YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - If you are a newcomer to Korea, welcome!

U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan is home to more than 25,000 U.S. Servicemembers, Department of Defense Civilian Employees, Family Members, contractors and retirees. Nearly 1,000 Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army Soldiers and more than 3,000 Korean National employees serve alongside U.S. Servicemembers at our nine military installations in the Seoul area.

More than 120 tenant units serve in USAG-Yongsan. Yongsan Garrison is the largest U.S. military installation in Korea. Whatever unit you are assigned to, it is our mission provide community services that you would expect in a small city.

We support warfighters, civilian employees and their families by managing housing, logistics, transportation, public works, Army Community Services, child and youth programs, entertainment, recreation and other essential services.

We also work with the Department of Defense Dependent Schools and other organizations to provide a positive community environment.

I'm proud to tell you that USAG-Yongsan won third place in the 2008 Army Communities of Excellence competition. Out of 179 Army installations worldwide, Yongsan is in the top three. Our motto is "Here for you!" I promise you will live, work and play in a community that is worthy of your service.

This newcomer's guide will help to get you on the fast track for a rich and rewarding tour in the Republic of Korea.

After your initial inprocessing, please be sure to visit the Community Services Building on Yongsan Garrison South Post. You'll find activities and classes, such as learning Korean, parenting skills and many other programs designed to assist you and your family during your time here. For information, call 738-7505.

Please be a good ambassador for America. By learning even a few phrases of Korean, you will enjoy your tour and also promote good community relations. There is a lot to see and do in this beautiful country.

I look forward to seeing you in the "Land of the Morning Calm."