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516th Personnel Services Battalion

In December 2006, the 516th Personnel Services Battalion was inactivated. This followed the inactivation of the 8th Personnel Command in June 2005 and the reorganization of personnel services throughout the US Army in Korea.

The mission of the 516th Personnel Services Battalion was to conduct Theater Army personnel service operations in support of Eighth US Army and US Forces Korea, to sustain theater military personnel strengths, manage theater personnel soldier support systems, and provide single service postal management. The 516th maintained combat effectiveness to ensure the effective completion of tasks required for evacuating non-combatants, transitioning to war, and for receiving, allocating, sustaining and protecting US forces on the Korean Peninsula.

The 516th Personnel Service Battalion was headquartered at Yongsan Garrison, with detachments located at Camp Humphreys and Camp Henry. Also, D Company, 516th Personnel Service Battalion was responsible for controlling all incoming mail to Korea. Postal platoons were located at the Yongsan Garrison, Kimpo Airport, Camp Humphreys and Camp Henry.

The 516th Personnel Service Battalion was permanently organized under a Table of Organization and Equipment effective 16 October 1987. It was activated as a component of the 8th Personnel Command, the successor to a number of units responsible for Army personnel administration in Korea. Originally there was the Office of the Adjutant General, Eighth United States Army; then the U.S. Army Military Personnel Center-Korea (MILPERCEN-K); and subsequently, the 8th Personnel Command (Provisional). These organizational changes were made to consolidate and centralize all Army personnel service support in the Theater.

In June 2005, the 8th Personnel Command was inactivated. This was part of a larger reorganization of US forces in Korea as part of both a drawdown in that country and the transformation of the US Army to a new modular force structure. In December 2006, the decision was made to subsequently inactivate the 516th Personnel Services Battalion.




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