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
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
My wife and I have been in Korea for about four months now. There are things that I miss about living in the U.S. and there are things I love about living in Korea. Obviously, I miss my friends and family, and living in an Asian culture certainly takes some getting used to, but here are a few things I like about Korea that I wish we would adopt in the United States: Continue reading
After a vacation for the ages with my wife and her family, we said goodbye to Virginia Beach and the Army School of Music, which had been our home for five years. We’ll always carry a lot of wonderful memories to go with the occasional headaches, but we were more than ready to move on to our next adventure – Korea. Thankfully, our flight to Korea took us through Seattle, giving us the opportunity to visit with two of our closest friends and their family before the long flight through Japan to Osan Airforce Base. When we finally did arrive at United States Army Garrison Yongsan, which is located in the Republic of Korea’s capital city of Seoul, we were excited to hit the ground running, taking very little time before wondering off base. Continue reading