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K-16 Airfield / Songnam

K-16 is an army airfield near Camp Colbern, located on the South-Eastern side of Seoul, across the Han River from tge Yongsan Garrison. K-16, also known as Seoul Air Base, is a small post located near the city of Songnam just outside of Seoul. K-16 Air Base is a tenant-use air base co-located with Seoul Airport in Sungnam City and controlled and operated by the Republic of Korea Air Force 15th Composite Wing. K-16 hosted 2 US Army units, the 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment and the 595th Maintenance Company, 501st Corps Support Group. With the closure and realignment of other facilities in Korea, K-16 became home to additional units. This included the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment moved from Camp Stanley in 2005, along with a detachment from the 602nd Aviation Support Battalion (the rest of which moved to Camp Humphreys). A detachment of C-15 aircraft from the 2nd Infantry Division's 2nd Aviation Brigade, a Multi-Function Aviation Brigade, were also based at K-16. K-16 was home to the Command Post TANGO Security Force.

The post had a shoppette, post office (APO), 2 snack bars, gymnasium, pool, recreation center, community club, class VI, and one of the finest golf courses in Korea, located about 3 miles away in the city of Songnam. The commissary, PX, bowling alley, and movie theater were located at Yongsan Army Garrison. Additional facilities such as dental, finance, hospital, and personnel services were located there as well. Yongsan was located within the Seoul city limits and could be easily reached by one of the scheduled shuttle busses that operate between K-16, Hannam Village, and Yongsan. Alternatively, Yongsan can be reached by using the Korean bus and subway system.

In 1999, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 (NMCB 4) was tasked with a deployment for training to construct a 290,000-square-foot expeditionary parking apron on the US Army K-16 Airfield in Seoul, Korea. Funding for the project was to be provided by the Republic of Korea Funded Construction program. The customer for the parking apron was 1-52nd Aviation, an element of the 17th Aviation Brigade. The apron would be built using AM-2 matting. Originally designed as a rapid runway repair tool, the 2-foot by 12-foot aluminum-magnesium panels had preformed grooves that locked together and formed a staggered grid pattern. The ends were locked in place with a thin locking bar, which was also aluminum. The apron at K-16 Airfield would provide temporary parking for 16 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, while the existing asphalt apron was replaced with a new concrete apron. The construction tasking called for clearing and grubbing a 7.1-acre site adjacent to the existing 9,900-foot runway. The K-16 Airfield was controlled and operated by the Republic of Korea Air Force, which required thorough access control procedures and reporting on the project's progress. After clearing the site, a 6- to 8-inch lift of fill material from an adjacent in situ fill pile would be placed, compacted, and graded to finish elevation. After that 11,900 sheets of AM-2 matting would be placed on the 204-foot by 1,360-foot area. Access to the existing airfield taxiway would be maintained by constructing a culvert system across a 10-foot-deep, 25-foot-wide drainage ditch. Additionally, an access road for fuel support vehicles would be constructed.

At K-16, the water system upgrade project repaired existing pipe/joint leaks and a water gate valve. There was also a new water treatment plant with an underground clear well tank, a new waterline, an elevated water storage tank and supporting facilities. The communication system upgrade included installation of new telecommunication underground ducts, manholes and cable throughout the installation. The 2 ROK-funded system upgrades were scheduled for completion by November 2001.




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