A child poses in the front seat of an M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System during the Eighth Army's 75th anniversary celebration at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, Saturday, June 8, 2019. MATTHEW KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES
A child poses in the front seat of an M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System during the Eighth Army's 75th anniversary celebration at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, Saturday, June 8, 2019. MATTHEW KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES

Eighth Army celebrates 75th birthday at new base south of Seoul

by Kim Gamel and Matthew Keeler
Stars and Stripes

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — With parachutes and cotton candy, the Eighth Army marked the 75th anniversary of its foundation with a weekend of festivities at its new home south of Seoul.

The three-day celebration comes at a time of change for the U.S. military on the divided peninsula amid diplomatic efforts to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.

The Eighth Army and other major commands have moved to Camp Humphreys, taking most American soldiers, dependents and civilian workers with them to fulfill a long-delayed relocation plan.

Washington and Seoul also agreed last week to move the Combined Forces Command to this newly expanded base in the rural area of Pyeongtaek, reversing plans to keep it in the capital.

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