Army to rename its support activities
PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — The units that handle the day-to-day running of the U.S. Army’s installations in South Korea soon will be hanging out new signs to reflect a change to their organizational names.
The new signs are part of the Installation Management Command’s Army-wide move to adopt a standardized format for naming subordinate organizations.
“It is to match the designation of other units. … We’re trying to standardize everything,” said John Nowell, a spokesman for IMCOM-Korea in Seoul.
IMCOM, headquartered in Arlington, Va., handles day-to-day operation of U.S. Army installations worldwide.
On the peninsula, the changes will affect the Area I Support Activity headquartered at Camp Red Cloud in Uijeongbu; the Area II Support Activity at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul; the Area III Support Activity at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek; and the Area IV Support Activity at Camp Henry in Daegu.
IMCOM’s support activities provide public works, firefighting, military shuttle buses, dining hall operation, housing and a range of other services.
Each support activity will be referred to as a “garrison” followed by a name indicating its location, Nowell said. For example, the U.S. Army Area II Support Activity will be renamed the U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan.
IMCOM-Korea officials await an official order specifying steps to take to enact the changes, Nowell said. “I think it’ll happen in less than a couple of weeks. ... It will be soon,” he said.
Units will change their organizational signs, stationary and official Web pages. They’ll change their names in the weekly Morning Calm newspaper and re-label their vehicles, Nowell said. Each unit also will formally mark the new designation with a “re-flagging ceremony,” he said.
The change should help servicemembers and others newly assigned to South Korea, he said.
Currently, Nowell said, a soldier with orders for the Area I Support Activity might “say, ‘Hey, I’m going to Area I. Where’s that?’”
But if the orders specify Yongsan or Daegu, for example, “it’ll probably be easier for people to say, ‘Ah, yeah. That’s where I’m going,’” Nowell said. “They’re receiving more information … a place name.”
IMCOM itself is a new name for what used to be the Installation Management Agency. In South Korea, what had been the Installation Management Agency Korea Region Office, also known as IMA-KORO, became IMCOM-Korea.