Camp Mobile began closing in 2008, along with preparations to transfer the facility to the Republic of Korea. This included the transfer of the H-220 Heliport facilities to the Republic of Korea.
The H-220 Heliport was attached to Camp Mobile. Camp Mobile was located on 30.8 acres in the city of Dongducheon (also written Tongduchon), which was located approximately 40 miles north of Seoul and boasted a population of 70,000.
The H-220 Heliport 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.
The US Army Corps of Engineers responded to devastating floods in Korea. More than 40 inches of rain fell in the northern region of South Korea between 5 August and 17 August 1998. About 230 people were killed, including 3 US servicemen. About 120,000 were homeless. US military facilities in the Uijongbu and Tongduchon areas were hardest hit. Damages exceeded $100 million. At the H-220 Heliport, 24 buildings of the 50 assessed were damaged.
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