US Army Colonel (retired) Norm Spivey served three tours in Korea including battalion command from 2012 to 2014. He currently works within the missile defense enterprise.
From my service in Korea I learned “Katchi Kapshida,” is more than just a catchphrase to describe a strong military alliance. The phrase can also be used to describe the unity and loyalty of the Korean people.
During my three tours spread over nearly a twenty year span, I witnessed firsthand how the values of stability, hard work, loyalty, and respect play a central role in Korean society.
It is very evident how these values enabled what many call the “Miracle on the Han”. Korea’s many economic and security related successes are a true testament to the hard work, loyalty and resiliency of the people.