General (Ret.) Vincent K. Brooks who was the ex-Commander of the United Nations Command, ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command, and U.S Forces Korea from April. 30, 2016 through Nov., 2018 & his spouse Carol Brooks were in town Seoul to receive the 17th Korea-America Friendship Award as well as to attend a dinner hosted by KUSAF(The Korea-U.S. Alliance Foundation) & KDVA(the Korean Institute of Certified Public Accountants) respectively.
First of all, as Honoree of the 17th Korea-America Friendship Association, General Brooks was awarded in recognition of his spearheading role who played his such role for keeping solid Korea-US Alliance during his term in Korea as well as maintaining his strong partnership with Korea through lecture, advise etc. even though he retired.
Hosted by Chairman Jin Park from the Korea-America Association on last Wendesday(Oct. 16th) at the Sheraton Walkerhill, the solidness of Korea-US Alliance were demonstrated by the attendance of high-profile guests such as Minister Counselor for Public Affairs Mitchell Moss from US Embassy Seoul and many envoys from Diplomatic Corps. including Australia Amb. James Choi, New Zealand Amb. Philip Turner, Croatia Amb. Damir KUSEN etc. in addition to former Prime Minister Lee Hong-gu & former MOFAT Minister Yoon Byung-se etc.
Separately from the ceremony regarding Honoree of the 17th Korea-America Friendship Association, US Amb. Harry Harris said a dinner hosted by KUSAF(The Korea-U.S. Alliance Foundation) & KDVA: "A secure environment is essential in order to create the conditions necessary for development. Accordingly, our security alliance with the Republic of Korea continues to serve as the foundation for peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula and is a linchpin for security and stability throughout the region. That has been our motto for years and holds true now more than ever before." in his congratulatory remarks at a Dinner hosted by KUSAF and KDVA held at the Plaza Hotel Seoul on last Thursday(Oct. 17).
But the breadth and depth of our relationship extend beyond just security. We’ve built a multi-dimensional partnership reinforced by shared values, shared concerns, and economic interests, and underpinned by deep people-to-people ties. As we confront new challenges in the Indo-Pacific and beyond, it’s crucial for our alliance to remain a bastion of freedom, and the rule of law — in the sea lanes, in the cloud, and in everything that we do as democratic nations. Our alliance is comprehensive, it’s holistic, and the sum of our parts makes us stronger, added Harris.