From foxholes to high-rises: A look at the US military’s long history in South Korea
SEOUL, South Korea — Nearly 14 years after agreeing to move American troops south of Seoul, U.S. Forces Korea will celebrate the opening of its new headquarters at Camp Humphreys on Friday, beginning a new phase in the military’s decades-old history on the divided peninsula.
The historic move comes as tensions with North Korea have eased amid a diplomatic offensive aimed at persuading the communist state to give up its nuclear weapons.
As the main command, USFK’s move from the aging U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul to its new home in the rural area of Pyeongtaek is a major step in the frequently delayed effort to reshape the U.S. military’s footprint, although the transition is not expected to be completed for at least two more years.
The new four-story headquarters building, which has a Korean-style tiled roof, is already operational, but Friday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony will officially mark the transition. It’s near the Eighth Army headquarters, which moved last summer.
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