Sgt. Courtney L. Davis
U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Public Affairs Office
CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea – The holidays can be a happy time but also a tough time for soldiers thousands of miles away from family and friends. To beat the blues, they went to the field – the soccer field.
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, in association with the garrison’s Religious Support Office, hosted a team building soccer game and Thanksgiving lunch at the Four Chaplains Memorial Chapel on Nov. 24.
Korean expansion of the U.S. Army and American soldiers crowded the center of the green for kick-off. When the ball flew into the air, both teams raced across the field, left their holiday blues behind and whetted themselves a hearty appetite.
After the game, Col. Charlie Lee, the garrison chaplain, blessed the food and thanked everyone for coming to the game and dinner. Together, KATUSAs, soldiers, civilians and soldiers of the Republican Army ate the Thanksgiving dinner with a Korean torch and basked in the afterglow of the athletic competition.
“The soccer game was pretty good fun,” said Sgt. 1st Class Michael Dominguez, HHC facility manager. “Our team won. It was definitely a sport to keep us warm about how cold it is outside and then the food was great. I am very grateful to get a taste of Korean culture, the food and everything, very grateful for the KATUSAs and the soldiers. That was definitely what you needed for the season. “
During lunch, Pfc. Jordan Nutter, a ground approach controller, spoke to fellow combatants about how cool it was to see the KATUSAs and Soldiers play together.
Pfc. Maeng Chang-yong from the Department of Emergency Services said he was glad that the KATUSAs and soldiers were able to come together as a team. He also compared Thanksgiving to the Korean holiday Chuseok because of the delicious food and family feel.
“Many of us are not with the family and do not have the opportunity to sit down with loved ones,” said Kalisha Killens, a military personnel specialist. “So we have to gather together with our military family and friends here in Korea.”
The participants enjoyed plates filled to the brim with japchae, bulgogi, kimchi, rice and other traditional Korean dishes. Discussions about the game, the food and the holiday week were held at each table, which was strategically a good two meters apart.
“Despite the ongoing pandemic, we are able to sit down and have a proper conversation with soldiers, civilians and Korean colleagues, and sample delicious Korean food,” said Racine Gillado, site manager for the military division. “We share a lot of good things while we are all sitting at the table.”
Pfc. Reynaldo Sandoval, a postal worker, and Pfc. Park Chang-jun of the Department of Emergency Services agreed that it was a good day for the soccer game in good company.
“I like that the company brought the KATUSAs and American soldiers together,” said Park. “I was excited to have this delicious meal, and I am grateful and blessed for another Thanksgiving.”
|Release Date:||03/12/2021 12:22 AM|
|Location:||CAMP HUMPHREYS, 41, KR|
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