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Camp LaGuardia

In July 2006 Camp LaGuardia closed and preperations were made to transfer ownership of the facility to the Republic of Korea. This tranfer was completed 15 July 2006. Mention of this shift was made in US-ROK Land Partnership Plan in 2002, when the expected date of closure was 2006. The City of Uijongbu was to be provided early access as part of construction of a Light Rail System.

Camp LaGuardia consisted of between 30-40 acres. Primary units included the 50th Engineer Company and the 2nd Infantry Division Band. Camp LaGuardia was located within the city of Uijongbu just 20 miles away from Seoul. Its primary mission was to provide engineering support for 2nd Infantry Division. The population of the camp was approximately 250, with 170 of that being US Military personnel and the remaining 80 being civilians employed by the Department of the Army. Its climate features included, on average, summers between 80 and 90 oF, winters between -5 and 30 oF, and 48-56" of rain during a rainy season between July and August.

Camp LaGuardia was one of the 42 camps north of Seoul authorized Hardship Duty Pay of $150 per month as of 01 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 gives Division soldiers access to services not available on their installations. Camp LaGuardia was near Camps Red Cloud and Stanley, which offered many of the services not available on Camp LaGuardia. No Housing Office, Education Center, or Family Employment Assistance was provided at Camp LaGuardia. 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

Hospitals Available:

  • Civilian hospitals available for emergency cases only.

MWR Facilities Available:

  • NCO/Enlisted Club
  • Mini Gymnasium
  • Outdoor Tennis/Basketball Courts

AAFES Facilities Available:

  • Post Exchange
  • Barber Shop

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 (300 miles away).
  • Fishing = None nearby. Fishing at Inchon (35 miles away).
  • Skiing = None nearby. Travel to popular Mt. Sorak can be arranged thru Tour & Travel.
  • Swimming and Boating = No boating.
  • No swimming available.

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