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.