Casey commander meets with local business leaders
CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Camp Casey’s commander holds a Town Hall meeting with local business owners Apr. 5 at the Design Art Village in Bosan Station in Dongducheon to discuss matters of concern for both parties.
Before the meeting began Lt. Col. Brian A. Jacobs, Commander, U.S. Army Garrison Casey, took an unplanned tour of the newly renovated Do Dream Music Center located in a section of Dongducheon affectionately known as The Ville. The space was created by the city to give young musicians a place to practice and perform free of charge.
After the unscheduled tour, Jacobs began the Town Hall meeting with brief welcoming remarks introducing himself and explaining his role as the camp’s commanding officer. He then introduced William B. Doyle, Civilian Misconduct Program Manager, USAG Casey, who talked about the Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board, its purpose, how it receives reports and what actions it may take in the event there is a violation of Army policies and regulations. The board has a meeting every three months, said Doyle. But due to the efforts of the community members, the garrison has been able to cancel many of those meetings.
He also emphasized the board’s nonbiased nature. The board conducts an investigation and makes a decision based on the evidence gathered from all parties involved. Doyle encouraged business owners to report any issues or concerns they may have with Area I service members.
Jacobs took the floor a second time to address the top issues concerning the health and welfare of Area I Soldiers.
The first issue that Jacobs asked business owners to help the garrison limit was underaged drinking. The legal drinking age in Korea is 19, however, Jacobs reminded the business owners that U.S. Army Soldiers must wait until they are 21 years old before they are allowed to consume alcohol.
Jacobs defined the second area of concern as a “growing issue”. Soldiers are not allowed to purchase drinks in exchange for the exclusive company or companionship of an employee of a club or bar, said Jacobs. It is ok for a service member to buy someone a drink as long as that drink is not payment for the “private time” of that employee. Jacobs went on to explain that this was a regulation that affected all U.S. Army Soldiers at every Army base worldwide.
Jacobs then opened the floor for questions. He listened to concerns about a wide range of topics from the attendees including, competition from on post facilities and the possibility of the closing of both camps. They also offered suggestion on how to fix these and other issues for Jacobs to consider. Jacobs reassured the business owners that there will be a need for their services for the foreseeable future.
The meeting ended with Jacobs emphasizing the importance of the continued partnership between the city of Dongducheon, Camp Casey and Camp Hovey.