Kunsan Olympics come to a close

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Members of the Republic of Korea Air Force 38th Fighter Group compete in tug of war against 8th Maintenance Squadron at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 20, 2012. Although the 38th FG beat the 8th Mission Support Group, they were unable to beat the 8th MXS who took first place. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Marcus Morris)
Members of the Republic of Korea Air Force 38th Fighter Group compete in tug of war against 8th Maintenance Squadron at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 20, 2012. Although the 38th FG beat the 8th Mission Support Group, they were unable to beat the 8th MXS who took first place. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Marcus Morris)

Kunsan Olympics come to a close

by: Senior Airman Brigitte N. Brantley | .
8th Fighter Wing | .
published: September 27, 2012

KUNSAN AIR BASE - The first-ever Kunsan Olympics held Sept. 20 gave U.S. and Republic of Korea Air Force Airmen the chance to strengthen a partnership 62 years in the making.

The day's events included both sports seen in the real Olympics, such as soccer and tennis, and others that aren't, including darts and bowling.

"The friendly competition was a positive way to associate with the ROKAF on a different level," said Staff Sgt. Gary Lund, 8th Fighter Wing Safety Office technician. "Everyone had a great attitude and playing sports with each other helped boost our morale."

At the closing ceremony, all first-, second- and third-place winners were rewarded with medals.

"Today was a great way to celebrate the history between the ROK and the U.S.," said Col. John Pearse, 8th Fighter Wing commander. "I thank the 38th Fighter Group for their hospitality and express our deepest gratitude at this opportunity to build our friendship and alliance."

The day's winners were:
Racquetball: 8th Operations Support Squadron
Paintball: 8th Security Forces Squadron
Blind volleyball: 8th Communication Squadron
Bowling (morning session): 8th Maintenance Squadron
Bowling (afternoon session): 38th Headquarters
3-on-3 basketball: 8th Civil Engineer Squadron
Tennis: ROKAF Base Support Squadron B
Tug-of-war: 8th Maintenance Group
Softball: 8th Maintenance Squadron
Team relay: 8th Operations Group
Pingpong: 38th Fighter Group
Billiards: 8th Operations Group
Darts: 8th Operations Group
Golf (morning session): 8th Maintenance Squadron
Golf (afternoon session): ROKAF Base Support Squadron A

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