Osan opens new SNCO dorm

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- A new senior NCO dormitory opened on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 5, 2014.

The project was funded by the ROK government as part of the ROK Funded Construction in-kind project.

The Ministry of National Defense - Defense Installations Agency was responsible for executing the construction and management of the project by awarding contract and modifications as well as providing construction quality assurance. MND-DIA was also responsible for transferring the complete and usable facilities to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Far East District.

"I am proud to see this symbol of the U.S. and ROK alliance successfully turned over," said Col. Lee, Chief of U.S. Forces Korea Program Division, MND-DIA. "I hope it fully supports the users efficiently and thereby achieve its own mission as a housing facility."

The USACE-FED assisted the MND-DIA with construction quality assurance. They also provided construction oversight, coordinating with the installation representatives, reviewing, commenting, and accepting or rejecting the acceptability of the quality control plan, safety plan, network analysis schedule, shop drawings and submittals.

Col. Bryan Green, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District commander, was overjoyed by the success of the project.

"This is an amazing facility because it is a perfect example of craft and art coming together to deliver the perfect project on time and on budget," he said. "I am thrilled [about this dorm] because every senior NCO that goes in there will get to experience this new style of dormitories on base."

The Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company provided the man power for the three year project.

"The Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company are very proud of the last 60 years that we have worked together," said Park, Jae Sik, Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company managing director. "Our company looks forward to continue our current relationship between United States Forces Korea and the Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defense-Defense Installation Agency."

The dorm will provide 277 senior NCOs with a single occupancy apartment style room. Each room will have a bedroom, living room, bathroom, kitchen, closet, and washer and dryer unit. The dormitory features includes a fire protection system, force protection measures, communications, three local manufactured elevators, emergency generators, public restrooms, bulk storage, parking lots, exercise room, lounge room, business center and multipurpose room.

Col. Brook Leonard, 51st Fighter Wing commander, believes this dorm represents more than just being a place for people to live.

"This building truly represents victory, our alliance and the stability that we have provided together as a team," said Leonard. "It's not just a place where people will live, but this will be a place for people fight from and prepare to fight.

"This dormitory will help the base with constructing the priorities of readiness, teamwork, diligence, and character and community, because it represents each and every one of those. It's more than just a dorm or a house. It's a home to our folks serving their country and serving the nation of Korea."