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Old 04-13-2006, 06:29:40 PM   #1
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I'm going to Korea!!

I just found out a few minutes ago that at the end of may I'll be heading to Osan AFB, South Korea for two weeks. As a cadet at the Air Force Academy, everyone gets to go on an Operational Air Force tour for three weeks in the summer. Added to that, because I'm a Civil Engineering major, I get to go to an additional base for two weeks at the beginning of the summer to work with an operational CE squadron at one of five bases around the world who participate in our CE program. Osan was my first choice, and I'm very excited that I actually got it! I have no idea where I'll be heading for the three week tdy at the end of the summer, but after going to Korea, I don't really much care where the second base is!

Anyone ever been to Korea and care to share some stories?

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Old 04-13-2006, 07:06:43 PM   #2
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My grandpops fought in the Korean war - and that pretty much sums up everything I know about Korea!

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Old 04-13-2006, 09:57:22 PM   #3
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Congrats Cale - didn't know you are a cadet. There is a lot of history and beauty in Korea. Enjoy every bit you can, it is a life experience that most people will never have the opportunity.
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Old 04-13-2006, 09:59:39 PM   #4
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Beware the SOJO Syndrome !!

I was in Pohang back in '87... Team Spirit in Pohang, Korea... southern.
Very cold in the winters though... sheesh.

Good luck w/ your tour.
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Old 04-13-2006, 10:47:31 PM   #5
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Corky- thats the ATC AFSC badge right?
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Old 04-13-2006, 11:00:54 PM   #6
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Same place Metal was at, but in Nov 91.

Wasn't THAT cold...but we all had heaters kickin....

Out in town liberty Now there's some stories...lol.
Don't drink the Soju unless you got someone to watch your back. Tastes like dirty laundry water until you get 2 in you....then watch out....lol.....

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Old 04-13-2006, 11:18:30 PM   #7
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Good thing you're going with the USA backing you... Korean food SUX.

I flew 1-st class to Seoul last year and the Bird-like portions and general
quality of the food was horrible.

Eat a Nice big Juicy Steak before you go!! ;-)
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Old 04-13-2006, 11:21:34 PM   #8
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There are a couple of clubs outside the base that have Russian dancers...
I'd like to go back.
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Old 04-14-2006, 01:46:26 AM   #9
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Thumbs up Osan...last of the "good" assignments

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Anyone ever been to Korea and care to share some stories? Cale

I would, but due to excessive soju intake ...I don't remember a whole lot of the 18 months I was stationed there... j/k...
Stories? I got a million of them. I loved being in Korea and had one hell of a great time. But then again I did have my orange 78 Camaro with me (made for interesting driving and the Korean chicks loved it) and I was able to get out and wasn't tied to being stuck near the base.

You're a CE troop? Are you going to the 51 CES? If so, a good friend of mine (and an old commander) is the base CE there...Lt Col Stegman...one hell of a great guy.
Too bad you won't be there earlier, you'll be getting there right after I leave. I'm on the Air Combat Command IG Team...Osan is getting a UCI the first week of May and we'll be there with the PACAF IG.

Anyways. Songtan, the town outside the gate, has pretty much two things to do.... shopping or drinking. If you drink, be prepared as the beer (and especially the soju) is unregulated. Like water one bottle...and strong as White Lightning the next. As far as shopping for stuff, you can have some pretty decent stuff made over there. The won has been getting stronger against the dollar (than again what currency isn't?) but there are some deals to be made. On the flip side, you can also find a lot of crap.
But to piggyback off of Corky...try to get away from the base and see the country; Korea has a lot of history and does have its share of beauty in its landscape. Korean food is well...Korean food. But try it for yourself...you can't go wrong with bulgogi and rice.

Chances are real good that if you stay on active duty for any length of time, you'll be back there on remote so you might as well learn a thing or two. Just remember this one important thing...beware of the "green bean". Oh yeah and these important tips: stay out of the soju tents, don't buy stuffed animals from the ajima walking the streets, don't set fire cigarette lady's cardboard box, ignore the fat Korean chick standing in front/near the Dragon Club, and definitely take a dump on base before you leave to go downtown!
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Old 04-14-2006, 09:21:52 AM   #10
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Ahhh, I spent 94-95 at Camp Casey, Korea. The farthest south I made it was Seoul. From what I understand, it's night and day going from up north to south of Seoul. Roughly half my time was spent on the DMZ. All and all, it was a blast.
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Old 04-14-2006, 11:40:33 AM   #11
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Corky- thats the ATC AFSC badge right?

Yes sir, 21 years of tower and rapcon.
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Old 04-14-2006, 01:48:57 PM   #12
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They eat dog meat, be carefull if you eat outside
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Old 04-14-2006, 02:15:22 PM   #13
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i have a friend that is a usafa cadet. good luck in korea.
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Old 04-18-2006, 10:29:20 PM   #14
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i have a friend that is a usafa cadet. good luck in korea.

Who is it? Its pretty hard to not at least have seen someone.



Chevyz28- thanks for the tips! I'm going to try and hit Seoul as soon as I get a chance, and I know I'll be able to walk out into Songtan pretty much every night. I'm planning on having a suit and boots made while I'm there too! I'll actually be with the 554 RED HORSE unit over there, so I guess its probably subordinate to the 51 CES, I'm not completely familiar with the heirarchy of RED HORSE.

I bought a book called Instant Korean over the weekend, so I can at least learn some of the basic phrases I might need while I'm there... figure it might help out a little.
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