2nd ID troops in South Korea visited by VIPs

By STARS AND STRIPES KOREA BUREAU Published: December 23, 2005

SEOUL — The 2nd Infantry Division hosted several high- ranking guests earlier this week, according to military news releases.

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Alexander Vershbow and South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Ban Ki-moon visited Camp Casey on Monday and Yoon Kwang-ung, South Korea’s Minister of National Defense, visited Camp Red Cloud on Tuesday.

On Monday, the VIPs watched soldiers from the 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment demonstrate their Multiple Launch Rocket Systems.

Ban presented holiday gifts to 20 of the battalion’s soldiers, according to the release.

On Tuesday, 2nd ID commander Maj. Gen. George A. Higgins hosted a luncheon for the defense minister at Red Cloud, home to 2nd ID’s headquarters.

Yoon told the attendees that he brought a message of thanks from the South Korean people, according to a transcript of his speech.

He said the American-South Korean alliance has been “a core pillar of deterring war on the Korean peninsula,” and has allowed South Korea to enjoy peace and prosperity.

He also told troops the Yongsan Relocation Project and Amended Land Partnership Plan Project will enhance quality of life on the peninsula.

“And be assured that the Korean government will continue its efforts in furthering that quality of life,” he said.

Higgins thanked Koon and fellow visitors for coming to the camp, according to a transcript of his speech.

“I want you to know that the soldiers, airmen and leaders of the 2nd Infantry Division ‘Warrior’ team also attach immense importance to our enduring partnership as close allies and friends,” Higgins said.

“You can rest comfortably tonight knowing that our American soldiers and airmen, our KATUSAs (Korean Augmentees to the U.S. Army), and their leaders quietly and resolutely stand watch just south of the Demilitarized Zone,” he said. “We know the Warriors … do not stand alone, for we stand side-by-side with the great soldiers of the 3rd ROK Army.”

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