Ribbon cutting ceremony marks official opening of Soldier Support Center
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2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The Soldier Support Center Grand Opening May 14 included a cake cutting
ceremony. The opening of the SSC symbolizes the garrison's commitment to the
community. USAG Daegu provides world class services to Soldiers, civilians,
retirees and their Family... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)
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on Camp Walker at Bldg. 330. At the American Red Cross stop, there was an
exercise for those who volunteered to experience an example of being in the
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The Soldier Support Center Grand Opening was held at 11 a.m. May 14 on Camp

Walker at Bldg. 330.

Many community members and leaders in Area IV attended the ribbon cutting

ceremony for the SSC's grand opening, and cake and punch were provided for

those who attended.

Thirteen Soldier support agencies that were located across

several camps and locations are now co-located at the SSC. Previously, it

took additional time for Soldiers, civilians and their Families to

in-process and out-process because the services were so spread out. With the

new SSC, it will be easier for USAG Daegu community members to find what

they need at a single stop.

"It's truly amazing and a testament to the level of dedication and

professionalism here at USAG Daegu," said Col. Robert P. Mann, USAG Daegu

commander.

"Now the SSC will have personal property, housing, finance, driver's

testing, commercial travel and the Red Cross. It's truly going to be one stop,"

said Robert Ducksworth, the Chief of Administrative Services.

Different agencies and services are located on each floor -- from career

counseling on the first floor to driver's testing on the third floor -- and

a clearly defined map system is in place to assist customers in finding each

of the service providers.

"There will be no stress to take a bus or taxi to do everything," Ducksworth

said.

"In the days and weeks to come, the sheer numbers of Soldiers, civilians,

retirees and family members who will pass through these doors will astound

you," said Mann. "I expect it to be the most trafficked building in Area IV,

with several hundred customers visiting the center each week."

"It will be more convenient to be on Camp Walker because medical centers,

food court, Post Exchange and Commissary will be near the SSC," said

Ducksworth.

The American Red Cross has to be in a location that everyone can find,

easily accessible to Families and Soldiers, said Susanne Harlandt, Regional

Program Manager for the American Red Cross.

"Moving here is wonderful, more centrally located, easier to access and we

have more space than we did before," Harlandt added.

The SSC boasts three times more space for educational services than previous

locations combined. The American Red Cross, for example, hosts classes in

First Aid, Basic Life Support, CPR and other health and safety classes. The

SSC provides plenty of space for all these classes.

Ducksworth defines the Soldier Support Center in one word "Excellence"

because this is a win-win relationship between agencies and customers.

"The consolidation of services under one roof is an example of USAG

Daegu's pledge to our Soldiers and Families," said Mann. "This building

marks our commitment to our community, and I am extremely happy and proud of

what we have done for our heroes and their Families by opening the doors of

the SSC to our community members in Area IV."

For more information on the SSC, please call DSN:763-4331 or civilian

0503-363-4331.