PYEONGTAEK, South Korea, Nov. 8 (Yonhap) -- Army Gen. Robert B. Abrams took office as the new commander of U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) on Thursday, amid diplomatic efforts by Seoul and Washington to build a lasting peace on the divided peninsula.
The change-of-command ceremony took place at Barker Field in Camp Humphreys, a sprawling U.S. military complex in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul. It was attended by top South Korean and U.S. officials, including Seoul's Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo and Indo-Pacific Command chief Adm. Philip Davidson.
"I am deeply honored to have this opportunity to lead this one-of-a-kind triple-headed command, a unique joint combined force that draws its strength from the ironclad relationship with the Republic of Korea and the commitment of the United Nations," the new commander said.
"The U.N. Command, the Combined Forces Command (CFC) and USFK are critically important for our shared interests in the defense of the Korean Peninsula and the security of the region. ... All three are bound by the deep, enduring relationships, commitment to each other, which is critical to the success of their missions," he added.
Source: Yonhap News Agency