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Recording Now Available – United Nations Command Webinar

RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE.

View recording on KDVA’s Digital Library page and YouTube channel.
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KDVA Webinar: United Nations Command

On July 27, 2020 KDVA hosted an United Nations Command webinar. Former Commanders of the United Nations Command, Gen. (Ret.) Curtis Scaparrotti and Gen. (Ret.) Vincent Brooks and Commander of the 196th Infantry Brigade, COL Shawn Creamer discussed the significant role of the United Nations Command in maintaining stability on the Korean Peninsula.

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A Tribute to General and Ambassador Paik, Sun-yup

The Immeasurable Importance of General and Ambassador Paik, Sun-yup

July 10, 2020

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Former CFC Commanders and Deputy Commanders met legendary Gen. (Ret.) Paik, Sun Yup. As part of the 1st Former CFC Commander/Deputy Commander Forum in Seoul on Nov 14, 2019, Generals Kwon, Scaparrotti, Tilelli, Sharp, Thurman, and Jung visited the 99 year old General Paik who was the first ROK Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, ROK Ambassador to several countries, and an infrastructure pioneer. General Paik helped build the ROK-U.S. Alliance into one of the most important in the world.


The passing of General and Ambassador Paik, Sun-yup marks the closing of the first 70 years of the ROK-U.S. Alliance, while his life and contributions to the Alliance serve as a great role model for the future of this close and invaluable relationship.  General Paik’s role in defending South Korea against North Korea starting on June 25, 1950 is of historic importance to both South Korea and the United States.  He served as the division commander of the 1st ROK Infantry Division which took the brunt of North Korea’s surprise attack, helped defend the Pusan Perimeter, and led the fight into Pyongyang on October 19, 1950.  Later as the first ROK Army Chief of Staff and first ROK Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he worked to build up the post-war ROK military.

After retiring from the ROK military as the country’s first four-star general, he continued in public service as Ambassador to Taiwan, Canada, France, and several other countries.  Then he served as ROK Minister of Transportation and launched the construction of the Seoul Subway system.  He was also instrumental in the construction of the War Memorial of Korea.

The distinguished and very long history of General Paik’s public service is truly immeasurable and unequaled.

His life serves as an example for future generations to care about the ROK-U.S. Alliance, to work for the Alliance, and to do so with integrity, hard work, and understanding.  The members of KDVA are very honored to have known this great man.  General (Retired) John Tilelli, the former Commander-in-Chief of the United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and U.S. Forces Command, captured the essence of General Paik and his legacy for the ROK-U.S. Alliance, “General Paik’s legend goes far beyond his military contributions and battlefield heroics.  When I commanded in Korea from 1996 to 1999, his was the voice I sought and heard when we faced challenging situations because he understood both the ROK and U.S. sides, and how we needed to work together.  I have lost a most significant friend and mentor in my life, and my heart goes out to his family, the people of South Korea, and those of us who care and love the ROK-U.S. Alliance.  He was a National Hero of the Republic of Korea.”

KDVA will carry on General Paik’s legacy and lifetime of work for the Alliance in 2020 and well into the next several generations of people who care for and support the great Alliance.

ImagePaik Sun-yup poses in front of a makeshift barracks in June 1952 when he served as commander of the 2nd Corps.

ImageRetired Republic of Korea Army Gen. Paik Sun-yup received the honorary commander title August 2013.

ImagePaik Sun-yup poses in front of a makeshift barracks in June 1952 when he served as commander of the 2nd Corps.

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Announcing KDVA Webinar: United Nations Command

Please join KDVA for our webinar on the significant role of the United Nations Command in maintaining stability on the Korean Peninsula.

 

Monday, July 27, 2020

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (U.S. EDT)
9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (KST)

 Livestream via Zoom

Feel free to join 15 minutes prior to each webinars’ start time to chat with other KDVA members and attendees via Zoom messenger chat.

The webinar is free, but you must register in advance.


REGISTER

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WMM2xfPVRtyTtgg8GCQeng

 

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Webinar Recording Now Available! 70th Commemoration of the Korean War Webinar Series – Part 2: Fulfilling Our Veterans’ Legacy

70th Commemoration of the Korean War Webinar Series –

Webinar Part 2: Fulfilling Our Veterans’ Legacy: Enduring Nature of “Alliance for the Ages”

Friday, June 26, 2020

Discussion and Q&A with prominent Korea experts and senior military leaders of KDVA.

Speakers:


Topics:

  • Korean War’s place in shaping ROK-U.S. relations
  • The need for a strong Alliance — what we are doing to ensure Korean War veterans’ service and sacrifice live on today and into the future
  • Highlight the “Wall of Remembrance” as an enduring example of the “Alliance for the Ages”

Recording:

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Webinar Recording Now Available! 70th Commemoration of the Korean War Webinar Series – Part 1: Honoring Those Who Served

70th Commemoration of the Korean War Webinar Series –

Webinar Part 1: Honoring Those Who Served: 70 Years of the Irreplaceable ROK-U.S. Alliance

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Interview and Q&A with Korean War Veterans and their family members.

