History of the United States Army Engineer District Far East 1957 to 1975
ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT APO AP 96206-0610 FAR EAST
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Almost twenty years ago, in 1957, the Office of the Chief of Engineers published a General Order that formally activated the United States Army Engineer District, Far East FED. In the subsequent years, FED accomplished a mission for which no other organization had the resources or capabilities support US Forces in Korea USFK and Japan through supervision of military construction. In effect, the District was the centralized agency with both contracting authority and responsibility for planning and design of much of the post-1956 American construction in the Republic of Korea ROK. In 1963, when it was designated as the Department of Defense DOD design and construction agent in Korea and Japan, FEDs mission underwent fundamental changes. Seven years later, a reorganization of Corps elements in Northeast Asia divested FED of full powers as a district and of its responsibilities in Japan. The District became a semi-autonomous, augmented area office, the role it retains in 1975.
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