Korean Service Corps holds change of command
July 11, 2011
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - The Korean Service Corps Battalion held their change of command July 6 at the Seoul American High School Field here.
Lt. Col. Charles N. Parker Jr., a native of Fayetteville, N.C., turned over the reins to Lt. Col. Robert F. Hynes who most recently served as deputy commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District in Seoul.
Parker dominated his outgoing speech with thanks to those who mentored and supported him throughout his time as KSC commander.
“Eighth Army is about teamwork,” said Parker, “and with that, you must have great friendships.”
“I have developed everlasting friendships with every staff section and MSCs throughout this command. I am grateful for the opportunity to be among you, the Eighth Army team, as one who could be counted on the produce positive results. I thank you for your friendship,” Parker said.
Eighth Army Deputy Commanding General Brig. Gen. David J. Conboy congratulated Parker for consistent high ratings on the Eighth Army Command Inspection Program and completing over 852 heavy equipment missions with ‘zero’ accidents, among other accomplishments over the last three years.
After Parker completed his remarks, Hynes gave his incoming speech in English and Korean.
“I am honored and humbled to accept this command. And in doing so, to become a member of such a first class team,” said Hynes.
Parker’s welcome to Hynes seems to express the mood of the change of command.
“To Lt. Col. Hynes and his lovely wife Insook and son Michael, enjoy the ride, for no matter how long it is, it goes by so fast.”