USAG Daegu Ribbon Cutting Week

By USAG Daegu Public AffairsJuly 7, 2023

States Grill reopening
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States Grill reopening.
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Camp Henry, Daegu, South Korea - The refreshed and refreshing patio just opened July 5, 2023, at Camp Henry's States Grill. (Photo Credit: PFC John Lee) VIEW ORIGINAL
States Grill reopening.
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CAMP HENRY, Daegu, South Korea – It was a week filled with excitement and celebration at U.S. Army Garrison Daegu, as the focus shifted from spot to spot for several highly anticipated ribbon cuttings. The week marked the grand openings or re-openings of several new and improved facilities across the installation, much to the delight of the community.

The new starts were realized at the States Grill on Camp Henry; the Camp Walker Aquatics Center and Military Family Housing playground; and the Camp Carroll Fitness Center and Community Park.

"The ribbon cuttings represent our continued investment in the well-being and morale of this community,” said USAG Daegu Commander, Col. Brian Schoellhorn. “These new facilities will enhance the lives of our Soldiers, Civilians and their families, and I couldn't be prouder of the Garrison FMWR and DPW teams for bringing the projects home."

Schoellhorn nimbly guided each ribbon cutting during the final full week before his Change of Command which will take place July 10, 2023.

The festivities kicked off at the States Grill on Camp Henry, July 5, where a vibrant atmosphere greeted guests as they entered the newly renovated restaurant. With its modern décor and mouthwatering menu, the Grill looks to return to its status as a favorite lunchtime gathering spot for Soldiers and Civilians. Over $400,000 was invested in new floor and wall coverings and a neat new patio.

Walker Aquatics opens.
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Camp Walker, Daegu, South Korea - U.S. Army Garrison Daegu Commander, Col. Brian Schoellhorn, tells the audience what went into the renovations at the just reopened Walker Aquatics Center, July 5, 2023. (Photo Credit: Pfc Kim, Ji Hun) VIEW ORIGINAL
Walker Aquatics opens.
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Camp Walker, Daegu, South Korea - The Camp Walker Aquatics Center pool filled up right away, just after the ribbon cutting revealed renovations there July 5, 2023. (Photo Credit: Pfc Kim, Ji Hun) VIEW ORIGINAL
Walker Aquatics opens.
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Next on the list was the Camp Walker Aquatics Center, July 6, where swimmers eagerly awaited the unveiling of the facility which has been closed for the work since March 2023. The sparkling blue salt water (not chlorine anymore) beckoned, and children couldn't contain their excitement as they splashed and played in the state-of-the-art pool. Along with that comes an upgraded pool deck, outdoor patio, and lighting – and all new furniture!

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The celebrations continued at Camp Walker Military Family Housing on July 6, where a brand-new playground awaited the laughter of children. This was a project completed by the USAG Daegu Dept. of Public Works, as opposed to the rest of the openings which were all FMWR. With its colorful slides, swings, and climbing structures, the playground was an instant hit.

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Meanwhile, at Camp Carroll, still July 6, the final phase of the Carroll Fitness Center remake was unveiled, much to the delight of exercise enthusiasts. The upgraded facility boasted $300,000 in cutting-edge equipment, spacious workout areas, and rejuvenated flooring, mirrors, walls, and ceilings. The Carroll community also celebrated the opening of a new community park, providing a serene space for relaxation and recreation. The park took just over two months to complete and the $245,00 paid for two covered pavilions, BBQ grills, and a serene well-lit grassy area as well.

"These fresh starts are a testament to our commitment to providing outstanding facilities and services to our Soldiers, Civilians, and their families,” said Sean Wise, director of USAG Daegu FMWR. “We are dedicated to ensuring a high quality of life for all who serve."

Throughout the week, the ribbon-cutting ceremonies symbolized not only the continued modernization of Area IV infrastructure, but also the unity and camaraderie among its residents. Soldiers, Civilians, and their families relished in the knowledge that these new facilities would enhance their quality of life, fostering a strong sense of belonging and support within the community.

As the last ribbon was cut, the week-long celebration came to a close, leaving behind a trail of excitement and anticipation for what the future held. The week served as a reminder of USAG Daegu’s unwavering commitment to the well-being of its residents, ensuring that their time spent on the base would be times filled with comfort, happiness, and a deep sense of community.