USAG HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea –
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District commemorated the completion of project CY13 ROKFC IN-KIND Bulk Fuel Storage Tanks and Pumps (OS031), with an Acceptance Release Letter (ARL) ceremony in Pyeongtaek, Republic of Korea, Dec. 7.
The Defense Logistics Agency facility will serve to support the U.S. Forces Korea and Eighth Army’s warfighting missions.
“Completing this project will increase readiness by establishing the capability to bring millions of gallons of aviation fuel, by train, to multiple installations throughout the Republic of Korea,” said Jay Kim, an FED Security Operation Resident Office project engineer.
The fueling system is manually operated and must be manned to ensure the incoming and outgoing fuel is stored properly and filtered, providing quality fuel for transport to USFK aircraft.
The previous phase project, OS030, was a YRP/LH (Yongsan Relocation Program/ Korea Land and Housing) Corporation funded project, whereas OS031 is a ROK (Republic of Korea) In-Kind funded project.
“This is a big win, for the YRP Program and the ROK-U.S. Alliance. We faced some obstacles along with way coordinating with two different contractors during a pandemic,” said Kenith Ward, FED Security Operations Resident Office resident engineer.
The ARL signing signifies a milestone in a project, where the U.S. government accepts the substantially completed facility from the ROK government. A ceremony is held to commemorate the strength of the US-ROK alliance, which is demonstrated in the completed facility.
Defense Logistics Agency, the nation’s combat logistics support agency, manages the global supply chain –from raw materials to end user to disposition– for the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, Coast Guard, 11 combatant commands, other federal agencies, and partner & allied nations.
USACE Far East District is the premier engineering, design, and construction agent for all DoD agencies in the Republic of Korea. Since its inception, the Far East District has played a critical role in the security and stability of the region and in strengthening the alliance between the US and the ROK. As such, it also fulfills a unique mission; the only “maneuver” district within USACE, FED must always be prepared for war, even while building for peace on the Korean peninsula. The Far East District is responsible for executing a multi-billion dollar program, the largest construction program managed by the U.S. Army.