JTAGS Korea gives time to Relay for Life

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"Forward Operating Base JTAGS" served as the home-base for 24 hours May 12-13 to the Joint Tactical Ground Station Korea Soldiers participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event.
"Forward Operating Base JTAGS" served as the home-base for 24 hours May 12-13 to the Joint Tactical Ground Station Korea Soldiers participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event.

JTAGS Korea gives time to Relay for Life

by: Rachel Griffith (SMDC/ARSTRAT) | .
U.S. Army | .
published: May 22, 2012

OSAN, Korea - The Soldiers of Joint Tactical Ground Station Korea donated their time and energy May 12-13 to support the American Cancer Society.

The JTAGS team raised money for the Relay for Life fundraising event. Operations sergeant, Staff Sgt. Alan Soderberg organized the team, but he was not alone in the planning.

"Staff Sgt. Ryon Miller, Staff Sgt. Kenneth Graw, Sgt. Joshua NeSmith, Spc. Morgan MacLeod and Pvt. John Brannan have been doing the fundraising," Soderberg said. "Each team that participates is asked to set a fundraising goal for the event. Ours was $1,000, and we have already passed that with more than $1,100."

The event as a whole raised more than $36,000 for charity.

The team from Detachment C constructed "Forward Operating Base, JTAGS" out at the field event, and it was a big hit amongst the participants.

"The FOB's many amenities included two TVs, two Xbox360s, a coffee pot, and plenty of cots and it was a great place to relax between laps on the track," Soderberg said.

The JTAGS team is the only non-Air Force team participating in the event, and though they are one of the smallest teams, they still raised the third highest amount of money for charity. The top two teams had 20 participants while the JTAGS team had six members. Since JTAGS Soldiers run a 24-hour a day mission, Soldiers there will still be taking care of the mission while the team walks the track.

This is not the first time the Soldiers stationed in the remote location have gotten involved with charity work. A group recently pitched in to clean up a playground at one of the housing communities on base on April 26. They have since received an outpouring of thanks from the residents.

"We've received lots of thanks by way of Facebook and email messages from the families who live there," Soderberg said.

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