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2015 Annual Report: U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys


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In this issue of the U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Annual Report, we will review many of the significant projects and accomplishments achieved over the course of fiscal year 2015. We will also provide an update on progress being made in support of U.S. Forces Korea Transformation & Restationing efforts and offer an assessment on some of the key challenges we are going to face in the coming years.

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2015 Annual Report: U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys

  1. 1. 2015 U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys ANNUAL REPORT 2015 U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys ANNUAL REPORT INSTALLATION MANAGEMENT COMMAND - PACIFIC
  3. 3. In 2016, U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys continues to grow and change in remarkable ways. This edition of our annual report brings you up to date on our progress and the challenges we face now and in the future as we transform into the premier military installation in the Pacific Region. I am extremely proud of the dedication, hard work and flexibility our community demonstrates every day. Despite the challenges that go with living and working amidst the largest construction project in Department of Defense history, the garrison staff continues to provide installation management support and our community shows an even-tempered, “Can Do” attitude every day that is inspirational. During the last 12 months we’ve brought more facilities on-line and expanded the garrison’s footprint—we’re now nearly twice the size we were one year ago. Additionally, we have new rotational units on post who live and work in our newest facilities. In the next few years, when Transformation is complete, we will have first-class facilities which will enhance our combat readiness and provide excellent support to our community. We’re doing all of this while remaining “Ready to Fight Tonight.” As we move into the future we do so with the support of our partners in U.S. Forces Korea, 8th U.S. Army, 2nd Infantry Division and the Republic of Korea Army. Thanks to all of our partners, military and civilian, for their continued support during this challenging time. Our success is due in large part to the great cooperation and collaboration of our partners and allies. Finally, we have the deepest gratitude for our friends in the Korean community. For more than 65 years the Republic of Korea and the United States of America have been allies, partners and friends. We have bled together in war and, in peace, have built a modern democracy that is the envy of the world. This relationship, founded on friendship and mutual respect is the key to our long-standing partnership and will guide us into the future. Kam sahm ni da, katchi kapshida! JOSEPH C. HOLLAND COLONEL, ARMOR COMMANDING From the Commander To our partners, allies and stakeholders
  4. 4. 4million 29+million The original square footage of facility space at USAG Humphreys was 4 million. Once construction is complete, this volume will in- crease to 29+ million square feet. SQUARE FOOTAGE United States Army Garrison (USAG) Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea provides installation management support for the Camp Humphreys Military Community as well as the personnel and facilities located within the geographical boundary designated as Area III. USAG Humphreys is home to the U.S. Army’s most-active overseas airfield with approximately 62,000 movements per year. Humphreys is also the site of a $10.7 billion construction project that will transform the garrison into the largest enduring U.S. installation in South Korea. By the time transformation is complete, USAG Humphreys will be one of the most-modern and well- equipped Army installations in the world. The garrison will grow in total acreage by 192 percent and will see a 725 percent increase in installation facilities. The population is expected to grow by 440 percent. While leading and managing a transformation project of this scale, the garrison is working hard to ensure the combat readiness of the mission units stationed here. The future will bring enhanced training facilities to Humphreys: a simulations center, Noncommissioned Officer’s Academy, a virtual indoor training facility, weapons ranges and more. We’re also striving to provide quality of life programs and services for the Soldiers, Families and Civilians who live and work here. TRANSFORMATION AND RESTATIONING USFK is repositioning and consolidating into two enduring hubs south of Seoul, near the cities of Pyeongtaek and Daegu. By moving to these locations USFK will enhance its readiness, efficiency and its partnership with the local communities. Consolidation of U.S. forces in Korea supports U.S. and South Korean national interests including a strong combined defense and credible deterrence. The USFK transformation program has two major components: the Yongsan Relocation Plan (YRP) and the Land Partnership Plan (LPP). The Republic of Korea Government (ROKG) funds the Our mission is to deliver and integrate base support to enable readiness for a self-reliant and globally-responsive all-volunteer Army. Mission Focused 4
