PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — The U.S. Army unit that manages bases in southeastern South Korea has a new commander.

Col. Michael P. Saulnier assumed command of U.S. Army Garrison-Daegu during a Wednesday morning ceremony at Camp Walker. He was previously with the Joint Special Operations Command as chief of logistics plans and operations.

He replaces Col. John E. Dumoulin Jr., who has become commander of U.S. Army Garrison-Humphreys.

USAG-Daegu manages base operations on U.S. installations in Area IV, from south of Daejeon to Busan.

The unit serves five U.S. Army installations and 10 outlying sites and supports the U.S. Navy at Chinhae Naval Base and the U.S. Marines at Camp Mu Juk.

The garrison is responsible for construction, family care, food management, environmental programs, logistics, and public works, among other services.

In farewell remarks, Dumoulin noted numerous recent infrastructure improvements in the area, including the October opening of the new Camp Carroll Army Lodge, expansion of the Camp Walker post exchange and renovation of the Camp Carroll chapel.

In addition, he said, “ … we’ve successfully closed Camp Hialeah in Busan, which was a huge and politically sensitive undertaking.”

Saulnier, born in Rhode Island, graduated in 1984 from Shippensburg University as a distinguished military graduate. He’s also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Armed Forces Staff College.

Among his decorations are the Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster and the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters.

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