SA’s personal story promotes strategic engagement

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Office of Special Investigations Detachment 614, Seoul, Republic of Korea,  is initiating efforts to team up with major Korean universities to enhance strategic engagement efforts. 

The first engagement, held April 13, was with Sookmyung Women’s University, the ROK’s first women’s university to establish a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. 

Sookmyung Women’s University invited Lt. Col. Victoria Mayo, OSI 5th Field Investigations Squadron Commander, to speak to the ROTC students about military service. Her speech, “Answering the Call to Serve,” is her story of why she joined the military, why she continues to serve, women leading in the military, and defining success. 

The event was attended by 54 ROTC cadets, approximately 15 university staff members, and members of 5 FIS and Det. 614. 

One of the cadets shared her thoughts following Special Agent Mayo’s speech.

“The event was a great opportunity for her to learn there are various ways to serve her country as a female officer and learned how valuable female officers are in the military,” the cadet said. “It was meaningful for her and she is able to realistically dream of becoming a female military leader in the future.” 

After the event, 5 FIS and Det. 614 members attended an office call with the University President, Dr. Jang, where they discussed the history of the U.S./ROK alliance, the importance of working together to create a healthy and capable military force for both the U.S. and the Republic of Korea, and future opportunities to work together. 

Sookmyung Women’s University posted an article on their website as well, which is found at: