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At Camp Walker in Daegu, South Korea, on Thursday, Col. Donald J. Hendrix, left, retires after 28 years in the Army. Davis D. Tindoll Jr., director of the Army’s Installation Management Agency–Korea Region Office, stands next to Hendrix and Army Col. John E. Dumoulin Jr., who assumes command of the Army’s Area IV Support Activity.

At Camp Walker in Daegu, South Korea, on Thursday, Col. Donald J. Hendrix, left, retires after 28 years in the Army. Davis D. Tindoll Jr., director of the Army’s Installation Management Agency–Korea Region Office, stands next to Hendrix and Army Col. John E. Dumoulin Jr., who assumes command of the Army’s Area IV Support Activity. (Steve Hoover / Courtesy of U.S. Army)

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — Col. John E. Dumoulin Jr. assumed command of the Area IV Support Activity on Thursday.

The command puts him in charge of the unit that manages U.S. Army installations in South Korea’s Daegu-Busan region.

He replaces Col. Donald J. Hendrix, who is retiring after 28 years in the Army. Hendrix had been Area IV commander since August 2004.

Dumoulin, a West Point graduate who served in field artillery before transferring to the aviation branch, took command during a ceremony inside Camp Walker’s Kelly Gym.

His previous assignment was with the Installation Management Agency in Arlington, Va., where he served in the operations division as head of the mission support branch.

During Thursday’s ceremony, Hendrix drew praise for “exceptional leadership” from Davis D. Tindoll Jr., director of the Installation Management Agency-Korea Region Office, of which the support activity is a part.

Among Hendrix’s successes Tindoll cited was building, converting and renovating facilities at Camp Carroll in Waegwan; closing Camp Hialeah in Busan; developing an agreement with the U.S. Navy to support Army activities that will continue in Busan at Pier 8 and the Pusan Storage Facility; and supporting a Patriot missile battalion at Gwangju Air Base.

“Don Hendrix is well respected by community leaders throughout the area,” Tindoll said, “and has established outstanding camaraderie with local mayors, chiefs of police, fire chiefs, Republic of Korea army leaders, Korean business leaders and the Korean employees union.”

Dumoulin received a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2004. He also attended the Command and General Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College and Joint Air Operations Staff Course. He is a graduate of the Army’s Airborne School, Air Assault School and UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter Instructor Pilot Course.

“Our mission … to manage Army installations to support readiness and mission execution remains paramount,” Dumoulin said in his remarks. “To our soldier and civilian work force … I will be your No.1 ambassador.”


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