ROK and U.S. participate in Soccer Tournament

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  • By Senior Airman Trevor Gordnier
  • 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

OSAN AIR BASE. Republic of Korea– U.S. Airmen assigned to the 51st Security Forces Squadron played soccer with Republic of Korea military police and army members as part of a team-building sports event Oct. 21, 2022.

Eight teams composed of both ROK and U.S. members competed in a double elimination soccer tournament. Event organizer 1st Lt Jeffrey Halili, 51st Security Forces flight commander, says the event will help build comradery for future bilateral partnership.

“We wanted to do a social event with the Republic of Korea Military Police and Republic of Korea Army partners in terms of building connections and fellowship leading up to our next base-wide training event.”

Halili explained how sports can act as a medium for communication between cultures.

“Even though there is a language barrier, through something as universal as sports, they are figuring it out through non-verbal communication,” said Halili, “That’s exactly how it’s going to be in real world situations.”

After the winning team was awarded a trophy, all participants gathered for a barbeque to finish the festivities.