REPUBLIC OF KOREA -- The next step in the Camp Humphreys transformation was realized March 6 when the first families began moving into the new Army Family Housing towers here.

The three housing towers will soon be home to 210 Army families.

Part of the ongoing transformation and relocation of U.S. Forces in Korea, the apartment-style housing is packed with improvements, such as increased storage, natural gas stoves, high tech security systems and child safety windows. The apartments feature an external mechanical room to minimize customer inconvenience if repairs need to be made.

There are a total of 285 parking spaces and families can look forward to hard wood flooring and CCTV security cameras on their front doors. There are five specially designed handicapped accessible apartments on the first floor of each of the three towers.

When asked what sets these housing units apart from earlier models, Robert D. Perry, the Housing Facilities chief said, "We've never had five bedroom apartments before."

Like most new families preparing to move into overseas accommodations, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Tony Penaz and family were a little leery.

"We weren't expecting something this nice coming here," said Penaz. His wife, Sarah, three boys and the family beagle joined him in their move from Fort Bliss, Texas. When asked what impressed her the most about the new housing, Sarah said, "The size. It accommodates our large family of five."

In total, the new housing towers will increase the availability at Camp Humphreys by 18 five-bedroom apartments, 52 four-bedroom apartments, and 140 three-bedroom apartments.

All of the new units were designed and built using the latest technology to ensure "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" compliance.

"Overall, this means that we built a superior facility that will not only last for years to come but save our valuable resources in the long run," said Linda Slotosch, the Housing Division chief.

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