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Camp Casey, South Korea
UNITED STATES ARMY GARRISON AREA I/2D INFANTRY DIVISION ARMY COMMUNITY SERVICE UNIT #15543 APO AP 96224-0453
Location: NORTHWESTERN SOUTH KOREA
Major Command: 2D INFANTRY DIVISION
Area I and the 2d Infantry Division (2ID) area is a non-command sponsored area located in the North western section of the Republic of Korea. Located within this area of approximately 700 square miles are 42 installations/compounds. All soldiers arriving in this area are processed through the Warrior Replacement Company. Further assignments are made at that time. All soldiers are assigned to single soldier housing (non-command sponsored area). There are no, repeat NO government family quarters available in this area.
There are a few command sponsored positions within this command. There are no family quarters available and those personnel that are authorized to bring family members usually are authorized quarters at Yongsan or, in some cases Rent Plus. Civilians that are command sponsored or state-side hires are authorized Living Quarters Allowance (LQA).
* AREA I HISTORY
The Area I Support Activity (Provisional) was formed to assume the Base Operations Support (BASOPS) and quality of life missions from the 501st Corps Support Group. Area I enhances the capabilities of war fighters by allowing them to remain mission focused and continually improves the quality of life of all soldiers, civilians, and family members throughout the command.
Area I West was activated on 12 June 1995. On that day, Colonel Shawn F. Graves, then commander of the United States Army Garrison (USAG) at Camp Casey, assumed command of the organization. By 1 October 1995, Area I West had completely assumed the BASOPS mission for the 41 separate installations distributed throughout Area I West's two subordinate commands, United States Army Garrison at Camp Casey and Camp Red Cloud. The Headquarters Company for Area I West was established on November 1, 1995. With the addition of Camp Page on 13 June 1996, the command was redesignated as Area I Support Activity.
Today, Area I continues to provide BASOPS and quality of life support to more than 20,000 soldiers and nearly 6,000 civilians stationed at 42 camps North of Seoul and stands ready to conduct Noncombatant Evacuation Operations during transition to hostilities or natural disasters.
* 2D INFANTRY DIVISION HISTORY
Camp Casey was named and officially dedicated in 1952 in memory of Maj. Hugh B. Casey, who died in a plane crash here in December 1951.
Casey arrived in Korea in 1951, a Second Lieutenant, and served as a company commander in the 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. He received the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest award for valor, for heroism at the Hungnam beachhead.
According to Lt. Col. Roy E. Lewis, then executive officer of the 7th Infantry Division Support Command, Casey was ordered to have his company in a blocking position west of Hungnam by sunrise the next morning. He had to cross a mountain pass with two to three feet of snow in it. Forcemarching his men, he had them only halfway to the objective by sunrise. He pressed forward, refusing to give up despite the fatigue and hopelessness of the mission. He didn't stop marching until ordered to.
To Lewis, this was what made Casey an extraordinary soldier. "He gave little thought to himself," Lewis said.
Later, while he was serving as senior aide to Maj. Gen. Williston B. Palmer, then Commanding General of the 3rd Inf. Div., Casey's light observation plane was hit by ground fire. The plane crashed just west of the present 2nd Infantry Division headquarters. A white wooden cross was erected to mark the spot; it was replaced in 1960 by a white concrete cross. "Lest we forget," the cross and camp now mark the memory of a brave man.
Soldiers coming to the 2nd Infantry Division can look forward to serving in the most combat ready, most forward deployed division in America's Army, one that works closely with its Korean allies to keep the peace on freedom's frontier.
The Warrior Division faces a real threat. One of the largest armies in the world sits just across the Demilitarized Zone(DMZ). The fighting stopped in 1953, but the Korean War never officially ended. North Korea's leaders remain committed to uniting the peninsula under their regime, and will take advantage of any erosion of the division's readiness.
Being combat ready means many things: excellent training, leadership, equipment and professional support. Warrior division leaders bring all these things together in a training program that is well-planned, tough, and realistic.
Tough training keeps warriors busy during their stay, but there is more to a tour in the 2nd Inf. Div. than the mission. Quality of life has been, and will remain, a priority in the Warrior Division. Many new barracks facilities have been constructed over the past few years, and construction continues. New clubs have been built, and many existing facilities completely renovated. The Army and Air Force Exchange System and commercial fast food restaurants have opened the door to more dining choices. The information superhighway is also coming to freedom's frontier: cable Television installation is in the final installation process, and there are plans to bring Internet access to soldiers with the equipment to take advantage of it. Soldiers can also continue their education, often using the creative and flexible programs designed to work around a Warrior's schedule.
There is much to learn outside the classroom--and the gate. During a one-year tour in Korea, soldiers get an opportunity to enjoy a country with a rich and diverse culture and a unique geography. Ancient traditions continue to flourish in a nation that has rapidly become a modern industrial and economic power. Soldiers can take advantage of regularly scheduled tours to local attractions, such as the Folk Village in Suwon, Mount Sorak, the DMZ, Buddhist temples, and many famous shopping areas. Those who take an interest in their surroundings find their tours much more satisfying.
Despite the fact virtually all the division's 13,000 soldiers serve one-year, unaccompanied tours, families are also part of the 2nd Inf. Div. About 3,000 family members choose to live in Korea while their warriors serve here. The division does not directly sponsor these families, but does care very much about and has programs to help them adjust to life in Korea. The "Pear Blossom Cottages," located throughout the division, are an extension of the Army Community Service relocation, outreach and family advocacy programs. The cottages imitate "American-style" houses and offer American spouses a bit of home in a foreign land, while at the same time exposing Korean-born and other Third Country Spouses to American culture.
This information has just scratched the surface of what it means to serve with the most combat ready, most forward deployed division in America's Army. Soldiers who come here ready to fight and serve will find an assignment to the 2nd Inf. Div. can be the most rewarding of a soldier's career, truly SECOND TO NONE!
MISSION: The Second Infantry Division's mission is to deter war. Should deterrence fail, the soldiers of the Warrior Division stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their Korean allies, ready to defend "freedom's frontier."
