7. U.S. General Thomas Schwartz on the right side and U.S. General Leon LaPorte on the left inspecting troops
8. Pan from troops to General Schwartz and General LaPorte
10. Richard B. Myers, Chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff saluting
12. Official party saluting during the playing of national anthem
14. SOUNDBITE: (English) Richard B. Myers, Chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff
"To our Korean friends, just as we have done our best to help you in your hour of need, you also have come to our aid after the tragic events of September 11th 2001. With an outstretched hand and significant offers of support the Republic of Korea has joined a growing coalition of 80 nations, united in common cause to rid the world of global terrorism."
16. SOUNDBITE: (Korean) Kim Dong-shin, Defense Minister, Republic of Korea
"My fellow members of the CFC (Combined Forces Command) , who are dedicated to ensuring peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, this is an important year for Korea, highlighted by the World Cup and Asian Games. To ensure the success of these grand events, our Armed Forces are currently making every effort to put in place an all-around defence posture to prepare not only against existing military threats, but also non-military threats such as terror."
17. General Schwartz presenting colours to a new command Gen. LaPorte
18. Chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff Myers presenting to Gen. LaPorte
19. Various of US band
20. Official party applauding
21. Various of review
22. Official party shaking hands after the end of the ceremony
The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Richard Myers, oversaw a change of command of the U.S. forces in South Korea in a ceremony in Seoul on Wednesday.
Around 1600 people turned out for the ceremony at Yongsan Main Post to see General Leon LaPorte replace General Thomas Schwartz who ends 29 months of service on the Korean Peninsula.
Speaking during the ceremony Myers thanked South Korea for its support following the September 11 attacks on the US. He said the country was one of 80 to join with the US in its global "war on terrorism".
Also attending the change-over, South Korean Defence Minister Kim Dong-shin said the joint military presence would defend not only "non-military threats such as terror", but ensure "peace and stability" during the World Cup and the Asian Games.
Both US Generals emphasised the need for continuous cooperation between the two countries' militaries to keep the peace on the Korean Peninsula.
About 3,500 Americans are stationed at Yongsan - around 1000 of whom are civilians. They work alongside 7000 South Koreans, 10 percent of whom are military personnel.