USAG DAEGU, South Korea -- United States Army Garrison Daegu held a Change of Command ceremony in honor of the outgoing USAG Daegu Commander, Col. Kenneth T. Stephens and incoming Commander, Col. Robert P. Mann Jr., June 29, 2017 on Camp Walker Kelly Field.
Dr. Christine T. Altendorf, director of Installation Management Command -- Pacific, presided over the ceremony, praised Stephens for his leadership as the USAG Daegu commander and welcomed Mann to his new position.
"The Garrison here at Daegu plays a critical role both operationally and for the sustainment of our teammates and families," said Altendorf. "These mission requirements require a leader like Col. Stephens, who has demonstrated that he has both the people and management skills to rise to every challenge and excel in any environment. We welcome a dynamic leader, Col. Robert Mann, to Korea and to our incredible IMCOM team."
In his farewell address, Stephens took time to thank USAG Daegu and Area IV community. "The directors, employees and Soldiers of U.S. Army Garrison Daegu as well as our friends and partners at the other three Korean garrisons, embrace change and constantly seek better ways and ideas to deliver services to our Army communities," said Stephens. "Thank you to all those in the community. I saw so many times the kindness and good heartedness of many of you, it did not go unnoticed."
USAG Daegu and Area IV community welcomed their new Garrison Commander. The New Jersey native comes to Daegu, South Korea after finishing his assignment as the commander of the 71st Transportation Battalion, Army Logistics University, Fort Lee, Virginia.
"I look forward to visit where you make a difference for the Soldiers and families of Area IV, to learn how I can make a difference like you do, each and every day," said Mann. "I also look forward to supporting the families, organizations, and units across Area IV. I am excited to be able to serve again in the Republic of Korea. I hope that I am able to continue the strong relationships that the Garrison has built with our local Korean government and our Good neighbors."
As a major, Mann served in the Republic of Korea and served at Camp Casey. He was the General Supply Officer for the 2nd Infantry Division Support Command and the S-3 for the 702nd Main Support Battalion.
Mann is a graduate of the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy. Other military schools include the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course, the Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, the Combined Arms Services and Staff School, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army Force Management School.
He is married to Col. Renee Mann, 403rd Army Field Support Brigade commander and they have two children: William, nine years old, and Olivia, seven years old.