AFN Pacific – Around The Peninsula: May 14, 2015


WELCOME TO YOUR AROUND THE PENINSULA I’M
ARMY SERGEANT MATT KROHMER. IN THE MILITARY, IT’S VITAL TO HAVE A FIGHTING
SPIRIT THAT WILL HELP YOU PUSH THROUGH WHATEVER SITUATION YOU FIND YOURSELF IN. KATUSA SGT
JANG, YOONCHAN MEETS A SOLDIER THAT SHOW CASES HIS WARRIOR MENTALITY ON THE MAT.
IN USAG YONGSAN FIGHTERS ARE GETTING IN THE ZONE IN PREPARATION FOR THE 8TH ARMY COMBATIVES
TOURNAMENT. ALTHOUGH IT WAS A LAST MINUTE CALL FOR SPECIALIST KEITH HARDING, HE ALWAYS
STAYS IN SHAPE TO LITERALLY FIGHT TONIGHT. IT WAS ABOUT 3 WEEKS WHEN THE EMAIL GOT SENT
OUT, THAT WE NEED PEOPLE FOR A BRIGADE TOURNAMENT, SO OF COURSE I WAS ONE OF THE FIRST ONES TO
SIGN UP FOR IT. WE HAD A SMALL TEAM SO THERE WAS NO TOURNAMENT BUT WE STARTED PRACTICING
THAT DAY. SO WE SPENT A COUPLE OF WEEKS, AND I ACTUALLY HAD TO TAKE LAST WEEK OFF FOR CLS
COURSE, BUT I STILL FEEL LIKE I AM GOING TO DO REALLY WELL IN THIS COMPETITION.
ALREADY THE BEST WARRIOR FOR HIS BRIGADE, HARDING WENT THE EXTRA MILE TO EXTEND HIS
STAY IN KOREA FOR ONE MONTH TO COMPETE FOR THE 8TH ARMY’S BEST WARRIOR COMPETITION.
ACCORDING TO HIM, HIS DRIVE TOWARDS BECOMING BETTER IS NOT BECAUSE HE LIKES THE TASTE OF
WINNING. I HATE LOSING MORE THAN I LIKE WINNING SO
THAT IS WHERE MY DRIVE TO WIN COMES FROM. RIGHT NOW I AM JUST RELAXED, FEW MINUTES BEFORE
THE MATCH THAT IS WHEN I START GETTING INTO MY ZONE AND ONCE I STEP ON TO THE MAT THAT’S
WHEN IT IS GAME ON. NO ONE IS GOING TO OUTWORK ME TODAY.
IF I GO FIRST IT WAS GOING TO BE TIMID, SO I LET HIM GET THE FIRST ONE, AND HE GOT A
SOLID ONE ON MY EYE THAT WAS LIKE THE MOOD CHANGER. AT THAT POINT I WAS LIKE OKAY IT’S
ON NOW, HE IS HITTING ME NOW I GOT TO HIT HIM BACK IT’S MY LIFE OR HIS.
HARDING TOOK FIRST PLACE AS THE NEW 2015 CRUISER-WEIGHT COMBATIVES CHAMPION. HE IS CONFIDENT IN PREDICTION,
WORKS HARD IN PREPARATION, BUT ALWAYS HUMBLE IN VICTORY.
I WORK EVERYDAY TOWARDS WHAT GOALS I NEED TO. SHORT TERM, LONG TERM EVERYDAY I AM GOING
TO PUSH FORWARD AND TRY TO MAKE MY GOALS A REALITY.
KATUSA SERGEANT JANG, YOONCHAN, YONGSAN, KOREA.
THIS WAS PFC HARDING’S FIRST ARMY COMBATIVES TOURNAMENT.
FOR MANY YEARS, THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN ONE PLACE SERVICEMEMBERS CAN COME TO KEEP THEM
LOOKING SHARP. ARMY SERGEANT FRANK SANCHEZ TELLS US ABOUT ONE PERSON THAT IS DEDICATED
TO KEEPING THIS TRADITION ALIVE. SEEING A CANDY-STRIPPED BARBERS POLE SPINNING
BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF DAYS GONE BY, BUT ON YONGSAN THERE IS ONE BARBER WHO TAKES GREAT
PRIDE IN HER TWENTY-FIVE YEARS SERVICE TO THE MILITARY COMMUNITY.
“WHEN SERVICEMEMBERS COME TO OUR BARBER SHOP THEN GO ON LEAVE AND COME BACK, WE TALK
ABOUT THAT ALL THE TIME. YONGSAN FEELS LIKE MY HOME, AND THE CUSTOMERS ARE LIKE FAMILY.”
