CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea--A Change of Command ceremony, bidding farewell to Col. Scott W. Mueller and welcoming Col. Michael F. Tremblay, was held, here, at Collier Community Fitness Center, June 27.
Mueller oversaw the largest population expansion in Camp Humphreys' history. The garrison went from a supported population of approximately 10,000 to about 33,000 in 2018.
Mueller also brought in the largest Exchange and Commissary in the Pacific, a golf course, a bowling center, Movie Theater, and the Texas Roadhouse restaurant. This totaled 65 projects, comprised of 529 buildings that added 7.5 million square feet of real property valued at $1.5 billion.
Lt. Gen. Michael A. Bills, Eighth Army commanding general and Combined Forces Command chief of staff, gave kudos to Mueller during his remarks.
"Scotty has played a vital role in Camp Humphreys' transition to a premier garrison, able to support multiple service components, multi-national partners and thousands of families," he said. "Today's ceremony is a well-deserved recognition of his hard work and dedication over the last two years. Scotty -- you and your team have done a truly phenomenal job."
During Mueller's tenure, U.S. Forces Korea, 2nd Infantry Division, Marine Corps Forces -- Korea, Special Operations Command-Korea, 65th Medical Brigade, 1st Signal Brigade and other organizations all relocated to Humphreys.
Dr. Christine T. Atlendorf, Installation Management Command-Pacific director, joked with Mueller that his main boss is giving excellent customer service to the community.
"All of a sudden, rather that dodging enemy mortar and tank fire, he was getting zinged on Facebook, Twitter and at town halls," she said. "He realizes that his main boss is not me, or even Gen. Bills, but the customer, and he handled it well."
Mueller was overwhelmed with pride and appreciation for the garrison Soldiers, Civilians and Korean Service Corps during his time serving at Humphreys.
"Words will never adequately express my admiration and gratitude for everything you do for this community, across the entire myriad of services provided," he said. "I want everyone at Humphreys to know that your USAG Humphreys team is completely dedicated to making Camp Humphreys the assignment of choice. These stalwart professionals come to work every day to enable 'Fight Tonight' readiness for our tenant units and provide first class services and quality of life to our Families, Civilians, and Retirees. You never cease to amaze me with what you accomplish on a daily basis and I will cherish my service with you."
Mueller next assignment will be in Stuttgart, Germany, where he will become the Assistant Chief of Staff at U.S. European Command.
In customary fashion as the incoming commander, Tremblay had a few moments to introduce himself.
"I am thankful for the opportunity to serve," he said. "I will try every day to measure up. I know I have big shoes to fill...Eagle Six reporting for duty. Katchi Kapshida -- We Go Together."