SEOUL (Jan. 9, 2012) -- The Eighth Army deputy commanding general for operations thanked the citizens of Seoul's Gangnam District for their support of the Republic of Korea-United States Alliance.

Maj. Gen. Walter M. Golden, Eighth Army deputy commanding general for Operations, was a guest speaker Jan. 8, at the annual Gangnam New Year's Reception at COEX, the site of the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit and the 2010 G-20 Summit.

Hosted by Gangnam District Mayor Dr. Shin Yeon-hee, the reception was attended by more than 1,500 residents of the affluent district on the south side of the Han River.

"We are proud to have the citizens of Gangnam District as our community partners," said Golden.

"We are looking forward to the opportunities this new year will bring, including new events and cultural exchanges between Eighth Army and Gangnam," said Golden, a native of Salida, Colo.

The district signed a memorandum of understanding with Eighth Army in 2004 to strengthen the bond between its residents and American troops serving in South Korea.

Since then, Gangnam has hosted and organized more than 150 events for U.S.troops.

"Gangnam is a world-class district known by people around the world," said Golden. "We are all very grateful for the extraordinary hospitality of the people of the Gangnam District."