News: Cavalry Soldiers plant trees in Korea
Story by Sgt. Ange Desinor
CAMP CASEY, South Korea – More than 40 1st Battalion, 12th U.S. Cavalry Regiment Soldiers helped local Uijeongbu, Korea, residents plant 2,100 trees in commemoration of Arbor Day April.
Currently on a nine-month rotational deployment to Korean, the cavalry Soldiers all work with the 2nd Infantry Division to keep the peace between the two Koreas, yet also find time to get to know their new Korean neighbors.
“I was very impressed with the event today,” said Lt. Col. Arthur Sellers, commander of 1-12 CAV, and a native of Keokuk, Iowa. “We are still finishing up getting settled in and I’m very excited to be here in Korea. We are especially excited about getting out in the Korean community just like today.”
Sellers and his Soldiers, who deployed to Korea from Fort Hood, Texas in January, say they are transitioning well and look forward to helping the community and getting to know their neighbors..
This is the 36th year that U.S. and Republic of Korea locals have come together to plant trees, which in Korea symbolize life, prosperity and freedom .
“I didn’t know I would have an opportunity to get involved in community events,” said Sgt. 1st Class Wayne Dorr, a platoon sergeant with Delta Company, 1-12 CAV. “More Soldiers volunteered than we could bring, and it’s exciting. It is a nice set up. People are friendly and this is a perfect location for planting trees.”
One resident laughed with Soldiers while planting trees and reminiscing about his days working side by side with Americans as a Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army soldier. He said a lot has changed since he was in the Army.
“I used to be a KATUSA back then and compared to the past, Soldiers are much more involved in the community events nowadays,” said Joo Seob, Kim, now a Uijeongbu government staff member. “I think it is a positive change, and it is a good opportunity for U.S. Soldiers stationed here for the first time. The citizens here are happy to have the U.S. Soldiers volunteering with us.”