Odierno thanks U.S. troops, praises South Korean allies
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea (Feb. 25, 2013) -- The U.S. Army's top general made his second visit to South Korea, Sunday through Tuesday.
As a part of a visit to the Asia Pacific region, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno met with U.S. and South Korean military leaders and troops on the Korean Peninsula.
The chief of staff also met with troops at Camp Humphreys, the future headquarters post for American forces in Korea.
The former commanding general of Multinational Forces Iraq and Joint Forces Command previously visited Korea for the first time as chief of staff in January 2013.
Odierno came to South Korea a week after releasing his second waypoint document, a follow up to his marching orders. In the document, Odierno outlined his plan for building adaptive leaders, Soldiers who are committed to the profession of arms and a globally responsive, regionally engaged and ready all-volunteer Army.
Odierno said he welcomed the opportunity to meet with American Soldiers, civilians and families serving in South Korea.
"This visit gave me a chance to thank the men and women serving on the Korean Peninsula," said Odierno. "Together with our Republic of Korea allies, American Soldiers remain committed to the critical mission of supporting one of our longest alliances."
"Korea is at the heart of our rebalance to the Asia Pacific region," said Odierno, "and remains one of our greatest allies."