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KUSAF Newsletter – January 2021

Download Newsletter: KUSAF news-2021 January.pdf

 

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Korea Defense Veterans Association 2021 New Year Message

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Korea-U.S. Alliance Foundation (KUSAF) New Year Message To KDVA Members

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Recordings Now Available – Gen. Paik Sun-yup’s 100th Birthday: Stories from His Daughter, Ms. Namhi Park

Recordings:

English Version –

 

Korean Version –


The Korea Defense Veterans Association (KDVA) and the Korea-U.S. Alliance Foundation (KUSAF) were very honored and thankful to share Ms. Park’s stories to remember her father’s lifetime of contributions to the Korean people and the ROK-U.S. Alliance. General Paik is the greatest hero and champion of the ROK-U.S. Alliance, and KDVA and KUSAF are committed to ensuring his legacy of service and love for the Alliance inspires current and future generations.

Opening Remarks: General (Ret.) Vincent Brooks, KDVA Chairman and President

Moderator:  Colonel (Ret.) Steve Lee, KDVA Senior VP

Special Guest: Ms. Namhi Park, Gen. Paik’s oldest daughter

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Recordings Now Available – ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command (CFC) Webinar

Recordings:

English Version –

Korean Version –


 Topics Discussed:

  • How CFC has evolved to support the ROK-U.S. Alliance and to defend against the North Korean threat.
  • Go behind the scenes to hear how CFC leaders and the staff work together to solve issues.
  • Discuss what we need to understand about wartime operational control (or OPCON) transition.
  • Take a look at where we see CFC headed in the next 2-4 years.

Opening Speaker:

  • General Robert B. Abrams – Commander of UNC/CFC/USFK

Co-Moderators: 

  • Dr. Stephen Noerper – Senior Director for Policy, Korea Society; Adjunct Professor, Columbia University; Senior Adviser, UN
  • Dr. Ashton Cho – VP & Director of Int’l Security Cooperation at Korea Association of Military Studies

Panelists: 

  • General (Ret.) Vincent Brooks – Chairman and President at Korea Defense Veterans Association and Former Commander of UNC/CFC/USFK
  • General (Ret.) Leem, Ho Young – ROK Vice Chairman at Korea Defense Veterans Association and Former Deputy Commander of CFC
  • Mr. Bruce Klingner – Senior Research Fellow, Northeast Asia at The Heritage Foundation
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Webinar Recording Now Available: OPCON Transfer and its Potential Impact on the United Nations Command and the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission

The full recording of ISDP’s recent webinar on “OPCON Transfer and its Potential Impact on the United Nations Command and the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission” with speakers Gen (ret) Vincent Brooks, LtGen (ret) Chun In Bum, Mr. David Maxwell, MG (ret) Urs Gerber, and Maj Gen (ret) Mats Engman as the moderator is now available on ISDP’s YouTube channel. The event was held in collaboration with the Korea Defense Veterans Association (KDVA).


Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4T-6bDa-1U

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KDVA’s U.S. Veterans Day Message

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November 11, 2020

“American Veteran” is a treasured and honored term of distinction among the citizens of the United States.  And on this 11th day of the 11th month (11 November), Americans come together, of one accord, to remember the service and sacrifices made by American Veterans, and their families, in defending the United States – our liberty and all that is sacred to Americans.  As a Veteran, I have experienced the separations from family, the physical dangers of combat, the unparalleled feeling of comradery, and the sadness bearing witness to those comrades who fell while serving their country or suffered physical and emotional wounds.  It was my honor to serve my Nation.

The Korea Defense Veterans Association would like to particularly thank over 1.7 million Veterans who fought in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953.  And, also the over 3.3 million Korean Defense Veterans who defended South Korea and American interests in Korea from 1953 up to the present-day Service Members who continue to stand shoulder to shoulder, in alliance with warriors of South Korea.  To all of those Veterans, the KDVA renders a respectful salute expressing our gratitude to each.

As we remember our Veterans and their Families, please use this day as a reminder to support the Veterans in your communities, to welcome home the Vietnam generation of Veterans, and to thank a Veteran when you encounter one.  You might also consider visiting a memorial dedicated to Korean War Veterans by using this KDVA link https://kdva.vet/korean-war-memorials/And for you, Korea Defense Veterans, who have not yet joined us in the KDVA – your membership is already paid for by your service in Korea – join us at https://kdva.vet/join-kdva/.

Thank you for enabling KDVA’s mission to support the ROK-U.S. Alliance and our Veterans who fought for this Alliance and continue to defend it.

“Together for the ROK-U.S. Alliance” 

 

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Vincent K. Brooks

General, U.S. Army (Retired)

Chairman and President

Korea Defense Veterans Association

contact@kdva.vet

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Announcing KDVA’s ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command (CFC) Webinar

KDVA and KUSAF are proud to announce a webinar about the ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command (CFC) on the occasion of its founding on November 7, 1978. 

We will discuss the following topics:

  • How CFC has evolved to support the ROK-U.S. Alliance and to defend against the North Korean threat.
  • Go behind the scenes to hear how CFC leaders and the staff work together to solve issues.
  • Discuss what we need to understand about wartime operational control (or OPCON) transition.
  • Take a look at where we see CFC headed in the next 2-4 years.

Co-Moderators: 

  • Dr. Stephen Noerper – Adjunct Professor of International & Public Affairs at Columbia SIPA
  • Dr. Ashton Cho – VP & Director of Int’l Security Cooperation at Korea Association of Military Studies

Panelists: 

  • General (Ret.) Vincent BrooksChairman & President at Korea Defense Veterans Association and Former Commander of UNC/CFC/USFK
  • General (Ret.) Leem, Ho Young – ROK Vice Chairman at Korea Defense Veterans Association and Former Deputy Commander of CFC
  • Mr. Bruce Klingner – Senior Research Fellow, Northeast Asia at The Heritage Foundation

 

We have not set a date yet, but it will be in mid-November.  We will announce the date soon.


Please support KDVA by joining KDVA as a member and/or by donating – all at www.KDVA.vet.

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KDVA & KUSAF Security Consultative Meeting Letter

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Welcome 2020 – 2021 KDVA Interns!

The KDVA Interns will have opportunities to learn more about the ROK-U.S. Alliance and its diverse topics, gain invaluable professional experience, develop skills, make professional contacts, and make contributions to the ROK-U.S. Alliance.  They will be involved in diverse research and activity projects to include:

  • Researching ROK-U.S. Alliance topics.
  • Writing Alliance articles for the KDVA quarterly journal, webpage, newsletter, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • Serving as Research Assistants to team with a senior KDVA leader and write articles for KDVA platforms, news articles, and think tank publications.
  • Collaborating with academic institutions and young professional organizations to research joint projects.
  • Supporting events in Seoul and DC.
  • Supporting social media efforts.

We look forward to their efforts “Together for the ROK-U.S. Alliance.”

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