Dragons moving into new lair
January 11, 2013
OSAN AIR BASE --After seven years of occupying multiple locations across Osan Air Base, the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade 'Dragons' is consolidating into a central location in a brand new office building.
Brig. Gen. Chris Gentry, deputy commanding general of sustainment, Eighth Army, toured the old and new facilities, Jan. 10.
The visit included a briefing by the 35th ADA's command group, followed by a tour of the new facilities. Gentry also saw the old staff offices, giving him a perspective on the practical benefits of the relocation.
Featuring over 67 thousand square feet, the building complex will accommodate roughly 350 personnel, said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian Libby, brigade mobility warrant officer with 35th ADA.
"[The building] includes 35th Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, brigade staff and two [subordinate] batteries," said Libby.
The third floor will be home to the 3rd Battlefield Co-ordination Detachment.
With a total of seven levels, the new building offers more than 100 offices, conference rooms, state-of-the-art communications infrastructure and storage under one roof. This gives the Dragon Brigade the ability to consolidate their assets into one secure location.
This new building will replace the original staff offices which were intended as temporary facilities, constructed out of modified freight containers and smaller structures.
"Its central location on the airbase also allows us to be more immediately engaged with the Osan community on a daily basis," said 1st Lt. Richard Chapman, brigade adjutant.