I sure hopes General Thurman is right about this, but like I have always said, I will believe that the move happens when I see it with my own eyes:
SEOUL, South Korea — The commander of U.S. Forces Korea says the consolidation of the vast majority of American troops to regional hub bases south of Seoul is on schedule for 2016, despite hints to the contrary.
“We are moving out of this place, alright?” Gen. James Thurman told a community meeting last month at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul. “Everybody thinking they’re going to be here for years and years to come, I think that’s not going to be true.”
Construction and preparations for the move at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek are “moving forward now, and I need everybody to understand that,” he said.
While elements of the move from Seoul and areas near the Demilitarized Zone could run into delays, the commander said, “In 2016, we’re going to be pretty much down there.”
Thurman’s comments provided a rare glimpse into the status of what are known as the Yongsan Relocation Plan and the Land Partnership Plan. [Stars and Stripes]
You can read the rest at the link, but General Thurman says that he and 200 other personnel are remaining in Seoul because that is where he works.