Republic of Korea (ROK) President Moon, Jae-in presented Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea (CNFK) Rear Adm. Brad Cooper with the ROK Presidential Unit Citation (PUC) during the 69th Annual ROK Armed Forces Day Ceremony in Pyeongtaek on Sept. 28.
The ROK PUC is the highest unit-level award given by the ROK government and was awarded to all the Sailors of CNFK for “outstanding contribution to the defense of the Republic of Korea.” The award follows closely behind the 2016 relocation of CNFK headquarters from Seoul to Busan, where it is now situated next to ROK Fleet (CRF) headquarters. CNFK is the only U.S. military major command to be located on a ROK military base.
Twenty-five U.S. Navy Sailors participated in the ceremony that was also attended by the Korean minister of defense, minister of unification, chief justice of the Supreme Court, chairman of the National Assembly, and leaders of the ROK joint and armed services. More than 800 war veterans who served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars attended the ceremony, as well.
The conferral of the PUC marks the first time a U.S. Navy command has received the prestigious award since 1951. Previous recipients of the award include U.S. Navy Task Forces 90 and 95 in periods bridging 1950-1951 during the Korean War.
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea is the regional commander for the U.S. Navy in the Republic of Korea and provides expertise on naval matters to area military commanders, including the commander for the United Nations Command, the Combined Forces Command, and Commander, U.S. Forces Korea.
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