By Antwaun ParrishNovember 15, 2018
CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea - Throughout 2018, members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Far East District (FED) headquarters element slowly transitioned from Seoul to Camp Humphreys. Now that the district has completed its relocation, it was time to make it official.
Col. Teresa Schlosser, USACE, FED commander hosted an uncasing ceremony held Nov. 14 at the district's headquarters at Camp Humphreys. Brig. Gen. Thomas Tickner, USACE, Pacific Ocean Division commanding general, was also in attendance and provided remarks.
This is the first time the district's colors will be shown since they were cased at a previous ceremony at the district's previous headquarters in Seoul. A casing of the colors is a traditional ceremony when a unit is deactivated or relocates, and is held to commemorate the unit and its history.
Before the colors were unfurled and hoisted upon the flagpole, Col. Schlosser gave a few remarks to the distinguished guests, FED Family and visitors in attendance.
"The transition, as we've moved our headquarters from Seoul to Camp Humphreys, has been long in the making and not always easy, but through your determination and teamwork our headquarters element and the Camp Humphreys team are now all officially under one roof and I am so grateful to be able to celebrate this occasion with you," said Schlosser.
Schlosser stated that the FED's role on the Korean peninsula is critical as it helps to maintain stability and strengthen the alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea.
"A big part of that role has been supporting the Korea Relocation Program. It is one of the largest transformation, re-stationing and construction projects in Department of Defense history." said Schlosser. "The District has been at the forefront of this monumental transformation of U.S. Forces in Korea. Just in my three years on the peninsula, Camp Humphreys has transformed into the largest U.S. Army garrison in Asia, with the Far East District having U.S. oversight over relocation construction."
At the conclusion of her speech, Schlosser announced that there was one more thing that needed to be complete in order to commemorate that the district has officially moved into its new building. Schlosser and Rich Byrd, district deputy engineer, then unfurled the colors. After the colors were hoisted on the flagpole, the audience applauded at the site of the U.S Army Corps of Engineers flag waving high above them.
At the conclusion of the uncasing, Brig. Gen. Tickner, offered a few remarks on the history and future of the Far East District in Korea.
"I am confident that this command will continue its longstanding legacy of success here," said Tickner. "You are a team of proven and globally recognized leaders in military and civil engineering science."
He continued to thank the district for its accomplishments and offer encouragement for continued success.
"Thank you once again for all that you do and I am looking forward to all that you will accomplish in this new chapter in history," said Tickner.
The district is now settled into its new home and continuing to make its mark on the Korean peninsula.