Republic of Korea Air Force air defenders visit Fort Shafter

| September 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Maj. Patrick Husted
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

Brig. Gen. Jeffery Underhill (left) and Maj. Gen. Meong Kook Kweon, commanding generals, 94th AAMDC and ROKAF ADA, respectively, plant a Koa tree, Sept. 17, at Fort Shafter.FORT SHAFTER — The 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command teamed up with Republic of Korea Air Force Air Defense Artillery Command to plant a Hawaiian Koa tree, at the 94th AAMDC Headquarters, here, Sept. 17, as a symbol of their strong alliance and growing partnership. 

The tree planting ceremony was the finale to the ROKAF ADA delegates’ visit with the 94th AAMDC, which began Sept. 15. During the visit, senior ADA leaders from the 94th AAMDC and the ROKAF attended numerous briefings, to include command briefings from each of the respective commands, as well as a command briefing from Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific.

ROK’s visiting officials included Maj. Gen. Meong Kook Kweon, commanding general, ROKAF ADA. 

During the visit, both commands discussed future joint defensive operations, training exercise improvements and objectives and other insights on their partnership in defense of South Korea and the Pacific region.

Since both commands recently took part in Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2010 – an annual exercise used to evaluate and improve combined and joint coordination, procedures, plans and systems necessary for the conduct of contingency 

operations joint forces in defense of the ROK – this proved a great time for both commands to complete a combined after-action-review of the exercise.

As Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Underhill, commanding general, 94th AAMDC, noted during his opening remarks, “In the Hawaiian language, koa means brave, bold, fearless or warrior.  

“It is only fitting then, that the tree we are planting today is a Koa tree, as we are all warriors; brave, bold and fearless in the duties we perform together,” he said.

The ceremony marked more than a simple tree planting, as it served to strengthen “the already strong bonds that exist between two great countries,” according to Underhill.  

“It is about highlighting a partnership that exists to provide peace and freedom to the people of the (ROK), and all throughout the Pacific rim,” he continued.

In the end, the Koa tree, like the ROKAF ADA’s visit in general, “represents the ever growing partnership between our two countries, and our respective coordination of commands (between) the (ROKAF ADA) and the (94th AAMDC),” Underhill said.

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