KATUSA Promotion Recognition

The U.S. forces in Korea have a large number of KATUSA (Korean Augmentation to U.S. Army) Soldiers working with us. The chaplain’s offices often have a KATUSA assigned to them. In my brigade, we have a KATUSA as part of the BDE UMT and one of our battalions also has a KATUSA. These KATUSAs are doing a 2-year tour of duty with about 18 months of it on assignment with us. They receive their rank based on time-in-service. My KATUSA was recently promoted to corporal and the battalion KATUSA was just promoted to sergeant. To help him celebrate his promotion, we went to Dino Prime Meat Bar in Pyeongtaek, a great meat buffet. Here’s some pictures:

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Dino Prime Meat Bar
Dino Prime Meat Bar in Pyeongtaek.

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Dino Prime Meat Bar
A large assortment of meats are in a refrigerated case where you select what you want then take to your table to cook.

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Dino Prime Meat BAr
A variety of raw cuts of beef and pork, some marinated (no dinosaur, though). All of it looks good (at least if you’re a carnivore)!

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Dino Prime Meat Bar
Each table has it’s own grill (and exhaust flue) and you’re brought a variety of “sides” to eat with your meat.

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Dino Prime Meat Bar
This particular Dino only has seating on the floor…not very comfortable for old guys like me! This is some of my chaplains and assistants.

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Dino Prime Meat Bar
Here’s another of my chaplains and 3 KATUSAs (also on the floor!).

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KATUSA Promotion
I gave the newly-promoted KATUSA a choice of a cross to wear around his neck or a cross on a key chain (both made and donated by my nephew).

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KATUSA Promotion
He chose the one with the leather string to wear so I “officially” presented it to him as congratulations for his promotion.

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Pyeongtaek street
Here’s a very Korean-looking street of Pyeongtaek on the way to Dino Prime Meat Bar

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