Camp Casey is located in Tongduchon, Korea approximately forty miles
North of Seoul. Camp Casey spans nearly 3500 acres and is occupied
by some 6300 military and 2500 civilians. Hills and mountains cover
about 75 percent of Korea, with the remainder covered by scattered
lowlands. Most of the rivers are short, swift, and shallow due to
topography, narrowness, and sand deposits within the river. Camp Casey
is located within a valley, 11 miles (20 km) south of the Demilitarized
Zone in the village of Tongduchon. The Kwangju Mountain Range, an
offshoot of the Taebaek Mountains, extends southwest to include the
mountains around Seoul. This range separates the Paju plain in the
Imjin drainage from the Han. The majority of the mountain tops in
this region are less than 4,900 feet (1,500 meters).
Camp Casey was named and officially dedicated in 1952 in memory
of Maj. Hugh B. Casey, who died in a plane crash here in December
1951. Casey arrived in Korea in 1951, a Second Lieutenant, and
served as a company commander in the 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry
Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. He received the Distinguished
Service Cross, the nation's second highest award for valor, for
heroism at the Hungnam beachhead. According to Lt. Col. Roy E.
Lewis, then executive officer of the 7th Infantry Division Support
Command, Casey was ordered to have his company in a blocking position
west of Hungnam by sunrise the next morning. He had to cross a
mountain pass with two to three feet of snow in it. Forcemarching
his men, he had them only halfway to the objective by sunrise.
He pressed forward, refusing to give up despite the fatigue and
hopelessness of the mission. He didn't stop marching until ordered
to. To Lewis, this was what made Casey an extraordinary soldier.
"He gave little thought to himself," Lewis said. Later,
while he was serving as senior aide to Maj. Gen. Williston B.
Palmer, then Commanding General of the 3rd Inf. Div., Casey's
light observation plane was hit by ground fire. The plane crashed
just west of the present 2nd Infantry Division headquarters. A
white wooden cross was erected to mark the spot; it was replaced
in 1960 by a white concrete cross. "Lest we forget,"
the cross and camp now mark the memory of a brave man.
Camp Casey is one of the forty-two camps north of Seoul authorized
Hardship Duty Pay of $150 per month as of 01 January 2001. The
Hardship Duty Pay is paid to troops who are permanently assigned
to areas where it is authorized or who serve 30 consecutive days
of temporary duty in those areas. Several factors are considered
in determining whether a location qualified for the pay: climate,
physical and social isolation, sanitation, disease, medical facilities,
housing, food, recreational and community facilities, political
violence, harassment and crime. The extra pay provides meaningful
financial recognition to troops assigned in areas where living
conditions are substantially below US standards.
Family Quarters are not available. All but 76 of the Division's
soldiers serve one-year unaccompanied tours. All soldiers live
in on-post quarters. See the quality of life and unit-specific
pages for more information on recent barracks upgrades and construction
Nearest Towns/Large Urban Areas
General Area Information
Summer = 80.0 to 90.0F Average
Winter = -5.0 to 30.0F Average
Precipitation = 40-48" (Rainy season July to August)
Nearby Facilities and Places of Interest
Hunting = Hunting available at Cheju-Do Island (320 miles away).
Fishing = Fishing by boat at Inchon (65 miles away).
Skiing = Chonmasan about 40 miles away from Camp Casey.
Swimming and Boating = No boating. On post swimming pools.
National Parks and Resorts : Tobong,
Soyo and Surak Mountains are all in the area, as is the Songdu
Resort. Also, there are many parks, resorts, historical sites
and entertainment areas in Korea. Because of the country's size
and excellent transortation system, all these sites are within
a day's travel from anywhere in the Division area. On-post tour
and travel offices, Morale, Welfare and Recreation offices, and
the USO offer regular excursions.
Central Post Information
Base Size : 3487.3 Acres
Population of the Post : approx.
Military = Approx. 6,300
Dept. of the Army civilians = 2,500
Other = 0
Primary Mission of the Installation
: To act in concert with our Korean allies to deter aggression,
and, should deterrence fail, to defend the Republic of Korea.
Supported Units :
Assistant Division Commander (Support)
1st Brigade Headquarters
1st Battalion, 72nd Armor
2nd Battalion, 72nd Armor
1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry
2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry
Division Support Command Headquarters
-702nd Main Support Battalion
-302nd Forward Support Battalion
-4th Chemical Company
122nd Signal Battalion
- Headquarters and Headquarters Company
- A Company
- B Company
1st Battaltion, 15th Field Artillery
C Company, 5th Battaltion 5th Air Defense Artillery
2nd Military Police Company
509th Personnel Services Battalion
177th Finance Battalion
Location of the Post : Camp
Casey, Tongduchon City, Republic of Korea. Camp Casey, as well
as Camp Hovey, Camp Garry Owen and Camp Greaves are all located
near each other, just south of the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). The
camps are about two hours out of the capital city of Seoul.
Hospitals Available :
Civilian hospital available on the economy for emergency care.
MWR Facilities Available :
1st Brigade Super day rooms
Arts & Crafts Center
Mini Gyms (5)
AAFES Facilities Available :
Small Post Exchange
Airline Ticket Office
Class VI Store
The FASTBACK system that was
replaced in Korea is reflective of the typical legacy mw systems
used by the US Army to support worldwide long haul communication
requirements. The FASTBACK system (seven individual links) provided
a secure reliable means of transmitting bulk data collected along
the Demilitarized Zone to command groups located in the southern
part of the country. The equipment (i.e., radios and multiplexers)
supporting the FASTBACK system had been in operation for over
fifteen years, utilizing technology that was over twenty years
old. The FASTBACK system consisted of an AN/FRC-162 radio and
AN/FCC-97 multiplexer. In the late 1990s it was replaced by a
high speed (155 Mbps) SONET digital microwave radio that utilize
the digital data multiplexer (DDM)-2000 OC3 multiplexer. The Digital
Microwave Upgrade DMU Phase I is a good example of what occurs
when the link bandwidth is increased (8 DS1s to 84 DS1s (three
45 Mbps DS3)) with high speed SONET digital microwave and interface
requirements to existing older, low speed mw technology. The Yongsan
to Madison, Osan to Madison, and Camp Humphreys to Madison FASTBACK
links were replaced during Phase I with the Harris MegaStar 2000
SONET radio. The remaining FASTBACK mw links between Madison and
Kamaksan, Kangwhado, and Songnam, and Kamaksan and Yawolsan, were
replaced during DMU Phase III. In conjunction with the DMU, the
digital patch and access systems (DPAS) at Yongsan, Osan, and
Camp Humphreys were upgraded to support up to three DS3s each.