Hialeah's final commander vows 'highest quality of life possible' for community
June 17, 2005
PYONGTAEK, South Korea — The Army officer who will preside over the 2006 closing of Camp Hialeah in Pusan, South Korea, assumed command Wednesday.
Lt. Col. Roger Dansereau replaced Lt. Col. Jeffery K. Ludwig as “dual-hatted” commander of Camp Hialeah Garrison and the Army’s Pusan Storage Facility.
Ludwig, now moving to another assignment, had commanded both since September 2002.
Camp Hialeah is set to close no later than August 2006, U.S. Forces Korea announced earlier this month. The United States will return Camp Hialeah to South Korea as part of the Amended Land Partnership Plan.
The 133-acre Camp Hialeah is home to about 1,500 troops and civilian personnel and supports many of the U.S. military’s supply and shipping operations in Pusan, South Korea’s principal port.
PSF is a major supply depot for the U.S. military in South Korea and falls under the Army’s Materiel Support Center-Korea, headquartered at Camp Carroll.
Dansereau’s previous assignment was with Joint Task Force 6 at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Ludwig “provided the highest quality of life possible for Camp Hialeah residents during an uncertain period of transformation of our Army in the Republic of Korea,” Col. Donald J. Hendrix, Area IV Support Activity commander, said in remarks during the 35-minute ceremony at Camp Hialeah’s helipad. Camp Hialeah falls under Hendrix’s unit.
Ludwig oversaw the repair of 495 buildings and family housing units, said Hendrix, and fostered a “family atmosphere for the dozens” of units and organizations that make up the Camp Hialeah community.
“Jeff touched everyone here today in one way or another,” Hendrix said. “In three tours commanding garrisons or directly watching over community operations, I have never seen it done better.”
In farewell remarks, Ludwig said his tenure in Pusan was “without question the highlight of my Army service … I am convinced that I will never be fortunate enough to have another job in my career that will be more fun, or more challenging, more satisfying … ”
Dansereau said he had “just one main message for the Camp Hialeah community. You can count on me to give 110 percent to this job over the next two years — for our people and our community … .”