Guardians Spring Formal Ball
DAEGU GARRISON — The Soldiers of, 2nd Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment, “Guardians,” celebrated their annual Spring Formal Ball at the Inter-Burgo Hotel Daegu, May 16. The Spring Formal Ball is a tradition within the artillery branch of the United States Army.
The Air Defenders shared in a night of friendship and fellowship as they participated in toasts, military traditions, dinner and dancing. Nothing, however, was more heartfelt as the moment when everyone paused to pay homage to those warriors who remain missing in action or prisoners of war. Lt. Col. J. M. Rose Jr., commander, 2-1 ADA Battalion, and keynote speaker for the event, offered reflections on the past year as well as encouragement and insight on the way ahead.
Aspiring Soldier-entertainers displayed their skills—consolidating their efforts to present the crowd with various skits and musical performances.Daegu’s Choongsung Presbyterian Church presented what some were calling the cultural performance of the night. Their powerful presentation included Women’s Ensemble by Grace Singers, and a Hazak Cello Ensemble, just to name a few.
The Guardians participated in the time-honored tradition of preparing “grog,” which consisted of a non-alcoholic concoction that included spicy kimchi. The newest member of the unit, 2nd Lt. Aaron Lopez, from Company E, 2nd Battalion 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment, was deemed most expendable and was therefore encouraged to taste-test the grog to determine if it was safe to drink.
“Sir, the punch is not fit for humans, mere mortals, but it is fit for Air Defenders and guests,” declared Lopez.
The Guradian’s Spring Formal Ball ended with everyone holding their head up high, and very proud to have been a part of such a long-standing Army tradition.