YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea -- U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan's Quartermaster Laundry Service will discontinue individual piece rate laundry service effective April 1, 2012. Customers will need to pick up their individual garments by April 30, 2012.

The laundry service located on South Post has been serving eligible Department of Defense Service Members and Civilians since 1968 and has been one of only four facilities on a garrison installation around the world to have still offered individual piece rate services to the Community.

"This was a difficult decision," said Col. William Huber, garrison commander for U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. "The laundry services we provide to the Community have been a long standing tradition of excellence, but because of the reduction in personnel we are experiencing to our Quartermaster Laundry Service, measures were taken to manage the remaining talent in a way that best supports the missions of the Army."

The U.S. Army was given targets to reduce its civilian workforce by the end of Fiscal Year 2012. Installation Management Command is one of three commands in the Army responsible for the majority of the Army's workforce reduction.

Organizational support such as laundry or cleaning of Army-owned property, government property for other DoD agencies and the Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital will continue.

"We are in a very challenging fiscal environment," Huber said. "I just continue to ask for our Community's support as we make tough decisions that impact us all. We are making decisions in a thoughtful and deliberate manner that best enables the garrison to support the community for the Army and its mission on the Korean peninsula."

The recommendation and decision to close the individual laundry service was approved by 8th Army and U.S. Forces Korea. USAG Yongsan will continue to analyze the laundry facility to ensure it provides services to standard in the most cost efficient manner.

Alternate venues of dry cleaning are located throughout USAG Yongsan, including the Dragon Hill Lodge Creases and Army and Air Force Exchange Service Cleaners.