Col. Lee WooSik (right), Chief, Program Management Team, MURO, and Col. Garrett Cottrell (left), Deputy Commanding Officer - Transformation, United States Army Corps of Engineers Far East District, sign the Acceptance Release Letter for the Vehicle Maintenance Facility 120, which will support the 65th Medical Brigade, Camp Humphreys, South Korea, Jan. 30, 2020.
Col. Lee WooSik (right), Chief, Program Management Team, MURO, and Col. Garrett Cottrell (left), Deputy Commanding Officer - Transformation, United States Army Corps of Engineers Far East District, sign the Acceptance Release Letter for the Vehicle Maintenance Facility 120, which will support the 65th Medical Brigade, Camp Humphreys, South Korea, Jan. 30, 2020.

ARL ceremony signifies another completed project for 65th Medical Brigade

by Antwaun Parrish
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Far East District

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Far East District (FED), is known for its history of overseeing the design and construction of outstanding quality of life and operation facilities for the Department of Defense community and other stakeholders in South Korea.

Continuing this tradition, an acceptance release letter (ARL) signing ceremony was held Jan. 30 at Camp Humphreys to signify the completed renovation of vehicle maintenance facility 120, which will support the 65th Medical Brigade.

The district continues to build upon its legacy as it has been a significant contributor to the Yongsan Relocation Program in supporting units such as the 65th Medical Brigade. The YRP relocates most U.S. Forces and headquarters United Nations Command activities from the Seoul metropolitan area to areas south, most notably to U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Humphreys. USAG Humphreys has grown exponentially over the past 10 years due to projects led by the Far East District.

The 65th Medical Brigade provides Army Health Systems in support of Unified Land Operations and Armistice Health Care in the Korean Theater of Operations.

“First and foremost all projects are important and critical to being prepared to fight tonight,” said Col. Garrett Cottrell, Deputy Commanding Officer – Transformation, USACE FED.

Although this project wasn’t as intricate as the constriction of the $300 million newly built Brian D. Allgood Army Community Hospital, it was significant in the fact that it is the next to the last project specifically designed for the 65th Medical Brigade.

“No matter if it’s a $1.6 million project renovation or a $300 million hospital, all facilities are important to the 65th Medical Brigade to be able to meet their mission,” said Cottrell.

It takes aligned partnerships working together as a team to be able to successfully complete the projects being overseen by the FED.

“We appreciate the efforts across the entire team, including PMC [Program Management Consortium], MURO [Ministry of National Defense United States Forces Korea Relocation Office], and the contractors,” said Cottrell.

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