Key projects, events, on track for summer
CAMP RED CLOUD SOUTH KOREA -- Several major Warrior Country renovation projects that will directly affect the lives of Soldiers and family members are at or near completion, and two big summer recreational events are in the planning stages, Area I officials announced recently.
The announcements by officials of the U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and Area I came during a quarterly town hall meeting June 13 at the post theater on Camp Red Cloud in Uijeongbu.
Those projects -- as well as the usual day-to-day services the Army provides to members of the Warrior Country community -- will go forward uninterrupted, despite the upcoming summer PCS season, in which large numbers of Soldiers and civilian staff rotate to new assignments, officials said.
Of those projects, the $2.6 million renovation of Maude Hall, the building at Camp Casey through which Soldiers and family members process in and out of Area I assignments, is nearing completion.
The second floor has already been renovated and is in daily operation, said Dewey McLean, project manager with the engineering division of the garrison's Directorate of Public Works.
Work continues on renovating the first floor and should finish next month, he said.
The building serves as the central in-processing point for Soldiers, civilians and family members throughout Area I. In it are such offices as Pass/ID, Ration Control, Housing, Legal and Tax Assistance.
Another major project, the $1.2 million renovation of the West Casey Chapel at Camp Casey, has been completed, and officials are currently arranging to have the chapel equipped with pews and other furnishings, said Lt. Col. (Chaplain) Suk-jeong Lee, Area I garrison chaplain.
A stem-to-stern renovation of the chapel began last fall.
The gray structure sits prominently atop a small hill not far from the main gate and a short distance from the post bus station.
"In fact that's the new landmark," McLean told the town hall audience. "That's the new landmark, I think, for Casey. As soon as you come in you see that chapel up there to your right.
"It's very beautiful, beautiful design," he said, "and I think over the years it's going to end up being a major landmark that we're gonna all recognize when we come into Casey."
Also at Camp Casey, a recently laid walking trail is already in use. Portions of a new biking trail that runs along the post's main road are also now in use, and work continues on laying other portions of the trail, McLean said this week.
A $4 million project to overhaul Area I's three indoor swimming pools is in its final stages, Scott Meredith, community recreation division director with the garrison's Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, told the town hall audience.
The Camp Stanley pool renovation is completed and the pool is once again open. The pools at Camp Hovey and Camp Red Cloud are expected to be ready for use sometime next month, Meredith said.
The three pools will stay open year-round, he said.
Besides renovated facilities, garrison officials are readying for two major Warrior Country summer events: the annual Independence Day celebration and, at the end of summer, the annual Labor Day festival.
The Independence Day celebration is scheduled for July 4 at Camp Casey in the Indianhead golf course parking lot and the Labor Day Festival for Aug. 31 at Camp Casey's Gateway Club parking lot.
Each of last year's events drew several thousand people, said Marenzo Domingo, special event coordinator with the garrison's DFMWR.