yoon-soo. "U.S. Soldiers always make the summer at Daecheon Beach entertaining every year, and we hope to see you at the Boryeong Mud Festival as well. Thank you to all Soldiers, volunteers and staff members who make this even possible and contribute to strengthening the ties between U.S. and Korea."

Participant Tom Stout said the Beach Blast lived up to its name.

"It is a great opportunity for Soldiers to see what kind of activities are out there. BOSS handled all of the reservations for hotels and made it very easy for Soldiers to enjoy the beautiful town and beaches."

Brian Bentz, who worked command and control for the event, had high praise for the event.

"I have participated in this event the last three years, and this one exceeded all," he said. "We had a great time. Everyone had fun. I can't wait to go back next year."