Gen. Thurman thanks garrison for quality of life, support
November 29, 2012
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- Gen. James D. Thurman, commander of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and U.S. Forces Korea, toured U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan to show appreciation for the dedication and hard work of Servicemembers and Civilian employees here, Nov. 29.
Thurman visited the Directorate of Public Works, and the Directorate of Emergency Services' Military Police Station and Fire Station, and then the family housing area, Burke Towers, during his tour on base.
Throughout his visit, he was accompanied by Col. Michael E. Masley, garrison commander for USAG Yongsan, and Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel L. Willing, command sergeant major for USAG Yongsan, and other garrison leaders, who all provided details of the quality of services and support for the Yongsan community.
Thurman's first stop of the visit was to DPW, where he emphasized the importance of the garrison's impact on everyone's daily life in Area II.
"I really appreciate DPW for continuously providing our Servicemembers, Families and Civilians with a better quality of life." Thurman said. "It is always a pleasure to recognize individuals for their continuous hard work and if there is anything that I can do to help provide resources, I will do it."
During Thurman's visit of the MP station, he not only recognized outstanding Soldiers for all their hard work throughout the year, but he also shared various stories about his past experience with college campus police and how upholding values played a big part in keeping the campus safe.
"I always believed that the Military Police helps Soldiers and our community stay safe daily," Thurman said. "I love seeing Soldiers helping Soldiers and as always continue to take pride in the work that you all accomplish each day."
Thurman then paid a visit to the Yongsan Fire Station to meet the crew that put their lives on the line to provide the base with fire protection and emergency services.
"I want to thank all of you for providing a quick response time to any situation to save property and lives," Thurman said. "Being alert plays a big part in accomplishing that mission."
Afterwards, Thurman toured Burke Towers, one of the family housing areas on USAG Yongsan.
Thurman concluded his visit by extending his gratitude to the USAG Yongsan workforce, who all served the Yongsan community by ensuring that the garrison continues to stay Yongsan strong.
"I want to thank everyone for their commitment in supporting this garrison by providing a great quality of life for our Area II Community," Thurman said. "I want you to know that your hard work and dedication will never go unnoticed."