ROK Drop

Avatar of Leon LaPorteBy on December 5th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Proposal Would Leave Combined Division North of Seoul

SEOUL — The U.S. and South Korea are considering creation of a combined division that would be stationed near the Demilitarized Zone after most U.S. forces move to installations south of Seoul.

The two allies are also considering the possibility of keeping “residual” U.S. forces in Area I after the relocation, now set for 2016, according to U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti.

During a Nov. 25 media briefing in Seoul, he told defense reporters that both issues were under consideration but no decisions have been made. However, he said a combined division is a “strong possibility” that would “be a strong additive to our alliance.”

Regarding U.S. forces remaining in Area I, which includes Camp Red Cloud in Uijeongbu and Camp Casey in Dongducheon, Scaparrotti said: “There may be a need, operationally, to leave some residual in those areas just for proper defense and response.”

“It is a sensitive issue, but we will work our way through it and do what is best for Korea and what is best for the defense of Korea,” he said. [Stars & Stripes]

As I have been predicting since the beginning. The groundwork is being set in place. I also notice the date slipped another year. You can read the rest at the link.


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  • steve
    6:27 am on December 6th, 2013 1

    The year is still 2016.

    10:32 am on December 6th, 2013 2

    All US forces should be way, way South. Koreans can be their own tripwires and let their combat arms do the fighting and dying for THEIR country.

  • Bob
    11:39 am on December 6th, 2013 3

    “All US forces should be way, way South. Koreans can be their own tripwires and let their combat arms do the fighting and dying for THEIR country.”

    You are RIGHT ON!! IT is passed time that these folks start picking up their own defense. It seems to be that America PAYS for and does MOST OF the fighting, bleeding, and dying and everyone HATES us anyhow.
    Let them fight their own battles and we should only take care of our OWN national security.

    2:05 pm on December 6th, 2013 4

    There, there #3, don’t cry. I know it hurts, but you’ll be fine. The truth is hard to face. Really, what’s so offensive about what I said #3? Do explain.

    Another suggestion that I think #3 will like is to maybe extend Korean males service time to three years.

  • Leon LaPorte
    3:05 pm on December 7th, 2013 5

    3. Whatever.

  • Leon LaPorte
    3:28 pm on December 7th, 2013 6

    1. We have always been at war with Eastasia.

    It was 2015 but no one noticed the change. :roll: :lol:

  • 2ID Doc
    4:48 pm on December 7th, 2013 7

    I remember inprocessing at the Turtle Farm @ Camp Casey and being told “By 2000 the 2ID will leave Korea as the ROK military will be able to defend itself. Remember gentlemen we are a visiting army helping an ally, not an army of occupation.” Well the briefer was a bit over half right. If I’m not wrong there is basically a reinforced brigade left in Area I. I honestly wonder if the reason the division is not gone is because the business owners & juicy bar owners in particular are pressuring the ROK government to keep the GI teat to suck off of as they have for 60+ years?

  • Leon LaPorte
    4:55 pm on December 7th, 2013 8

    7. Nope. It is the Korean military (Generals) that wants 2ID to stay. Most of TDC is not bar owners or even affiliated with Camp Casey – they want it gone.

    I was told on my arrival at CRC in 90: “look around, this will all be gone in a few years.”


  • steve
    5:20 pm on December 7th, 2013 9

    Folks, it’s happening. Yongsan, minus DHL and the embassy, is gone in a few years. It’s ben 2016 Leon, not 2015.

  • Leon LaPorte
    6:08 pm on December 7th, 2013 10

    9. I’m talking about 2ID, not Yongsan.

  • Ole Tanker
    7:03 pm on December 7th, 2013 11

    Folks! We are talking about 1 Brigade NOT a Division. The ROK Army bears the burdon by far. OMG 56 tanks will not be much, especially since the crews are raw and inexperienced.

    We need to go South and Defend the Airports so units can fly in to support the War effort. But no war will ever happen here.

  • Leon LaPorte
    7:43 pm on December 7th, 2013 12

    11. Actually they are MUCH more interested in 210 Fires Brigade, which is a valuable asset to ROK defense – but near as can be to worthless if they move them to Area III.


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