CAMP HUMPHREYS -- Less than two years after breaking ground, the Humphreys Central Elementary School welcomed 551 students to its new campus here, Aug. 26. To kickoff the new school year, HCES students, faculty and parents gathered in the school's newly-constructed multi-purpose area for an introductory program led by Jamie Wollman, the HCES assistant principal.

During the opening event, she performed a series of skits designed to help orient the youth to their new campus. As part of the ceremony, students and faculty joined together to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and were then separated into individual classroom groups to begin the day.

"We are all very excited about the opening of the new Humphreys Central Elementary School amid the tremendous growth occurring at Camp Humphreys," said Dr. Irby Miller, Department of Defense Education Activity Korea District Superintendent. "With a current enrollment of 551 students and room for up to 875, we are prepared to welcome many more students as they arrive over the next few years from military units transitioning [here]."

Construction of a new high school is also slated for completion later in the school year, with many more construction projects to follow, as Humphreys transforms to become the largest U.S. military installation in Korea. Camp Humphreys is currently home to the 2nd Infantry Division's 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, along with various military intelligence and support units, and the Army's most active overseas airfield.