Eighth Army Hosts Transformation Town Hall

Eighth Army Hosts Transformation Town Hall

by Tim Oberle, Eighth Army Public Affairs
U.S. Army

YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- For the last four months Eighth Army has hosted a series of Transformation Town Hall meetings here to educate the local community in preparation for the largest peace-time relocation of U.S. forces in Department of Defense history.

The most recent Town Hall held July 28 at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul focused on Service Members and their families to update them with the latest transformation information and to field their questions about the move.

The senior officer for the event, Eighth Army Deputy Commanding General for Sustainment Maj. Gen. Tammy Smith, stressed the importance of holding community meetings to identify potential issues or concerns that still need ironed out.

"(Transformation) is such an important topic," said Smith. "Whether we want it to happen or not, we know (it) is happening. I (myself) will be moving there soon and I will be the senior responsible officer so I have great interest in obtaining an understanding from you about what are the gaps that we need to address."

"You are invaluable to us because you are going to uncover something that we didn't think about," Smith continued. "Each of you has a unique perspective. The movement of a general (officer) is going to be completely different than that of a sergeant and the move of a family is going to be different than an individual soldier, but (by asking questions) you are going to help identify those blind spots so we can do a better job of closing those gaps."

Also in attendance was U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Commander Col. Joseph Holland who stressed that while Camp Humphreys will eventually be one of the Army's flagship installations, that there is still work to be done.

"We've seen it grow, we've heard a lot about it," said Holland. "It is that emerald city out there on the horizon." But "I (also) realize the transitional process to Camp Humphreys can be frustrating" and it will take some time for the installation to be fully operational.

Holland explained that many new facilities are expected to be brought on-line later this year, which will go a long way to bring the installation towards its ultimate goal of a becoming a modern military community.

"The installation has been designed to be Soldier, Family and pedestrian friendly," said Holland. Once construction is complete "we (will) have beautiful living, working, and recreational facilities that make serving in Korea a wonderful experience."

For more information on transformation and relocation visit the Eighth Army Transformation and Relocation website at http://8tharmy.korea.army.mil/transformation/ or pick up a copy of a special edition Transformation and Relocation ROK Steady magazine available at newsstands around the installation.

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