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USFK chief hosts farewell event for outgoing S. Korean JCS chair

All News 19:36 June 16, 2022

SEOUL, June 16 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Force Korea (USFK) Commander Gen. Paul LaCamera hosted a farewell ceremony for South Korea's outgoing Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Gen. Won In-choul on Thursday, praising his contributions to the two countries' alliance.

The ceremony took place at Camp Humphreys, a sprawling U.S. military base in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul. Around 100 South Korean and U.S. military officials, and guests joined the event, according to the USFK.

"Gen. LaCamera expressed his gratitude to Gen. Won for his leadership and contributions to maintaining a robust combined defense posture and the ironclad ROK-U.S. alliance," the USFK said in a press release. ROK stands for South Korea's official name, Republic of Korea.

Won is set to leave office, as President Yoon Suk-yeol has tapped Army Gen. Kim Seung-kyum to succeed him. Won has led the Joint Chiefs of Staff since September 2020.

South Korea's outgoing Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Won In-choul and Gen. Paul LaCamera, commander of the U.S. Forces Korea, salute during a farewell ceremony at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul on June 16, 2022, in this photo released by the USFK. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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