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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on November 17th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Uijongbu and Dongducheon Governments Concerned That US Military Will Not Vacate Bases By 2016

It looks like the local governments in Dongducheon and Uijongbu are taking notice as well of the fact that appears that the 2nd Infantry has little interest in closing their installations by 2016:

Officials with two cities north of Seoul have expressed concern the U.S. military will not be moving out as scheduled in 2016, which would throw a wrench into the plans they have for the bases to be vacated.

“We have no anti-American sentiment — not even 0.1 percent,” said Lim Sang-o, head of the Dongducheon Municipal Assembly’s Emergency Measure Committee.

“But our government still keeps telling us nothing has been decided yet,” he said. “What’s going on between the United States and South Korea? What on earth can we believe? It’s like they’re trying to drive Dongducheon citizens into an abyss.”

U.S. Forces Korea’s 28,000 servicemembers are currently spread across more than 100 bases all over South Korea. The vast majority of those troops are scheduled to be moved in 2016 to regional hubs in Daegu and the Pyeongtaek/Osan areas, both south of Seoul. The scheduled move of American troops away from North Korea and the Demilitarized Zone is part of a multi-faceted plan designed to give the South’s military a higher profile in the defense of its country.

When the consolidation of U.S. troops is completed, plans call for more than half the American bases to be turned over to South Korean control for other uses.

However, in recent months, reports related to U.S. military units have prompted officials in Dongducheon and Uijeongbu to go public with concerns that vacating the bases in their cities will be postponed, revised or canceled.  [Stars & Stripes]

You can read the rest at the link, but I think these governments make a good point that by 2ID leaving smaller forces on these bases is the worst scenario of all.  This is because the local governments do not get the land and there are less soldiers to contribute to the local economy.  I also found it interesting the plans to turn Camp Red Cloud into a park and Camp Stanley into a campus for Konkuk University by 2022.  Camp Casey is slated to turn into a science park and university campus.  It will be interesting to see over the next few years if any of this comes to fruition.

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  • JoeC
    6:14 pm on November 17th, 2012 1

    Small business owners, investors and real estate brokers outside of almost all of the US bases have been screwed many times in the past decade by bogus relocation announcements and promises.

  • Setnaffa
    8:56 pm on November 17th, 2012 2

    Who actually decides?

  • Ole Tanker
    8:56 pm on November 17th, 2012 3

    #1, Yeh! They all ran down to Pyongteak and bought stuff there! Property there is nonproductive, No LQA yet sucka!

    12:43 am on November 19th, 2012 4

    I agree with you #1, but first and foremost we are not here to line the Koreans Bank Account’s with loot, we are here as a deterrent. Besides it is not up to the city governments on what the ROK or US Army is doing within their locations. I would love to see the look on their faces on the day after when they figure out that the US Army should have never moved back. Also the rumor is that Casey ain’t going to close even on 2016. One last statement is that Stars and Strips needs to get the heads out of their lower regions, because there IS NOT 100 camps still in operation in South Korea!!!

  • Leon LaPorte
    2:43 am on November 19th, 2012 5

    Yeah I’ve been trying to figure what 100 bases they are talking about.

    Some points to ponder:
    Converting a base to a park is supposed to increase revenue into an area? That’s an interesting concept.

    If it was an absolute fact that these bases were going to close on schedule, I would think a USFK spokesman would already be out there hamming it up. It’s deafening silence which means all is not well with the plan.

    Many things weren’t properly taken under consideration when the politicians started all this and those politicians have changed. Agendas have changed, leadership has changed, and in some cases unit missions have evolved.

    There’s more afoot than meets the eye.

  • William
    5:45 am on November 19th, 2012 6

    That plan to make Camp Stanley a college campus was SUPPOSED to have already happened and been completed and school class ready by 2010 Fall Term!

    Ha! That really happened and with all the new construction going on up north for a new school and such places, it is NOT likely US froces leaving that place of endearment to many for a long time to come.

  • Kingkitty
    4:25 pm on November 19th, 2012 7

    Well after almost 10 years camp falling water remains vacant and decaying in Uijongbu….not a lot of development going on there.

    Camp Kyle layed in Decay for almost 8 years and camp page pretty much collapsed before anything happened there

  • TxL8r
    11:45 pm on May 5th, 2013 8

    If CRC were made a park, and IF the golf course were kept, it would be a money maker – guaranteed. KN’s and civic organization ‘members’ play 95% of the golf there, for a lot higher green fees than GI’s and SOFA personnel.

    Camp Essayons has the initial stages of a teaching hospital underway as of April, 2013.
    Camp Roberts is the site of a North Kyonggi Province Police Bureau Headquarters.
    A major highway/throughway is being slowly constructed along the former Camp Roberts/Camp Kyle side-by-side region, although this is a road that is planned to circumvent traffic around/through Mount Chunbo(San) behind the camps, it is mired in red tape, and moving slowly.

    Camp Falling Water is a pay-for-use parking lot, although is also has lots of weeds around its former perimeter.

    The former U.S. camps are being renovated and re-purposed, slowly.

    And no, they will not be here forever.


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