CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea -- U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys held its regular quarterly Town Hall Meeting at the Four Chaplains Memorial Chapel, June 12.
Garrison Commander Col. Scott Mueller and directorate members provided information about their areas of responsibilities, followed by questions from the audience and online Facebook viewers.
Lt. Gen. Michael Bills, Eighth Army commanding general, along with his command team, was also in the audience to answer questions from the community.
Highlights from the event are outlined below:
Directorate of Public Works and Housing Division: Currently, there are eight inoperable elevators. DPW estimated it will take at least one more month to service.
Three new on-post Army Family Housings buildings are scheduled to open June 26 Housing new front desk number is DSN 757-2647.
The Riverside Apartment drainage concerns, from the last meeting, has been resolved. DPW professional engineers verified, on June 5, that the landlord of the building has taken corrective actions to fix the poor drainage problems that caused excessive flooding on the grounds.
Another note, to ensure the return of security deposits and validate charges for any damages in housing, Marcia Flowers, Housing Division chief, stressed the importance of planning ahead and that it is crucial "to avoid any last minute surprises when you are leaving Korea; don't wait until the last minute."
For more information or for questions, please contact the Housing Office at DSN 757-9897; Housing Hotlines DSN 754-7642 or 0503-354-7642.
Department of Defense Education Activity: DoDEA schools last day was June 13; however, the school offices will remain open during the summer break for registrations. Please call the office for hours of operation; West Elementary DSN 757-2122, Central Elementary 756-9310, Humphreys Middle School 757-2166, Humphreys High School 756-9426. Schools resume August 26.
"I just want to make sure everyone realizes that our schools, here at Camp Humphreys, are top notch," Mueller said. "They are providing outstanding education and are the number one school district in DoDEA. In fact, Mr. Antoine Sharpe, a Humphreys Middle School math teacher, has been selected as the 2020 DoDEA Teacher of the Year. This is one example of excellence in education. Thank you, DoDEA."
Directorate of Emergency Services: All eligible U.S. Forces Korea Command sponsored personnel assigned to Camp Humphreys are authorized to register and operate two vehicles, without obtaining a written exception letter. However, the current Joint Travel Regulation standard policy of shipping only one vehicle, still applies.
Mueller explained that the Korean employees working in the DBIDS vehicle registration department are "borrowed from the City of Pyeongtaek." They are given a strict eight hour day, with 1.5 hours for lunch, "this includes travel time," he said. "With all that taken into consideration, they have short hour days at the One Stop; however, we will ask for two additional employees to help facilitate the increase of vehicles, due to the new policy."
Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation: Season passes are now available at the Outdoor Pool during normal operation hours; however, the season pass fees can be prorated for family members or sponsors, with PCS orders.
The Exchange: Sentry Mini Mall's reopening will be in July and the new Zoeckler Mini Mall grand opening will be in early fall 2019. Currently, AAFES is working to bring more choices in boy clothes -- more to follow.
Defense Commissary Agency: When family members visit Camp Humphreys over 30 days, they will need an approved temporary ration exception letter from the Ration Control Office, at One Stop. For more information, please call DSN 757-2088.
United Service Organizations: Every Monday, except on Federal holidays, the USO van delivers free snacks and beverages to service members working in the motor pools. The vehicle will also have masks for service members.
65th Medical Brigade: Brian D. Allgood Army Community Hospital's rededication ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 20, with an anticipated first patient care date of Nov. 15. Currently, there are no emergency department or urgent care on Camp Humphreys. With that, for all emergency calls, please call DSN 911 or 031-690-7911 or 050-3353-7911 on post and 119 for off post. Bilingual medical advice line will also be available at 050-3337-2273/1098 -- option 4. Job opportunities to work at the hospital will be posted on USAjobs.gov in the near future.
8A G1, Ready and Resilient Program: The Community Strengths and Themes Assessment Survey is highly encouraged for all Camp Humphreys community members. The survey is to assess the "pulse" of members, on their perceptions of quality of life. To complete the survey, please visit: https://usaphcapps.amedd.army.mil/Survey/se.ashx?s=251137452E7FC2CD
Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security: Everyone is invited to the Change of Command Ceremony for Col. Scott Mueller, at the Super Gym, June 27, at 10 a.m. Celebrate Independence Day is scheduled at the Downtown area, July 4 from 4 -- 9 p.m.
In closing, Garrison Deputy Commander Paul Stuart, reminded everyone of the new Korean law on the blood-alcohol level change from .05 to .03 percent, effective June 25.
"If you are driving above .03 percent, you will be considered driving under the influence," he said. "So that little, few hundreds of a point difference, could very well make a difference in a person's career. Leaders, please remind your subordinates on the new law, because the Koreans and our MPs will be enforcing the new law."
Bills, also announced that this was Col. Mueller's last town hall.
"He has done a tremendous job the last two years, with this complete team here, of making this community a better place to live," he said. "And under his leadership and with his great staff, we have come a long way, in a very quick time, to improve the conditions here for our families, our Soldiers, and our great civilians, as well; so round of applause for Col. Mueller."
With that, Mueller signed off with gratitude and said it was an honor to serve as the Garrison Commander. He mentioned the challenges of the position, but said it was "very rewarding and learned a whole lot about how the Army runs.
"It's been an honor being the Garrison commander here. It really is a great community," he said.
For more information or view the Town Hall Facebook live, please visit Garrison Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/usaghumphreys
The next Community Town Hall is scheduled for Sept. 18, at 6 p.m.