YU’S HAPPY GO LUCKY OUTLOOK WITH HER CUSTOMERS MAKE TIME FLY, BUT IT IS BITTERSWEET WHEN
SHE SEES SERVICE MEMBERS MOVE ON AFTER THEIR SERVICE AT YONGSAN IS COMPLETE.
“I HAVE WORKED HERE FOR A LONG TIME. A LOT OF KATUSAS GET THEIR HAIRCUT HERE. I’VE
SEEN MANY KATUSA PRIVATES BECOME CORPORALS, SERGEANTS, AND THEN THEY LEAVE THE ARMY. IT
FEELS GOOD THAT THEY LEAVE THE ARMY, BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, IT’S SAD THAT THEY’RE
GONE. THEY ARE LIKE MY FAMILY. THE EMPLOYEES HERE CARE VERY MUCH ABOUT OUR CUSTOMERS AND
OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE.” ARMY SERGEANT FRANK SANCHEZ, YONGSAN, KOREA.
THE YONGSAN BARBERSHOPS TRY TO COMBINE WHAT IS CONSIDERED MODERN STYLING WHILE KEEPING
A CLASSIC APPROACH IN GROOMING. IN THE BEGINNING OF THE KOREAN WAR, THERE
WERE MANY HARD FOUGHT BATTLES AND LIVES LOST ACROSS THE MANY MOUNTAINS OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA.
ARMY STAFF SERGEANT JACOB BRAMAN JOINS SOLDIERS WHO SEEK PROPER RESPECT FOR THEIR FALLEN BROTHERS-IN-ARMS
ON THE BATTLEFIELD. DABUDONG MOUNTAIN WAS ONE OF THE DEADLIEST
BATTLEGROUNDS DURING THE KOREAN WAR. CLIMBING UP THE STEEP SLOPE IS NOT EASY, BUT THE IMPORTANCE
OF THE JOB AT HAND MAKES THE STEADY CLIMB ONE TO REMEMBER.
Since 2012, I have participated in four remains excavations and have found four sets of remains.
I could feel their pain and sorrow during the war when I found them. It was honor for
me to find them, and give them due respect. I feel it is important, because back in the
Korean War, obviously I was not alive, but I feel like soldiers that gave ultimate sacrifice
deserve the proper burials and deserve to be recognized for the ultimate sacrifice they
gave. WORKING AS A TEAM, REPUBLIC OF KOREA AND U.S.
SERVICE MEMBERS NOT ONLY EXCAVATE REMAINS IN THE MOUNTAIN, BUT ALSO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY
TO WORK TOGETHER HAND IN HAND. I think it is meaningful to work with U.S.
Soldiers. During the Korean War, our and U.S. Soldier’s grandfathers fought together and
now we are working together on the same mountain. I am honored to be part of this, and I’m
pretty sure ROK-U.S. alliance will get stronger through this event.
It was exciting, because we are not here digging for nothing. And we got to work our own side
with KATUSAS and doing so, it is a great opportunity. ARMY STAFF SERGEANT JACOB BRAMAN, DABUDONG,
KOREA. WITH ALL THOSE LOST IN THE BATTLES ON DABUDONG
MOUNTAIN, RETURNING THEM HOME IS MEANINGFUL FOR BOTH SIDES.
WITH DRAWDOWNS AND CUTBACKS HAPPENING THROUGHOUT THE MILITARY, THE ARMY NEEDS TO SAVE EVERY
DOLLAR IT CAN. ARMY SERGEANT KELLY WIEBE(“WEE-BEE”) TELLS US OF ONE INSTANCE OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY.
REPORTER: WHEN TRAVELLING TO THAILAND TO CONDUCT TRAINING
RECENTLY, A SHIP CARRYING EQUIPMENT FOR THE TWENTY FIFTH INFANTRY DIVISION TOOK WATER,
EXTENSIVELY DAMAGING SOME HUM-VEES. INSTEAD OF SCRAPPING SOME WATER-DAMAGED VEHICLES,
MATERIAL SUPPORT COMMAND-KOREA TOOK ON THE JOB OF RESTORING THEM TO FULL OPERATIONAL
CAPABILITY. COL JOHNNEY MATTHEWS
SOMETHING THAT I THOUGHT WAS AN IMPOSSIBLE MISSION, ACTUALLY TURNED OUT PRETTY GOOD.
WHEN I HEARD THAT THESE HUM-VEES HAD BEEN SUBMERGED IN SEAWATER, MY INITIAL THOUGHTS
WERE ‘THERE’S NO WAY WE CAN REPAIR THESE VEHICLES.’ BUT THE VEHICLES CAME – THEY
HAD TIME TO DRY DURING THEIR TRANSITION – SO OUR MECHANICS TOOK A LOOK AND THEY DID THE
VERY BEST THEY COULD. THE EMPLOYEES HERE DID AN ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC JOB.
