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(LEAD) Actress Go Ara tapped as face of S. Korea's Air Force

All Headlines 16:18 April 11, 2016

(ATTN: UPDATES with more info in para 5-7; ADDS photo)

SEOUL, April 11 (Yonhap) -- Go Ara, the leading actress in the sensational nostalgic drama "Reply 1994," will represent South Korea's Air Force as its latest honorary ambassador, the Air Force said Monday.

The 26-year-old actress will serve as the face of the Air Force over the next year, appearing on promotional Air Force publications and attending key public events.

Go is the daughter of a career service member, who served for nearly 30 years with the Air Force, and her appointment reflected this background, the Air Force said.

"Go's career path and image matches those of the Air Force's four key values -- challenge, devotion, professionalism and team work," the Air Force said in a statement. "The appointment will greatly contribute to the Air Force's efforts to become closer with the public."

In a ceremony held earlier in the day in the Air Force's headquarters in Gyeryongdae near Daejeon, some 160 kilometers south of Seoul, Air Force Chief of Staff Jeong Kyeong-doo presented Go a plaque marking the appointment.

Donning a flight suit and a symbolic red aviation scarf, Go said "I am pleased to have this precious relationship with the Air Force which I have admired so much."

The actress said she is very much looking forward to her activities as the honorary ambassador.

Go debuted in the local television drama "Sharp #1" in 2003, and gained wild popularity through her leading role as Sung Na-jung in "Reply 1994" which aired in 2013.

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