AFN Pacific – Around The Peninsula: Mar 9, 2017


WELCOME TO YOUR AROUND THE PENINSULA, I’M
ARMY SERGEANT RYAN SHARP. INDIVIDUALS GO ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF
DUTY. ARMY SERGEANT ALON HUMPHREY TAKES US TO A
LOCAL U-S-O WHERE VOLUNTEERS ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE. ALL HEROES DON’T WEAR CAPES, SOLDIERS IN
AREA FOUR DAEGU USE THEIR PERSONAL TIME TO PUT SMILES ON OTHERS. THREE VOLUNTEERS AVERAGE OVER 4 THOUSAND HOURS
CALLING IT A HOME A WAY FROM HOME. THE WORKERS HERE ARE MORE LIKE FAMILY AND
THEY TREAT EVERYONE ELSE JUST AS FAMILY. THEY’RE WILLING TO GO THE EXTRA MILE I’M
WILLING TO GO THE EXTRA MILE JUST TO HELP OUT A SOLDIER ANY TYPE OF WAY AND KATUSAS
EVEN FAMILY MEMBER WITH INFANTS. THE U-S-O STAFF PRESENTED THE VOLUNTEERS WITH
THE PRESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD RECOGNIZING THEM FOR THERE HARD WORK AND DEDICATION TO
THE AREA FOUR COMMUNITY. U-S-A-G DAEGU GARRISON
COMMANDER TED STEVENS PRESENTS EACH VOLUNTEER WITH A COIN JUST A SMALL TOKEN OF HIS APPRECIATION. REPORTING FROM DAEGU, KOREA, I’M ARMY SERGEANT
ALON HUMPHREY. THE U-S-O IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR DEDICATED
SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS TO PROVIDE THEIR SERVICES TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. BEING STATIONED OVERSEAS ALLOWS MILITARY MEMBERS
AND THEIR FAMILIES TO SEE NEW CULTURES. ALL OF TEAM OSAN CAME TOGETHER TO EXPERIENCE
THE HERITAGE OF A WARM AND WELCOMING HAWAII. IT MAY STILL BE COLD OUTSIDE AT OSAN AIR BASE
BUT MA’OHI NUI AND THE COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING AND PARTNERSHIP OFFICE BROUGHT SOME ISLAND
HEAT TO THE PENINSULA. WE BROUGHT A TALENTED POLYNESIAN GROUP THAT’S
GOING TO PREFORM FOR THE BASE. WE’RE PROVIDING FREE FOOD FOR THE BASE,
WE’RE GOING TO HAVE GAMES AND GIVEAWAYS. THIS EVENT WAS ABOUT BRINGING SERVICEMEN’S
AND THEIR FAMILIES OUT TO KICK BACK AND EXPERIENCE SOME ISLAND ALOHA. THE IMPORTANCE OF EVENTS LIKE THIS IS JUST
TO CONTINUE TO BUILD MORAL THIS COULD BE A TOUGH TOUR A LOT OF YOUR AIRMAN ARE UNACCOMPANIED. EVEN FAMILIES HERE, WE’RE FAR FROM OUR FAMILIES. THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT EVERYONE HAD THE CHANCE
TO EXPERIENCE A NEW EXCITING CULTURE BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY THEY EXPERIENCED IT TOGETHER. AIRMAN FIRST CLASS JOURDAN BARRONS, OSAN AIR
BASE, KOREA. THE FEATURED GROUP, MA’OHI NUI, IS AN AWARD
WINNING POLYNESIAN PERFORMANCE GROUP. LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE. CORPORAL MIN, TAE WON SHOWS HOW SOLDIERS IN
KOREA WERE PRESCRIBED A NIGHT OF LAUGHS TO RELAX AND RELIEVE STRESS. IT’S COMEDY NIGHT AT THE GATEWAY CLUB IN
CAMP CASEY, AND THE WELL ATTENDED CROWD IS HAVING SOME GOOD LAUGH AND ENJOYING THE NIGHT. KIRK MCHENRY, THE ENTERTAINER FOR THE EVENING,
IS EXCITED TO BE HERE. I AM HERE TONIGHT TO PUT SOME SMILES ON TROOPS
FACES AND BRING THE JOY OF LAUGHTER. TODAY’S PERFORMANCE IS THE COMEDIAN’S
WAY OF THANKING THE TROOPS STATIONED ABORAD AND HELPING THEM BY SHARING THEIR AMUSEMENT. I WANT TO LET THEM KNOW THAT I APPRECIATE
THEM. I AM A VET MYSELF; SO I KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE
TO BE AWAY FROM HOME, AWAY FROM FAMILY, SO I TRY TO COME OVER AND PUT A SMILE ON THEIR
FACE. THE SOLDIERS APPRECIATE THE ENTERTAINMENT
