Camp Red Cloud
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Camp Red Cloud (CRC) is a United States Army camp located in the city of Uijeongbu, between Seoul and the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The installation was renamed after Medal of Honor recipient Corporal Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr. on Armed Forces Day, May 18, 1957 from its earlier name of Camp Jackson (which continues as the name of another post just south of CRC).
Camp Red Cloud covers over 164 acres (0.66 km2) of land in the northwestern edge of the city of Uijeongbu and serves as the Headquarters of 2nd Infantry Division (United States).
Camp Red Cloud is the home of several military units including,:
- 55th MP company,
- United States Air Force Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) unit (604th Air Support Operations Squadron),
- U.S. Army explosive ordnance disposal detachment (late 1990s),
- Division command staff,
- hospital staff,
- finance staff, and
- ROK/KATUSA headquarters.
D-company, HQ-company, and the 122d Signal Battalion were retired in 2005, and the remaining soldiers formed the new Division Special Troops Battalion (STB), now the largest unit on the camp. It is a support battalion made up of A CO, and B CO (signal companies), HHSC (division headquarters company), and 2X (division administrative company). The 2nd Infantry Division Band was deactivated in August 2015.
In the summer of 1998, the region of South Korea where CRC lies was subjected to severe rains that caused deadly flooding and damage to CRC. Although no US service members lost their lives during the floods, many Korean nationals and domestic livestock perished in the flood waters. A large portion of the hill behind CRC washed away. A massive mudslide devastated the southern half of CRC. For weeks, Camp Red Cloud went without a main PX as it was destroyed by the floods. Several barracks (officer quarters) were leveled in the destruction along with the golf Pro Shop located adjacent to the helipad. The 2ID museum also suffered severe damage in the torrent of mud and water.
Camp Red Cloud has been the site of various protests and demonstrations against the US presence in Korea. The largest such protest was in 2002 when Korean protesters tossed molotov cocktails and cut holes in the fences around the post. This demonstration was in reaction to the Yangju highway incident in which a US military vehicle had run over two school girls. Fences around the post have since been replaced with concrete walls.
Current commander is COL Jack Haefner.
- Duty, Honor, Country: Red Cloud set the standard for combat heroism in Korea, Army Times, April 12, 2004. Retrieved August 16, 2010.
- South Korean activists break into military base, Army Times, November 26, 2002. Retrieved August 16, 2010.