February 10, 2014
By KATUSA CPL Park, Jae Hyung
CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea --Being stationed overseas can be challenging. Making friends, keeping an open mind and exploring different cities are just a few things Soldiers can do to adjust to their new surroundings.
Sgt. James A. Barrett, chemical biological radiological nuclear non-commissioned officer in charge assigned to Company E, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, and a native of Hampton, Va., has been in Korea for six months and does a lot of traveling, exercising and skating to keep himself busy.
During work hours, Barrett assists in the instruction of physical readiness training for his company. His focus is on motivating Soldiers to make PRT sessions enjoyable, while still making progress on fitness goals.
?"I?'m 41 years old, I have to keep up with my Soldiers," said Barrett. ?"I love working out, it makes me feel and look young."
When Barrett isn?'t at the gym or leading Soldiers, he likes to explore the Republic of Korea and its culture. His favorite thing about Korea is that it has a long history and beautiful scenery.
"I've explored a lot, but I haven't seen half of it yet," said Barrett. "There?'s so much to see and the opportunity is available to see it."
Barrett likes to pick destinations in Korea and visit them with groups of friends. So far he has visited numerous spots in the large metropolis of Seoul, Pyeongtek and Osan. He wants to visit the Demilitarized Zone, Busan, and a few other places north of Seoul before he leaves.
When not traveling or working out, he stays entertained through his hobbies which include playing pool and roller skating. Although there is no official roller skating rink that Barrett is aware of, he can be seen roller skating in his barracks hallway.
"I've been roller skating since childhood, so its second nature to me," said Barrett. ?"I get looked at strangely, but they see the look on my face and the other NCO?'s just let me roll on by. When I?'m skating, I have no care in the world. It?'s a healthy way for me to relieve stress and have a little bit of home while I?'m here."
Barrett plans to continue exploring the ROK and the attractions it offers, motivating his Soldiers to excel at physical training and roller skating for the duration of his tour.