Camp Casey is a U.S. military base in Dongducheon South Korea about 40 miles north of Seoul, South Korea very much near the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Camp Casey spans 3,500 acres and is about a 20-minute drive to the DMZ. With tensions heightened recently between North and South Korea, commands on the military installations in South Korea have been training night and day with both offensive and defense measures to perfect their warfighting skills.
Overview of Army Bases Near DMZ
The Korean Peninsula is divided into four areas. Camp Casey is located in Area 1. The 2D Infantry Division/ROK-US Combined Division Soldiers are stationed in three of these four areas. Area I Bases in South Korea
Camp Casey in Dongducheon is home to the 210 Field Artillery Brigade.
Camp Hovey in Dongducheon is home to the 1st Brigade Combat Team.
Camp Red Cloud in Uijeongbu is home to the 2nd Infantry Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion.
Camp Stanley in Uijeongbu is home to the 23rd Chemical Battalion, 1ABCT.
The division’s mission has remained the same for almost half a century: to assist in deterring North Korean aggression. Today, the 2nd Infantry Division continues to stand guard on “Freedom’s Frontier.” 2ID has a unique force structure and fighting capability not found anywhere else in the U.S. Army or on the Korean peninsula. The Warrior Division possesses more combat power than any other division within the coalition forces.
Camp Casey is a U.S. military base in Dongducheon, South Korea. Camp Casey is one of several U.S. Army bases in South Korea near the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) approximately 40 miles north of Seoul, South Korea. Camp Casey, Camp Red Cloud, Camp Hovey, Camp Stanley, and Camp Bonifas are the bases closest to the DMZ.
Camp Casey is located within a valley, 11 miles (20 km) south of the Demilitarized Zone in the village of Tongduchon. The Kwangju Mountain Range, an offshoot of the Taebaek Mountains, extends southwest to include the mountains around Seoul. This range separates the Paju plain in the Imjin drainage from the Han. The majority of the mountain tops in this region are less than 4,900 feet (1,500 meters). 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.
Population/Major Units Assigned
Camp Casey is occupied by over 6,300 military personnel and more than 2,500 civilians.
The 2nd Infantry Division is the major U.S. ground combat unit in Korea. The 2D Infantry Division, ROK/US Combined Division is the last remaining permanently forward-stationed division in the US Army. The 2D Infantry Division, ROK/US Combined Division deters aggression and maintains peace on the Korean Peninsula; and if deterrence fails, “Fight Tonight” in support of the US-Republic of Korea Alliance.
Living On Camp Casey
Unaccompanied personnel arriving at Camp Casey will spend one night in Dragon Hill Lodge and then complete their in-processing, after which they will be released to their units to secure permanent lodging.
If you are arriving with Families and assigned to an Area I unit, you will begin house-hunting with your unit sponsor to secure government quarters or off-post housing.
More information on Lodging
For comprehensive information on Military Housing, Unaccompanied Housing and Community Housing about housing at Camp Casey (Area 1), please contact the Housing Services Office directly at:011-82-31-869-3913/4909(Commercial), 315-730-3913/4909(DSN).
Service members and OCONUS DoD Civilian employees are required to report to the Housing Services Office (HSO) at their existing and new duty stations before making arrangements to rent, lease, or purchase off-post housing. Service members and OCONUS DoD Civilian employees are further advised not to send monetary deposits for housing prior to contacting the HSO.
Camp Casey is home to the first DoDDS school in Area I of South Korea. The Kindergarten through eighth-grade school also offers a pre-kindergarten program called Sure Start to the children of eligible sponsors. Sponsors who are command sponsored and stationed at USAG-Casey/Dongducheon, DoDEA requires students in grades K-8 attend the USAG-Casey School.
The approximately $5M, 30,000 square-foot renovation provides state-of-the-art education facilities for military families living in Area I. Features include modern classrooms with interactive white-boards, a 2:1 computer-to-student ratio, cutting-edge computer and science labs, large information center, and ample parking for employees and visitors.
Grades 9-12 will not be in the Seoul School Complex commuting area. Dependents will remain eligible for the non-DoDDS program. (International Schools). Sponsors who desire to enroll their students at Seoul American High School will have access as space-available tuition free. Busing from USAG Camp Casey will be provided on a space available basis.
The “Warrior University” is a new educational initiative designed to help 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers pursue higher learning and earn college degrees, and was launched January 15, 2010. The program relieves Soldiers from other duties between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays to attend college classes. All servicemembers, family members and Defense Department civilians assigned to the Republic of Korea are encouraged to take advantage of the Army Continuing Education System (ACES).
A Child Development Center on Camp Casey is a full-day care for children 4 weeks thru Kindergarten, Part Day Programs Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten before/after-school Programs. Hourly care will also be available.
Currently, under construction and should be available fall 2010. School age child care will be available at Red Cloud and Casey enclave. The Youth Center, for 6th grade-12th grade, will be located on Casey enclave. In the Summer of 2010, CYS Services will offer full day Camp Adventure for children in 1st thru 5th grades on Red Cloud and Casey.
Medical / Dental
Soldiers assigned to Area I are provided basic medical services through Troop Medical Clinics located at Camp Red Cloud, Camp Casey and Camp Stanley or one of the many supporting Aid Stations throughout the area. Higher level care is referred to the 121st General Hospital which is located in Yongsan. Soldiers on assignment orders to Area I are encouraged not to bring family members with them, since support services (including medical) are not geared to meet their needs.
There are three Army dental clinics in Area I of the Republic of Korea; one clinic each at CP Casey, CP Red Cloud, and CP Stanley. Priority of care is to active duty service members and focused on meeting the mandated dental readiness mission.
Things to Do
The island of Korea is relatively small and highly populated but there are many things to do and enjoy while experiencing a culture of the Korean people. The cities offer public transportation, shopping, entertainment and the diverse landscape offers summer beaches, winter skiing mountains and valleys to site see.