Announcement

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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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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General Brooks’ Inaugural Message

Download Inaugural Letter: General Brooks_Inaugural Letter


Korean translation by Mr. Hong, Sukgi “KG”, KDVA Research Associate/Linguist, 번역: 홍석기 (주한미군전우회 연구원/통번역사) 

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Did You Know … that the Republic of Korea and the United States signed their Mutual Defense Treaty on October 1, 1953?

1953년 10월 1일, 67년 전 오늘. 대한민국과 미합중국이 방위조약을 체결한 사실, “알고 계셨나요?”

This treaty codified the special commitment that the United States and South Korea made to each other 67 years ago, and continues to be the backbone of this Alliance which has become irreplaceable. We are very fortunate that the relationship between these two great allies and friends has developed into all facets of our shared economic, diplomatic, cultural, and military lives.

한미상호방위조약은 67년전 한미 양국이 평화, 안전 및 상호 방위를 성문화하여 체결한 조약으로 조인 시점부터 오늘에 이르기까지 강력한 한미동맹의 초석을 이루고있습니다. 주한미군전우회는 한미동맹이 군사 동맹을 넘어 경제, 외교, 문화 등 사회 전반의 모든 측면으로 발전한 것을 감사하게 생각합니다.

As we recognize the signing of the U.S.-ROK Mutual Defense Treaty, KDVA is thankful for the strong relationship between two of the world’s great militaries.  And on October 1 – the ROK Armed Forces Day – KDVA recognizes how vigilant the ROK military is in the face of the North Korean threat which is one of the most difficult and complex threats in the world.  Their efforts every day keep the South Korean people safe and secure, and the ROK-U.S. Alliance stands firmly with them.

주한미군전우회는 한미상호방위조약 체결 67주년을 기념하고, 세계에서 가장 강력한 군사력을 가진 국가 중 하나인 한국과 미국이 강력한 동맹 관계를 유지하고 있음을 감사하게 생각합니다. 오늘 10월 1일은 한미상호방위조약의 체결일이자 대한민국 ‘국군의 날’이기도 합니다. 북한 위협 억제라는 어려운 도전과제에 대응하기 위하여한국군이 철통같은 방어태세를 항시 유지하고 있음을 주한미군전우회는 잘 알고 있습니다. 대한민국과 국민들의 안전을 수호하기 위해 국군장병들은 매일 피와 땀으로헌신하고 있으며, 한미동맹은 이 헌신과 사역에 함께 할 것입니다.

But the true security of the ROK-U.S. Alliance lies in the trust that Koreans and Americans have for each other.  This trust was developed and earned on the battlefields of the Korean War, along the frontlines of the de-militarized zone (DMZ), in Vietnam, in Afghanistan, in Iraq, and in the daily interactions of our two peoples.

한미동맹의 진정한 힘은 한미 양국의 강력한 상호 신뢰에 기반합니다. 이러한 신뢰는 양국이 동맹으로 한국전쟁에서 함께 싸우며 그 싹을 틔웠고, 한반도 비무장지대(DMZ)의 최전방, 베트남 전쟁, 아프가니스탄 전쟁, 이라크 전쟁 등을 비롯하여 양국 국민들의 일상적 교류에 이르기까지 한미 양국이 함께 협력하고 교류하며 지속적으로 신뢰 관계를 발전시켜왔습니다.

So during the Chuseok Holiday (also this week!) when Koreans celebrate harvesting the fruits of their hard work and enjoy their bonds as a great people, KDVA celebrates our ROK-U.S. Alliance which has truly become an “Alliance for the Ages.”

한해의 결실을 기념하고 사랑하는 이들의 소중함을 되새기는 한가위를 맞이하여, 주한미군전우회는 유구한 전통처럼 유지되는 위대한 동맹으로 발전한 한미동맹을 기념하며 한가위 소망을 전합니다. 몸도 마음도 풍요로운 행복한 한가위 보내시기를 진심으로 소망합니다.

 

Colonel (Ret.) Seung Joon ”Steve” Lee

KDVA Senior Vice President

대령(예) Steve Lee (이승준)  

주한미군전우회 부회장

 


Korean translation by Mr. Hong, Sukgi “KG”, KDVA Research Associate/Linguist, 번역: 홍석기 (주한미군전우회 연구원/통번역사) 

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Recording Now Available: Korea Defense Veterans Webinar Series – Part 1

RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE.

View the full webinar recording and short clips on KDVA’s Digital Library page and YouTube channel.


On September 17, 2020, the Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) and the Korea Defense Veterans Association (KDVA) provided Korean Defense Veterans and their families an opportunity to talk about their assignments in Korea, raised awareness about their vital, irreplaceable mission in Korea, and highlighted how Korea really is an assignment of choice!

Check out the full webinar recording and short clips by clicking the video links below or visiting the KDVA digital library page and YouTube channel.

“Together for the ROK-U.S. Alliance”


RECORDING:


This webinar series follows the webinar series that KDVA started in June 2020 for Korean War Veterans.  Please see the webinars in the KDVA Digital Library at https://kdva.vet/digital-library/.

Later on, KDVA will conduct a webinar about ROK and U.S. Defense Veterans of the De-militarized Zone or DMZ.

 

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