"History of Camp Humphreys"
United States Army
An-Jung Ri, South Korea
Area III and Camp Humphreys
The current Camp Humphreys airfield was originally constructed by the Japanese and was known as the Pyongtaek Airfield, during the Korean War. It was called K-6 when the U.S. Air Force repaired and built a new runway to accommodate a Marine Air Group and the 614th Tactical Control Group.
In 1961 the airfield was re-named Camp Humphreys, in honor of Chief Warrant Officer Benjamin K. Humphreys, of the 4th Transportation Company, who died in a helicopter accident near here. The Humphreys District Command was activated in 1964 as a separate installation command of the Eighth U.S. Army. Later it was designated as the 23rd Direct Support Group, which provided all direct support; supply and maintenance; storage of all conventional ammunition in Korea; AG publications and training aides; and operated the Eighth Army Milk Plant. In 1974, with the activation of the 19th Support Brigade, this was designated as U.S. Army Garrison, Camp Humphreys. In 1985 it was restructured to support wartime missions and was designated the 23rd Support Group. In 1996 a separate U.S. Army Support Activity Area III was activated to provide base operations and community support.
There are two geographically separated installations that fall under the command and control of the Camp Humphreys Installation Commander. They are: Camp Long and Camp Eagle, located near Wonju, Korea.
23rd Area Support Group
The 23rd Area Support Group was originally constituted as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 23rd Direct Support Group in the Regular Army on 24 November 1965.
The unit was activated on 1 January 1966 in Korea.
The unit was reorganized and re-designated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 23rd Area Support Group on 4 May 1971.
On 15 November 1974, the unit was inactivated in Korea.
The 23d Area Support Group was reactivated on 16 August 1985 at Camp Humphreys, Korea.
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Updated prior to 2007-2008