Eighth U.S. Army to return Camps Eagle, Long
October 7, 2009
- Eighth Army announced plans to close Camps Eagle and Long in Wonju, South Korea, Oct. 5.
- The closure is expected to occur in 2010.
- The two installations are currently home to 386 military and civilian personnel.
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - Eighth U.S. Army announced plans to close Camps Eagle and Long in the Wonju area Oct. 5, continuing the base relocation of U.S. forces and the return of valuable real estate to the Republic of Korea as part of the Land Partnership Plan.
U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys and Area III Commander Col. Joseph P. Moore briefed the workers of both camps on the impending closures Oct. 5. Moore said his intent is that no employee will lose his or her job as a result of the closure as long as they are willing to relocate to Humphreys or, in some cases, learn a new trade or skill.
The two installations are currently home to 386 military and civilian personnel, including 176 Korean employees.
Originally scheduled to close in 2008, the closure is expected to occur in 2010. The installations will eventually be returned to the ROK government. The timeline for closure and return is still being determined.
Activities currently being conducted at the camps will be transferred to Camp Humphreys.
U.S. Army plans call for the relocation of all forces to two hubs around Pyongtaek and Daegu by 2016. Benefits of this plan include a less intrusive presence in congested urban areas, increased safety for people in communities throughout the country and consolidated installations that will promote a higher quality of life than was possible on smaller, less modern bases.