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Posted 3/11/2014

Release no. 14-009


By Stephen Satkowski
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Far East District Public Affairs

 

SEOUL, South Korea - Maj. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deputy commanding general and deputy chief of engineers, visited the Far East District March 4 and 5. 

Semonite and Command Sgt. Maj. Karl J. Groninger toured projects at U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys and met with Republic of Korea Maj. Gen. Chung Joo Kyo, commander of the Ministry of National Defense-Defense Installations Agency.Defense Installations Agency

“I had a great meeting talking about some opportunities where we can partner together,” said Semonite about his talk with Chung. “We as engineers build projects every single day but what we have to do as leaders is continue to build relationships and today we continued to solidify the great relationship between the Defense Installations Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District.”

Semonite also met with Brig. Gen. Kang Chang Koo, Ministry of U.S. Forces Korea relocation office director.

During his visit he toured the hospital and ambulatory care center/dental clinic and the U.S. Korea Command Operations Center project, part of the $10.7 billion dollar Korea program relocation the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District continues to oversee.

At Osan Air Force Base Semonite viewed the second runway and enlisted housing quarters projects and held a town hall to interact with Soldiers and employees. He said it was eye-opening to see the dedication of district employees who are working on the Korea Relocation Program and other district missions. 

“I was very impressed with the people of the Far East District and their passion to be able to continue to deliver a very complicated project,” said Semonite. “They are committed to do this right and that is impressive. I’m very appreciative of them and I think the reputation of the district is very well garnered and well-deserved.”

 “I came here to get situational awareness of what is happening on the ground,” said Semonite. “I also came to make sure that headquarters staff supports what needs to be done out here.”

Semonite said he will take back to U.S Army Corps of Engineers headquarters how the entire district is working together to help make the Korean relocation program and the Far East District mission a success.

Semonite’s tour of Korea was part of a visit that also brought him to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Japan District.