CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea — Leaders throughout 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade attended a friendship dinner with the Pyeongtaek Leadership Committee Morning Calm Conference Center Jan. 3.
The New Year Friendship Dinner presented local civic, business leaders and 2CAB Soldiers with an opportunity to foster new friendships and strengthen the Republic of Korea-U.S. alliance.
“The best part of the evening was seeing the fellowship between the Soldiers of 2CAB and the representatives from the community of Pyeongtaek” said Sgt. Maj Tyrone Murphy, Maysville, North Carolina native, operations sergeant major, 2CAB.Murphy was not the only one to embrace the spirit of partnership and appreciation for what the support PLC provides to Soldiers stationed at Camp Humphreys.
“We are here to help build a good relationship with the community,” said 1st Sgt. Caprina Rivers, Orlando, Florida native, senior enlisted advisor, Company B, 4th Aerial Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2CAB. “We should be stewards of our profession and…help the community as much as possible. We are here for each other.”
The social gathering was a first for many of the Warriors who participated.
“This was my first time attending a friendship dinner,” said Lt. Col. Jonathan Easley, commander, 602nd Aviation Support Battalion, and Laguna Beach, California native. “I enjoyed the evening, especially learning how to communicate with my Korean counterparts at the table.”
After dinner, Col. Brian Watkins, commander, 2CAB, and Seattle, Washington native, stood at the podium and graciously thanked PLC for their interest and investment into the military community.
“Pyeongtaek Leadership Committee does a heck of a lot more for our Soldiers, than we do for their organization,” said Watkins. “They are very gracious and are happy to have us here. Thank you, PLC, for everything you do. You are…a part of the family here as much as the Talon Brigade is part of the Pyeongtaek community.”
The night ended with Mr. Yim, Chong K. (Tiger), logistician, 2CAB and Watkins raffling local treats to attendees. The PLC and 2CAB will continue to work together while build upon the Republic of Korea and U.S partnership.