The new commander of the U.S. Forces Korea, James Thurman, at his inauguration ceremony Thursday vowed to strengthen the alliance between Seoul and Washington.
Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Han Min-koo and the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mike Mullen, attended the ceremony at USFK headquarters in Yongsan, central Seoul.
Thurman, who served as commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command and has extensive operational combat experience, will also be in charge of the UN Command and the Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command.