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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. B.B. Bell thanked those involved with a recent Good Neighbor Program in a message released Saturday.

“Your warmth and generosity will have a lasting influence on the next generation of Korean citizens and leaders,” Bell wrote of those who worked with “Good Neighbor English Camp.”

Seventy-seven South Korean 10th-graders were invited to live with on-base host families April 4-8.

According to Bell, USFK created the Good Neighbor program more than three years ago to strengthen the U.S.-South Korea alliance by improving public understanding and appreciation of the USFK mission.

“Since that time, our servicemembers and their families have done an outstanding job engaging in a wide variety of ROK government leaders, media, businesses, universities, schools and military in a multitude of activities and programs,” Bell wrote.

The recent English camp gave the students a chance to “see United States Forces Korea at its best,” according to Bell.

“These students were able to meet and talk to Americans from all walks of life, serving in a variety of occupations,” according to the message.

“Many of you were exceptionally generous with your time and knowledge, answering questions and providing information about your chosen career fields, as well as valuable insights into life within the American military,” Bell wrote.

And Bell urged the community to be involved with “Good Neighbor Month,” in May. “Seek out opportunities to get out, meet our wonderful hosts, and enjoy your time in the Republic of Korea,” he wrote.

“Your participation will help guarantee the future success of peace and prosperity on the peninsula and strengthen a lasting friendship.”


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