Announcement

Statement of Support for the 11th Special Measures Agreement (SMA)

The Korea-US Alliance Foundation (President: General Jung, Seung Jo, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) and the Korea Defense Veterans Association (Chairman: General Vincent Brooks, the former Commander of UNC/CFC/USFK) endorse the 11th Special Measures Agreement.

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KUSAF and KDVA Conduct Joint Boards of Directors and Advisors Meeting

January 29, 2021

2021년 1월 29일

KUSAF and KDVA Conduct Joint Boards of Directors and Advisors Meeting

한미동맹재단 및 주한미군전우회 이사회 및 자문위원회 공동 개최

 

The Korea-U.S. Alliance Foundation (KUSAF) and the Korea Defense Veterans Association (KDVA) conducted their second annual Joint Boards of Directors and Advisors Meeting on January 25, 2021.

한미동맹재단과 주한미군전우회는 제2회 한미 합동 이사회 및 자문위원회 회의를 2021년 1월 26일에 개최하였습니다.

The two boards came together remotely from the United States (U.S.) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) to discuss plans in 2021 for advancing their mutual mission of enhancing the ROK-U.S. Alliance and supporting our Veterans.

한미동맹 강화 및 한국 근무장병 지원을 목표로 하는 한미동맹재단과 주한미군전우회의 이사 및 자문위원들은 2021년 사업계획에 대해 논의하였습니다.

The meeting was highlighted by remarks from ROK General (Ret.) Jung, Seung Jo, KUSAF President and former ROK Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and U.S. General (Ret.) Vincent Brooks, KDVA Chairman and President and former Commander of the United Nations Command, ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command, and U.S. Forces Korea. They emphasized the positive outlook for the Alliance in 2021, and KDVA and KUSAF’s vital role in bringing together senior leaders, members, and opinion leaders to raise awareness about Alliance topics including negotiating with North Korea, managing the transition of wartime operational control, coming together quickly on burden sharing, and cooperation beyond defense issues.

이번 회의는 한국군 합참의장을 역임하고 한미동맹재단을 이끌고 있는 정승조 회장(예비역 육군 대장)과 한미연합사/주한미군사/유엔사 사령관을 역임한 빈센트 브룩스 주한미군전우회 회장 (미 예비역 육군 대장)의 연설로 더욱 큰 의미가 있었습니다. 두 분은 2021년 한미동맹에 대해 긍정적 전망을 피력하였습니다. 아울러, 방위비분담금에 관한 조속한 협의, 전시작전통제권 이양 관리, 대북 협상 등 한미동맹 현안과 국방 현안 이외의 협력에 대한 인식 증진을 위해, 주요 지도자, 회원, 오피니언 리더들을 한데 모으는 재단과 전우회의 핵심 역할을 강조하였습니다.

The two organizations discussed how the global pandemic limitations on in-person gatherings in 2020 drove them to offering webinars and hybrid events. This significantly expanded the reach and impact on the understanding of the Alliance. There was a 22% increase in KDVA membership, a 90% increase in KDVA’s Facebook views, a 310% increase in our website views, and increased partnerships with well-known organizations like the World Affairs Council of America, The Korea Society, and The Heritage Foundation. KUSAF has built a network of 4,000 opinion leaders in South Korea and the United States and provided Alliance-related booklets, materials, and newsletters.

한미동맹재단과 주한미군전우회는 2020년 범세계적 코로나바이러스 감염병 사태로 인해 대면 모임이 제한되어 웨비나와 하이브리드 행사를 개최하였습니다. 이러한 변화는 한미동맹의 이해와 영향을 현저하게 증가시켰습니다. 한미동맹재단은 한미 양국 4,000명 이상의 오피니언 리더들로 구성된 인적 네트워크를 구축하였으며, 동맹 현안을 담은 책자, 자료, 소식지 등도 출간하였습니다. 주한미군전우회 회원 수는 약 22% 증가하였으며, 주한미군전우회 페이스북 조회수는 90%, 웹사이트 조회수도 310%나 증가하였습니다. 아울러 코리아 소사이어티, 헤리티지재단, 미국 세계문제위원회와 같은 저명한 글로벌 기관과의 파트너십도 체결하였습니다.

KDVA and KUSAF announced the introduction of the “Defense and Diplomacy Dialogue” or “3-D” Series that will bring together very senior leaders to look for ways to make the Alliance better. They will also conduct events in Korea to support the ROK-U.S. Security Consultative Meeting and Military Committee Meeting, the 3rd Former CFC Commander and Deputy Commander Forum, four ROK-U.S. Alliance Forums, and the Alliance Prayer Breakfast Meeting. In the United States, they will support ROK President Moon, Jae-in’s visit to meet with U.S. President Biden and conduct events to support Veterans. They will conclude the year with their 1st annual Honors Night to recognize the essential contributions of its members for the Alliance.

한미동맹재단과 주한미군전우회는 더욱 강력한 한미동맹을 구축하기 위해, ‘3D 시리즈, 국방(Defense) – 외교(Diplomacy) 대화(Dialogue)’를 시작하였습니다. 재단과 전우회는 한미 안보협의회의(SCM)와 군사위원회회의(MCM)를 축하하는 세미나 및 만찬, 제3회 역대 연합사 사령관 – 부사령관 포럼, 4회에 걸친 한미동맹 포럼, 한미동맹 국가 조찬기도회, 세미나 등의 주요 행사를 개최할 예정입니다. 또한 바이든 대통령과의 한미 정상회담을 위한 문재인 대통령의 미국방문을 지원할 것이며, 참전용사 후원 행사를 미국에서 개최할 계획입니다. 한미동맹재단과 주한미군전우회는 한미동맹을 강화하는 데 필수불가결한 한미 모범장병 및 군무원들의 기여에 감사하는 제1회 모범장병 시상식도 개최할 것입니다.

Finally, KUSAF and KDVA recognized and thanked their donors and partners who provide the support that is so needed for the cause of Americans and Koreans united for common defense and security.

한미동맹재단과 주한미군전우회는 한미 양국의 공동 방위와 안보에 필요한 지원을 해 주신 모든 후원자와 파트너들에게 깊은 감사를 표합니다.

 

“Together for the ROK-U.S. Alliance”

“위대한 한미동맹을 위하여”

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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

Download Letter: KDVA and KUSAF_SCM Letter

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