CAPABILITIES: Unique force structure and fighting capability not found anywhere else in the US Army or on the Korean peninsula. The Warrior Division possesses more combat power than any other division within the coalition forces.
The 2nd Inf. Div. is the most forward deployed, lethal and combat ready division in the US Army.
The 2nd Inf. Div. is a robust, combined arms team that contains armor, mechanized infantry, air assault infantry and combat aviation units.
The 1st and 2nd Brigades are the maneuver brigades, and have a total of two M1A1 Abrams tank battalions, two Mechanized Infantry battalions (Bradley) and two air assault infantry battalions.
Other major commands are the Aviation Brigade, the Division Artillery, the Engineer Brigade, and the Division Support Command.
The Division Artillery (DIVARTY) is the largest in the Army and contains more Multiple-Launched Rocket Systems (MLRS) than any other DIVARTY.
The Division boasts top quality soldiers and leaders--both American and Korean--who are equipped with the best equipment in the world to include the M1A1 Abrams tank, the M2/3 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle, the AH66 Apache helicopter and the MLRS.
TRAINING: From rifle marksmanship, to tank gunnery, to delivering the devastating fire of the divisional MLRS, the combat readiness of the Warrior Division's soldiers and equipment is its number one priority.
Computer simulation plays a large role in leader and battle staff training. The division periodically conducts a five-day Warfighter exercise at Camp Casey and Camp Hovey.
Contributing to the division's combat readiness and its ability to team with its Korean allies are the division's Korean Augmentation to the United States Army, or KATUSA soldiers. More than 2,000 KATUSA soldiers are fully integrated into the division's force structure. They serve as tank crew members, artillerymen, administrative specialists and cooks. They are fellow warriors.
FACILITIES AND MANPOWER: The 15,000 Warriors of the 2nd Inf. Div. are spread across 17 different installations throughout the northwestern quadrant of South Korea. The headquarters is located at Camp Red Cloud in the city of Uijongbu. The bulk of the troops are stationed at Camps Casey and Hovey near Tongduchun. The remaining 14 camps have smaller concentrations of combat and support units.
"In front of them all" stands the 1st Battalion, 506th Inf. Regiment, located north of Freedom Bridge and the Imjin River, a scant two kilometers from the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
The division is in the midst of a major construction and renovation campaign designed to improve the quality of life of our soldiers. By the end of Fiscal Year 1999, more than 30 new barracks construction projects are to be completed. In the last year, new recreational and dining facilities, such as the Borderline Cafe and brigade "Super Dayrooms" have been built to provide soldiers a better living environment.
A newly built air assault training facility, located between Camps Casey and Hovey, just recently trained and graduated more than 80 new air assault qualified Warriors. The school is the first of its kind built and run overseas.
POPULATION ASSIGNED SERVED:13,073
- US MILITARY: 9,284 - DOD CIVILIANS: 75 - KATUSA: 1,208 - KOREAN NATIONALS: 611 - FAMILY MEMBERS: 422 - OTHER: 1,473
* CAMP RED CLOUD HISTORY
Camp Red Cloud, formerly known as Camp Jackson, was named in honor of Cpl. Red Cloud on Armed Forces Day, May 18, 1957.
Cpl. Mitchell Red Cloud Jr. Born July 2, 1924 in Hatfield, Wisconsin, Corporal Mitchell Red Cloud Jr. was killed in heroic action during the Korean War on November 5, 1950. An American Indian who also served in World War II as a Marine, he is buried in the Indian Mission Cemetery located near Black River Falls, Wisconsin. On April 25, 1951, Army Chief of Staff, J. Lawton Collins signed General Order No. 26 that posthumously awarded Cpl. Red Cloud the Medal of Honor.
CRC covers over 164 acres of land in the northwestern edge of Uijongbu City. Camp Red Cloud is located between Seoul and the DMZ. This small post is home to 1700 U.S. Soldiers, 112 U.S. Airman, and 240 KATUSA Soldiers, and employs 83 U.S. civilians, and 430 Korean workers. The major Unit Commands are Area I Support Activity, 501st Support Group (Corps), 122d Signal Bn, and HHC, 2d Infantry Division.
Korea enjoys the popular motto, "The Land of the Morning Calm" Welcome to the "Land of the Morning Calm."
POPULATION ASSIGNED SERVED: 2,832
- US MILITARY: 1,723 - DOD CIVILIANS: 83 - KATUSA: 243 - KOREAN NATIONALS: 438 - FAMILY MEMBERS: 132 - OTHER: 213
* CAMP STANLEY HISTORY
1955: Opened as unnamed Tent City, 11th EN BN, 7th ID 1957: 36th EN BDE moved to Tent City-Named after CDR, COL Stanley 1958: Construction started on first buildings 1969: 7th ID moved to Stanley from Paju (the DMZ area) 1971: 7th ID DIVARTY redesignated 2d ID DIVARTY 1976: 4/7 CAV replaced 117 AVN CO 1988: AOE movement, 2nd CAB replaces 4/7 CAV
POPULATION ASSIGNED SERVED: 2,432
- US MILITARY: 1,850 - DOD CIVILIANS: 17 - KATUSA: 229 - KOREAN NATIONALS: 83 - FAMILY MEMBERS: 100 - OTHER: 153
* CAMP HOWZE HISTORY
Camp Howze is located approzimately 30 minutes from the truce Village of Panmunjom where the Armistice was signed on 27 July, 1953 to stop the fighting of the Korean War.
POPULATION ASSIGNED SERVED: 651
- US MILITARY: 322 - DOD CIVILIANS: 3 - KATUSA: 114 - KOREAN NATIONALS: 63 - FAMILY MEMBERS: 40 - OTHER: 109
* CAMP PAGE HISTORY
Camp Page is named in honor of Lieutenant Colonel John U.D. Page, United States Army, who was posthumously awarded the congressional medal of honor and the Navy Cross for Gallantry while serving with Marine units during the breakout from bloody Chosen reservoir in 1950.
