Thank you, Korea

Last week, after 22 months of serving in the Republic of Korea, I relinquished command of the Eighth Army Band to a friend of mine and I’ve begun in-processing Fort Meade for my new job as the Deputy Commander of The U.S. Army Field Band. While it’s great to be back in the States and serving at the Field Band, it was tough to say goodbye to our home for the last two years.

We made a lot of friends and created many great memories that we will re-live through our thousands of photos (digital photography is one of the great inventions for travelers). While we were able to get some great travel in to Japan, Thailand, and of course Bhutan, the two things that made these last two years so special was the beauty and hospitality of Korea and the Korean People and the unique and important mission of the Eighth Army Band…and Korean fried chicken.

I have never been prouder to serve my country or serve as a commander than during the last two years (and that’s saying something because I’ve been fortunate to have several great assignments over the years). From the many performances by the Band’s music performance teams across the Peninsula for the Korean people, to Honor Guard ceremonies on Knight Field for the Senior Mission Commander, to key leader engagements with Korean partners, it was an honor to support the increasingly important alliance between the Republic of Korea and the United States.

Ground Forces Festival 2016

Azalea Festival

Eighth Army Holiday Concert 2016

At the British Embassy

Jinhae Military Band and Honor Guard Festival

Cherry Blossoms in bloom on Yongsan Garrison

View from the peak of Bukhansan

Green tea fields

Gate near Dongdaemun

Dreamy Camera Cafe in Yangpyeong county outside of Seoul.

Always looking for the perfect selfie


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3 responses to “Thank you, Korea

  1. Michael R. Dudley

    Thank you for the opportunity to serve vicariously through your experiences. I have truly enjoyed following your path and wish you the best in your new assignment with the Field Band.

  2. Tracy

    Wonderful post Domingos. Glad you guys found a nice home already and wish you the best with your new post. Can’t wait to see you in Hawaii!

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