35th ADA troops come together for Friendship Week

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Soldiers and KATUSAs play soccer during the KATUSA-U.S. Friendship Week events at Camp Humphreys April 16. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Shawn Denham, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Public Affairs.
Soldiers and KATUSAs play soccer during the KATUSA-U.S. Friendship Week events at Camp Humphreys April 16. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Shawn Denham, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Public Affairs.

35th ADA troops come together for Friendship Week

by: Spc. Shawn Denham, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade | .
Public Affairs | .
published: April 18, 2013

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — Soldiers from the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, joined by their KATUSA counterparts, are participating in the KATUSA-U.S. Friendship Week April 15 - 19.

The KATUSA-U.S. Friendship Week focuses on sports such as soccer, volleyball, softball and running to build camaraderie between the two allied nations’ service members.

Soldiers from different commands throughout the peninsula came out to support the event. 

For Soldiers and KATUSAs of the 35th ADA, this was an excellent way to get physically active while having fun and learning more about each other’s culture.

Pvt. Logan Reynolds, a Soldier with the 35th ADA, played softball during the event.

“The KATUSA Friendship Week is a great thing for Soldiers and KATUSAs to be involved with,” said Reynolds. “Bonding with our KATUSAs is [important] since it brings [the countries together].”

These events show that no matter how bleak the world may get, these friendships will always last, said Reynolds.

The Korean Augmentation to the United States Army program provides a valuable service and link between the American forces and the Republic of Korea military forces.

Being a KATUSA is a great job and opportunity, said Cpl. Seok Woo-joon, a KATUSA Soldier with the 35th ADA.

“[KATUSA-U.S. Friendship] Week means strength, mutual respect and combat readiness for our countries,” said Seok. “This event brings people together for all of that.”

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