KATUSAs share daily life with families
DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA – About 120 family members joined their sons on base for a special event. The 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command hosted its 3rd annual Korean Augmentation to the United States Army Family Day event at the Camp Henry Theater, May. 12. It created an open house for 19th ESC and United States Army Garrison – Daegu KATUSA family members who support KATUSA soldiers to strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and Republic of Korea.
KATUSA Family Day has been hosted by 19th ESC annually since 2015. It provides a great opportunity for KATUSA family members to see firsthand where their sons work, dine and reside. It is a unique experience for the ROK families because in the ROK military, parents and family members are allowed to visit their sons only at designated areas.
“I believe that the sole fact that U.S. soldiers welcomed KATUSAs’ family members to their own base and plan for an event like this together validates our solid trust and strong bond between the ROK and U.S.,” said Cpl. Jung, Ki Joo, 19th ESC senior KATUSA.
Before the formal portion of the event started, family members gathered in the Camp Henry Dining Facility for lunch with their sons. After lunch, family members toured the barracks and work areas.
Following the lunch and tours, guests moved to the Camp Henry Theater for an opening ceremony. Brig. Gen. John P. Sullivan, 19th ESC Commanding General, Mr. Robert Ogburn, Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy, and Lt. Col. Jeong, Hyun Woong, Area IV ROKA Support Group Commander, welcomed family members during the ceremony.
“I appreciate that many of our KATUSAs’ family members were able to join us today. It’s certainly a privilege to see all of you. As a parent myself, having one’s son away from home at any distance naturally causes some concerns, but I want you to know that I view all of our soldiers as absolutely instrumental to our team and am very dedicated to their welfare,” said Sullivan.
Following the remarks families enjoyed video compilation of 19th ESC missions and KATUSAs’ messages to their family members, group photos and a live violin performance by Pfc. Song, Min Woo, 19th ESC KATUSA chaplain assistant.
“Because U.S. soldiers often have to leave their family for about a year for deployment and can’t see their family for a long time, I think KATUSA Family Day can clearly remind them of the importance of family,” explained Jung.
19th ESC will now use the lessons learned from this event to prepare for another successful and meaningful KATUSA Family Day event to enrich the ROK-U.S. relationship.