by Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum
51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
10/27/2013 - OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Nearly
60 cadets from Sungshin University's Republic of Korea army Reserve
Officers' Training Corps were welcomed here, Oct. 9, and given an
in-depth look at how Osan works to fight and win.
The tour included stops at several units on base, and was part of an
ongoing effort to build relationships between U.S. and ROK military
Pomi Mun, Sungshin University ROK army ROTC cadet, said she was amazed
at all of the information presented to the cadets in such a short period
"Even during just the morning session, I've already learned a lot," Mun
said. "It was very meaningful to me to see and touch the actual fighter
The presentations were made possible by various members of Team Osan,
including 1st Lt. Clancy Morrical, 36th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting
Falcon pilot, who said she enjoys sharing her experiences with younger
"It was great to have a group of female ROTC students from a ROK school
who are interested in learning more about what we do here," Morrical
said. "It gives you a renewed sense of pride in what you do and it
rejuvenates the joy that I have in doing my job and reminds me why I do
what I do."
Mun said her class has visited a Navy base, as well, and she hopes these
tours will better prepare her for a career in the ROK armed forces.
"After I am commissioned, I will be working as an officer and there will
be lots of joint operations for me to be involved in," Mun said. "This
is really great, because we need to be able to get a sense of joint
operations and the joint atmosphere."
Morrical said building relationships goes a long way to enhance that joint atmosphere.
"These are people that we're going to be working with in the next couple
of years," Morrical said. "I think it's wonderful to integrate at the
earliest time possible so we can start to build that bond, and so
there's a friendship there and not just a working relationship."
From the 5th Reconnaissance Squadron to the 3rd Battlefield Coordination
Detachment, and everything in between, the cadets now have a greater
understanding of the help available to them from their American brothers
and sisters-in-arms stationed at Osan.
Yi Kyung Hwyn, Sungshin University ROK army ROTC cadet, said having a partner is always reassuring.
"There's an old saying in Korean that goes `even a blank sheet of paper
is better handled by two people," Hwyn said. "I think it will be easier
for us to deter any North Korean aggression or offensive operations if
we can conduct those operations with our U.S. friends."