35th ADA Brigade Dragons move into new lair
OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — After seven years of occupying multiple locations across Osan Air Base, the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade ‘Dragons’ are consolidating into a central location in a brand new office building.
Brig. Gen. Chris Gentry, the deputy commanding general of sustainment for Eighth Army, toured the old and new facilities, Jan. 10.
The visit included a briefing by the 35th ADA Bridage’s command group, followed by a tour of the new facilities.
Gentry also saw the old staff offices, giving him a perspective on the practical benefits of the relocation.
Featuring over 67,000 square feet, the building complex will accommodate roughly 350 personnel, said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian Libby, brigade mobility warrant officer with 35th ADA.
“[The building] includes 35th Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, brigade staff and two [subordinate] batteries,” said Libby.
The third floor will be home to the 3rd Battlefield Coordination Detachment.
With a total of seven levels, the new building offers more than 100 offices, conference rooms, state-of-the-art communications infrastructure and storage under one roof.
This gives the Dragon Brigade the ability to consolidate their assets into one secure location.
This new building will replace the original staff offices, which were intended as temporary facilities, constructed out of modified freight containers and smaller structures.
“Its central location on the air base also allows us to be more immediately engaged with the Osan community on a daily basis,” said 1st Lt. Richard Chapman, brigade adjutant.