USFK's top enlisted soldier takes soldiers’ questions on Yongsan radio show
February 23, 2007
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — U.S. Forces Korea’s top enlisted soldier spent an hour Wednesday morning answering questions from troops across the peninsula during the monthly “From the Top” radio show.
Command Sgt. Maj. Barry Wheeler fielded questions on topics ranging from family sponsorship to what one person called “price gouging” by on-post concessionaires.
Most questions focused on the lack of command sponsorships so troops can have their families with them here in South Korea.
Wheeler said the command wants to double the number of sponsored billets but urged patience for those serving on unaccompanied tours.
He said there are congressional requirements, host-nation considerations and questions about how many family members the bases can support.
“I don’t know that you’ll ever see the day when everyone gets their own way,” Wheeler said. “We’re not running Burger King here. We’re running the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and that kind of stuff.”
One person suggested that concessionaires at the Yongsan Gallery might be guilty of price gouging and wanted to know whether the Army and Air Force Exchange Service conducted vendor oversight.
Wheeler said AAFES does conduct oversight and reminded consumers they have the option of not buying from on-post vendors.
He also addressed concerns about sexual assault, saying it was a subject he wants to mention during every broadcast.
He emphasized using the buddy system and avoiding excessive alcohol consumption to mitigate the potential for sexual assault.