29th June (UPI) – The US military in South Korea has permanently relocated its headquarters to a base south of Seoul, a move long termed as an investment by the commander of US forces Korea.
The giant base at Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province held its opening ceremony on Friday, where Commander General Vincent Brooks described the new base as a day to go down in history.
"This headquarters within the complex represents a significant investment in the long-term presence of US forces in Korea, ladies and gentlemen, this project cost nearly $ 10.8 billion to build over 10 years," Brooks said More than 300 attendees, including South Korean Defense Minister Song Young (1
Construction of the new base, in which a total of $ 43,000 was invested military personnel If their families are to live, they cost $ 10.8 billion. With an area of 14.67 million square feet, it is the largest overseas US base.
A South Korean military source told local newspaper Maeil Business that the base is well-positioned for US operations, as it is located near Osan Air Base and Pyeongtaek Port.
For 73 years, US forces had used Yongsan district headquarters in Seoul as their headquarters
The area where the military garrison once resided was returned to South Korea, but work remains to be done. KBS reported Friday.
According to base data obtained through a FOIA request from South Korean activists and lawyers, there were 84 oil spills in Yongsan from 1990 to 2015.
About seven of these incidents were oil spills of 3.7 tons or more and 32 cases spilling at least 400 liters of oil.
In 2000, the commander of the US 8th Army apologized after the military dispatched untreated toxic waste to the Han River in Seoul for Stars and Stripes.
U.S. Armed forces Korea has said that the "top priority of the army continues to be the protection of the health and safety of our soldiers, families, civilian workers and Korean neighbors."