Realizing the extreme danger to the stationary convoy while under relentless fire of the enemy forces commanding high ground on both sides of the road, Lieutenant Colonel Page bravely fought his way to the head of the column accompanied by a marine private. Undaunted by point-blank machine-gun fire, he continued directly into the hostiles strong point, taking 30 of the enemy completely by surprise and inflicting severe causalities among them. With the marine private wounded by a hand grenade, Lieutenant Colonel Page ordered him to withdraw and provided him with covering fire, fiercely continuing to engage the enemy single-handedly and killing 12 of them before he was mortally wounded. By his valiant and aggressive fighting spirit in the face of overwhelming odds during this self-impose mission, he was directly responsible for disrupting the hostile attack, there by making it possible for the members of his convoy to regroup, redeploy and fight off succeeding attacks. His outstanding courage, self-sacrificing efforts and unwavering devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant Colonel Page and the United States Armed Forces. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
On 30 January 1958 the last units of the 100th Field Artillery Rocket Battalion arrived from Japan taking up headquarters at what is now known as Camp Page. Subsequently the battalion was joined by Infantry, Engineer, Signal and supply units and was redesigned the 4th Missile Command, a major subordinate command of the Eighth United States Army. The "Last of a Breed," the 4th Missile Command celebrated its 20th and final anniversary on 27 April 1978 and was totally inactivated in June 1978. Only the Weapons Support Detachment-Korea was retained to carry on the rites of ST. Barber, and it to was inactivated in September of 1990.
POPULATION ASSIGNED SERVED: 1,165
- US MILITARY: 628 - DOD CIVILIANS: 20 - KATUSA: 90 - KOREAN NATIONALS: 229 - FAMILY MEMBERS: 54 - OTHER: 144
*** POPULATION ASSIGNED SERVED AREA I/2ID: 26,458
- US MILITARY: 17,518 - DOD CIVILIANS: 283 - KATUSA: 2,615 - KOREAN NATIONALS: 2,355 - FAMILY MEMBERS: 864 - OTHER: 2,823
Camp Hialeah, South Korea
20th Area Support Group-Pusan ATTN: EANC-TP-ACS Camp Hialeah Unit # 15181 APO AP 96259-0270
"From the Z to the sea, Camp Hialeah is the best place to be." Located at the southeastern tip of the Republic of Korea (ROK) in the city of Pusan, Kyongsan Namdo Province, Pusan is 100 miles south of Taegu and 300 miles southeast of the capital city of Seoul. It is the second largest city in the Korea, has a population of about five million and has one of the world's major deep harbor ports.
Under the Combined Forces Command (CFC), U.S. Forces Korea (USFK), its MACOM is the Eighth U.S. Army (EUSA). Camp Hialeah is responsible for base operations, supply and service support to all units and activities within the 19th Theater Army Area Command (TAACOM) under Area IV, 20th Area Support Group. It has a critical logistical role in reception and staging operations within EUSA.
Though small in size, it serves as a primary receiving point for materiel, equipment, supplies and goods to U.S. bases in the ROK and is one of the primary Non-combatant Evacuation Operations (NEO) routes for U.S. personnel in and out of the ROK. Camp Hialeah supports tenant units that include the Pusan Storage Facility, the largest (cold) storage facility within U.S. Forces Korea for supplies and goods to commissaries and exchanges Korea-wide, the 61st Chemical Company, the 552nd Military Police Company and the 4th Quartermaster Detachment (Airborne), largest in the Pacific region. Other tenant activities supported by Camp Hialeah include personnel of Air Force units at the state-of-the-art Combat Ready Contingency Hospital, 25th Transportation Company; the Communications unit and the AMC Terminal at Kimhae; the 837th U.S. Army Trans Bn receiving point for Household Goods and POVs; Transportation Motor Pool; Defense Contract Management Command-Kimhae; Military Sealift Command Ops, US Navy; 74th Signal Company; Defense Reutilization Management Operations, largest in the Pacific area; Chejudo Recreation Center; 72nd Ordnance Battalion; C. Company, 168th Medical Battalion; 106th Med Det; Criminal Investigations Division; Navy Office of Special Investigations; Air Force Office of Special Investigations; 665th Medical (Dental); 524th Military Intelligence; Morale, Welfare & Recreation; 1st Signal Brigade; and the 154th Medical Detachment.
Population assigned-served : 1,803
Active Duty Officer : 36
Active Duty Enlisted : 397
Civilians Employees : 125
Family Members : 317
Retirees : Unknown
Korean Nationals Employees : 674
Korea Service Corps : 122
ROKA Officer/KATUSA : 132
Reserve Component Personnel.. : TDY (exercises)
U.S. Navy Personnel : 500-6,000+ (visiting ships at Pusan Harbor
Merchant Marines : From Pusan Harbor
Commercial in Korea to Pusan: (051) 801-XXXX
From U.S./overseas to Korea: (011-82-51) 801-XXXX
Commercial from Korea to U.S.: (0011-area code) XXX-XXXX
Off post Pusan to on post Camp Hialeah: 801-XXXX
on post to Off post Pusan: Dial 99. Dialtone. Dial 801-XXXX.
*Phone cards for AT&T, MCI, and Korean telephone cards are available at The PX, Rec Center, KATUSA Snack Bar and Shoppette. (Not an endorsement, info only.)
DSN Kimhae, US Air Force: 787-XXXX
DSN Chinhae Navy Base: 762-XXXX Comm: (82-0553) 40-XXXX
Operator: Pusan/Taegu/Kimhae/Chinhae: DSN 764-1110 Commercial: 82-053-620-1110
Initial U.S. contact with Korea was 4 May 1880. Commander of the USS Ticonderoga, Rear Admiral Robert W. Schufeldt, arrived with his party to negotiate the Treaty of Peace, Amity, Commerce and Navigation with Korean officials. Since the signing over 115 years ago, the port of Pusan has had an important role in trade with the U.S. and other countries and has played a strategic role in the defense of the country.
During the 36-year Japanese occupation of Korea, relations with the U.S. ceased, then resumed at the end of World War II with the liberation of Korea on 15 August 1945. Under Japanese occupation, the present site of Camp Hialeah served as Imperial Army headquarters. U.S. troops took command of Camp Hialeah on 17 September 1945 and remained until the end of 1946. Control of the installation passed to the U.S. Consulate and the U.N. until they were evacuated at the outbreak of the Korean conflict.
