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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Twenty-nine members of the United Nations Command U.S. Forces Korea have been honored by People to People Korea, a group dedicated to bringing together people from different cultures.

The award included a People to People medallion and thanks for bridging understanding between their bases and the South Korean communities in which they are situated.

Two USFK personnel, George D. Kim, chief of USFK’s community relations division, and John A. Nowell, Area II public affairs officer, received lifetime achievement recognition awards, officials said.

A group of schoolchildren also presented thank-you letters on behalf of the Korean War Allies to UNC military personnel at the awards ceremony last week, at Seoul’s COEX Convention Center.

Gen. Leon LaPorte, commander of UNC and U.S. Forces Korea, attended the ceremony and lauded both UNC/USFK volunteers and People to People members, officials said.

Mary Jean Eisenhower, president of People to People International, also sent her thanks from her home in Kansas City, Mo. She is the granddaughter of Dwight Eisenhower, former U.S. president and Army general who founded People to People.

Eisenhower also awarded Kwak Il-hoon, People to People Korea national chairman, the World Headquarters Outstanding Leadership Award.

“This is a great honor,” said Air Force 2nd Lt. Renee Lee, a recipient of one of the awards.

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