Magazine article Soldiers Magazine

The Frontline Network

Magazine article Soldiers Magazine

The Frontline Network

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THE official birth of the American Forces Network--Korea occurred in 1945, but the event that cemented the unit's place in history took place on Oct. 4, 1950, at the height of the Korean War that had begun some four months earlier.

At 12:41 p.m. that day, General of the Army Douglas MacArthur used the network's radio to demand that North Korean Gen. Kim Il Sung lay down his arms and surrender his armies. The communists were in full retreat to the north at that time.

After the signing of the cease-fire agreement in 1953, the American Forces Korea Network--as it was then designated--settled into fixed locations in 1954, five of which are still active today in Seoul, Osan, Kunsan, Daegu and Camp Casey.

Although its use as a tool to assist in the cease-fire agreement is a source of pride for the unit, another source of pride is the fact that AFN-Korea has been active on the peninsula seven years longer than has the official U.S. Forces Korea command.

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Known as the "Frontline Network," AFN-K is now made up of more than 120 Army, Air Force and Navy servicemembers and civilians, all of whom are dedicated to bringing the latest in quality radio and television programming, news, entertainment and command information to the thousands of military personnel, family members and civilians serving in the Republic of Korea.

Today, AFN-K continues its excellent record through a series of sweeping changes to its programming, from live 12-hour radio shows to live broadcasts of its nightly news and format changes. …

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