U.S. troops regained command of Camp Hialeah when the Korean War began, following a U.N. resolution to defend the Republic of Korea (ROK). The 24th Infantry Division landed on the peninsula in Pusan in early July and the 8609th Replacement Depot operated at Camp Hialeah. Pusan was and still is the principal terminal for receiving and shipping military supplies and troops. Through its many reorganizations over the past 40 years, it has developed into the best logistical base in the ROK.
Pusan was a critical strategic and logistical staging area during the Korean conflict. North Korea tried to overtake Pusan by out-flanking Allied Forces defending the Pusan Perimeter. By 5 September 1950, the North held most of the peninsula, except for an Allied Forces beachhead around the Pusan Perimeter.
General Douglas MacArthur commanded the Allied Forces and executed the amphibious assault landing at Inchon on 16 September 1950, changing the course of battle. By September's end, Allied Forces advanced from the Pusan perimeter to the 38th parallel.
Pusan port facilities were under the control of the U.S. military to handle the enormous support requirements of the fighting forces. After the Armistice was signed on 27 July 1953, most of the port facilities were turned over to the ROK government, except for Pier 6 and Pier 8, which are controlled by the Pusan Storage Facility and the 837th U.S. Army Trans Bn. Personnel stationed at Camp Hialeah participated in all the major conflicts in the Far East.
From the Korean conflict in 1950, Camp Hialeah has been reorganized under different commands and missions. They include the 8069th Replacement Depot, the Korean Communications Zone, Pusan Military Post, Pusan Sub Area Command, Pusan Area Command, Pusan Base Command, 2d Trans Group, Pusan Support Activity, U.S. Army Garrison-Pusan, 34th and 20th Support Groups. It is now under 19th Theater Area Command, Area IV, 20th Area Support Group.
During the Persian Gulf Crisis, the 4th Quartermaster Detachment assigned to Camp Hialeah deployed to Turkey to airdrop supplies in Operation Provide Comfort. Most recently, prompted by mounting doubts concerning the intent of the North Korean government to terminate its nuclear proliferation, the U.S. Government dispatched the 23rd Support Group to off load more than 750 pieces of materiel at the port of Pusan in a multilevel, multifunction mission with the deployment of Patriot missiles to the ROK.
Originally, the post was distant from residential areas. As the city of Pusan grew to its, it engulfed the installation and is today, the center of controversy, because it is prime real estate in central Pusan, which the ROK government wants to have returned. Under the guidelines of the ROK-US agreements and Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), comparable facilities that comply with U.S. standards and infrastructure are required to ensure quality of life for U.S. soldiers and families prior to installation relocation. The city of Pusan continues to press for relocation of Camp Hialeah and return of the current real estate to the city. While various sites have been proposed, none have met the requirements for relocation per ROK-US agreement. Currently, with the Korean financial crisis, immediate relocation is unlikely.
Camp Humphreys, South Korea
Camp Humphreys is one of Korea's fastest growing Army installations. It is the headquarters location for support of Eight United States Army and United States Forces Korea units south of Seoul and north of Taejon that includes units at Wonju (Camp Long & Camp Eagle), North East of Camp Humphreys. In addition to an Army airfield, there are US Army and USAF direct support, transportation, plus tactical units located here with about 4,500 military personnel and nearly 900 family members. The installation covers an area about one mile wide and two miles long.
The Installation has made a lot of progress in upgrading its infrastructure by replacing most of the Korean War vintage Quonset huts with new buildings and several ongoing facility upgrades. The newest addition to Camp Humphreys is the new Community Activity Center. The new center houses an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and two sauna's. Also included are game rooms, music rooms, a multi-purpose meeting room, flower shop, a delicatessen and more. By the year 2003, nearly 250 million dollars worth of construction will have been completed, that will include new barracks, officers quarters as well as family housing for soldiers as well as civilians.
Camp Humphreys is located 55 miles south of Seoul on Highway #1 and eight miles east-southeast of Highway #1 on highway #45. It is eight miles west of the Bay of Asan on the West coast of Korean peninsula.
Camp Humphreys was known as the Pyongtaek Airfield during the Korean War. The airfield was initially constructed by the Japanese in 1919 during their occupation of Korea. After WWII broke out, the U.S. Air Force repaired and built a new runway to accommodate the Marine Air Group and the 6147th Tactical Control Group.
In 1962, the airfield was renamed Camp Humphreys, in honor of CWO Benjamin K. Humphreys, of the 4th Transportation Company, who died in a helicopter accident near here. The Humphreys District Command was activated in 1964 as a separate installation command of the Eighth U.S. Army. Later it was re-designated as the 23rd Direct Support Group which provided all direct support; supply and maintenance; storage of all conventional ammunition in Korea; AG publications and training aides; and operated the Eighth Army Milk Plant.
In 1974, with the activation of the 19th Support Brigade, Camp Humphreys was re-designated as U.S. Army Garrison, Camp Humphreys. USAG-CH was still basically responsible for all affairs affecting personnel stationed at Camp Humphreys, but the 19th Support Command was responsible for all support activities vital to the Eighth Army Command. Those units formerly reporting to the 23rd Direct Support Group reported to the 19th Support Command in Taegu. Only the basic functions remained with USAF-Camp Humphreys. Later, the 23rd Direct Support Group and 19th Support were renamed 23rd Support Group and 19th Theater Army Area Command.
Camp Humphreys is currently a component of the 19th Theater Army Area Command (19th TAACOM) and houses three major units all commanded by Colonels. The United States Army Support Activity Area III was established on 17 June 1996. The Support Activity is responsible for the peacetime support mission for Camp Humphreys, Camp Long and Camp Eagle by preparing for tactical operations, and safeguarding personnel, facilities and property. Prior to the activation of the Support Activity, those responsibilities fell to the 23rd Support Group. During a reorganization process, the 23rd Support Group was redesignated the 23rd Area Support Group responsible for the wartime support mission for Area III. The 6th Cavalry Brigade stood up its headquarters at Camp Humphreys, Korea on 24 July 1996. They provide the warfighting capabilities of the AH-64 Apache for USFK and EUSA.
