Camp Red Cloud
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Camp Red Cloud (commonly referred to as CRC) is a United States Army camp located in the city of Uijeongbu, between Seoul and the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The installation was renamed after Medal of Honor recipient Corporal Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr. on Armed Forces Day, May 18, 1957 from its earlier name of Camp Jackson (which continues as the name of another post just south of CRC).
Camp Red Cloud covers over 164 acres (0.664 km2) of land in the northwestern edge of the city of Uijeongbu and serves as the Headquarters of 2nd Infantry Division (United States).
Camp Red Cloud is the home of an array of military units including but not limited to the following. 55th MP company, Air Force TACP unit (604th Air Support Operations Squadron), U.S. Army explosive ordnance disposal detachment (late 1990s), Division command staff, hospital staff, finance staff, ROK/KATUSA headquarters, etc. D-company and HQ-company 122d Signal Battalion were officially retired in 2005 and the remaining soldiers were combined to form the new Division Special Troops Battalion. This is currently the largest unit on the camp. It is a support battalion made up of A CO (signal company), HHSC (division headquarters company), 2X (division administrative company), and the 2nd Infantry Division Band.
In the summer of 1998, the region of South Korea where CRC lies was subjected to severe rains that caused deadly flooding and damage to CRC. Although no US service members lost their lives during the floods, many Korean nationals and domestic livestock perished in the flood waters. A large portion of the hill behind CRC washed away. A massive mudslide devastated the southern half of CRC. For weeks, Camp Red Cloud went without a main PX as it was destroyed by the floods. Several barracks (officer quarters) were leveled in the destruction along with the golf Pro Shop located adjacent to the helipad. The 2ID museum also suffered severe damage in the torrent of mud and water.
Camp Red Cloud has also been the site of various protests and demonstrations against the US presence in Korea. The largest such protest was in 2002 when Korean protesters tossed molotov cocktails and cut holes in the fences around the post. This demonstration was in reaction to the Yangju highway incident in which a US military vehicle had run over 2 school girls. Fences around the post have since been replaced with concrete walls.
Current commander is COL John M. Scott.
- Duty, Honor, Country: Red Cloud set the standard for combat heroism in Korea, Army Times, April 12, 2004. Retrieved August 16, 2010.
- South Korean activists break into military base, Army Times, November 26, 2002. Retrieved August 16, 2010.
- Official website
- facebook.com, Camp Red Cloud & Area I Facebook page
- Camp Red Cloud, US Army Garrison Red Cloud entry at GlobalSecurity.org
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