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Camp George

Camp George was named in honor of Private First Class Charles George of Cherokee Indian descent, who served in Company C, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, during the Korean War. George was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for action near Songnae-dong, Bucheon City, Korea on 30 November 1952. The installation was originally constructed by the Imperial Japanese Army. Camp George was located on 16 acres (19,586 pyeong) in the Nam-gu District of Daegu City, less than one-quarter mile west of Camp Henry and about one-half mile north of Camp Walker.

Camp George was managed by the 20th Support Group and was dominated by family apartments, the Department of Defense School, Child Daycare Center, and a AAFES Shoppette. Its principle uses were family housing, dependent K-12 schools, Child Development Center, and outdoor recreation areas. The Taegu American School served all grades Kindergarten through High School.

With the creation of Installation Management Command (IMCOM) and the subordinate Installation Management Command Korea (IMCOM-K) in 2006 and subsequent reorganizations, the US Army Garrison Daegu, with its headquarters at Camp Henry, came to manage the installation and provided base operations services for the people who live and worked there. The Daegu enclave (Camps George, Henry and Walker) had a population of about 5,000. There were about 1,400 US Army Soldiers, which comprised the largest single segment of the population. Other members of the community include Department of the Army civilian employees, contractors, Korean national employees, Korean Augmentation to the US Army, or KATUSA, Soldiers, and family members.

There were no military units located at Camp George. The installation was home to Taegu American School, Mountain View Village apartments, the Child Development Center and the Cross-Cultural Training and Counseling Center. Daegu American School, or DAS, provides educational services for students in kindergarten through grade 12 and has an enrollment capacity of slightly more than 700 students. It was part of the worldwide Department of Defense Dependent School (DoDDS) system for children of U.S. military personnel and civilian employees. Mountain View Village is a 150-unit apartment complex leased by the US Army from the Korean National Housing Corporation to house families of enlisted (private first class through master sergeant), junior warrant officers (warrant officer 1 through warrant officer 3) and junior officers (lieutenant through captain) military members. The 10 five-story buildings contain as equal number of three-, four- and five-bedroom apartments. A small Army and Air Force Exchange Service Shoppette was located in the complex. A project to install elevators in all of the 5-story building was completed in June 2006.

In addition, numerous 2- and 3-bedroom apartments were converted into 5-bedroom units. The Child Development Center, or CDC, located behind DAS and the Mountain View Village apartments, provided full day care, part day preschool, hourly care, before and after kindergarten care and family child care home services for children ranging from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. The Cross-Cultural Training Center, located in Bldg. G101, was run by the US Army Garrison Daegu Chaplain's Office and offered a variety of family life programs including family spiritual retreats, newlywed couples retreats, marriage enrichment seminars and family wellness workshops. The CCTCC also offered stress ministry, sight-impaired and nursing home ministry, suicide awareness training and cultural tours to Andong and Gyeongju.

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