Kunsan AB, South Korea
The Kunsan Post Office is the Air Force extension of the U.S. Postal Service in Korea. With some exceptions anything that can be legally mailed in the U.S. can be mailed from military Post Offices in Korea. Special services such as registry, certified, insured, return receipt, and money orders are available for purchase.
Personal mail boxes can be assigned no earlier than 30 days prior to arrival. Send your sponsor a copy of your permanent change of station (PCS) travel orders and request a personal mail box. Your sponsor should let you know what your new mailbox number is prior to PCSing so you can notify family, friends, publishers, and businesses.
Or, receive an advance mailbox by faxing our office (DSN 782-4245) a copy of your PCS travel orders. We will verify your assignment and return your mailbox number via return e-mail. Be sure to include your e-mail address when requesting an advance mailbox.
Telephone service at Kunsan includes DSN and commercial access. To place DSN calls within the Pacific AOR, dial the seven digit number for that base. Calling Alaska requires dialing 317 and the seven digit number. Calls to the Continental United States for official military business requires dialing 312 and the seven digit number, or they can be placed through the operator at 782-1110.
Commercial access is available on base for calls to the United States using the AT&T; US Direct Service, by calling 550-HOME, or through MCI at 550-2255. To call from the United States to Korea commercially, dial 011-82-63-470-XXXX to get any extension on Kunsan.
You may make six 15-minute morale calls each month. Morale calls may be made from Kunsan by dialing 782-5497. Morale calls may not be placed Tuesday-Thursday 0600-1100 (local time) and during ORIs, exercises, or minimizes.
The commander's policy at Kunsan allows and encourages people assigned here to use e-mail for personal communication. E-mail is available in most offices and can also be connected to dormitory rooms with an existing phone line.
Kunsan AB is located on the western side of the South Korean peninsula bordered by the yellow sea. It is approximately 150 miles south of Seoul. The base is named after Kunsan City, a port town seven and a half miles east of the installation. Many interesting sites, to include temples and historical landmarks are within an easy driving distance.
Kunsan AB is home to the 8th Fighter Wing made up of two F-16 fighter squadrons, the 35th Fighter Squadron's history fact and the 80th Fighter Squadron's history fact. More information is available on the Kunsan Air Base Home Page under the section entitled About Kunsan.
WOLF PACK MISSION
"Defend the Base, Accept Follow-on Forces, Take the Fight North."
Major Command: Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)
Primary Weapon Systems: F-16 Fighting Falcon
Military (U.S. Air Force): 2750; Military (U.S. Army): 185
U.S. DoD Civilian: 28; Korean Nationals: 450; Family Members: 50~150
We recommend you ask for a sponsor at least 90 days before you depart your present assignment. Contact the Intro monitor in the military personnel flight at your current base. The Intro program manager will help you get a sponsor. Once you receive your orders, forward a copy to your sponsor. If you are unable to contact your sponsor, call the orderly room at your gaining unit or your local Family Support Center.
All personnel PCSing to Kunsan will arrive at Incheon International Airport (ICN), located about 25 miles west of Seal, Korea. After arriving at ICN you will go through Immigrations and then Customs. Due to the mission at Kunsan, sponsors may not be able to meet incoming personnel at Incheon. After exiting the secure area turn right and walk to the end of the Air Terminal. There is a U.S. Military counter there with military personnel in uniform waiting to assist you with any questions you have. Check with them on the bus schedule and catch the next bus to Kunsan Air Base. Once you arrive at Kunsan your sponsor should meet you and take you to the Billeting Office.
If you do not have a mail box your mailing address will be as follows: Rank, Name, PSC 2 Box 5000,APO AP 96264
You or your sponsor can make you reservations in advance. For more information and Reservations check go to the Temporary Quarters topic or call the Kunsan Billeting Office, also known as the Sea Side Inn at the number below:
COM: 011-82-63-470-4604/4743, DSN Phone: (315)782-4604/4743
If you need any assistance contact the Military Personnel Flight, INTRO DSN (315) 782-5276 or the Family Support Center, Relocation Assistance Manager at DSN (315)782-5644. Every Friday there is a Newcomers Briefing at the Base Theater. Kunsan is a remote duty station and does not have a loan closet.
CRITICAL INSTALLATION INFORMATION
Kunsan AB is a true remote assignment. It is much more austere than Osan AB. We are not configured to provide adequate support to family members and when we try, it often comes at the expense of the permanent party people.
Therefore, no 8 FW active duty military members will be authorized to live off base without Wolf approval. This includes those who intend to bring non-command sponsored dependents to Korea or already have non-command sponsored dependents in country.
While you have probably seen numerous accounts of violent anti- American protests depicted on the evening news back home, the truth is that very few Americans have been affected by them. The Korean government has taken steps to ensure the safety of Americans and property, including the promise of tougher penalties for those who engage in violent protest. But just as in America, citizens have a right to demonstrate against what is perceived to be an unjust policy or law.
U.S. officials have placed some restaurants and clubs off limits because of possible food or water contamination, unsanitary restrooms, history of sexually transmitted diseases, or availability of drugs. Safety factors such as fire hazards or no clear evacuation route may also cause a business to be placed off limits. The use of natural bodies of water for swimming is prohibited for military people in Korea, unless approved by commanders. These places are off limits because of possible contaminated water, lack of adequate lifeguards, and/or enforcement of safety rules/procedures.
BDUs are the uniform of the day. Have one set available in your accompanied baggage. Kunsan AB has many exercises and you may be arriving during one.
There are two banking agencies located on Kunsan AB. The USA Federal Credit Union and the Community Bank, which is affiliated with the Bank of America.
Currency; The WON (Korean Currency) exchange rate is approximately 950 WON to the American Dollar (subject to change).