  5. 5. 2015 USAG HUMPHREYS COMMUNITY POPULATION GROWTH BY YEAR 2016 2017 2018 2019 202X 10,706 12,091 17,596 35,354 39,552 42,XXX SOURCE: RTO/PAOI-T Population Analysis, September 2015 5 YRP agreement to relocate the USFK headquarters and the United Nations Command primarily to USAG Humphreys. The LPP primarily consolidates forces from north of Seoul to USAG Humphreys while still providing access to northern training areas and ranges. USFK will thus reduce its theater footprint with all non- enduring sites returning to the ROKG. USFK manages the $10.7 billion transformation at USAG Humphreys with more than $1 billion in current construction. There are 115 projects in the works which will result in the construction of 655 new facilities. The transformation underway at USAG Humphreys triples its size from 1,210 to 3,453 acres with the garrison population growing from approximately 10,700 to over 42,000 military, civilian and family members. Main construction projects include unit headquarters, vehicle maintenance facilities, hangars, Soldier quarters, family housing, medical facilities, a military communications complex, a downtown shopping area, schools, child development centers, fitness centers and numerous other facilities. At end state USAG Humphreys will be one of the largest Army installations in the region. Col. Joseph C. Holland (left) took command of U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys on June 15, 2015. Also shown are IMCOM Pacific Region director Dr. Christine Altendorf and former garrison commander Col. Darin S. Conkright. FAMILY HOUSING AND SUPPORT STRUCTURES: In FY 14, two Department of Defense Dependant School campuses opened on Camp Humphreys, making available 215 classrooms and multiple play- grounds. Included in this project was a high school designed to accommodate approximately 950 students (right). The campus also includes impressive athletic facilities such as a gymnasium, football/ soccer stadium, five tennis courts, a baseball field, and a softball field. U.S. Army photo by Jim McGee
  6. 6. 121 24 63% 37% 65% 35% 69% 31% 7 Yongsan Relocation Plan (YRP) and Land Partnership Plan (LPP) Progress Report Korea Program Relocation Office (KPRO) ExecutedProgrammed Total YRP/LPP percentage of execution, based on programmed amounts, including land acquisition costs. SOURCE: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Far East District, September, 2015. 78% 22% KORCOM Headquarters % Executed 65% 35% Downtown Exchange & Commissary % Executed 54% 46% Hospital % Executed Projects Completed 79% 21% Land, Development, Utilities & Infrastructure (LDUI) % Executed Total Program % Executed YRP % Executed LPP % Executed
  7. 7. While 679 Army Family Housing units currently exist or are programmed for construction, there remains a 429 unit deficit to meet the requirement to house 40 percent of command sponsored Families in on-post quarters. ARMY FAMILY HOUSING UNIT DEFICIT PROJECTION 679 1108 ACTUAL REQUIRED 8 THE CHALLENGES AHEAD As USAG Humphreys becomes the larg- est U.S. Army installation in South Korea it should come as no surprise to our partners, community members, garrison workforce and host nation communities surrounding the installation that we will face several challenges in the coming years. While these challenges aren’t insurmountable, they require us to work together to ease the growing pains as- sociated with such a large project while also taking prudent measures to ensure we meet milestones at an adequate pace. HOUSING DEFICIT When USFK transformation and resta- tioning is complete, USAG Humphreys will face a deficit of 429 on-post Army family housing units. This number is based on USFK’s requirement that 40 percent of command-sponsored families reside in on-post quarters. In March 2014 the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment hosted a housing indus- try forum to promote off-post housing development near USAG Humphreys. Those who attended expressed inter- est in further housing development investment in the area. Many develop- ers and financiers are hesitant to invest in off-post housing, however, without a written agreement assuring adequate occupancy levels are achieved to sup- port a profitable business model. Additionally, with the anticipated modernization and growth of off-post communities in the area comes an increase in local-property values. As a result there is concern that Overseas Housing Allowance fair market value rates are not keeping pace with changes in the local real estate market. To resolve this challenge, the garrison is working to establish a focused community housing program to encourage private sector housing solutions near USAG Humphreys. “USFK’s priority is to house about 1,100 Families on-post. Many of the remaining personnel and Families need rental housing off-post.” Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment 2014 Housing Development Industry Forum Presentation
  8. 8. USAG HUMPHREYS ON-POST FAMILY HOUSING CAPACITY ON-POST HOUSING REQUIREMENTS 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 202X USAG Humphreys On-post Housing Capacity 358 358 352 679 679 679 895 1111 Command Sponsorship Requirement 902 924 1078 2195 2561 2561 2739 2768 40% On-post Family Housing Requirement 361 370 647 1317 1537 1537 1643 1661 On-post Family Housing Unit Shortfall -3 -18 - 79 -199 - 345 - 345 - 201 + 4 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 202X 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 9 In March 2013, USAG-H opened three new Army Family Housing towers on Camp Humphreys, featuring 210 housing units and an underground parking garage. Construction on an additional three towers, housing 216 units, began in FY 15. U.S. Army photo by Edward N. Johnson
