Getting started the right way

by Pvt. Kim Bumjoon (Daegu)
U.S. Army

USAG Daegu, South Korea -- United States Army Garrison Daegu Army Community Service hosted the Camp Henry Newcomer's Orientation, Aug. 15 at the Camp Henry Theater. USAG Daegu Command Sgt. Maj. Juan A. Abreu and community representatives welcomed new Soldiers to the USAG Daegu community.

Abreu greeted more than 60 newcomers as he gave the introduction of USAG Daegu. "Welcome to USAG Daegu and Area IV and congratulations on what will be an exciting and fulfilling assignment, said Abreu. "As for some of you, this will be your first station and for some of you not, but I guarantee all both that Korea, especially Daegu is unique from anywhere else."

Abreu introduced several programs useful in Daegu, such as the Korea Less Traveled program which pairs U.S. military personnel stationed in Daegu with Korean university students to provide a special opportunity to explore South Korea in areas ranging from traditional Korean culture and the natural environment, to modern Korean society and contemporary lifestyle and the Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers program which organizes various activities such as volunteering at a local orphanage and monthly movie night for single and unaccompanied Soldiers.

He also emphasized discipline among soldiers; not just courtesy or proper attire but the attitude itself. "Do the right thing because it's the right thing to do," said Abreu. "Demonstrate a commitment to excellence, ask, is this going to make us better?"

After the introduction, community activities and organization representatives spoke about their programs and services, gave handouts and answered questions regarding their activities. More than 28 organizations attended the orientation including Army Community Service, BOSS, Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Postal Services, Chapel, Housing and Legal Services.

USAG Daegu Financial Readiness Program Manager Philip J. Chang was the host of the orientation. "It is amazing that so many organizations participate in the orientation every week," said Chang. "It shows that our community shows deep interest and care for our new family members."

Some organizations not only talked about their services but gave information about the general culture in Korea.

"Soldiers find these small information about their local areas really beneficial," said Chang. "They especially enjoyed it when we taught them basic Korean sentences like greetings, and directions."

All newly assigned Soldiers to Area IV are required to attend Newcomer's Orientation. The orientation takes place at Camp Henry and Camp Carroll in turn.

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