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USFK chief: Alliance teamwork crucial in meeting challenges

Defense 11:27 November 06, 2018

SEOUL, Nov. 6 (Yonhap) -- The outgoing commander of U.S. troops in South Korea on Tuesday emphasized the importance of close teamwork between the allies in coping with security challenges down the road.

In a farewell meeting with Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, Gen. Vincent Brooks cited "the challenges that awaited us in the past and that still await us in the future."

"But going through this as a team has been very important," he said at the start of the meeting at Kang's office.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (R) shakes hands with Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of the U.S. Forces Korea, in Seoul on Nov. 6, 2018. (Yonhap)

Kang said it's been "luck" to have him as the leader of the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) over the two and a half years.

Brooks has been a "trusted and instrumental voice" in maintaining the robust alliance.

The minister said he has served here during "one of the most challenging, dynamic, turbulent but also rewarding moments in the alliance."

The general is scheduled to leave the post on Thursday, and his successor will be Gen. Robert B. Abrams.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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