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Supply Corps officer receives Korea America Friendship Society award.

Commander, U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) General Walter L. Sharp, USA, and President of Korea America Friendship Society (KAFS), Keun Park, recently recognized the recipients of the 2008 Korea America Friendship Society Award at a formal dinner and ceremony. Awardees are selected based on the positive impact that they have made to Korean-American relations as a result of their volunteerism and community relations contributions.

The event recognized four outstanding volunteers from the Army, Air Force, Marines, and Navy and the former USFK Commander General B.B. Bell with a presentation at the Grand Hyatt Seoul Grand Ballroom.

Lieutenant Seth Thornhill, assigned as the N4 Exercise Logistics Officer at Commander U. S. Naval Forces Korea, was recognized for his outstanding contributions to Korean-American relations and presented with a Korea America Friendship Medal for 2008.

General Walter Sharp, Commander, U.S. Forces Korea, noted the following contributions made by Lt. Thornhill during the presentation:

"Lt. Thornhill has served the Korean community by volunteering numerous off-duty hours at the Hye Sim Won Orphanage in Seoul to coordinate social events for the children, maintain and repair the facility, and purchase needed quality of life items. He also spearheaded the Navy support to the United States Marines' "Toys For Tots" program which resulted in the collection of over 200 toys and assorted brand new clothing for distribution to needy Korean children. His volunteer work at the Dail Soup Kitchen resulted in the donation of more than 400 pounds of rice for the needy and the participation of American Sailors and Marines by serving hot meals to more than 700 homeless people. Lt. Thornhill's efforts have improved the quality of life for many Korean orphans and homeless people, while enhancing US-ROK relations and promoting a positive image of the U.S. military in the Republic of Korea. The Korea America Friendship Society award for 2008 is presented in deep appreciation for his extraordinary contributions that greatly enhanced Korean American friendship."


USFK Commander's "Good Neighbor Program" is vital to promoting mutual relationship between the United States and the Republic of Korea. Lt. Seth Thornhill, will be taking his spirit of community volunteerism to Kuwait (his next GSA assignment) in 2009.

By Captain Sidney J. Kim, Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics (N4), Commander U.S. Naval forces Korea (CNFK)

CAPT Sidney J. Kim also serves as the U.S. Chairman of the ROK-U.S. Combined Naval Logistics Committee. His previous assignments include NAVICP, USNS Spica (T-AFS 9) USNORTHCOM, USJFCOM, CTF-53, NATO SFOR Bosnia/Croatia, NAVSEA, USS Constellation (CV-64), NAVSTA Rota Spain, FISC San Diego, USS Sierra (AD-18), and USS Halyburton (FFG 40).
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Author:Kim, Sidney J.
Publication:Navy Supply Corps Newsletter
Date:Nov 1, 2008
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