SEOUL — The 2008 KATUSA-U.S. Soldier Friendship Week is set for April 21-25.
Events will take place at all U.S. 8th Army garrisons except for those in Area I, which will hold its celebration May 6-9.
KATUSAs are the Korean Augmentees to the U.S. Army who work side-by-side with their U.S. counterparts across the peninsula.
Here’s a schedule of events by garrison, according to an Army news release:
YongsanMonday: The week will begin informally with units holding sightseeing tours.
Tuesday: The opening ceremony begins at 9 a.m. at the Collier Field House and includes a martial-arts demonstration. Recent South Korean movies with English subtitles will play in the movie theater beginning at 6:30 p.m., and some of the stars will be on hand after the movie. Sports events also will be featured.
Wednesday: Korean and American cultural events will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Collier Field House, including kimchi making, costume shows, folk plays and sports. American chili, barbecue and snacks and Korean foods will be available. Popular Korean singers will perform at 7 p.m.
Thursday: A unit talent show begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Collier Field House. Sports are planned.
Friday: Unit-level activities are scheduled.
DaeguMonday: The opening ceremony begins at 9 a.m. on Camp Henry’s Victory Field. A variety of military and martial arts performances also are planned.
Tuesday-Thursday: KATUSA and U.S. soldiers will compete in softball, soccer, volleyball, tug-of-war and traditional Korean wrestling.
Wednesday: A tour of Daegu is planned.
Friday: A talent show is scheduled at the Camp Henry Theater. The closing ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m.
HumphreysTuesday: Opening ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. at the MP Hill gym
All week: Sporting events and activities will include soccer, basketball and softball, Korean traditional wrestling, tug-of-war, bowling, putt-putt golf, swimming, tae kwon do, Korean traditional dance, belly dance, B-Boy and personal talent performances. There also will be a Sisterhood Relation Organization Invitation concert. Tours of the installation and performances by area talents are planned.
April 25: The closing ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at the MP Hill gymnasium.