On 10 July 2006 Camp Sears closed and preperations were made to transfer ownership of the facility to the Republic of Korea. This transfer was scheduled for 15 July 2006. Mention of this shift was made in US-ROK Land Partnership Plan in 2002, when the expected date of closure was 2011.
Camp Sears is located less than 2 miles outside the city of Uijongbu, approximately 21.5 miles north of Seoul. The 32 acre installation housed military and civilian personnel who provided combat support for the 2nd Infantry Division, which was the camp's primary mission. Tenant Units included E Company of the 702nd Main Support Battalion. The population of the camp was approximately 200, with 150 of that being US Military personnel and 40 being civilians employed by the Department of the Army. Its climate features included, on average, summers between 80 and 90 oF, winters between -5 and 30 oF, and 48-56" of rain during a rainy season between July and August.
Camp Sears 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.
Army Community Service was not available. The 2nd Infantry Division's 17 installations operated on a hub system that gave Division soldiers access to services not available on their installations. Camp Sears was near Camps Red Cloud and Stanley, which offered many of the services not available on Camp Sears. No Housing Office, Education Center, and Family Employment Assistance were provided at Camp Sears. Family Quarters were not available. All but 76 of the Division's soldiers served one-year unaccompanied tours. All soldiers lived in on-post quarters.
Central Post Information
- Civilian hospitals available for emergency cases only.
MWR Facilities Available:
- NCO/Enlisted Club
- Mini Gymnasium
- Outdoor Tennis/Basketball
- Multi-purpose Playing Field
AAFES Facilities Available:
- Post Exchange
- Laundry Pick-Up
- Barber Shop
General Area Information
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.
Nearby Facilities and Places of Interest:
- Hunting = None nearby. Hunting available at Cheju-Do (300 miles away).
- Fishing = None nearby. Fishing at Inchon (35 miles away).
- Skiing = None nearby. Travel to popular Mt. Sorak can be arranged thru Tour & Travel.
- Swimming and Boating = No boating.
- Swimming pool available.
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