Speakers:


Topics:

  • Look back on those who served and sacrificed during the war; include the perspective of families through the decades
  • Discuss why they think their service was worth fighting the war
  • Look now at recognizing and honoring service members and their families

Recording:

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You’re invited! KDVA’s 2-Part Webinar Series, “70th Commemoration of the Korean War”

The Korea Defense Veterans Association invites you to attend our 2-Part Webinar Series, 

70th Commemoration of the Korean War

Livestream via Zoom 

Feel free to join 15 minutes prior to each webinars’ start time to chat with other KDVA members and attendees via Zoom messenger chat. 

The webinars are free, but you must register in-advance.


Webinar Part 1: Honoring Those Who Served:

70 Years of the Irreplaceable ROK-U.S. Alliance

Thursday, June 25, 2020

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (U.S. EDT)
9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (KST) 

Interview and Q&A with Korean War Veterans and their family members.

Speakers:

Will be announced soon.

Topics:

Look back on those who served and sacrificed during the war; include perspective of families through the decades

Discuss why they think their service was worth fighting the war

Look now at recognizing and honoring service members and their families

REGISTER

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eVDAazjuTGaev515xhpCvA

 


Webinar Part 2: Fulfilling Our Veterans’ Legacy:

Enduring Nature of “Alliance for the Ages” 

Friday, June 26, 2020

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (U.S. EDT)
9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (KST)

Discussion and Q&A with prominent Korea experts and senior military leaders of KDVA.

Speakers:

Will be announced soon.

Topics:

Korean War’s place in shaping ROK-U.S. relations

The need for a strong Alliance — what we are doing to ensure Korean War veterans’ service and sacrifice live on today and into the future

Highlight the “Wall of Remembrance” as an enduring example of the “Alliance for the Ages”

REGISTER

 https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BJk2KiFLTj2cUrZLyog6mw

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KDVA’s ROK Memorial Day Message

On this 6th day of June, the people of the Republic of Korea remember their Service Members who died during the Korean War and other conflicts. KDVA would like to ask you to join the Korean people in reflecting on and remembering all that they did for this important and great country.

KDVA honors their brave and heroic sacrifices by supporting the ROK-U.S. Alliance and the people who built the Alliance and continue to serve it.  They include the 28,500 U.S. Service Members serving in South Korea today and the millions of Korean and American troops who have served together in “The Land of the Morning Calm” since the start of the Korean War on June 25, 1950 and around the world in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

KDVA truly believes in working “Together for the ROK-U.S. Alliance.”

 

Sincerely,

General (Ret.) Walter Sharp

President and Chairman, KDVA

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Webinar Recording Now Available! CFC Leadership During Crisis

ROK-U.S. Leadership During Crisis Webinar Series, “CFC Leadership During Crisis”

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Korea Defense Veterans Association’s first webinar on “ROK-U.S. Leadership During Crisis”

This webinar is a series and for the first session, the topic is “Combined Forces Command Leadership During Crisis” with the former Commander of CFC, General Walter Sharp, and former Deputy Commander, General Jung, Seung Jo.

Our intent is to discuss their shared experiences with combined ROK and U.S. military leadership during crisis.  Their thoughts should provide foundational insight that can be useful for other topics like:  instability in North Korea, exchange of fires along the DMZ, and North Korean strategic provocations to include nuclear tests and missile launches.

This webinar does not intend to get into the decision-making space of the current leaders of CFC … we only want to help people better understand how CFC works during crisis.

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KDVA’s U.S. Memorial Day Message

Monday, May 25, 2020 is U.S. Memorial Day during which Americans remember all those who have fallen in defense of the nation.

KDVA remembers and honors over 36,000 U.S. Service Members who gave their last full measure of devotion during the Korean War.

As we remember all that our veterans have done for the ROK-U.S. Alliance, I would like to suggest that you set aside some time this holiday weekend visiting websites (kdva.vet), viewing documentaries (kdva.vet/i-know-a-korean-war-veteran-campaign/), visiting veterans memorials (www.abmc.gov/about-us/history/korean-war-memorial) and cemeteries (following your local coronavirus guidelines), and/or starting a conversation in their honor.

Thank you very much, and please stay healthy and safe.

General (Ret.) Walter Sharp

President and Chairman, KDVA

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KDVA’s Korea Chapter Supports Eighth Army’s COVID-19 Response

KDVA Korea Chapter President, ROK Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Lee, Seo Young, and ROK Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Jung visited Eighth Army at Camp Humphreys on April 20, 2020 to deliver food and beverages to support 8A’s COVID-19 response.  Eighth Army Deputy Commander, BG Hur; G-7, COL Lynch; Deputy G-7, LTC Thayer, and other 8A Soldiers met with the KDVA Team to receive hundreds of boxes of apples and oranges, ramyon and choco pies, and orange juice and sodas.

They appreciated KDVA’s support and passed 8A CG, LTG Bills’ appreciation for KDVA’s support of 8A’s operations of the USFK quarantine area in Humphreys.

KDVA appreciates any opportunity to support the great men and women of Eighth Army!

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