VISITING FROM THE STATES. I THINK IT IS AMAZING THAT THEY ARE COMING
OVER HERE. BECAUSE A LOT OF SOLDIERS ARE STRESSED. THIS IS A GOOD WAY TO RELIEVE ALL OF THAT
STRESS, GOOD WAY TO MAKE THEM RELAX. TO ALL THE PEOPLE OF KOREA, I AM BACK. HOPE YOU GUYS HAVE A GOOD TIME. KIRK McHENRY. REPORTING FROM CAMP CASEY, KOREA, I’M KATUSA
COPORAL MIN TAE WON. THE COMEDIANS VISITED THE A-F-N CASEY RADIO
STATION TO SIGNED AUTOGRAPHS FOR THE CROWD AFTER THEIR SHOW AT THE GATEWAY CLUB. BLACK HISTORY MONTH IS MORE THAN CELEBRATING
AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE. IT’S ABOUT REMEMBERING. ARMY SERGEANT STEPHEN DORNBOS JOINS THE HUMPHREYS
COMMUNITY IN OBSERVING THE HONORED HISTORY. MEMBERS OF THE U.S. ARMY GARRISON HUMPHREYS’
COMMUNITY GATHERED AT THE M-P HILL GYM TO RECOGNIZE BLACK HISTORY MONTH. THE EVENT FOCUSED ON THE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS
OF AFRICAN AMERICANS TO OUR MILITARY OVER SEVERAL GENERATIONS. GROUP EFFORT GUARANTEED THE SUCCESS OF THIS
EVENT. WE HAD A LOT OF COORDINATION WITH A LOT OF
RESOURCES HERE ON CAMP HUMPHREYS… THE M-W-R, THE 8TH ARMY BAND, OF COURSE, THE
M-P HILL GYM, THEIR PERSONNEL AND STAFF HELPED US OUT TREMENDOUSLY WITH THE 5-K AND TODAY’S
OBSERVANCE. EVERYBODY, OUR TEAM, THAT WE GOT FROM OUR
PLANNING COMMITTEE FROM THE 304TH, THEY ALL PUT IN TOGETHER THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF EFFORT
TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. THE EIGHTH ARMY BAND ENDED THE OBSERVANCE
WITH JAZZ MUSIC, ANOTHER SIGINIFICANT CONTRIBUTION OF BLACK CULTURE TO AMERICAN SOCIETY. HOWEVER, STAFF SERGEANT ADAMS PRIMARILY FOCUSED
THE EVENT’S MESSAGE ON WHERE OUR PAST HAS LEAD US TO TODAY. OUR BLACK HISTORY IS SOMETHING THAT LEAVES
FOOTPRINTS FOR US TO FOLLOW OUR HISTORY FROM WHERE WE CAME FROM… IS FOOTPRINTS THAT LEAD US TOWARDS EQUALITY. ARMY SERGEANT STEPHEN DORNBOS, CAMP HUMPHREYS,
KOREA. THE 304TH EXPEDITIONARY SIGNAL BATTALION ALSO
COORDINATED A FIVE-KILOMETER RUN AND WALK EVENT FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH. SERVICE MEMBERS IN AREA IV COMPETE IN THE
SEMIFINAL AND FINAL ROUNDS OF THE FIGHT TONIGHT COMBATIVES TOURNAMENT. SERGEANT FIRST CLASS VICTOR GARDNER TAKES
US INTO CAMP WALKER’S KELLY FITNESS CENTER FOR SOME HIGH OCTANE
FIGHTS. GLADIATORS FROM VARIOUS AREA IV UNITS PREPARE
FOR BATTLE, AS THE LARGE CROWD CHEERS. THE FIGHT TONIGHT TOURNAMENT EMBODIES THE
8TH ARMY’S MOTTO TO BE READY AT ANY GIVEN TIME. THROUGH THIS COMPETITION, SOLDIERS SHOW THEIR
ABILITY TO FACE ADVERSITY. WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO CLOSE THE DISTANCE WITH
OUR ENEMY. ASIDE FROM SOLDIERS BEATING ON EACH OTHER,
THERE IS ANOTHER IMPORTANT ASPECT TO KEEP IN MIND. ON TOP OF IT, IT’S CAMARADERIE. YOU CAN WORK TOGETHER, SEE WHO’S BETTER,
TEACH EACH OTHER TRICKS AND DIFFERENT MOVES. COMPETITORS FOUGHT THROUGH SEVERAL QUALIFYING
ROUNDS, FROM THEIR PERSPECTIVE CAMPS TO REACH THE FINALS. I’M JUST GOING TO BRING EVERYTHING I’VE
BEEN TRAINING FOR PAST TWO WEEKS. BRING MY SKILL. BRING MOTIVATION AND DEDICATION. CWALINA DID EXACTLY WHAT HE SAID, AND THAT
WAS THE WIN THE HEAVY WEIGHT DIVISION. REPORTING FROM CAMP WALKER, KOREA, I’M ARMY
SERGEANT FIRST CLASS VICTOR GARDNER. THE U.S. ARMY FACEBOOK PAGE HELPED TO STREAM
THE LIVE EVENT FOR OVER THIRTY-FIVE THOUSAND VIEWERS. YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN OR WHERE YOU ARE GOING