Osan AB, South Korea
51 Fighter Wing (18 February 2000) 51 MSS/DPF Unit 2097 APO AP 96278-2097
HISTORY OF OSAN AIR BASE, REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Prior to the invasion of the Republic of Korea by the North Korean communists in 1950, the area, now designated Osan Air Base, consisted of four villages near the hillsides and a larger number of rice paddies where the runway now lies. Originally designated K-55, the base was redesignated as Osan Air Base in late 1956. The base was not named for any of the villages on the site, but for the small town of Osan, about six miles to the north on the main supply route leading to Seoul. The word "Osan" means Crow Hill. Koreans who were employed at the base at the time believed that the name of Osan was chosen by the Americans because it was much easier to pronounce and spell than the other villages' names. Osan was also the closest village to be found on military maps of the area at that time.
The four villages which were moved to make room for the base were Jeuk-Bong-Ri, Chang-Deung-Ri, Shin-Ya-Ri and Ya-Ri. A large ginkgo tree that was in the village square of one of these villages still stands on the present golf course site.
Osan is on and near the site of two significant events which occurred early in the Korean War. The first Korean War battle between North Korean and U.S. forces was fought just a few miles north of present day Osan Air Base. Following the orders of Maj. Gen. William F. Dean, commander of the 24th Infantry Division, a task force of two infantry companies and an artillery battalion was sent to Korea July 1, 1950. Under the command of Lt. Col. Charles B. Smith, this group, called "Task Force Smith," was tasked to meet the oncoming North Koreans to bolster the faltering Korean army and provide a delaying action until the rest of the division could be transported to the peninsula.
On July 5, 1950, "Task Force Smith" was hit by enemy fire between the Towns of Osan and Suwon. The task force held against an entire communist division for 7 hours. With ammunition depleted, the survivors managed to fight their way clear and reach Pyongtaek. There, joining an element of the 34th Infantry Regiment, they soon had to give up this position, almost without a fight. Just north of Chonan, the task force fought another delaying action, but soon was pulled back to Taejon where General Dean had established his headquarters. "Task Force Smith" fought for 16 days, culminating its delaying action by holding the North Korean army outside of Taejon. That enabled the 24th Infantry Division to land at Pusan and hold the Pusan perimeter until the famous Inchon landing September 15, 1950.
Topping a hill a few miles north of Osan on the road to Suwon stands a monument, constructed by Companies B and C of the 3rd Engineering Battalion, 24th Infantry Division, in honor of the men who gave their lives in the valley. The inscription on the plaque, in both English and Hongul, reads: "In commemoration of this site, 5 July 1950, 408 men of Task Force Smith, 21st Infantry Regiment and Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 24th Infantry Division, fought the initial action between United States and Communist Troops."
Osan also is remembered as the location for the first U.S. Army company-strength bayonet charge since World War I, which occurred on February 7, 1951. That charge was part of a larger plan to clear the Republic of Korea of all communist troops south of Seoul. Army Capt. Lewis L. Millet led his soldiers against communist Chinese forces on Hill 180, which dominates present day Osan Air Base. For his heroic actions, Captain Millet received the Medal of Honor.
Prior to its use as an air base, Osan's site housed an army regiment. In addition, Osan Air Base is the only American base in Korea built completely "from scratch" since there had never been a Japanese, Korean or American air strip on the location. The site was chosen as the locale for a two-wing base and 5th Air Force Advanced headquarters. Fifth Air Force at that time was headquartered in its forward location Seoul and its rear location at Taegu.
In November 1951, work began on building two roads, one for hauling bombs and the other to service the administrative area. The 417th Engineering Battalion began runway construction July 9, 1951. The rolling hills were transformed into a base of operation and the runway was completed in less than 6 months. The runway opened in December 1952, with the advance elements of the 18th Fighter Bomber Wing arriving for duty late in the month. The 18th Fighter Bomber Wing provided air operations in support of United Nations ground forces during the conflict. After the conflict, the unit was transferred back to Kadena Air Base, Japan, and was replaced by the 58th Fighter Bomber Wing.
Fifth Air Force advanced headquarters moved to Osan in February 1954 and remained until the following September. During 1954 and 1955, the 58th Fighter Bomber Wing moved to Osan from Taegu. The 58th Air Base Group became independent of the wing in March 1957 and assumed host unit responsibilities.
The 51st Air Base wing was relocated from Naha Air Base, Okinawa, to Osan November 1, 1971, and took over support responsibilities.
On July 1, 1982, the 51st Composite wing was redesignated the 51st Tactical Fighter Wing. Ten years later, in February 1992, the wing was redesignated the 51st Wing and on October 1, 1993 it was redesignated the 51st Fighter Wing. The 7th Air Force and 51st Fighter Wing Headquarters buildings are located at the base of the now famous Hill 180. Today, Osan Air Base covers 1,565 acres. One of its most prominent features is it's 9,000-feet runway.
Location: Songtan,Pyongtaek City, Korea Comments: Osan AB is located approximately 34 miles south of Seoul. South Korea is slightly larger than the state of Indiana. It is bordered by North Korea on the north and is only 123 miles from Japan to the east.
Major Command: PACAF Comments: Headquarters for 7th Air Force is located at Osan AB.
Mission: The overall mission of Osan is to provide air defense for the Republic of South Korea. During wartime 7th AF becomes the Air Component Command.
Status of Forces Agreement: The legal status of U.S. Forces personnel in Korea is determined by an international agreement between the United States and the Republic of Korea called the U.S./ROK Status of Forces Agreement.
Your assignment in Korea not only helps the ROK, it helps the U.S. accomplish important foreign policy objectives. This doesn't entitle you to any special privileges, except for those provided in the SOFA. On the other hand, the ROK is very willing for you to live and work in as familiar an environment as possible and to have for your personal use the same type of services and facilities that you enjoy back home. In return for having these things, which are generally not as readily available to its own citizens, the ROK government makes two requests: 1. that you respect ROK laws 2. that you do not allow the privileges granted U.S. forces to harm the nation's economy or that of its citizens.
The SOFA gives you benefits and protection. It enables you to enjoy the benefits of base exchanges, commissaries, military clubs, banks credit unions and postal services. It protects your legal and civil rights in case you are involved in an accident or suspected of a violation of ROK laws.
