S. Korea's Area II gets a new commander
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Outgoing Area II commander Col. Timothy K. McNulty quoted a Fleetwood Mac song when addressing his troops for the last time during a change-of-command ceremony Thursday on Knight Field.
“Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow, for tomorrow will soon be here,” McNulty quoted after passing command to Col. Ronald C. Stephens. As Area II commander for the Installation Management Agency, Korea Region Office, Stephens now oversees Yongsan Garrison and Hannam Village in Seoul and camps Colbern, Market, Yongin and Tango, K-16 Air Base, the 8th Army Retreat Center and Sungnam Golf Club.
McNulty told the soldiers, civilians and Korean employees that “there are changes on the horizon” but if they “collectively grasp those changes as opportunities” to make the U.S.-Korean alliance even stronger, they’ll succeed.
McNulty thanked community and business leaders, South Korean military and Korean National Police officers and the supporters of the alliance for attending the ceremony.
“In my years of military service I have never experienced such generosity and support for U.S. personnel as I have this tour,” he said.
McNulty said he was at the Army’s War College when he received orders to South Korea, his first tour on the peninsula.
“Man, I sure wouldn’t want to have that job” is what his peers told him of running an installation that’s home to about 15 general officers and their spouses.
But, he said, the generals and their spouses were “committed to ensuring Area II was a better place to live, work and play.”
McNulty’s next position will be as the chief of staff for the Strategic Deployment and Distribution Command in Alexandria, Va.
Stephens, who served with the 2nd Infantry Division’s 102nd Military Intelligence Battalion in 1983, said, “I have some big shoes to fill.”
“Let me just say what an honor it is to have been selected to command this great organization,” he said. “This is a command that will allow me to influence the quality of life for our soldiers, civilians and family members.
“My mission is serving soldiers … part of serving soldiers is taking care of their families,” he said. “They deserve the best quality of life we can give them.”
Brig. Gen. H.T. Landwermeyer Jr., director IMA-KORO, served as reviewing officer during Thursday’s ceremony.
“Even when faced with probably the most fiscally challenging period I’ve ever seen,” Landwermeyer said, McNulty and his wife, Kathy, and their team “took it in stride and continued their outstanding support to the community.”
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a garrison command team that got as much sincere enjoyment out of the daily challenges of this mission than Tim and Kathy,” he said.
He also welcomed Stephens and his family.
“Ron, Ann and the boys, hold on tight,” he said. “It’s a fast train but it’s a great ride.”