Seoul Based Sailors Celebrate the Navy's 239th Birthday with Ball and 5k Run

Story Number: NNS141011-05Release Date: 10/11/2014 12:04:00 PM
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By Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea Public Affairs

SEOUL, Republic of Korea (NNS) -- Seoul-based Sailors and their families celebrated the Navy's 239th birthday with a special ball and 5K run, Oct. 10 through 11.

Both events brought together service members from across U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, as well as the Republic of Korea armed services and citizens from the local Seoul community.

"We had a very diverse group of people from different branches of service, our partners in the Korean military, as well as our supporters in the local community come out and join us for our Navy birthday events," said Lt. Cmdr. Zhivago Johnson, the chairman of the 2014 Seoul Navy Ball committee. "This is a testament to the support and camaraderie of our U.S. military community here at Yongsan Garrison, and the close partnerships we have with the Korean military and the people of Seoul."

The Seoul Navy ball featured keynote remarks from Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti, the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea, along with entertainment from the U.S. 8th Army band and entertainers from the Republic of Korea Ministry of Defense. The program also included video messages from the Secretary of the Navy, the Hon. Ray Mabus, and the Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, along with a traditional Korean drum team.

"I really enjoyed the ball and it was an honor to have senior leaders from both nations speak with us about the important role the U.S. Navy plays in Korea," said Chief Mass Communication Specialist Wendy Wyman, assigned to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea. "We also enjoyed hosting service members and their families from all 4 U.S. services at our Navy ball as well as our friends from the Korean military."

The following day, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea hosted a 5K run at Yongsan Garrison, bringing together service members from across the on-base community.

"This was a great way to complete our Navy birthday celebration here in Seoul and promote a culture of fitness and teamwork with our shipmates and fellow service members," said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Bill Norton. "We had a fantastic turn out and we really displayed our Navy pride during both of these events."

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea is the regional commander for the U.S. Navy in the Republic of Korea and provides expertise on naval matters to area military commanders, including the Commander for the United Nations Command, the Combined Forces Command, and Commander, U.S. Forces Korea.

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