South Korean cadets explore life on U.S. base
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — More than 300 South Korean military cadets visited Yongsan Garrison on Monday as one of their last group functions before being commissioned March 12.
Senior cadets from the Korean Military Academy and the Korean Air Force Academy visit Yongsan each year for an up-close look at the combined military environment.
The goal is to give them insight into the “the ROK/U.S. combined operations structure” said South Korean Maj. Kim Jun-rak, a Combined Forces Command spokesman.
Visiting cadets said they saw Monday as a great opportunity.
“This is probably our last official function as cadets,” said Choi Mi-kyong. “I wanted to learn about the ROK/U.S. alliance and hopefully gain some perspective for when I’m an officer.”
The cadets ate lunch with CFC deputy commander Gen. Kim Pyung-kwan, toured the Korea Battle Simulation Center and visited a facility where soldiers stay during training exercises.
Army Gen. B.B. Bell, CFC commander, offered the cadets leadership advice. Bell told them about what he calls “the six ships” — statesmanship, leadership, ownership, sportsmanship, workmanship and guardianship.
“I try to live by these principles, and they have been good guide marks for me all of these many years,” he said.
Cadets said they were pleased with Bell’s advice.
“His speech sounded like a great way for junior officers to live their lives,” said cadet Baek Jun-ho.
The cadets finished the visit by joining American military families for dinner.
“Tonight I’ll have the chance to meet some extraordinary Korean leaders of the future,” Brig. Gen. Mary A. Legere, assistant chief of staff for USFK intelligence, said of the group she would host.
Her four student guests enjoyed a steak and shrimp dinner prepared by her husband, Col. Paul Legere.