  9. 9. 10 COMMUNITY DISRUPTION MITIGATION The day-to-day challenges the USAG Humphreys Military Community faces from a variety of transfor- mation-related service and traffic disruptions remain a concern for garrison leaders. Vehicle and pedestrian traffic is routinely disrupted due to road detours and gate closures. As service providers move to end state or temporary swing space locations, community members have to travel greater distances to receive service and support. In some cases, recreation, dining and community sup- port facilities must reduce services or temporarily shut down operations until swing space or end state facilities are made available. Garrison leaders acknowledge the impact trans- formation has on the community and endeavor to mitigate service, traffic and other community disruptions. The Garrison communicates regularly through a number of media to ensure the community has the latest information on construction projects, road closures, service provider moves and other construction-related information. It is vital to keep the community informed and aware of changes on the horizon, this fosters a ready and resilient environ- ment for those who live and serve here. One of the primary methods of conveying informa- tion about transformation and its impact is regular town hall meetings and community update brief- ings. The Garrison Command Group also speaks at newcomer briefings, Meet the Command Team opportunities and other public forums. The garrison public affairs office distributes construction updates via a robust social media program. Pfc. Jerver Lopezpolanco, a medic assigned to 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery, tends to a casualty during Expert Field Medical Badge training on September 3, 2015. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Kim, Yo Seup, 6-52 ADA Public Affairs
  10. 10. Humphreys Firefighters stabilize a role player during the Annual Full Scale Exercise at Vehicle Maintenance Facility 070 on November 17, 2014. This VMF was added to the installation during the July 2015 fence move. U.S. Army photo by Rich Salyers Two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters prepare to land at Desiderio Army Airfield on August 15, 2015. U.S. Army photo by Clint Stone 11 AIRCRAFT PARKING SPACE SHORTFALL USAG Humphreys has one rotational Attack Recon- naissance squadron on a nine-month deployment cycle. While the garrison can support housing, vehicle maintenance, headquarters space, hangars and parking requirements for the rotational OH-58 ARS platform, we anticipate that AH-64 Apache helicopters will replace the OH-58s in the future. Should that occur, current and programmed park- ing at Desiderio Army Airfield (A-511) will fall short of the spaces necessary to support an additional Apache battalion.
  11. 11. SOLDIER SUPPORT AREA CONSTRUCTION SITE: Sports fields and recreation facilities can be seen under construction next to the single Soldier barracks complex here on USAG Humphreys. U.S. Army photo by Bob McElroy 12 IMAGINARY SURFACES Airfield design involves the creation of imaginary surfaces without obstructions to ensure aircraft can safely arrive and depart the airfield. Imaginary surfaces are three-dimensional areas described as distances from runways and as heights above elevation. Areas are more-restrictive close to the runway and become less restrictive depending on distance and direction from the runway. Due to on-going construction involving temporary placement and movement of construction cranes as well as the introduction of new power lines, communications towers and other structures, the imaginary surfaces surrounding Desiderio Army Airfield will remain in flux through the completion of construction. Poor weather conditions may also have a negative impact on construction causing work delays or stoppages. Low cloud ceilings or poor visibility can cause construction cranes near the airfield to cease work in order to protect the terminal airspace. The USAG Humphreys airfield manager works with 8th U.S. Army, the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and on-site construction companies to either relocate construction equipment or modify flight procedures to ensure a safe and efficient use of the navigable airspace. The airfield manager works with aviation units and air traffic control managers to ensure they receive constant updates related to changes in imaginary horizontal, conical, transitional and approach surfaces. SWING SPACE AND END STATE MOVES One of the many logistical challenges faced when undertaking a construction, relocation and consolidation project like the one underway at USAG Humphreys is managing swing space requirements from project beginning to end. Swing space is used temporarily or occupied during a construction or renovation project. The garrison relies on swing space facilities to move units and organizations into temporary locations while construction or renovations are completed on permanent facilities.
