K-16 AIRFIELD, Republic of Korea -- Gen. James D. Thurman, commander of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and U.S. Forces Korea, visited K-16 Airfield to inspect its facilities and provide encouragement to Servicemembers stationed here, Nov. 1.

Thurman's purpose for visiting the base was to meet with Servicemembers and observe them as they executed their mission. Thurman ensured that these Servicemembers were being given the proper treatment by inspecting the condition and utility of the facilities on base.

As soon as Thurman dismounted from the helicopter, he headed to the hangar belonging to the 2nd Battalion (Assault), 2nd Aviation Regiment and encouraged Soldiers with words of appreciation and some coins of excellence.

"I just want to thank you for what you are doing," Thurman said. "And if there is anything that I can do to help Soldiers, I will do it."

He emphasized the importance of being mission-ready and understanding the purpose of their individual and collective missions. He also told them to take pride in the work that they were accomplishing each day.

"We have to be ready to be over here," Thurman said. "That's why we are over here serving our country, and helping to protect this peninsula. Only one percent serves in the United States of America. Be proud of yourselves and, as I do, always wake up in the morning to make a difference."

Afterwards, Thurman toured around the whole airfield and made stops at various facilities, including the commissary, multipurpose facility, and the barracks. Throughout his visit, he was accompanied by the managers of each building. Thurman asked them questions about plans and events they offered for Servicemembers and the community members.

Thurman concluded his visit by extending his gratitude toward each of the civilian workers, who serve the K-16 community by ensuring that Servicemembers were being given the proper care that they deserved.