In 2007 Charlie Block was closed and returned to the Republic of Korea as part of the Land Partnership Plan first agreed to in 2002. The ROK finally agreed to accept Charlie Block and a number of other sites after months of disagreements over which government should pay to clean up polluted sites.
Charlie Block was a compound near the town of Yongjukol in Paju-gun region of Kyongi Province. It consisted of 8 buildings on approximately 7 acres. The compound was used at least for a period as a radar monitoring site, operated by A Company, 508th US Army Security Agency Group. This unit operated a number of monitoring posts in the vicinity of the Korean Demilitarized Zone.
Charlie Block 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.
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