The SOFA also provides that the ROK government will take jurisdiction over USFK personnel only for those offenses which violate ROK laws, such as causing death of another person, robbery, rape, or attempts to commit such offenses. Offenders remain in U.S. custody until all judicial proceedings are completed. In addition to criminal matters, the SOFA covers taxes, drivers' licenses, customs duties, import rules, postal regulations, and many other areas.
The SOFA applies to all U.S. Armed Forces people (both military and civilian) in Korea, invited contractors, technical representatives, and all family members. Embassy people and those assigned to JUSMAG-K are not covered by SOFA.
Population assigned-served...... : As of 18 February 2000 Active Duty Officer............. : 721 Active Duty Enlisted............ : 5592 Family Members.................. : 1500 (approx) US Civilian Employees........... : 470 (includes NAF off-duty mil) Total Osan Population........... : 8283
Telephone Access................ : Commercial 011-82-333-66l-XXXX(prefix 784) 011-82-333-660-XXXX(prefix 783)
To contact Songtan from Osan AB, dial "99" plus the six plus the the local number. Also, to reach Osan AB from other cities in Korea dial 0333-661 (784 prefixes) or 0333-660 (783 prefixes). To call Osan AB from a commercial phone in the US dial 011-82-333-660 or 661-XXXX.
COMMAND SPONSORED vs NONCOMMAND SPONSORED From a family viewpoint, there are two types of tours for military personnel in Korea. Of approximately 37,000 US military positions in Korea, only about 3,000 are command sponsored two-year tours which permit families at government expense and allow a full range of government benefits. Out of the 7000 personnel assigned to Osan, approximately 400 are command sponsored. Most command sponsored billets are for mission essential positions (commanders, section commanders, first sergeants and other identified key personnel). ANY COMMAND SPONSORED BILLET MUST BE APPLIED FOR AND APPROVED THROUGH THE STATESIDE MPF. The remainder are unaccompanied tours, also known as "noncommand sponsored," "hardship," or "remote" tours. Because Korea is a potential combat zone, for security and evacuation purposes, the number of family members in country has been restricted. To enforce this, the US Congress has severely limited the military benefits normally available to families. Command sponsored families have full access to base exchanges, commissary, medical care, schools and other facilities. They are authorized to live in government housing, or if it's not available, receive financial assistance with their rent (Overseas Housing Allowance). They can be issued government furnishings for their quarters. The sponsor's ration control spending limits reflect the actual family size. Personnel on an unaccompanied tour are not authorized to bring families to Korea. If families are left behind in the States, they may receive housing, exchange, commissary, medical and other benefits at a military installation near their home, and are eligible to be moved to a DESIGNATED LOCATION that is cited in the member's PCS orders at full government expense.
If a service member DOES ELECT to relocate his non-command sponsored dependents to Korea, transportation costs--per diem and with dependent rate Dislocation Allowance ARE NOT payable. Depending on the job and its location, the servicemember may be required to live in the barracks, dormitory or BEQ/BOQ. This is considered a potential combat area and not suitable for family members. In any case, a non-command sponsored family is not authorized government quarters or financial assistance in paying off-base rent. Medical and dental care is provided on a space available basis to all family members. Even when care is available, the family may not live near the medical facility and may have difficulty getting there. Personnel below grade TSG are not authorized to register a privately owned vehicle in USFK. Ration control restrictions on non-command sponsored personnel may also cause personal hardship. School age children who are not command sponsored are authorized attendance at Department of Defense schools only on a space-available basis. However, no children are being accepted at most schools because the schools are at or near maximum capacity. Currently, children must either interrupt their schooling, be tutored at home, or attend private schools in the community which can be a serious educational hardship for children and a financial hardship for the family.
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Geographically Separated Units Attached to Osan
Pil-sung Range (51 Electronic Warfare Training Sq DSN 784-6387, FAX 784-6388. Pil-sung Range is located at the foot of Mt Taebeck, one of the highest mountains in Korea. It is 160 miles due east of Osan and takes about 4 1/2 hours travel time by road. It is now manned by U.S. & Korean Civilian Contractors. There is a dining facility, Club, gym facilities, cable TV, video library and one medic. It is VERY remote.
Ko-on-ni Range (51 Range Sq DSN 784-6112/6113) Ko-on-ni Range is approx. 45 minutes by road from Osan Air Base but is still considered quite remote. It is now manned by U.S. & Korean Civilian Contractors. The compound is small (1 1/2 miles in size) but there is a rec center, gym, ball courts, sauna and jacuzzi. Bring home recipes as the dining facility will use them. Ko-on-ni has an official Air Force mascot, a very friendly and much appreciated dog.
Camp Red Cloud (604 ASOC Sq DSN 732-6142 (also Camp Casey 730-2331), 607 Weather DSN 736-1113, 3rd ROK Liaison DSN 732-6703) Camp Red Cloud is an Army post located approx. 15 miles north of Seoul near the city of Uijongbu(we jong boo). A few people are located at nearby Camp Casey and are in contact with Camp Red Cloud personnel daily. A shuttle bus runs between Red Cloud, Casey and Camp Stanley. Out of 1000 personnel assigned to Red Cloud, approx. 200 are Air Force. Most personnel reside on base in dorms or barracks. Personnel may be out in the field once per month or TDY quite often depending on the unit. The basic menities are available (PX, shoppette, clubs, gym, craft center, library) but the commissary is at Camp Casey. No family housing is available and there is no housing office. Any command sponsored personnel find housing in the city of Uijongbu. Even though Red Cloud is located near a city of 180,000 it is still considered a remote due to the nature of the mission.
Taegu/Waegwan/Camp Carroll/Camp Walker/Camp George/Camp Henry(51 TRANS, DSN 765-8225/8263 (located at Waegwan), 51MMS, Det 1 DSN 766-4035/4036 (located at Taegu) 607 Weather DSN 764-4333 and AFELM JCIS DSN 764-4781 (both located at Camp Walker). Air Force personnel are scattered between Camp Carroll (near Waegwan) and Taegu Air Base near the city of Taegu. Camps Walker, George, and Henry are close to Taegu Air Base. The Camp Henry SITES gives information on this area. Taegu is located approx. 160 miles south of Osan Air Base. All "bases" are either US Army, Korean, or a combination of the two. 51TRANS (Waegwan) is a depo rebuilding center and all personnel reside off base. Only 3 USAF are assigned here. There is a small gym, pool, small PX/commissary, mini mall and it is considered very remote. US Army are assigned here also but the number of personnel is unknown at this time.
