DVIDS – News – Division Commander Highlights Partnership and Engineering Excellence at USACE Far East District


Commander of the Pacific Ocean Division (POD) of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Brig. General Kirk Gibbs paid an official visit to the Far East District, engaging with employees, U.S. and international partners, and visiting critical projects during his stay in the Republic of Korea August 19-27.

During the COVID-compliant visit, Gibbs, who is the U.S. Army’s senior engineer in the Pacific, observed how USACE provides engineering solutions that help secure U.S. partners, allies and the nation.

Speaking to the Far East District workforce, Gibbs stressed the importance of fostering relationships across the peninsula. “I can already see the strong partnerships we have with the 8th Army and US forces in Korea, and more importantly, with the Republic of Korea,” Gibbs said. “I am extremely proud of the team’s commitment to deepening these relationships.

The POD commander had the opportunity to engage with host nation partners at a series of international meetings, including a signing ceremony at district headquarters on August 27.

Gibbs met with leaders of the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT) to sign an implementation agreement. The agreement establishes a mutual partnership framework to govern collaborative activities between KICT and USACE. The collaboration will focus on initiatives related to construction technology, standards, infrastructure management and sustainability, and other related topics.

“I am honored to represent USACE in formalizing our growing relationship with KICT. As mentioned in the IA, this opens the door to opportunities for scientific and technical cooperation and underlines the importance of joint research and development, ”said Gibbs.

In addition, Gibbs has also engaged with K-water, the Korean public water company responsible for all matters relating to water in South Korea. USACE and K-water have a long history together and have had a formalized relationship since 2003. Gibbs stressed the value of working closely with K-water and expressed gratitude to international partners for their participation in past engagements, current and future.

At the end of the partnership meetings, POD leaders took a tour of the windshield. With boots in the field at US Army Garrison Humphreys, Gibbs better understood the incredible scope and scale of the mega-global facility construction project.

“If you want to see engineering excellence, come to USAG Humphreys. The Far East District basically built a city within this facility; and it is not an easy task, ”he said. “This is a shining example of engineering excellence. What we are building enables national security in a major way, ”added Gibbs.

During the installation tour, Gibbs visited various construction sites, including the FH100 Army Family Housing Towers project, where he noticed how employees in the Far East District are improving the quality of life for servicemen, DoD civilians and families.

“The high quality of design and construction management displayed by this team strengthens our communities and represents the type of exceptional expertise for which the US Army Corp of Engineers is known around the world,” said Gibbs.

USACE Far East District is the premier engineering, design and construction agent for all DoD agencies in the Republic of Korea. Since its inception, the Far East District has played a vital role in the security and stability of the region and in strengthening the alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea. As such, it also fulfills a unique mission; As the only “maneuver” district within USACE, FED must always be ready for war, even while building peace on the Korean Peninsula. The Far East District is responsible for delivering a multibillion-dollar program, the largest construction program run by the U.S. military.

Date taken: 09/17/2021
Date posted: 09/17/2021 01:46
Story ID: 405465
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