Battalion starts historic move to expanded Camp Humphreys
CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — The Fort Hood, Texas-based 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, officially began its historic move south Friday, becoming the first major unit to leave the mountainous area near the front lines with North Korea.
The redeployment comes as momentum is building for the relocation of the bulk of U.S. Forces Korea from the main base in Seoul and other areas near the world’s most militarized border to a newly expanded Camp Humphreys near the city of Pyongtaek.
The move has been repeatedly rescheduled. It was originally set to take place in 2008, then 2012, 2016 and most recently 2017.
“Today we make the first move — tangible evidence that the long-promised, and long-awaited move south to Pyongtaek is actually going to happen,” Maj. Gen. Theodore Martin, commander of the 2nd Infantry Division, said at the casing of the colors ceremony in a gymnasium at Camp Red Cloud.
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