Corps of Engineers Far East District
The Far East Engineer District is the Department of Defense Design and Construction Agent for Korea. The district is headquartered in Seoul with offices throughout the peninsula. During its forty years of existence in Korea, the Far East Engineer District has "Built for Peace!"
The U.S. Army Engineer District, Far East was established in June 1957 pursuant to OCE Genenral Order No. 11. It is an operating component of the U.S. Army Engineer division, Pacific Ocean. Initially established to assume the construction programs of its predecessors, the U.S. Army Construction Agency Korea and the U.S. Army Construction Agency Japan, the District's mission is to support the U.S. Forces in Korea by supervising military construction. Since its inception, the Far East District's work has involved a wide variety of design and construction projects including complex construction on mountain-top sites, sophisticated well-drilling operations all over Korea, tunnel neutralization projects in the demilitarized zone (Panmunjom), and a host of projects to improve the life of American Forces residing in Korea. Among the Far East District's significant accomplishments are the rehabilitation of the Inchon Tidal Basin, construction of the USIA Pavilion at EXPO 70 in Osaka, Japan, construction supervision of the 258-mile trans-Korea pipeline communication, medical and support facilities as well as military family housing all over Korea.
From 1963 to 1970, the Far East District was DOD's design and construction agent in Korea and Japan. However, due to the reorganization of the Corps elements in Northeast Asia, the Far East District lost its responsibilities in Japan and became a semi-autonomous, augmented area office in 1970. The District returned to being a full-service district in 1982 under the leadership of Colonel Frederick A. Perrenot and enjoys that status today. With 744 employees the Far East District enjoyed its peak performance in 1986 during the Reagan Administration.
During more than forty years of its existence, the Far East District has met diverse challenges resulting from fluctuations in the annual workload caused by ever-changing national and international events. The District has designed and constructed nearly four billion dollars worth of facilities consisting of thousands of projects. The size of the District has fluctuated throughout the years in accordance with world and national events. There are, currently, nearly 400 dedicated District employees that include U.S. Department of the Army Civilians, U.S. Army soldiers, and Korean national citizens. Two joint-venture A&E firms are co-located with the District headquarters in Seoul. The District's major activities today include responsibility for project design, contract administration for architectural and engineering services, construction, and maintenance and repair in support of the United States Forces Korea as well as design and construction surveillance for host nation projects funded by the Republic of Korea.
Amidst the fluctuation in workload and personnel, one theme in the Far East District's history has remained constant: the desire to provide quality construction at a fair price, safely completed and on time, to provide its customers with the best possible service anywhere in the Republic of Korea, and to provide those serving in Korea with a good quality of life.
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