In 2004 Camp Giant closed and preperations were made to transfer ownership of the facility to the Republic of Korea. This tranfer was completed in 2005. Mention of this shift was made in US-ROK Land Partnership Plan in 2002, when the expected date of closure was 2011.
Camp Giant housed elements of the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment (Air Assault) on just under 24 acres. Its primary mission was to act in concert with our Korean allies to deter aggression, and, should deterrence fail, to defend the Republic of Korea. The population of the camp was approximately 550, with 150 of that being US Military personnel and the remaining 400 being civilians employed by the Department of the Army. Camp Giant was located near Camp Howze, and the closest urban center was Munsan, located within a mile of the facility with a population of 60,000. Camp Giant was 25 miles from Seoul. 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 Giant 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 installations. Camp Giant was near Camp Howze, which offered many of the services not available on Camp Giant. No Housing Office, Education Center, or Family Employment Assistance was provided at Camp Giant. 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.
Central Post Information
MWR Facilities Available:
- Mini Gymnasium
AAFES Facilities Available:
- Post Exchange
- Barber Shop
- 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 (310 miles away).
- Fishing = None nearby. Fishing at Inchon (40 miles away).
- Skiing = None nearby. Travel to popular Mt. Sorak could be arranged thru Tour & Travel.
- Swimming and Boating = No boating.
- Swimming pool available.
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