Garrison hosts New Year’s Reception for community leaders

by Pfc. Cho Yong Hyun, USAG Yongsan Public Affairs

USAG Yongsan — Garrison Commander Maria P. Eoff hosted the New Year’s reception for community partners at the Main Post Club on Yongsan.

The commander’s holiday reception is an annual tradition designed to provide an opportunity for partner units and organizations of the Yongsan garrison to socialize outside of work, and to thank them for their continued support.
Han, Chul Soo, formal general of the Republic of Korea Army and currently the President of Korea-America Friendship Society, said “This year’s reception was by far the best and when I look around the garrison, I can see the commander’s caring touch to every little part of the garrison and I am very thankful and impressed.”

At the event, guests had the chance to greet members of the garrison command group and their spouses, mingle over a variety of food and listen to the fabulous performance by the orchestra provided by the Korean Ministry of National Defense.

For over a hundred years, military custom called for Soldiers to travel to their headquarters to greet their commander at the beginning of the new year.

In the post-Civil War era, particularly for the horse cavalry in the American West, this might be the only opportunity during the entire year when commanders were able to physically see the Soldiers in their charge.

Over the years the tradition evolved into a formal receiving line where the commander and spouse would greet members of the organization, senior leaders, and community members and host a reception.

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