America’s Sweethearts dazzle Yongsan

America’s Sweethearts dazzle Yongsan
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America’s Sweethearts dazzle Yongsan

By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
cody.harding@korea.army.mil

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.”

Soldier Show brings the noise to Yongsan

Soldier Show brings the noise to Yongsan
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Soldier Show brings the noise to Yongsan

By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
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YONGSAN GARRISON – The United States Army Soldier Show, a morale event by Soldiers for Soldiers, started its South Korea tour with a 90-minute stage show for the Yongsan Garrison Community, Nov. 12.

The show, which holds tours every year throughout the world, filled the bleachers and seats inside Collier Community Fitness Center with musical performances. The music was an eclectic mix of contemporary and modern, varying from R&B to country to pop to patriotic.

U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, with the support of volunteers and the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program, set the stage for the show. Pfc. Timothy Rau, the Yongsan BOSS president, said that helping out with the Soldier Show was an enjoyable experience.

“It’s a bit of a blast,” Rau, who works as the NBC NCO with the 14th Military Police Detatchment, said. “We have a few characters wandering around here and there, but they are all good people.”

After the show ended, Paul Stuart, the deputy to the garrison commander, presented an award to the staff of the Installation Management Command who helped bring the event to Yongsan. Stuart then thanked each Soldier in the show, presenting each of them with a coin of appreciation from the Yongsan Community.

“It shows what our Soldiers can do,” Stuart said about the show. “It helps the Community by showing the Community the diversity and the breadth of the Army. Soldiers just don’t fight and train. They do a wide breadth of things such as sing and entertain.”

Cpl. Drake Delucca, a production assistant and performer for the Soldier Show, said that coming to Yongsan and experiencing a different culture, but seeing everyone entertained in the same way as back in the States was worth it.

“It’s the most incredible experience to go around and entertain Troops and their Families,” Deluca said. “There’s nothing like it. Just to uplift people and see the smile on their face. Sometimes, they come in not in the best mood, they may have had a bad day, but we can always lift them up.”

As the Soldiers and Families thanked the cast of the Soldier Show and filtered out of the building, another successful performance had come to an end. The show would then move south to give the other Army communities in the Republic of Korea a chance to experience the show for themselves.

Yongsan remembers Martin Luther King Jr.

Yongsan remembers Martin Luther King Jr.
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Yongsan remembers Martin Luther King Jr.

By Pfc. Han Samuel
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YONGSAN GARRISON – U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 15. at the Yongsan South Post Chapel to remember the civil rights hero who had fought for equality and justice in the U.S.

The evening kicked off with a vigil march from the Collier Community Fitness Center to a ceremony at South Post Chapel with approximately 500 attendees.

“Tonight, we remember Dr. King and what he lived for,” stated Dewayne Kendricks, President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Mu Phi Lambda Chapter. “As people from different backgrounds come together to hold hands and march together, it is a perfect tribute to what Dr. King lived for.”

Community members joined hands as they marched and sang songs, including “This Little Light of Mine” and “We Shall Overcome.” Several members also wore their Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity jackets and proudly displayed their fraternity’s banners during the march. Alpha Phi Alpha, established in Cornell University in 1906, was the first fraternity for African Americans and wearing the jackets was a tribute to Dr. King’s work.

At the South Post Chapel, the community prepared presentations to honor King. Men of Valor, comprised of members from the Yongsan Collective Protestant Service, energized the audience with their gospel-style singing. Seoul American Middle School and High School students highlighted how the community can contribute to equality with a performances of “The Crayon Box that Talked”, a candle lighting ceremony, inspirational singing, and a reading of one of Dr. King’s sermons. Eddy Nubine, a junior at SAHS who delivered Dr. King’s sermon “The Drum Major Instinct,” challenged the community to strive for excellence through service, stating, “greatness comes from humble servitude.”

Guest speaker Rev. Reginald Eugene Bryant delivered a powerful sermon titled “What is in Your Hands?” , which complemented USAG Yongsan’s 2012 vision of “impacting communities.” Bryant encouraged the community to serve with the abilities and possessions that were currently available to them, instead of waiting until they were more “capable” of serving.

“We already have everything we need to help others now, but what are we doing for the community?” Bryant asked. “Let me ask you, what is in your hands?”

USAG Yongsan garrison commander Col. William P. Huber concluded the ceremony, thanking all of those present who had made the ceremony possible, including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, who coordinated the events.

Huber also invited community members to take personal responsibility in accomplishing the 2012 vision of “impacting communities.”

“Dr. King believed in the power of individual service in strengthening communities and achieving common goals and challenged every American to do their part,” he stated. “And I challenge you to do the same.”