America’s Sweethearts dazzle Yongsan
By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
YONGSAN GARRISON – The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, America’s Sweethearts, put on a full day of entertainment for the Soldiers and Families of Yongsan Garrison as part of their worldwide USO tour Dec. 18.
The cheerleaders, who were on their 31st such event in the Republic of Korea, started their day with a visit to the K-16 Airfield, where they entertained and spent time with the Aviation units on the post. There, they shared lunch with the Soldiers, took time out for autographs and photos, and even held a small performance on the base.
Their next stop took them to Collier Community Fitness Center, where they hosted a cheerleading ‘clinic’, an open house teaching event for the youth of Yongsan. They stopped to talk with the young girls who came to learn from the athletes, as well as take pictures and sign autographs for them.
Eric Yim, FMWR coordinator for Area II, said that putting together the show was a concerted effort by the USO, FMWR, Armed Forces Entertainment and volunteers from the Community. This was his fourth year helping host the event.
“It makes me feel good because our Community members are having a great time out here with the Soldiers during the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders show,” Yim said.
At the end of the day, America’s Sweethearts ended their visit with a large show, complete with songs, dances and even presents for lucky Cowboys fans in the audience. After their performance, Col. William Huber, the Yongsan Garrison commander, presented each cheerleader with his coin as a show of appreciation.
Working on the event left John O’Connor, a recreation specialist with the Moyer Communities Activity Center, with a sense of accomplishment for being part of the team that put the show together for Yongsan.
“Mainly gratification that we’re able to put on something for the Community,” O’Connor said. “Especially since it is tough being overseas and away from their natural Communities back home.”