Camp Stanley began as an unnamed Tent City in 1953
occupied by the 13th Helicopter Company, 36th Enginner Gp, 11th EB, 7th ID. In 1958 it was named after one of the 36th Engineering Battalion's
Commanders, Col. Stanley. The first Permanent building was erected in 1969. In 1971 the 7th ID
took over the camp, when they moved units from Paju in the DMZ area to Stanley. In 1971 the
2nd ID took over the 7th ID mission.
Command of Camp Stanley passed from the 2nd Infantry Divisionís Fires Brigade to the 501st Corps Support Group recently, marking the end of 34 years occupation by 2nd Infantry Division units. Army records show the facility opened as a tent city in 1954 and has been home to various 2nd ID units since 1971.
Second IDís departure from Camp Stanley ó a result of the U.S. Armyís transformation and base realignment process on the peninsula ó was swift. The Fires Brigade and 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment already have relocated to Camp Casey. Another Camp Stanley-based unit, 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Regiment, will join them later this month. And 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviation left for Camp Humphreys in June.
Along with the 501st, units moving to the base this year include the 498th Combat Support Battalion; 46th Transportation Company; 61st Maintenance Company; 305th Quartermaster Company; Detachment A, 168th Medical Company; 304th Signal Battalion and the 15th Korean Service Corps Company, officials said.
Recently the 501st Commander, Col. Jayne Carson of Annandale, Va., stood amid soldiers unpacking photographs, honors boards and various other symbols of the unit brought from their old home at Camp Red Cloud to hang on the wall of her new headquarters.
Initially 300 soldiers with the 501st will be based at Camp Stanley, but once other units arrive the population will rise to around 1,500, down from a population of about 2,800 when 2nd ID was there. The camp will be the hub for the 501stís operations, which involve 2,000 soldiers spread across 22 camps all over the peninsula, Carson said.
In Area I, the 501st provides combat service support services to 2nd ID. That includes supply, maintenance, transport and movement control as well as postal and personnel service support, she said.
The character of the base will probably not change greatly with the new units, Carson said ó but some of the new soldiers have noticed that their new work and living environments are different from the old.
The ban on personally owned vehicles in Area I affected many lieutenants and noncommissioned officers who have moved north from Camp Humphreys. Another big change is the lack of families or children at Camp Stanley compared to Camp Humphreys, she said.
The 46th Transportation Company has parked dozens of palletized load system vehicles on the base airstrip where Black Hawk helicopters used to hover.
I am looking for some pictures of the gate going to the village from the early years.
|Camp Stanley Group on Facebook  |
|The Village Outside Camp Stanley  |
|Video of Drive from Camp Red Cloud to Camp Stanley  |
|1973 through 2005|
|1964 through 1972|
|1961 through 1963|
|1953 through 1960|
|D Company 4th Maint Bn (1969-70)|
I was in D Company, 4th Maint Bn, a Direct Support unit. I was there 1969-70