Logistics Readiness Center-North, 403rd Army Field Support Brigade, provides critical maintenance, supply, transportation logistical support to Area I (Camp Casey) and Area II (U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan), partner units, and rotational units to ensure mission readiness and quality of life for Soldiers, civilian employees, and family members assigned to the Area I and II communities.
The LRC-North area of responsibility is spread over three different locations: Camp Casey, Yongsan Garrison and K16 Air Base in Seoul. LRC-North is headquartered at Camp Casey, South Korea, in the city of Dongducheon, about 38 miles north of Seoul and 20 miles from the Demilitarized Zone.
Camp Casey is home to U.S. Army Garrison-Casey, and elements of the 2nd Infantry Division, 210th Field Artillery Brigade, 65th Medical detachment, 1st Korean Service Corps Company and the Peninsula’s current rotational unit, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division from Fort Bliss, Texas.
Yongsan is home to the U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan, and elements of the 2nd Infantry Division, 8th Army, Combined Forces Command (CFC), United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission (UNCMAC) and 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command.
K16 Air Base is home to elements of U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, 2 ID, 8th Army, 607th Combat Weather Squadron and Tango Security Force.
LRC-North serves as the Logistical Service Support lead for the garrison commanders at both USAG-Casey and USAG-Yongsan by advising, assisting, and representing the organization on all maintenance, supply, and transportation matters.
Enrico V. Asuncion, Jr, director, LRC-North, serves as the 403rd Army Field Support Brigade commander’s senior logistician in Areas I and II.
“I’m honored to be able to continue to serve as a Department of the Army Civilian with the 403rd AFSB and LRC-North. The 403rd AFSB has been an outstanding assignment for me. As logisticians, we have a critical mission to support the Warfighter on a day-to-day basis which allows them to be prepared to “Fight Tonight,” Asuncion said.
LRC-North provides a broad and complex array of essential services and support, from providing support to seven Warrior Restaurants spread throughout Areas I and II, maintaining vehicles and equipment, to providing supporting the Noncombatant Evacuation Operations.
“I am thrilled to be part of the 403rd AFSB ‘Powerhouse Team’ and have the opportunity to leave our mark and join forces with our civilian employees, Soldiers, KATUSAs (Korean Augmentation to the United States Army Soldiers) and local nationals to achieve mission success and ensuring customer satisfaction” said Sgt. 1st Class, Clifford Villanueva, LRC-North non-commissioned officer in charge and property book officer.
The LRC-North Supply and Services Division consists of the Asset Management Branch, Supply Subsistence Management Office, Central Issue Facility, Quartermaster Laundry Facility and Hazardous Materials Section. The S&S Division provides logistics support and accountability of supplies and equipment for Areas I and II.
“Camp Casey is a small community and easy to get around. They have most of what you would need from the commissary and exchange services. Now with COVID-19 slowing done Family and Morale, Welfare & Recreation trips have started back up. They have some very good one day trips so you can get out and see some of the surrounding areas, said Lonnie Bernier, chief, S&S Division. “This being a one-year short tour assignment I would recommend before coming here that folks work with a sponsor to make sure you bring a few comfort items to get you by while here. One year goes by very fast.”
The Asset Management Branch encompasses all facets of material management, acquisition, and disposition of equipment. AMB provides maintenance of U.S. Government property book and supporting transaction files to include establishment and maintenance of hand receipt accountability for supported units.
The Food Service Branch is responsible for the supervision of the Food Program Management Office, the Subsistence Supply Management Office and seven installation appropriated fund food program activities, at four installations. Support includes Class I supplies (food, rations and water) as well as support and training to 139 deployable tenant units.
The Central Issue Facility provides Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment Facility support. CIF stores, requests, receives, exchanges and provides repairs on selected items to support tenant’s units and rotational Soldiers for both Area I and II.
The Quartermaster Laundry Facility provides service to active duty Army and all military medical treatment facilities throughout the peninsula. Our QML operation is the only one on the peninsula and is a Government Owned/Government Operated (GOGO) Facility. Our laundry mission has doubled since the beginning of COVID.
The Hazardous Materials Section receives, processes, labels, stores and issues hazardous materials using the Enterprise Environmental Safety and Occupational Health Management Information System. HAZMAT also aids in the reduction of hazardous waste by providing adequate oversight and assistance for shelf-life extension.
The Transportation Division provides logistical transportation support for tenant units and rotations units assigned to Areas I and II. The division provides non-tactical vehicle support, drivers testing and licensing for NTVs and personally owned vehicles. They also handle household goods shipping inbound and outbound, commercial travel ticketing and NEO operations.
The Maintenance Division provides base operations support to Army-owned non-tactical vehicles and non-standard equipment, in support of installation and tenant units assigned to Areas I and II.
In addition to the wide-range of responsibilities and support provided, LRC-North remains vigilant and continues to sharpen its skills by participating in annual exercises which test our Mission Essential Task List in order to provide the necessary support to Warfighters allowing them to be ready to “Fight Tonight.”