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CNFK Det Pohang, Korea

CNFK Det Pohang Front Entry
The Forgotten Post

In light of security concerns, it appears that official websites for many major US military commands have disappeared, but I found this note on the US Marine Forces Korea website:
CNFK, US Marine Corps Detachment P'ohang. The "other" Marines on the Peninsula, CNFK Det P'Ohang is responsible for maintaining Pre-positioned War Reserve aviation and ground ordnance facilities, maintaining TacAir refueling operations, and coordinating the use of 1st ROK Marine Division firing ranges.

I arrived at Det Pohang in July 1994, only a month after North Korea's long-time dictator Kim Jong-Il died so tensions were high in the area. Det Pohang was a small unit of a dozen Marines and Sailors, and like the above statement says, we were responsible for liaison with the First ROK Marine Division and local Korean communities to coordinate exercises in the area. As the Korean peninsula is technically still at war following the ceasefire of 1953, we were also tasked with maintenance of ordnance assets on the peninsula. There were a half-dozen enlisted Marine Aviation Ordnance types, with a ground forces LtCol in charge of the Det. Most of my time there was spent working for LtCol Lonnie L. Messick, an artillery officer who has gone on to duty as an Assistant Coach with the Kent State Football program after retirement.

The cheerleaders set up for a quick routine in front of the building. The Dallas Cowboys may not be much of a team, but in December the cheerleaders visited us. They apparently did this every year and made a point of hitting the small units that normally wouldn't get a USO show of their own. Thanks to these beautiful young ladies for making our month!

Me.  A very happy 'me' with quite a shit-eating grin Here's more of that grin... Of course I had to get a picture or two with them. Ahhh..those were the days!

One of these days I'll put names to all these faces They decided to pose with the rest of the Det for some bizarre reason as well - buncha scraggly-lookin' fools...

Parting shot.  The cheerleaders on their way back to the Blackhawk.  We never invited the crews in with us.  Hmm, we must have been distracted
Eventually, all good things must pass. Fortunately I was driving the big Dodge van that day so I had a few extra minutes with them

GySgt Carl Bullock, Sgt Joe Nolan, Cpl Yucca-man
Gunny Carl Bullock, Sgt Joe Nolan, me. This was the hallway at the "Navy Lodge" in Seoul either in prep for the Marine Corps Ball, or at Christmas for the US Forces Korea ball.

Cindy Crawford on the right.  June 1995 grand opening of Planet Hollywood, Seoul
Me with yet another supermodel at the Grand Opening of Planet Hollywood in Seoul. That's me on the left. She looks taller in print and onscreen but was a gorgeous and very gracious lady...

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created: March 31, 2003
Updated March 3, 2006

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