Tracking Number: 228922
Title: "US to Reduce or Close Two More Bases in Korea."
The Defense Department announced that two more US bases in South Korea will reduce or end operations, as well as reducing or ending an additional 61 European sites. (920526)
Author: SHEVIS, JIM (USIA STAFF WRITER)
U.S. TO REDUCE OR CLOSE TWO MORE BASES IN KOREA
(Article based on DoD press release) (370)
By Jim Shevis
USIA Staff Writer
Washington -- Two more U.S. bases in Korea will reduce or end operations, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced May 26.
DoD said the action will affect a total of 509 personnel -- 246 U.S. military, six U.S. civilians and 257 local nationals -- at Songso and Camp Ames.
Operations at Songso, located west of Taegu, will end entirely while Camp Ames, north of Taejon, will operate at a reduced level.
In the same announcement, the Pentagon said it is ending or reducing operations at an additional 61 sites in Europe. The moves are part of the continuing reduction of the U.S. military presence overseas.
Meanwhile, the government said that it has changed the status of three U.S. air bases in Korea. Wang Ju Air Base, Suwon Air Base and Taegu Air Base -- previously announced as ending operations -- will instead operate at reduced levels.
Three other sites in Korea that are ending operations are the 4P1 and 4P3 artillery battery positions in Munsan and the Trans Korea Pipeline. The Pentagon said these closings were inadvertently unannounced.
The latest announcement brings to 559 the number of overseas installations at which U.S. military operations will be ended, reduced or put on standby status -- a one-third reduction in the number of U.S. overseas installations since January 1990. Of that number, 524 are in Europe.
When a base ends its operations, all U.S. forces are pulled out and the installation is returned to the host country's control. When its operations are reduced, some of the facilities are retained for use by U.S. forces. Putting a site on standby status ends its operations while maintaining a ready status for use if needed.
The new European adjustments will affect more than 6,000 military, 800 U.S. civilian and 2,500 local national personnel. The reductions have resulted in the elimination of about 80,000 positions since the U.S. began to draw down its forces.
All of the reductions were made in consultation with host-nation officials, and reflect U.S. reduced operating and training requirements, DoD said.
File Identification: 05/26/92, EP-209
Product Name: Wireless File
Product Code: WF
Keywords: ARMED FORCES, US; FORCE & TROOP LEVELS; MILITARY BASES; KOREA (SOUTH)-US RELATIONS; EUROPE-US RELATIONS
Thematic Codes: 1DE; 1EU; 1EA
Target Areas: EA
PDQ Text Link: 228922
USIA Notes: *92052609.EPF
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