SEOUL — U.S. Forces Korea honored 10 people, a military organization and a friendship organization Tuesday for participating in its Good Neighbor Program. USFK commander Gen. Walter Sharp presented awards during a ceremony at the Dragon Hill Lodge. Award recipients were:
The Korea-America Good Neighbor Society, which sponsors cultural activities between U.S. servicemembers and South Koreans.
Camp Mujuk, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Korea. Camp leaders meet regularly with local police and fire officials to discuss joint concerns, and participate in civic ceremonies and cultural festivities. The camp led the annual Toys for Tots campaign, and its Marines perform maintenance and construction at local orphanages, and teach English to locals.
Maj. William Richardson Blair IV, 2nd Infantry Division. Blair established English teaching programs at Gyeongmin University, Wongok High School and Gyeongmin Middle School. He also organizes orphanage visits, holiday gift drives and social events.
Senior Master Sgt. Michael Chambers, 8th Security Forces Squadron operations superintendent at Kunsan Air Base. Chambers has taught English to South Korean soldiers for two to three hours each Saturday since October 2007. He has arranged for about 100 other airmen to teach with him during the past six months. He organizes cookouts and participates in joint patrols with the Korean National Police in Gunsan City.
Senior Chief Petty Officer Clayton Masuda, Special Operations Command Korea. Masuda is head coordinator for the Virgin Mary Home for Girls and Boys orphanages in Seoul, and he has planned events including Christmas gift exchanges, Easter celebrations and ski trips.
Cho Sang-chun, owner of the Five Star Hotel near Osan Air Base, who has hosted parties for servicemembers and civilians to mark the end of military exercises and helped arrange volunteer trips for airmen to local orphanages.
Cho Nam-sok, chairman of the Korean and American Gunsan Association, who has provided funding for the base’s annual and quarterly awards programs, and helped arrange cultural and civic activities for airmen.
Hur Wook-dong (Ben), president of the International Cultural Services Club and the Korean-Foreigners Friendship Cultural Society. Hur has helped develop Korean cultural awareness activities for servicemembers and their families.
Hwang Choong-yub (Jimmy), chairman of the New Frontier and the Stardust Enterprise Corp. Hwang has advocated a strong U.S. presence in South Korea and worked as an adviser to South Korean leaders and local politicians.
Kim Kyoung-cha, chief of the Dongducheon Volunteer Center. Kim has helped organize events for Americans and South Koreans, and helped start and sustain the DDC Volunteer Center Adult English Language Program.
Lee Kyung-Min (David), director of the Jinhae Hopeful Children’s Home. Lee has hosted activities for U.S. sailors and encouraged them to interact with children at the orphanage.
Lee Seung-ju, president of International Dyeing Corp. Ltd. and International Chemical Fiber. Lee has sponsored events including the Head-Start program, cultural tours and a "Soldiers for Children Program." He has also provided scholarships for troops and family members in the Daegu area.