REPORTER: WHETHER ENGINE WORK…ELECTRONICS…INTERIOR
– OR ANY OTHER AREA OF AUTOMOBILE REPAIR M-S-C-K HAD NO PROBLEM GETTING THESE TRUCKS
“BACK IN THE FIGHT.” DAVID MARTINEZ
OH, IT’S AMAZING. WHAT WE DID WAS BRING VEHICLES THAT WERE TOTALLY SUBMERGED UNDERWATER
– SEAWATER – BACK TO “LIKE-NEW” STATUS, FULLY MISSION CAPABLE AND READY TO GO, WITH
A HUGE COST AVOIDANCE OF UP TO FIFTY-SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS.
REPORTER: ARMY SERGEANT KELLY WIEBE CAMP CARROLL, KOREA.
M-S-C-K COMPLETED THESE RESTORATIONS USING ALMOST FOURTEEN-THOUSAND MAN HOURS OVER THE
COURSE OF EIGHTEEN DAYS. LEARNING IS SOMETIMES MORE THAN JUST RECITING
FACTS. SENIOR AIRMAN ROBERT MASON REPORTS FROM OSAN MIDDLE SCHOOL.
REPORTER: OSAN MIDDLE SCHOOL IS REACHING BEYOND THE
CLASSROOM TO HELP STUDENTS GET MOVING. AUSTIN SUTTON IS A PARTICIPANT FROM THE 8TH GRADE
SB: AUSTIN SUTTON- 8TH GRADE STUDENT “OSAN OLYMPICS IS A REALLY NICE DAY FOR
US IT GIVES US TIME TO RELAX, ENJOY THE DAY OUTSIDE- TO HANG OUT WITH EACH OTHER, GETTING
TO KNOW, UH TO PLAY SPORTS THAT WE HAVEN’T PLAYED BEFORE.”
REPORTER: TYLER DIXON, AN ENGLISH TEACHER AT THE SCHOOL,
BELIEVES IN THE POSSIBILITIES OF TEAMWORK. SB: TYLER DIXON- ENGLISH AND LANGUAGE ARTS
TEACHER “WHAT WE HOPE THEY’LL LEARN IS A SENSE
OF COMMUNITY, A SENSE OF COOPERATION, HOW TO WORK TOGETHER AS A TEAM, AND ALSO TO EXPRESS
THEIR INDIVIDUAL TALENTS AND ABILITIES BUT ALSO TO COMBINE IT IN A TEAM EFFORT- HOW TO
BETTER SUCCEED INDIVIDUALLY BUT ALSO AS A TEAM SO THE TEAM CAN SUCCEED.”
REPORTER: MARISSA BABBITT IS THE STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT
WHO’S JUST FINISHED A ROUSING ROUND OF VOLLEYBALL. SB: MARISSA BABBIT- STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT
“IN A CLASSROOM I DON’T THINK YOU CAN REALLY LEARN SPORTSMANSHIP AND TEAMWORK AND
STUFF- WELL IF YOU’RE IN A GROUP WORKING- BUT MOSTLY SPORTSMANSHIP SO HOPEFULLY THEY’LL
BE LEARNING ABOUT SPORTSMANSHIP LIKE NOT YELLING AT EACH OTHER FOR LITTLE MISTAKES.”
REPORTER: CELESTE WHITE, A SCIENCE TEACHER, IS ALSO
ONE OF THE ORGANIZERS. SB: CELESTE WHITE- SCIENCE TEACHER AND ORGANIZER
“WE DEPEND SO MUCH ON THE COMMUNITY AND THEY’RE ALWAYS SO SUPPORTIVE UH, WE HAD
SEVERAL UNITS VOLUNTEER PEOPLE. VOLUNTEERS ENJOYED COMPETING WITH THE KIDS IN THEIR TUG
OF WAR AND THE KIDS WON- KIDS WHO WON TUG OF WAR? THEY DID SO THAT MADE THEM HAPPY”
REPORTER: AND WHEN THE STUDENTS ENJOY THEMSELVES, THAT’S
WHEN THEY LEARN THE MOST. SB: AUSTIN SUTTON:
“I ACTUALLY ENJOYED TODAY- I REALLY ENJOYED TODAY- I HOPE WE COULD HAVE THIS LIKE EVERYDAY”
REPORTER: SENIOR AIRMAN ROBERT MASON, OSAN AIR BASE,
KOREA OSAN MIDDLE SCHOOL OLYMPICS HELPS STUDENTS
DEVELOP A SENSE OF COMMUNITY THROUGH PHYSICAL FITNESS AND TEAMWORK.
THAT WAS YOUR AROUND THE PENNINSULA FOR THURSDAY APRIL 14TH, FROM ALL OF US AT AFN, ENJOY YOUR
EVENING.

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