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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on June 18th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

USFK Plans To Continue With Relocation Plan Despite Congressional Criticism

It looks like the Defense Department will continue to follow through on its plans to consolidate US troops on Camp Humphreys despite the recent criticism from Congress:

 U.S. military officials say they remain committed to the planned consolidation of American troops in South Korea in areas south of Seoul despite a growing movement in the Senate to derail the effort.

While U.S. Forces Korea will follow any changes directed by the Pentagon, “The consolidation of forces remains on plan,” USFK spokesman Army Col. Jonathan Withington said.

“Relocation of U.S. forces is a win-win situation for both the (Republic of South Korea) and U.S.,” he said. “It returns valuable land to (South Korea) while better positioning U.S. forces to support future operations.”

On Tuesday, the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support unveiled its additions to the Senate’s proposed defense budget for the coming year, which would deny funding for projects that would allow more servicemembers to bring their families with them when stationed in South Korea. The move also could affect U.S. military plans to move Marines off Okinawa.  [Stars & Stripes]

You can read more at the link, but considering the amount of construction going on at Camp Humphreys someone is going to move there.  It will be interesting to see if it is going to be Yongsan Garrison units or 2nd Infantry Division units that will be tapped to be moved to Camp Humphreys first?

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  • JoeC
    6:51 pm on June 18th, 2011 1

    “the Department of Defense will have to provide a more detailed cost analysis of the base realignment and expanded tour normalization plan – complete with an analysis of other alternatives – before any more money is put toward construction projects related to the move.”

    I would have hoped the congress is making it’s decisions based on existing studies and analysis or new found contradictory information and not appear to be responding to populist anti-spending rants. But considering the above quoted statement it appears to be the latter.

    After over a decade, shouldn’t we be past this analysis paralysis?

    BTW, there come a point in any project where, due to unbreakable obligations and commitments, delay or cancellation becomes more expensive than going to completion.

  • usinkorea
    9:42 pm on June 18th, 2011 2

    If the global economy stays weak, and the SK and US governments keep delaying payment for the relocation, we might see a bigger drawdown of troops.

 

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