Camp Castle was within walking distance of Camp Casey. Like Camp Casey, Camp Castle was located in Tongduchon some 40 miles from Seoul. Camp Castle housed the 2nd Engineer Battalion on 48.6 acres. The Camp's primary mission was to provide engineering support for 2nd Infantry Division. The population of the camp was approximately 630, with 500 of that being US military personnel and the remaining 130 being contractors to the Department of Defense. Its climate features included, on average, summers between 80 and 90 oF, winters between -5 and 30 oF, and 40-48" of rain during a rainy season between July and August.
Camp Castle was one of the 42 camps north of Seoul authorized Hardship Duty Pay of $150 per month as of 1 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 installation. Camp Castle was within walking distance of Camp Casey, which offered many of the services not available on Camp Castle. No Housing Office, Education Center, or Family Employment Assistance was provided at Camp Castle. 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.
With the creation of Installation Management Command (IMCOM) and the subordinate Installation Management Command Korea (IMCOM-K) in 2006 and subsequent reorganizations, Camp Casey became the headquarters for IMCOM's US Army Garrison Casey Enclave. The Enclave under the Land Partnership Plan approved in 2002, would include Camp Castle and Camp Hovey along with Camp Casey, as a single administrative unit.
Central Post Information
- Civilian hospital available on the economy for emergency care
MWR Facilities Available:
- Mini Gymnasium
- Racquetball Court
- Outdoor Tennis/Basketball
- NCO/Enlisted Club
AAFES Facilities Available:
- Post Exchange
- Snack Bar
- Laundry Pick-Up
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 (320 miles away).
- Fishing = None nearby. Fishing at Inchon (65 miles away).
- Skiing = None nearby. Travel to popular Mt. Sorak can be arranged through Tour & Travel.
- Swimming and Boating = No boating.
- No swimming available.
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