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New DoD schools at Camp Humphreys in South Korea hold combined ribbon-cutting celebration

For Immediate Release — May 9, 2014 | Pacific
: Public Affairs Specialist | 644-5786

SEOUL — May 9, 2014 — Students, parents, community supporters, and senior Department of Defense Education Activity and military officials gathered to celebrate the new Humphreys Middle/High School and Humphreys Central Elementary School April 24 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the new middle/high school.

The event started with the presentation of the Colors by the Humphreys High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps color guard followed by the Korean National Anthem and U.S. National Anthem performed by the Far East Honor Music Festival musicians. Remarks were given by U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Bernard Champoux, commanding general, Eighth U.S. Army and chief of staff, Combined Forces Command/U.S. Forces Korea. The new DoDEA Director Thomas Brady also gave remarks.

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DoDEA Pacific Far East Honor Music Festival concert band students perform during the Humphreys Middle/High School and Humphreys Central Elementary School ribbon-cutting ceremony April 24 in the new Humphreys M/HS auditorium. (Courtesy of Camp Humphreys Public Affairs: click for high-res photo)


The event started with the presentation of the Colors by the Humphreys High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps color guard followed by the Korean National Anthem and U.S. National Anthem performed by the Far East Honor Music Festival musicians. Remarks were given by U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Bernard Champoux, commanding general, Eighth U.S. Army and chief of staff, Combined Forces Command/U.S. Forces Korea. The new DoDEA Director Thomas Brady also gave remarks.

Several distinguished visitors attended including U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Erik Peterson, deputy commanding general, 2nd Infantry Division; Dr. Linda Curtis, DoDEA Pacific director; Dr. Irby Miller, DoDEA Korea District superintendent; U.S. Army Col. Darin S. Conkright, USAG Humphreys commander, with his wife Lori; and Kang Ho Seo, Pyeongtaek vice mayor.

The opening of the new middle/high school in January followed the opening of the new Humphreys Central Elementary School in August 2013 and the groundbreaking for a new middle school in November 2013.

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New DoDEA Director Tom Brady stands in front of the Humphreys M/HS Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps color guard April 24 during the Humphreys Middle/High School and Humphreys Central Elementary School ribbon-cutting ceremony. (Courtesy of Camp Humphreys Public Affairs: click for high-res photo)

The middle/high school configuration is temporary as a separate middle school under construction nearby is scheduled to open by school year 2015-16. Once open, all middle school students will attend the new middle school and the current high school will revert to grades 9-12. Two additional elementary schools are scheduled to open by school year 2017-18 which will provide an end-state enrollment capacity of 4,675 for all DoD schools located on Camp Humphreys.

The newly constructed schools represent a significant milestone as Camp Humphreys is in the early stages of transforming into one of two enduring military hubs in the Republic of Korea. All construction is being funded by the Republic of Korea as part of a strategic multi-year restationing of U.S. military personnel south of Seoul.

More photos of the ceremony are available on the DoDEA Pacific Smugmug site: http://dodeapac.smugmug.com/Events/2013-14-Humphreys-ES-and-MHS#!/

About DoDEA Pacific:

The first organized schools for the children of U.S. military personnel serving in the Pacific were established in 1946 during post-World War II reconstruction. Throughout the decades, DoD schools evolved to become a comprehensive and high-performing K-12 school system solely dedicated to educating the children of America's heroes. Today, DoDEA Pacific's 50 schools serve over 23,500 children of U.S. military and eligible DoD civilian personnel families stationed throughout the Pacific theater. The DoDEA Pacific teaching, administrative and school support team includes more than 3,400 full-time professionals. The schools are geographically organized into four districts: Guam, Japan, Okinawa and South Korea.

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