In Seoul, Korea our Alliance hosted the second annual Peninsula Missile Defenders of the Year Award Ceremony in celebration and recognition of the joint international team that defends the democracy and freedom on the Korean Peninsula.
We were honored to host this event which has brought the Republic of Korea and the United States of America closer together as a world champion missile defense fighting force.
Our event recognized the commitment to excellence of 2013’s the Republic of Korea’s best air and missile defense Patriot crews, the United States’ best Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense missile defender of the 7th Fleet and the best United States Air Force missile defender of the 7thAir Force.
The 2013 Peninsula Missile Defenders of the Year award winners are:
35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade ECS:
PFC Ryan Eaton
SPC Laura Duran
2LT Megan Parris
35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade LS:
SPC Connor Moore
SPC Venessa Meaney
Commander, United States Naval Forces Korea:
ENS Elton Evatt
7th Air Force:
CPT Joshua Singsaas
3rd Brigade ECS Republic of Korea:
LT Hyo Chang Park
PSG Dae Wook Park
2nd Brigade ECS Republic of Korea Air Force:
LT Tae Jin Noh
SSG Dae Hyuk Kim
2nd Brigade LS Republic of Korea Air Force:
PSG Ho Jung Lee
3rd Brigade LS Republic of Korea Air Force:
LT Dong Yeon Goh
Congratulations to these men and women from the United States and the Republic of Korea for their combined efforts and steadfast partnership in missile defense. These missile defense war fighters have helped prevent war and preserve peace here on the Korean Peninsula. This is a tremendous and remarkable feat that is duly recognized considering last years heightened threat from North Korea and their launch of the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile capable Unha-3 missile in December. Missile defenses from both the United States and Korea deployed in readiness and excellence throughout the Peninsula and in the waters around Korea which provided safety and security for the population of Korea.
It is a team game and no country can defend themselves against missiles alone. The strength of missile defense is what was recognized at this second annual Korean Peninsula Defender of the Year event, an across the board joint service team with our friend, ally and battle buddy, the Republic of Korea.
Distinguished visitors who attended the award ceremony include:
This is our third Missile Defender of the Year Award Ceremony that we have done with an allied country. The events began a year ago here in Seoul with the Republic of Korea. Due to the success of last year’s event, MDAA hosted the NORAD and USNORTHCOM Missile Warning and Defender of the Year Award Ceremony with Canada in May. The Peninsula Missile Defenders of the Year events last year and this year have established and led the path for MDAA’s recognition of the importance of joint international team efforts in missile defense around the world.