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NEWS | April 21, 2014

USFK bids farewell to Maj. Gen. Crandall

By Cpl. Choi, Ho Gyu, U.S. Forces Korea PAO

Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, commander of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea paid tribute to Maj. Gen. Paul Crandall, Deputy Chief of Staff of Transformation & Re-stationing, U.S. Forces Korea, during a retirement ceremony on Knight Field here April 15.

Gen. Scaparrotti praised his West Point classmate as the “right guy for the job” for leading the largest re-stationing effort in the Department of Defense.

“General Crandall’s contributions to USFK and to the readiness of the Alliance were unmatched and substantial.  Over the past two years, Paul has served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Transformation where he was responsible for overseeing the policy development, master planning, execution, and status reporting for the USFK Base Relocation Program ,” said Gen. Scaparrotti.

Gen. Scaparrotti recognized Maj. Gen. Crandall’s contribution in building the ROK-US Alliance and enhancing joint capabilities, as well as a distinguished career spanning 36 years.

Maj. Gen. Crandall has been responsible for overseeing the policy development, master planning, execution, coordination, and status reporting for the Yongsan Relocation Plan and the Land Partnership Plan since June 2012.

ROK-U.S. Alliance leaders including Lt. Gen. Kim Ki-Soo, Ministry of National Defense U.S. Forces Korea Relocation Office chief director, Lt. Gen. Bernard S. Champoux, Eighth Army Commanding General, Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell and many distinguished guests also attended the ceremony.

Maj. Gen. Crandall was presented several awards during the ceremony including the Order of National Security Merit Chensu Medal from President Park Geun-Hye, a certificate from President Barack Obama, a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Odierno and a Defense Superior Service Medal from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in honor of his retirement.

The general's wife, Gaby Crandall , received a Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from Gen. Scaparrotti in recognition of her many years of devoted support.

General Crandall became the Deputy Chief of Staff, Transformation & Restationing U.S. Forces Korea on Jun. 3, 2012. He plans to return home to Plymouth, Michigan.

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