By Cpl. Samuel Han (IMCOM)July 11, 2012
SUWON, Republic of Korea -- Members of U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan toured Samsung Digital City in Suwon, July 10. The tour gave leaders, including Col. William P. Huber, garrison commander for USAG Yongsan, the opportunity to study the birthplace of Samsung Electronics, which was responsible for a large amount of the research conducted by the highly successful global electronics brand.
"This is a trip to see what is happening in Korea's industry and business that allowed them to become so successful today," Huber said. "We can learn from our Republic of Korea counterparts outside of the Military and see how they are moving forward and apply that to our own Community."
With the arrival of the members, Heu, Yeongho, corporate human resources team advisor welcomed the members onto the campus. The tour began with a short presentation video clip, which introduced Samsung Electronics and its Suwon branch.
After the video clip, the tour proceeded with a walkthrough exhibit recounting the history of Samsung Electronics.
"I was quite impressed with the layout of the facility, the people were very cordial, there was a lot of things in technology that I had forgotten about that I got to see again and as we went back to the beginning of Samsung to current times," said James A. Slagle, information technology specialist for USAG Yongsan.
The historical portion of the tour featured numerous models of electronic devices which were categorized based on the era that they had been developed. Devices included the first refrigerator, television, telephone, laptop computer, and cellular phone. Walking through the exhibit helped tell the story of Samsung Electronics and its origins.
The next section of the tour highlighted some of the newest innovations and ideas currently being developed and used by Samsung in its electronic products. Innovations ranged from motion sensing and 3 dimensional images to simple and quick transfer of files between various platforms.
Following the walkthrough exhibit, garrison leaders were given a windshield tour of the campus showing the layout and structures of its various facilities. Members of the tour were also able to see the 33,000 Samsung employees going through a 'regular day at work.' The tour concluded with lunch in the employee dining facility.
"It was a very good trip, everything went very smoothly, it was very well coordinated," Slagle said. "There's a lot of good work ethics on the civilian side that can be incorporated into our Community."