  12. 12. USAG HUMPHREYS SENIOR NCO E7-E9 FIELD GRADE OFFICER 04-06 FLAG OFFICER 07-010 FY 2014 354 68 1 FY 2015 366 75 1 FY 2016 806 202 1 FY 2017 1,084 435 10 FY 2018 1,350 846 11 Source: Population Analysis Area III RTO, July 3, 2014 U.S. MILITARY DEMOGRAPHICS ANALYSIS 13 Interim swing space moves may also be required to accommodate the lag between the destruction of an existing facility and the construction of permanent space. Swing space facilities may be required because some parts of the organization move in phases in order to maintain continuity of operations during relocation. To mitigate swing space challenges the garrison’s Directorate of Public Works took steps early in planning to minimize the need for swing space moves and reduce their impact on those stationed here. Despite those efforts, numerous moves were and will be required. Swing space moves are not just about space, they involve disruptions in service as personnel, vehicles, equipment and supplies move from current to interim locations and then to permanent facilities. In some cases organizations must make more than one swing space move due to the pace and time of construction across the garrison. Lack of parking at swing space facilities is also a challenge as the available parking space at interim facilities was not designed to meet the needs of transient residents or their customers. In fiscal year 2015 11 units and 24 facilities moved into swing space compared to approximately 30 swing-space moves in FY14. The number of swing- space moves is on track to drop significantly in the next 18 months and DPW will focus on end-state moves in FY16 and beyond. CULTURAL TRANSFORMATION As Humphreys transforms and takes shape with new roads, housing areas, schools, work sites and support structures, it’s important for those here now and in the future to remain flexible and prepared to adapt to a new way of thinking when it comes to serving in South Korea. Garrison leadership reassess processes, procedures and mission support requirements to ensure they take appropriate measures to meet the needs of a rapidly-changing community. To achieve success it’s also imperative to understand the impact transformation has on geographic, psychographic and demographic factors related to restationing. Leaders and managers at all levels must focus on the critical success factors required for training, transportation, security, plans and operations to ensure the mental transformation process begins now instead of when the major unit movements begin. Garrison officials work closely with host-nation business, civic and government leaders through initiatives like the Pyeongtaek International Exchange Foundation, the ROK-U.S. Friendship Council, Korea Housing Forum and other community relations activities. The Garrison is helping our host-nation partners understand the impact USAG Humphreys’changing demographics will have on off-post housing, shopping, dining, cultural and entertainment needs.
  13. 13. The new Televideo Center, the future home of the American Forces Network and cable television operations on USAG Humphreys. U.S. Army photo by Clint Stone 14 The following pages help tell the story of U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys as they highlight the many events and accomplishments of the Garrison and its partners in fiscal year 2015. They also serve as a reminder of the Command’s vision to remain innovative professionals, committed to effectively delivering extraordinary services and facilities to our premier Army. Fiscal Year 2015 Highlights
  14. 14. Gary Sinise and the LT Dan Band headlined the SpringFest 2015 event on May 30, 2015. SpringFest is open to the public and is a celebration of Korean-American friendship and cross-cultural understanding. U.S. Army photo by Richard Kim 15 FAMILY HOUSING AND SUPPORT STRUCTURES: The future Humphreys Middle School will support 1,100 students in 44 classrooms. Also included are an auditorium, outdoor track, basketball courts, tennis courts and a football field. U.S. Army photo by Clint Stone
  15. 15. Staff Sgt. Nakita Fox, a vocalist with the 8th U.S. Army Band performs during a musical flash mob at AK Plaza in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. The 8th U.S. Army and 51st Republic of Korea Army bands combined for the event. U.S. Army photo by Bob McElroy 16 Soldiers and Airmen from all over the Korean Peninsula travelled to Yeonpo Beach to enjoy the 2015 Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) Beach Blast from June 26 to 28, 2015. U.S. Army photo by Terese Toennies
  16. 16. U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys commander Col. Joseph C. Holland and 40 USAG Humphreys Soldiers honored the American and South Korean Soldiers who fought in the Battle of Cheonan dur- ing a poignant ceremony at Martin Park in Cheonan on July 8, 2015. U.S. Army photo by Cho, JeongWon More than 160 American and Korean children participated in the 2015 Korean-American Joint Summer School at Pyeongtaek International Exchange Foundation and USAG Humphreys from July 29 to 31, 2015. U.S. Army photo by Binna Hwang 17
  17. 17. Students from Humphreys Central Elementary School’s 4th and 5th grades perform during their class concerts on December 16, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Kate Ko Spectators flocked to the Humphreys High School football field to watch the firework display for the Let Freedom Ring, Independence Day Celebration on July 4, 2015. U.S. Army photo by Terese Toennies
  18. 18. Spc. Nicholas McDonagh of 602nd Aviation Support Battalion and his German Shepherd Duke play fetch with a disc during the Pooch Plunge at the Splish & Splash Outdoor Pool on September 19, 2015. U.S. Army photo by Bob McElroy Nearly 150 student musicians from the Department of Defense Educational Activity High Schools across the Pacific Region performed in the 2015 Far East Honors Music Festival Concert, on April 24 at the Humphreys Middle/High School auditorium located on USAG Humphreys. U.S. Army photo by Somin Jeon 19
  19. 19. 20 This is an authorized publication for members of U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, Installation Management Command - Pacific Region. Contents of this publication are not necessarily official views of, or endorsed by the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, Department of the Army, or Instal- lation Management Command. This publication is published annually by Headquarters, U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, Public Affairs Office, Unit #15228, APO AP 96271-5228.