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CAMP HUMPHREYS, SOUTH KOREA--The Camp Humphreys Army Education Center kicked off American Education Week during an opening ceremony, Nov. 13.

This week's festivities include a ribbon cutting ceremony, informational briefings on topics such as the Military Academy, the Green 2 Gold program, saving & investing, work force development and will conclude with a mini job fair.

Selected guests spoke about the importance and benefits of getting an education.

"My first duty station was Fort Eustis, Virginia in 2009," said 1st Lt. Antoine Hopkins, a patron of the Education Center. "The first thing I did was go to the education center. I knew that I wanted to make an impact in my career, do positive things, and get to the next level. I knew the education center was the place. I just stuck with it. I never stopped."

Hopkins has since obtained his associates degree in General Studies and took advantage of the Green 2 Gold program to achieve his bachelor's degree in Public Administration advancing from the rank of sergeant to first lieutenant.

Green 2 Gold is a two-year program that provides eligible, active-duty enlisted Soldiers an opportunity to complete a baccalaureate degree or a two-year graduate degree and earn a commission as an Army officer.

Col. Scott Mueller, Camp Humphreys garrison commander, also spoke encouraging words during the event.

"Think about the technology that Soldiers were dealing with in WWI," he said. "We did not have wireless radios then. The Enfield rifle was a pretty simple weapon. Now look at where we are at today. The environment we operate in is super complicated. We need smart Soldiers that can not only operate the equipment, but also be able to work in a complex environment.

"Training is teaching you how to do a certain task for the known," said Mueller. "Education prepares you for the unknown. It prepares you for those situations that you can't predict, but because of your education, you use the tools and the critical thinking to work your way through that. I encourage you to keep going after it."

The Humphreys Education Center operating hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information about services offered, call DSN 755-3600, or commercial 050-3355-3600.