By Mr. David Mcnally (RDECOM)October 26, 2008
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - The senior Army official responsible for installations and the environment is in Korea on a fact finding mission Oct. 18-22.
Assistant Secretary of the Army Keith Eastin visited Yongsan and Humphreys to assess progress on construction projects, tour normalization initiatives and the Yongsan Relocation Plan.
"My last visit to Korea was for the grand opening of unaccompanied officer quarters at K-16 Air Base last year," Eastin said. "It's good to be back and continue to see progress."
Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary Lt. Col. Carl Coffman said Eastin is impressed with the pace of construction at USAG-Humphreys.
"The Korean people are all about progress," he said. "It's obvious U.S. Forces Korea and our Republic of Korea counterparts are working together to make things happen."
Coffman said one of the Secretary's priorities is to ensure quality of life for Army Family Members and single Soldiers.
"Tour normalization is vital," Coffman said. "It all figures into the master plan to ensure our Soldiers and their Family Members have a quality of life commensurate with their service."
Assistant Secretary Eastin met with U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan officials during an Oct. 21 luncheon at Commiskey's Restaurant.
"Mr. Eastin is interested in housing issues and how our community interacts with landlords and realtors," said Garrison Commander Col. Dave Hall. "I think it is very telling that our senior leaders want to know the details about living conditions for our Soldiers, Civilians and Family Members."