• Search and rescue dog visits Yongsan students – US Army Korea – IMCOM – Canine
    https://youtu.be/6kyEGf1J7b8
  • Coco Cugat posted an update in the group Group logo of plants and animalsplants and animals 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    K9 Veterans Day, cause for celebration
    USAG YONGSAN — Dogs have played an important role in the welfare of families throughout the centuries, and this is especially true in the military. March 13 was designated National K9 Veterans Day in appreciation of the military dogs who serve side by side with Soldiers, and members of the 503rd Military Working Dog Detachment, United States Army Garrison Yongsan, recognize how the unit’s very own K9s contribute to the security of the installation and the local area.

    The tradition of using canines for tactical purposes originates in Europe and was adopted by the U.S. military in the 1940s. In the beginning, dogs were typically used as sentries and messengers. As the scope of military operations grew in size and complexity, however, K9 units became an integral part of ensuring safety and security.

    Today, K9 units are used for sniffing out improvised explosive devices, locating weapon caches down-range, and guarding against the entry of illegal narcotics or substances into military installations. With their superior sense of smell, K9s can also be used as “scouts” to track down suspects in an open area, saving law enforcement personnel much time and energy during operations.

    In the case of the Republic of Korea, the majority of K9 unit operations involve explosives dog teams that commence a sweep of a certain location prior to the arrival of military personnel.
    “A dog team acts as a psychological deterrent,” said Spc. Travis Smith, who has been a military working dog handler for the past three years. “The different capabilities of dog teams have definitely increased over the years and, just by our presence alone, people understand that security is being established in the area.”

    Currently in Yongsan, there are seven K9s on active duty. The dogs undergo hours of rigorous training every day to hone skills that require strength, agility, and a high level of communication with their handlers. Military dogs are usually two years old when they get to their respective units and can serve up to 12 or 13 years depending on their health and skills.

    There are K9s deployed all over the world, and crowds gather at military war dog memorials across the U.S. not only to commemorate the military dogs that have fallen while engaged in combat with Soldiers on the battlefield, but also to celebrate the special partnership that has developed over time.

    “It’s a day to celebrate all the K9s that have come before,” said Pfc. Samantha Easley, who also works as a military working dog handler at the unit. “It’s also a day when we get to see everything that we’ve learned throughout the decades while working with military dogs, including the changes and the differences that have been made.”

    In fact, for military dog handlers, the cause for celebration is not limited to a single day.
    “We are with our dogs so much that every day is Veterans Day for us here,” said Staff Sgt. George Talkington, non-commissioned officer-in-charge of Yongsan Kennels. “They are a high priority. We want to make sure they are taken care of.”

  • Coco Cugat posted an update in the group Group logo of plants and animalsplants and animals 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    Bonds develop between handler and K-9 – US Army Korea – Yongsan Garrison – USAG-Y, Story by SGT Danielle Washington
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5GEyM_XXg8
  • Coco Cugat posted an update in the group Group logo of plants and animalsplants and animals 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    MP K9 at Yongsan Garrison
    Partnerships can be strengthened by communication and team work. Specialist Keith Burghardt met one team at USAG Yongsan strengthening their bond through obedience.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3jOdgPRBe8
  • Coco Cugat posted an update in the group Group logo of plants and animalsplants and animals 8 months, 1 week ago

    Cherry Blossom on Main Post at Yongsan garrison by Joe Clancy
    Note from Joe Clancy : We took pictures every year but I suspect these were early 90’s.
  • Coco Cugat posted an update in the group Group logo of plants and animalsplants and animals 9 months ago

    Extract from the book “Talk about history!” about Mr. Kim’s life. Written by Mary Kosberg, Page13.

    In 1956, I started working for a big US fertilizer company. Their factories were outside the city, but their headquarters were right across the street, near where ILC is now. During the war, farms were completely destroyed, the land unproductive, and Korea needed help getting the rice fields going again. Enriching the soil became the first important project after the war. The US spent lots of money helping with this. Mr. Kim’s testimony, From the International Lutheran Church

  • Coco Cugat posted an update in the group Group logo of plants and animalsplants and animals 10 months, 1 week ago

    These are pictures of the spring cherry and magnolia blossoms on Yongsan. Most are right directly around my quarters 4468. I hope you enjoy…
    Note from Tim Mitchell_ Food and Beverage Director at Dragon Hill Lodge @timmitchell
    https://goo.gl/photos/Ngmns9ssY5dSQf2g7
  • Coco Cugat posted an update in the group Group logo of plants and animalsplants and animals 11 months, 1 week ago

    Mr. Terry Klein, the Entomologist based in Yongsan Garrison who studies mosquitoes from DMZ that carry malaria and Japanese encephalitis to prevent them from spreading in South Korea.
    http://www.voanews.com/a/3059864.html

    Terry Klein, Deputy Chief of Staff Force Health Protection with the 18th Medical Command. Interview by Journalist Jason Strother

  • Coco Cugat posted an update in the group Group logo of plants and animalsplants and animals 11 months, 3 weeks ago

    @metdove on Monday during a conversation with a veteran who served in Yongsan since back in the 60s explained that at that time Yongsan Garrison was the GREEN spot of Seoul. Veteran John Nowell @janowell and ex-singer and guitarrist Jackie Park explained that when looking at Seoul from Namsan Tower, Yongsan Base was the only area in the city covered by trees. It is kind of interesting that what was the only green spot covered with trees in the city will eventually become a park……

  • Kit Lee posted an update in the group Group logo of plants and animalsplants and animals 1 year, 2 months ago

    Why there’re so many Rock doves?
  • Kit Lee posted an update in the group Group logo of plants and animalsplants and animals 1 year, 2 months ago

    Found a hornet nest, assuming Yellow-vented Hornet or Japanese Hornet.
  • Kit Lee posted an update in the group Group logo of plants and animalsplants and animals 1 year, 2 months ago

    I found tree sparrow (different to house sparrow which are common in America and Europe), Eurasian magpie, brown-eared bulbul, and rock dove. Expecting more in winter!

  • Kit Lee posted an update in the group Group logo of plants and animalsplants and animals 1 year, 2 months ago

    Punchbowl to remember battle for Mt. Do Sol, and Japanese maple tree.
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