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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on March 28th, 2014 at 3:48 am

USFK Commander Updates Congress On Camp Humphreys Relocation

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If US military forces do consolidate on Camp Humphreys in 2016 that means that it took a full 8 years of delays before the move was completed:

Scaparrotti also discussed the consolidation of most U.S. troops in the country to a location south of Seoul.

Initial troop movements to Camp Humphreys — the Pyeongtaek base that is the centerpiece of a massive relocation plan for USFK — have yet to begin, but should take place this year, he said.

Most forces will move in 2016, though the project faces slight delays.

“We’re on track, fundamentally,” he said. “We’re not exactly on the timeline, primarily because of construction, about a three months’ lag on that. But I think – I think we’ll be OK,” he said.

The relocation will see most troops stationed in and north of Seoul moved to hubs in Pyeongtaek and Daegu. After the relocation, the number of U.S. forces stationed in the Humphreys area will increase from 9,000 to about 24,000. About 2,700 command-sponsored families would be stationed in the area, he said.  [Stars & Stripes]

You can read more of General Scaparrotti’s comments at the link.  For those looking for a historical overview of the Camp Humphreys expansion to include the epic Braveheart style battles that took place to secure the land I recommend reading the below link:

What is amazing about the Camp Humphreys expansion is that the US government can decide to invade Iraq, occupy it, fight an insurgency, and then set up a security agreement with the new government to complete US withdrawal from the country in less time then it takes to withdraw troops from Yongsan Garrison.

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  • Smokes
    4:27 am on March 28th, 2014 1

    I’ll never forget when the protestors started dozing up these big mounds of manure and lit them aflame to what I can only guess was “stink us out”. Of course the wind shifted about 4 minutes after they lit them and most of the time it blew right back on them. ;-)

    Don’t like to remember the hours and hours of boring perimeter duty though. :sad:

  • Judge and Jury
    5:11 am on March 28th, 2014 2

    Wonder if Scaparrotti’s word is good enough for the naysayers who perpetually pooh-pooh the move south, especially the 2ID non-movers?

  • John Nowell
    6:55 am on March 28th, 2014 3

    Many people believe that we have continued to station US troops in South Korea only for the benefit of South Korea. The US has a special interest in being in the Far East, so it has been mutually beneficial to both nations. We have been in Japan since the end of World War II, but we do not hear much about withdrawing forces from Japan as we do from people saying we should totally withdraw from Korea.

  • Ole Tanker
    7:50 pm on March 28th, 2014 4

    The sooner the better!

  • Leon LaPorte
    8:59 pm on March 28th, 2014 5

    I didn’t realize “slight delays” meant the same thing as “totally f@cked up.” Anyhoo, so units who need to go at least twice a year to Rod Range and do gunnery (and barley have the funds to do that) can add a $500,000 rail load (each way – and at what the ROK’s have told them: lowest priority, after the pig train) to their already diminishing training budgets. F@CKING BRILLIANT!!!!

    Thanks Obammy. :mrgreen:

  • 2ID Doc
    12:45 pm on March 29th, 2014 6

    Leon – what you are missing is the senator(s) from whatever state(s) who build armor & artillery are all for this! Instead of taking the equipment you will take to war and putting up $1 Million a year in low priority/quality rail service, we can build 1,000 more unneeded pieces of armor and artillery, place them at the range in place & save the US government $1 Million by spending $30 Million on keeping Americans working. REELECTION!!!
    Of course it will prove too expensive to actually ship the armor & artillery anywhere so they will move it to the scrap yards to be smelted down and repeat the cycle over again. F@CKING BRILLIANT!!!


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