By Mr. David Mcnally (RDECOM)April 29, 2008
K-16 AIR BASE, Republic of Korea - Installation Management Command officials toured facilities here April 29.
Installation Management Command Deputy Commanding General Maj. Gen. John A. Macdonald and key staff members are in Korea for a staff assistance visit from IMCOM headquarters in Arlington, Va.
The staff is inspecting USAG-Red Cloud and USAG-Humphreys, but Macdonald traveled with IMCOM-Korea Commanding General Brig. Gen. Al Aycock to each area to meet with community members and local commanders.
Macdonald is a former Korea region director and a veteran of the 2nd Infantry Division.
"We wanted to show him what he hasn't seen," said USAG-Yongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall. "At K-16 Air Base that means the new unaccompanied housing facility that opened last summer and the planned commissary and proposed child development center."
Hall said because K-16 Air Base is an enduring facility -- one that will remain after Yongsan closes -- officials are planning for the future. Command sponsorship will be a reality at K-16 Air Base as tours begin to normalize Korea-wide.
"There are a lot of great things happening at K-16 Air Base these days," Hall said. "We got positive feedback from the boss."
Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation has funded a new indoor swimming pool for the installation. Construction is set to begin next month and projected to be finished by October.
"That's a $750,000 investment in the quality of life for this installation," said USAG-Yongsan FMWR Director Paul Robinson.
K-16 Air Base also has a unique "all-in-one" community activity center that serves the population of more than 1,000 U.S. Soldiers with a chapel, library, arts and crafts center, meeting rooms, bowling alley, food court and education center. The five-story facility opened in 2006.
Macdonald visited the community's "K-Kottage" -- a gathering place for noncommand sponsored Family Members. He met with a group of spouses and their children and asked many questions.
The general also met with local Defense Commissary Agency officials at the site of a proposed K-16 commissary. Currently, K-16 community members must travel one hour to either Camp Humphreys or Yongsan Garrison to shop for groceries.
Garrison officials have officially requested the Army to support a small commissary to support the K-16 community. The issue is still pending a decision.
After departing K-16 Air Base, the officials flew to Yongsan Garrison, where they toured new five-bedroom quarter upgrades, automated pedestrian gate installation and the planned school expansion project on South Post.
"Overall is was a positive experience," Hall said. "We met our goal of sharing all of the progress we have made in the garrison."