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Support Activity Area III

Camp Humphreys is a component of 19th Theater Support Command and houses three major units all commanded by colonels (0-6). The United States Army Support Activity Area III was established June 17, 1996. The Support Activity is responsible for the peacetime support mission for Camps Humphreys, Long, and Eagle and Army units assigned to Suwon and Kunsan Air Bases, Korea, by preparing for tactical operations and safeguarding personnel, facilities and property. The Support Activity is designated also as the installation command element of the Army installations in Area III.

Prior to the activation of the Support Activity, those responsibilities fell to the 23rd Support Group. During a reorganization process, the 23rd Support Group was redesignated the 23rd Area Support Group, responsible for the wartime support mission for Area III. The 6th Cavalry Brigade stood up its headquarters at Camp Humphreys, Korea, July 24, 1996. They provide the warfighting capabilities within Area III. Area III includes Camp Humphreys, Pyongtaek CPX Area, Camps Long and Eagle, and U.S. Army units at Suwon, Osan and Kunsan ABs.

In 1974, with the activation of the 19th Support Brigade, Camp Humphreys was redesignated as US Army Garrison, Camp Humphreys. In August of 1985 U.S. Army Garrison Camp Humphreys was restructured to support its wartime mission and the flag of the 23rd Support Group was once again unfurled upon the Group's activation. 23rd Support Group is still responsible for supporting personnel stationed at Camp Humphreys, as well as U. S. Army personnel in Area III, such as the Patriot Battalion at Suwon AB, in wartime. The 194th Maintenance Battalion (DS) is organic to the 23rd SG with four companies at Camp Humphreys and a newly activated Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Company at Camp Eagle, Wonju. Peacetime base operations and community support.are the function of USASA Area III.

Currently, most Camp Humphreys operations are focused on the airfield, the Army's largest and busiest OCONUS. In addition to six aviation units with fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, key intelligence, signal, medical and logistics organizations operate at Camp Humphreys.

The current Camp Humphreys airfield was originally constructed by the Japanese and was known as the Pyongtaek Airfield, during the Korean War. It was called K-6 when the U.S. Air Force repaired and built a new runway to accommodate a Marine Air Group and the 614th Tactical Control Group.

In 1961 the airfield was re-named Camp Humphreys, in honor of Chief Warrant Officer Benjamin K. Humphreys, of the 4th Transportation Company, who died in a helicopter accident near here. The Humphreys District Command was activated in 1964 as a separate installation command of the Eighth U.S. Army. Later it was designated as the 23rd Direct Support Group, which provided all direct support; supply and maintenance; storage of all conventional ammunition in Korea; AG publications and training aides; and operated the Eighth Army Milk Plant.

In 1974, with the activation of the 19th Support Brigade, this was designated as U.S. Army Garrison, Camp Humphreys. In 1985 it was restructured to support wartime missions and was designated the 23rd Support Group. In 1996 a separate U.S. Army Support Activity Area III was activated to provide base operations and community support.

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