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Thursday, November 04 2010

Seoul — The U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command opened its new passenger terminal at Osan Air Base Oct. 4 as a symbol of partnership between the Republic of Korea and the U.S.

“The partnership and friendship we enjoy between the U.S. and Korea, I believe is a symbol for the entire world,” said Lt. Gen. Robert R. Allardice, Commander 18th Air Force at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. “Small facilities like this give us opportunities to celebrate our friendship.”

Allardice was on a tour of the Pacific Air Forces when he passed through Osan Air Base and was asked to officiate at the ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 27. He joined Jon Iwata, Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Far East District, Col. Patrick C. Malackowski, Commander, 51st Fighter Wing, and Col. Han Bong-wan, Construction Management Team Chief, Defense Installation Agency, ROK Ministry of National Defense.

The ROK Government funded project was designed by Amkor Architecture and Engineering and is also a symbol of the cooperation which takes place between Korea and the U.S.

The terminal project began in December 2007 and was completed Aug. 31. Outside, work continues on a new concrete apron for the terminal which will allow up to three aircraft. Further work includes striping the apron and Cargo apron C as well as installing grounding points on the new pavement. The pavement will utilize Portland cement because of its water resistant properties.

The new terminal will also serve as a consolidated deployment processing center. This replaces an outdated terminal which had stood for 43 years.

“It seems like half of that time I’ve been able to come to this base,” said Allardice. “To see the transition from the old terminal to this world-class facility is phenomenal.”

The new terminal is expected to handle passenger capacity of two aircraft at any given time.

“This facility will be one that our families and military personnel will walk through with pride,” said Allardice.