CAMP RED CLOUD, Republic of Korea -- The casing of the U.S. Army Garrison Camp Red Cloud colors marked a historic milestone in the Land Partnership Plan, the transformation and relocation process agreed upon by U.S. and ROK governments.
U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Camp Red Cloud, Installation Management Command (IMCOM)-Pacific, held an inactivation ceremony to case the garrison colors and pay tribute to Col. Brandon D. Newton, USAG Red Cloud and Area I commander, on the Village Green June 21.
USAG Camp Red Cloud, located in the bustling city of Uijeongbu, has served as the home to the 2nd Infantry Division for 68 years. It provided a plethora of services and base support, similar to those needed to run a small city, to thousands of Soldiers, civilians, and their Families.
In keeping with the IMCOM motto to "sustain, support, and defend," services ranged from Directorate of Public Works, training facilities, barracks maintenance, dining facilities, official mail distribution centers, amongst many others needed to accomplish expeditionary operations. These resources do not simply end with the casing of the colors, but will transfer to the larger installations as personnel and equipment continue to transition over the remainder of the year.
Dr. Christine Altendorf, IMCOM-Pacific director, Col. Brandon D. Newton, USAG Red Cloud and Area I commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jason R. Copeland, USAG Camp Casey senior enlisted leader, cased the USAG Camp Red Cloud colors.
In casing the USAG Camp Red Cloud colors, Altendorf said the ceremony marks an opportunity pay tribute to all who have lived and served at the camp throughout the years.
"We close a chapter in history, but as we all know history does not go away," said Altendorf. "It makes us what we are today and it teaches us how to be better in the future."
Altendorf also praised the leaders, past and present, who worked together to take care of the Soldiers, families and civilians who called Camp Red Cloud home.
"This is where Americans from every state and territory locked arms with our Korean comrades and friends to form an iron-clad alliance," said Altendorf.
Recognized as the last USAG-Camp Red Cloud garrison commander, Newton maintained committed to 'support excellence' throughout his two-year command during the ongoing transformation. Notably, he led the Area I garrison team through eight large command post exercises and strategically allocated resources to ensure the garrison was operationally effective and well trained to accomplish its mission.
In farewell remarks, Newton remembered posthumous Medal of Honor recipient, Cpl. Mitchell Red Cloud, and asked Soldiers not to forget the historic Area I locations also named after heroes: Sears, Essayons, LaGuardia, Kyle, Falling Waters, Indian, Stanley and Jackson.
"These camps saw the fabric of the alliance built, and saw the passage of time, and the maintenance of peace on the Korean Peninsula," said Newton. "As we case the garrison colors, we pay tribute to the thousands of Soldiers, civilians, KATUSAs, and Korean Service Corps members who have labored in support of Camp Red Cloud for over 60 years."
Newton said the community surrounding Camp Red Cloud and other Area I camps will forever be touched by the spirit of those who were there. Noting a section of brick wall in the Uijeongbu Train Station Park that now serves as a monument to the Camp Falling Waters, he outlined historic Area I relics that remain as reminders of the past, and that now serve as bustling places of development commerce, and expansion. He also mentioned the 2nd Inf. Div. monument and time capsule put in place in October by Uijeongbu Mayor Ahn Byung-yong and 2ID/RUCD commander Maj. Gen. D. Scott McKean to mark the division's centennial birthday.
"For all those that have served here, this is a bittersweet moment, one that we can be proud of and smile upon," said Altendorf. "We take with us our commitment to excellence for those we support and our long legacy of service to both of our nations."
For more high-speed imagery of the Camp Red Cloud Inactivation Ceremony, visit the 2nd Infantry Division/ROK-U.S. Combined Division Flickr and DVIDS pages.