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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders briefed reporters at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan - while wearing the Army camouflage jacket - after a mission to take the president to the demilitarized zone was called off in mid-air
U.S. Army chopper pilot Bobby Zizelman who took pity on Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders and gave her his coat on a chilly Korea day

That camouflage coat finally has a face.

When President Donald Trump tried to visit Korea's demilitarized zone on Wednesday during his 12-day trip through Asia, a U.S. Army Ranger made headlines by lending White House press secretary Sarah Sanders his camouflage jacket on a chilly morning.

Now the Army has exclusively shared photos of the new face of American chivalry with

Meet Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bobby Zizelman, a helicopter test pilot who stepped in to warm Sanders up on the tarmac at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan.

Zizelman is a maintenance test pilot who flies Chinook helicopters that were among the convoy headed to the DMZ with the Sikorsky chopper (pictured) that served as Marine One

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The new face of chivalry: Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bobby Zizelman is the soldier who handed over his coat on Wednesday in Korea so President Donald Trump's spokeswoman didn't have to shiver on a frigid morning
Zizelman hails from Roanoke, Virginia and is stationed in Korea on a two-year deployment along with his wife and their two daughters.

They came to Yongsan just a month ago from Fort Riley, Kansas.

Katelyn Radack, a public affairs officer with the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, said Friday that Zizelman has been in the Army for 11 years, beginning as an '11B' infantryman in the 3rd Ranger Regiment and now serving as an aviator - a role he's had since 2011.

Lt. Colonel Junel Jeffrey, a spokeswoman for the 2nd Infantry Division, said Zizelman's job is to fly Chinook helicopters on maintenance test missions for the General Support Aviation Battalion, part of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment.

Zizelman, who was on-hand to certify the safety of the choppers scheduled to ferry Trump and his team to the Korean DMZ, stepped in on Wednesday when he saw the jacketless Sanders shivering in tarmac winds with temperatures in the 40s.

Zizelman, shown on the job, is an 11-year military veteran who started his career as an infantryman in a U.S. Army Ranger unit

Sanders crossed her arms to conserve heat, sporting the camo gear over her dress and pearls

'One of our brave soldiers was nice enough to loan me his flight jacket,' Sanders told, 'because I was freezing.'
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Sanders told that a soldier had loaned her his coat on Wednesday 'because I was freezing'
The tough-girl Trump spokeswoman put the Army Combat Uniform coat on right over her dress and pearls.

Trump's unscheduled attempt to visit the Korean DMZ was foiled by dense fog that forced the helicopter convoy to turn around when they were just 5 minutes from the landing zone.

Military pilots couldn't see each other and decided to scrub the mission.
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Sanders said Trump was 'frustrated' by the cancellation but had no choice other than cancelling his surprise DMZ visit
Sanders said the president was disappointed, even as he waited gamely for nearly an hour in his limousine for the weather to clear. Instead, she said ruefully, it got worse

'He's actually pretty frustrated,' Sanders told reporters, admitting that the DMZ visit had been planned 'for a little while,' since before the president's Asia trip began and calling it 'something the president wanted to do.'

'This did not work out as planned,' she said later.

'The fog was not going to clear. It didn't look like it was going to clear for another hour or so and the president had his speech that he can't be late for, in large part because we have to depart on time as well for China,' she said.

South Korean president Moon Jae-in was expected to meet Trump there. But the fog was so thick that even if the leaders had made a joint appearance, they would have been staring into the DMZ's void without seeing anything.

Just last week in a pre-Asia trip briefing, a senior White House official downplayed the idea of Trump visiting the DMZ, saying it had become 'a little bit of a cliche' for commanders-in-chief.
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The DMZ along the 38th parallel is 160 miles long but just 2.5 miles wide, with South Korean and North Korean forces lined up on either side; it sits just 35 miles from Seoul, where Trump spent part of Wednesday before flying to China
Every president but one since Ronald Reagan has made the trek. George H.W. Bush was the lone standout, but he visited the DMZ while he was vice president.

The White House took unusual steps to make sure news of the unplanned side-trip didn't leak, including a cryptic late-night message to reporters about an extra stop on Trump's itinerary - and Sanders declining to tell them verbally where they were going once they arrived for liftoff.

Instead, she held up a piece of note paper from the Grand Hyatt hotel - where the president and his senior staff slept Tuesday night - with the letters 'DMZ' on it, saying, 'This is where we're going.'

Sanders instructed journalists not to tell the outside world about the destination until they returned.

She said after the run-in with pea-soup fog to the north of Seoul that White House officials were holding out hope that the weather would clear. Instead, conditions worsened and they called it off.

'There wasn't enough visibility to land,' she explained. 'It would have been really dangerous, and our guys pulled back.'