Maskless revelers trigger investigation at South Korean Air Force base
The enlisted club from Osan Air Base in South Korea is pictured ahead of its opening in 2012. (Stefanie Torres / US Air Force)
CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea – The US military in South Korea is investigating videos showing dozens of people dancing close together, without masks, at an air base club on Saturday night.
Videos posted to Instagram and TikTok show soldiers drinking and dancing at a club-type event at the Enlisted Club at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, about 30 miles from Seoul.
Military personnel, under current policy imposed by U.S. forces in Korea, are required to wear masks in all common areas inside military facilities to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
USFK spokesman Col. Lee Peters, in an emailed statement Tuesday, said the command was aware of the event and “was still gathering all relevant facts and information.”
Peters said USFK-affiliated personnel, which includes civilian employees and family members, must “behave appropriately while following all … mitigation measures – both on and off. of the installation – at any time “.
The US military is urged to obey local public health laws in addition to several USFK bans, which include an ongoing ban on bars and clubs throughout the peninsula.
Peters said the USFK “remains committed to being good neighbors” with South Korea and “condemns any kind of behavior” affecting the alliance between the two countries.
Maskless parties held at U.S. facilities in December resulted in the temporary closure of buildings in Osan and Camp Humphreys, the largest U.S. military base overseas.
Party-goers in the Flightline Tap Room at Camp Humphreys have been seen in videos and photos on social media dancing without wearing masks.
The USFK at the time described the two events as having “demonstrated a lack of judgment and actions inconsistent with USFK core principles and COVID health protection mitigation measures.” 19 â.
In a separate incident in February, Osan Air Base was temporarily stranded after a member of the service violated health orders and attended a big party outside the base. People affiliated with the base have been ordered to take shelter in place until the contact tracing is complete.
Four service members stationed in Osan tested positive for the coronavirus between Aug. 18 and Aug. 21, according to the USFK’s latest update on Monday. All the infected soldiers were placed in medical establishments.
Less than 1% of USFK forces have been confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 and “remain at a high level of preparedness,” the command said in its update. More than 80% of its community, which includes civilian employees and military spouses, are vaccinated.