Garrison, Nam District leaders meet to discuss issues
DAEGU GARRISON — U.S. Army Garrison Daegu leadership met with the local Nam district mayor and his staff Aug. 30 to discuss items of mutual interest at the Evergreen Community Club on Camp Walker here.
USAG Daegu Commander Col. Jim Bradford hosted the quarterly Korean American Friendship Council (KAFC), which helps to maintain open communications between Nam-district Mayor Lim, Byeong heon, the local community and the Garrison.
The meeting kicked off with greetings from Bradford and Lim, and introductions of the assembled staffs which included, on the Garrison side, Command Sgt. Major Michael Diggs, acting Deputy to the Garrison Commander and Director of Plans, Training, Mobility and Security (DPTMS) Bill Cole, Law & Order Chief Wayne Haymes, acting Director of Public Works JD Kim, Director of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) Paul Matthews and Public Affairs Officer Phil Molter.
In addition to the Mayor, Nam district staff present included Cho Sok-ha, Director of the Intelligence & Security Div., Nam-bu Police Station, Mr. Kim Jin-geul, Director, Urban Planning Division, Park Hui-sik, Director, Planning & Budget Division, Lee Cheol-woo, Chief, Urban Beautification, Pak Jae-hong, Public Information Officer, Mr. Kim Tae-hyun, Chief, International Affairs Coordination Section, Planning & Budget Division and Hwang Pil-sang, International Coordination Section.
Additional attendees were Maj. Gang Myong-sik, S-3, ROKA 501st Brigade, Capt. Lee Sun-eung, S-3, ROKA 4th Homeland Reserve Battalion and Jo, Young-rae, Liaison Officer, ROKA 202nd DSU.
Each side presented a pre-arranged set of issues and items of interest which were discussed over lunch. Among the issues of interest to both communities were the recently revived bugle calls which play over the base Alert Warning System or “Giant Voice,” errant golf balls from the Evergreen Golf Course, cracks in the Camp George walls, planned cultural interchanges and events, the way forward for return of the Camp Walker Helipad to the ROK government, and construction projects both on and off post.
“We hold these quarterly KAFC events, hosted alternately by the city and the Garrison, not only to discuss issues that day, but to ensure that the lines of communication remain open 24/7, and to discuss and come to mutual understanding or resolution of issues year round, “ said Molter. “This KAFC, and the one in Chilgok for Camp Carroll, has been essential in furthering the outstanding relationship between on and off post communities.”