By Mr. Robert H Mcelroy (IMCOM)December 1, 2008
USAG HUMPHREYS-- Pete Geren, the 20th Secretary of the Army, visited U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys on November 23 to meet with Soldiers and Family Members and view the progress of the installation\'s transformation into the hub of U.S. military forces in Korea. During his visit Geren also focused on quality of life issues relevant to Soldiers and their Families stationed here. Geren's visit began at the garrison headquarters where garrison commander Col. John E. Dumoulin, Jr. briefed him on the Humphreys Transformation plan. Following the Transformation briefing Geren viewed the construction of new Soldier barracks on Parcel One, the newest land at Humphreys, toured the Community Fitness Center and spoke with about a dozen Soldiers playing basketball there. Geren asked a few of the Soldiers how they liked serving and living in Korea, focusing on quality of life issues. Each Soldier replied that he enjoyed living and working here because of the quality of housing, support and recreational facilities available to them, especially the new gyms. Geren also visited the Family Housing Towers and the new Single Soldier barracks at Zoekler Station. During his visit to Family Housing, Geren spent a few minutes with a group of youngsters who were at the playground next to Building 512. Geren asked the young people how they liked living at Humphreys and in Korea. All responded that they enjoyed living here. Geren wrapped up his tour of Humphreys at one of the newly-opened single Soldier barracks at Zoekler Station. While there Geren discussed quality of life issues with Command Sgt. Maj. Lawrence G. Hoke, command sergeant major for 527th Military Intelligence Battalion and Staff Sgt. Arthur M. Cardona, one of Hoke's Soldiers.