By Mr. David Mcnally (RDECOM)August 12, 2008
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - Garrison officials gave a community orientation tour to the Installation Management Command-Korea Region commander Friday, Aug. 8.
Col. (Promotable) John Uberti has been in the job for just over a month, and is making his way through all Army communities in the region. Uberti assumed command of IMCOM-K in a July 2 ceremony.
Uberti visited the USAG-Yongsan Community Service Building where he toured Army Community Service facilities and the Housing Office. Garrison Commander Col. Dave Hall and his staff also showed Uberti the Department of Defense Dependant Schools expansion project.
Construction is moving at a fast pace to increase Yongsan classroom space before the start of the school year, Aug. 25. The construction is part of a U.S. Forces Korea initiative to normalize tours of duty in Korea and expand command sponsorship opportunities.
Later, Uberti told USAG-Yongsan staff members at a Commiskey's Restaurant luncheon that his regional staff stands ready to support the garrison's mission.
"It's important to keep our lines of communication open," he said.
As a former garrison commander at Fort Sill, Okla., Uberti said he understands the challenges of running a garrison.
"I know what life is like on a garrison staff," he said. "It's tough. You're a big part of enhancing quality of life for our community members."
During his day-long visit, Uberti listened to briefings by key USAG-Yongsan senior staff members and then toured Camp Market in Bupyeong.
Camp Market is home to many warehouses and storage facilities, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service Bakery and the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office.
USAG-Yongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall told Uberti how the garrison is dealing with an aging infrastructure and competing resource demands.
"Our infrastructure is the biggest challenge we face," Hall told the commander. "These are serious issues."
Hall detailed how Yongsan Garrison Public Works employees keep the installation running.
"Our employees work extremely hard to ensure a high quality of life for the Yongsan community," Hall said.