Anti-terrorism focus pays dividends for Humphreys, Yongsan commands
Stars and Stripes June 22, 2007
PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — Army installations in Pyeongtaek and Seoul soon will have $175,000 more to spend on efforts to thwart terrorists.
The U.S. Army Garrison-Humphreys in Pyeongtaek will gain $75,000 because its anti-terrorism program has been named the best within the Army’s Installation Management Command. And the program’s manager, Edmond Teague, has been named the agency’s best anti-terrorism program manager, which will bring the garrison another $75,000.
In Seoul, U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan will receive $25,000 because it won IMCOM’s award for an installation that achieves outstanding anti-terrorism innovation or action.
IMCOM sees to the day-to-day operation of Army installations worldwide.
“It’s very good news in these times of budget constraints,” Teague said Wednesday. “It’s money we will put back into our program.”
In evaluating installations, IMCOM’s selection board looked at such things as innovative anti-terrorism actions taken, the effectiveness of the garrison’s intelligence program, its training programs, efforts at fostering community awareness of and support for anti-terrorism efforts, and how it fared in separate “vulnerability assessments” conducted by U.S. Forces Korea and Pentagon evaluators.
Teague said two things in particular — “command emphasis” and the “team concept” — were probably why Humphreys won the awards.
The garrison’s senior leadership has placed heavy emphasis on anti-terrorism and other security-related matters.
For example, Humphreys officials mounted six anti-terrorism exercises in seven months, mostly during 2006, Teague said.
And they’ve emphasized broad participation of all community members, not just emergency service first-responders like firefighters and police.
“During our anti-terrorism exercises, everybody gets involved — the host nation fire department, police department, their intelligence agencies, our civilian population on post,” Teague said.
No additional details on the Yongsan award were available late Wednesday afternoon.