TO MEET THAT SPECIAL PERSON WHO WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER. CORPORAL LEE JAE KI INTRODUCES US TO A COUPLE
THAT HAVE FOUND THAT MATCH. YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN OR WHERE YOU ARE GOING
TO MEET THE PERSON WHO WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER. CPL LEE JAE KI INTRODUCES US TWO SPECIAL PERSON. THE MOON COUPLE MARRIED ON APRIL OF 2016,
THEY WILL HAVE A WEDDING CEREMONY AND PARTY BACK IN THE STATES WHEN HIS SERVICE IS DONE. THERE ARE TIMES IN LIFE NO MATTER WHAT THE
CIRCUMSTANCES YOU MIGHT BE PUT IN, WHERE EVERYTHING JUST WORKS OUT. WE ACTUALLY MET IN THE STATES AT COLLEGE I
WORKED AT THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER AND HE WAS AN EXCHANGE STUDENT AND WE MET ON THE
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL HE WAS IN MY TOUR GROUP. WE BECAME FRIENDS, AND WE STARTED DATING,
WE STAYED ALL 1 YEAR THROUGH MY LAST YEAR OF COLLEGE AND I GOT A JOB HERE IN KOREA,
AND HE STARTED HIS SERVICE. IT WAS HONORED TO GET MARRIED AT THE CHAPEL
WHERE I WORK FOR MY MILITARY SERVICE. IT WAS ALSO VERY SPECIAL TO ME THAT MY BATTALION
CHAPLAIN WAS ABLE TO OFFICIATE THE CEREMONY. I DIDN’T KNOW UNTIL I WAS TOLLED BY ROK
SGT MAJOR AFTER I OFFICIATE THE WEDDING THAT THIS IS THE FIRST IN KATUSA HISTORY THAT THE
SOLDIER SERVING DURING HIS SERVICE TIME HE GOT ACTUALLY MARRIED. THEY SUGGESTED HEY WHY DO WE HAVE A FOOT WASHING
CEREMONY? AND I THOUGHT IT WAS SPECIAL, IN TODAY’S
AGE ESPECIALLY IN OUR MILITARY WHERE THE DIVORCE RATE IS SO HIGH. I BELIEVE ITS ONE OF THE REASON WHY BECAUSE
THEY LACKED THE WILLINGNESS TO SERVE ON ANOTHER AS A HUSBAND AND WIFE. AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS IF WAS VERY FITTING
WHAT WE NEED TO SEE MORE OF MILITARY TODAY IS TO HAVE A COUPLE THAT IS WILLING TO SERVE
EACH OTHER. KATUSA CPL LEE JAE KI, HUMPHREYS, KOREA THE MOON’S MARRIED IN APRIL OF 2016 IN THE
REPUBLIC OF KOREA, THEY WILL HAVE AN ANOTHER WEDDING CEREMONY IN THE UNITED STATES WHEN
HIS SERVICE IS DONE. ARMY SERGEANT RICKY PEREZ TAKES YOU TO THE
GRAND OPENING OF U-S-A-G HUMPHREYS WARRIOR ZONE, THE FIRST EVER ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA. LEADERS AND SERVICEMEMBERS OF THE CAMP HUMPHREYS
COMMUNITY ATTEND THE WARRIOR ZONE GRAND OPENING. THE FAMILY MORALE, WELFARE, AND RECREATION-SPONSORED
FACILITY OFFERS HIGH-TECH INNOVATIONS FOR TROOPS TO ENJOY. IT IS A RESILIENCY COMPLEX LIKE NO OTHER IN
OUR ARMY. AND IT IS GOING TO BE WELL UTILIZED BY THE
THOUSANDS OF SOLDIERS HERE FROM THE ARMORED BRIGADE, FROM THE FIRES BRIGADE
THAT EVENTUALLY WILL BE HERE, AS WELL AS THE MULTI-FUNCTIONAL BRIGADES LIVING JUST TO THE
EAST OF US. THE WARRIOR ZONE IS FOR SERVICEMEMBERS AND
KATUSAS ONLY.SO THIS IS FOR THEM, BUILT IN THEIR HOME, IN THE HEART OF WHERE THEY LIVE. SO THEY CAN ACTUALLY COME DOWN AND RELAX. AND THEY DON’T HAVE TO BUY T-V’S, THEY
DON’T HAVE TO BUY THAT, WE HAVE THE GAMES FOR THEM. ARMY SERGEANT RICKY PEREZ, CAMP HUMPHREYS,
KOREA. CAMP HUMPHREYS WILL BE OPENING UP A SECOND
WARRIOR ZONE IN FEBRUARY OF NEXT YEAR. THAT WAS YOUR AROUND THE PENINSULA FOR THIS
WEEK. TO SEE THESE STORIES AND OTHERS GO TO THE
A-F-N PACIFIC WEBSITE OR VIEW THEM THROUGH A-F-N PACIFIC APP. FROM ALL OF US AT A-F-N ENJOY YOUR EVENING.

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