The 607 MMS is the "caretaker" unit for Taegu Air Base. Approx. 25 people of different AFSC's are assigned here. All personnel reside in former Air Force Officer dorms which are basically small apartments. There is a small BX/Shoppette, snack bar, gym and other typical amenities available. The commissary is at Camp Walker (8 miles and 30 minutes drive across town). There is no dining facility and all personnel receive BAS. Along with the Korean Air Force (ROKAF), there are 110-120 army personnel stationed here. There is only one command sponsored billet (commander).
607 Weather/AFELM JCIS is located on Camp Walker. Very few and all reside on post in army barracks.
Kimhae International Airport (IAP)/Kimhae Air Base (51MMS, Det 1 OL-A DSN 763-3581 FAX 787-4208, 51COMM Sq DSN 787-4000, FAX 787-4011, Commercial 011-82-51-801-7019, e-mail 51CS-OL-C@emh7.korea.army.mil)
607 MMS is located in the middle of a ROKAF base approx. 10 miles from Camp Hialeah. Camp Hialeah is in the city of Pusan, the second largest city in; Korea. Approx. 9 USAF personnel are assigned here. E-6 and above have the option of sharing base quarters or residing downtown on single rate BAQ . E-5 and below reside in USAF barracks at Camp Hialeah. See the Camp Hialeah SITES for information about base services. 607 MMS maintain wartime readiness materials and the majority of AFSC's here are CE types. No command sponsored billets available.
607 COMM is located next door to 607 MMS. There are 4 USAF personnel assigned to this unit. The Site Chief (E-7 slot) is a command sponsored billet. Personnel E-5 and below reside at Camp Hialeah, E-6 and above have the option of sharing base quarters or residing downtown on single rate BAQ. See the Camp Hialeah SITES.
There are a few Defense Logistics Assignments to Kimhae. These folks work at the AMC Terminal. Approx. 17 USAF are assigned here. DLA assignments fall under AFOSI at Bolling AFB and the POC is DCMCI in Dayton Ohio at DSN 986-6401. There are also some DCAMO personnel assigned that work on the F4's, F15's and F16's at Kimhae. Their DSN is 763-7008.
Wonju (Camp Long) 7th AOG DSN 721-3512/3410. Camp Long (US Army post) is the nearest military installation to Wonju. Approx. 18 personnel are assigned here. Calling DSN is highly encouraged. There is no SITES for Camp Long.
Camp Humphreys (607 Weather DSN 753-7810, 607 CCS DSN 753-6919) SITES is available for Camp Humphreys. All USAF personnel reside at Camp Humphreys in a large USAF dorm. Basic services are available at Humphreys. Contract bus service or local bus is available for transport to Osan/Songtan. Camp Humphreys is 12 miles south of Osan Air Base.
NOTE: The 607th Weather Detachments are scattered all over Korea, many at Army installations.
Kwangju (607MMS, Det 3 DSN 786-6314/7314 FAX786-6666) 15 USAF personnel are assigned to this small site. Personnel reside in former Officer quarters which are basically a small apartment. JTR is 20% for this site. (Mail Address: Unit 2120, APO AP 96262-2120)
Suwon Air Base (607MMS, Det 2 DSN 788-5385 FAX 788-5396) 16 USAF personnel are assigned to Suwon. Suwon is a USAF base but is the opposite of Osan AB in that the ROKAF (Korean Air Force) has all the planes and does all the flying. A large Army Patriot Battalion is located here but is a tenant unit of the Air Force. Senior NCO's have the option of living off base (in Songtan) and airmen reside in dorms at Osan AB. All commute daily to Suwon (17 miles north of Osan AB). Suwon has a small BX, snackbar, barbershop, laundry services and dining facility (run by the US Army).
NOTE: Bringing families non-command sponsored is not recommended for any GSU. Many sites are isolated and services are minimal. Housing in the local area can be primitive. Schools are generally NOT available. Employment is scarce.
FOR MANY ASSIGNMENTS TO GEOGRAPHICALLY SEPARATED UNITS, PERSONNEL MAY RECEIVE BAS, COLA, FOREIGN DUTY PAY, AND FAMILY SEPARATION ALLOWANCE. THIS VARIES DEPENDING ON THE ASSIGNMENT, THE MISSION, THE LOCATION, AND VARIOUS OTHER FACTORS. CHECK WITH TMO REGARDING JTR ALLOWANCES. SOME GSU'S ALLOW 20% OF JTR, SOME DO NOT. IT PAYS TO INVESTIGATE. THIS GSU LISTING IS NOT MEANT TO BE ALL INCLUSIVE. THE STAFF AT THE FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER HAS NOT VISITED ALL GSU'S AND SOME INFORMATION IS SECOND HAND. THIS IS MEANT AS A GENERAL GUIDE.
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REUNION IN KOREA
Sponsored by the Korea National Tourism Corporation, the Reunion in Korea program enables families of U.S. Forces Korea personnel to visit Korea at a bargain price.
Each reunion visit consists of round trip airfare from the United States, and five days and four nights of first class hotel accommodations, meals, tours and entertainment.
Each eligible USFK sponsor is allowed to bring two people to Korea under this program. Guests must spend at least seven days in Korea and may stay up to 58 days if they wish. (NOTE: 2 days travel time -- total of 60 days.) Visitors must have a valid U.S. passport, and if they stay more than 30 days, a Korean visa.
The tour program costs $800 from Hawaii, $820 from the west coast, $1,000 from three Texas cities, mid-west and from the east coast. A $100 deposit is required at the time of application. For an additional fee of $300, the sponsor may accompany his guests on the tour. Prices are subject to change.
Tour dates for the year 2000 are 22 - 26 May, 18 - 22 Sep, and 6 -10 Nov. For further information and application forms, contact your recreation center's tour office, or call DSN 723-3474.