Col. Jim M. Bradford assumes command of USAG Daegu
DAEGU GARRISON — Col. Kathleen A. Gavle handed over the command of U.S. Army Garrison Daegu to Col. Jim M. Bradford in a ceremony hosted by the IMCOM Pacific Region Director, Ms. Debra Zedalis at Camp Walker’s Kelly Field, Wednesday.
“Colonel Gavle is one of those exceptional, caring leaders who, during the past two and a half years, has given her heart and soul to US Army Garrison Daegu,” said Zedalis. “Kathy is a very intelligent person who thinks things through thoroughly and her many accomplishments as a Garrision commander are testimony to her work ethic and dedication to making a difference.”
Gavle recalled her service here by highlighting the importance of Korea as a duty station. “I’ve now spent 11 years over 4 decades living and working in Korea, and I’ve witnessed a lot of Korean development and history,” she said.
“Ironically, Kim, Il-sung died the day I took command of my company in 2ID in 1994. About 18 years later, I was again in command when Kim, Jong-il died. I’ve had the opportunity to serve at different levels and operate from different perspectives, and I do feel honored to have had this opportunity to command in Korea at the colonel level. I’m passionate about the mission here and the importance of our combined forces.”
Gavle conveyed the message of appreciation to those who supported her successfully completing her mission here in Area IV, including the HHC team, directors, and community members. She also greeted the incoming commander. “Welcome to the Bradford family. The IMCOM business is demanding and a series of wicked problems in which the solution to one challenge likely creates two or three more. But it’s an importance foundation for our Soldiers, civilians, and families, the foundation that enables accomplishment of their operational missions. I’m happy to welcome you and your family. Thank you for your service and enjoy the community.” Gavle has departed USAG Daegu en route to her new assignment in Germany.