Monday, July 9, 2012
The highly praised ROK peacekeepers
The South Korean military contingent serving as U.N. peacekeepers here in the Middle East will mark its fifth anniversary of service later this month, officials said Monday.
The Dongmyeong, or Light from the East, unit has been stationed in Lebanon since July 2007 and the anniversary will fall on July 19. The tenure is the longest for a South Korean peacekeeping unit serving overseas. About 350 troops with specialty in infantry, engineering, medicine, transportation and maintenance are based in Lebanon.
In the past five years, the Dongmyeong unit has handled patrolling and has helped the Lebanese armed forces improve their operational capabilities, officials said. The South Korean peacekeepers have been credited with bringing stability to Lebanon by carrying out combined operations with the local military against illegal forces.
According to the Dongmyeong unit, Maj. Gen. Paolo Serra, the commanding general of the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), has also praised the South Korean troops for their "outstanding" execution and preparations.