Yongsan workers show up; soldiers fed as usual
Yongsan Garrison officials said Wednesday that they didn’t have to resort to a contingency plan to feed their soldiers because contracted South Korean employees were on time and at work despite rumors they might not show.
The rumors surfaced — and plans were put in place — as contracted company PAE gets ready to end its 12 years of service in the Three Kingdom’s Inn Dining Facility on Yongsan Garrison.
The company’s contract ends Tuesday, and Dong Yang Engineering will begin its one-year, $1.9 million contract on April 1.
Garrison spokesman David McNally said the garrison closed adjoining Camp Coiner’s dining facility and brought the U.S. soldiers who run it to Three Kingdom’s Inn on Wednesday morning as a "contingency plan" in case the PAE workers decided not to finish out their contract.
But, he said, "the employees showed up, and the soldiers were fed."
Soldiers who normally eat on Camp Coiner were bused the five-minute ride to the Three Kingdom’s Inn.
The Camp Coiner facility will reopen on April 1, according to garrison officials.
McNally said Wednesday that Dong Yang Engineering personnel were "going through the standard inventory of equipment" prior to assuming the contract.
He said garrison officials will continue to monitor the situation.
"We definitely have to make sure that the soldiers are fed," he said.
PAE representatives could not be reached for comment Wednesday.