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Camp Humphreys debuts its new weekly Area III radio show from the broadcast studios of AFN-Korea at Osan Air Base, featuring Area III commander Col. Michael J. Taliento, Jr., left, and Area III Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Frace, right. At the mike is Air Force Staff Sgt. Bronwyn Benito, sergeant-in-charge of radio operations.
Camp Humphreys debuts its new weekly Area III radio show from the broadcast studios of AFN-Korea at Osan Air Base, featuring Area III commander Col. Michael J. Taliento, Jr., left, and Area III Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Frace, right. At the mike is Air Force Staff Sgt. Bronwyn Benito, sergeant-in-charge of radio operations. (Franklin Fisher / S&S)

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — Camp Humphreys officials launched their new weekly radio show Tuesday from Osan Air Base, saying they’re wide open to calls and other comments from Area III community members.

There was no call-in portion on the debut show. Instead, Army Col. Michael J. Taliento Jr., Area III Support Activity commander, and Area III Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Frace, gave listeners a rundown of topics, including the U.S. military’s plans to transform Camp Humphreys into its premier installation in South Korea by 2008.

The show — still to be given an official name — was broadcast from the gray-carpeted broadcast booth of American Forces Network-Korea’s Osan detachment. Taliento and Frace took seats in the booth for the one-hour show. Hosting was Air Force Staff Sgt. Bronwyn Benito, sergeant-in-charge of radio operations at AFN’s Osan detachment.

At intervals Benito played music — Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days,” Journey’s “Faithfully,” Tone-Loc’s “Wild Thing” and, at Taliento’s request for some Kid Rock, “American Bad Ass.”

“Kid Rock,” Taliento said to Benito, “I think has a following, and I think he’s got something to say.”

The show, to air from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesdays, can be heard at Camp Humphreys on 88.3 FM and at Osan Air Base at 88.5 FM. The call-in number is DSN 784-5555.

Taliento said he plans to update listeners on important Area III matters, bring on guests to talk about key issues and concerns and field calls from servicemembers and others in Area III.

In telling listeners about the plans for Camp Humphreys, Taliento said it will be “the future home … for the largest portion of” U.S. forces on the peninsula. “USFK Headquarters will relocate there. The Combined Forces headquarters. Eighth Army headquarters. Second Infantry Division headquarters, will relocate people on Camp Humphreys.”

Taliento told the audience that USFK commander Gen. Leon J. LaPorte has said “we have a chance … to do it right the first time and he has provided very clear guidance to the engineers, to the master planners, to ensure that the facilities, the families, the soldiers, have what they need to train, have what they need to prepare to fight tonight, and at the same time have a measure of living and … quality-of-life standards that are exceptional.”

Taliento and Frace acknowledged that construction at Camp Humphreys can be noisy and inconvenient and that some improvements will be gradual.

“Transformation is great,” said Frace. “It can be painful also. And one of the things we ask our folks at Humphreys is to be patient. You know, we lived in Quonset huts not more than six years ago. And right now some of our soldiers live in top-quality facilities … top-grade housing ….”

Benito said later, “I think they came across really well on the air. They were personable, engaging. … And it flowed very well. … I think it’ll be great and I’m happy that we’re doing this.”

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