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Ground broken for two DODEA schools key to S. Korea relocation plan

Stars & Stripes
Seoul | September 2, 2011

U.S. Forces Korea and South Korea held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday near U.S. Army Garrison-Humphreys for two DODEA schools that will play a key role in moving forward the military’s relocation plan.

The schools, which have yet to be named, will serve approximately 1,700 students and are expected to be completed in June 2013, according to South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense. The 90 billion won project – worth approximately $8.5 million – is being funded by South Korea as part of its financial commitment to the relocation plan, a spokesman for the MND-USFK Base Relocation Office said.

Under that plan, the 28,500 U.S. troop presence in South Korea will be consolidated into two regional hubs in Pyeongtaek and Daegu by 2016. Bases in and north of Seoul – including the flagship USFK base, U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan – will be closed. Read rest of article.

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