Camp Carroll is a small camp located in Waegwan in the south east part of South Korea. The camp is named after Sergeant First Class Charles F. Carroll of the 72nd Combat Engineer Company, 5th Infantry Regiment. He was a posthumous recipient of the United States Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism during the Korean War.
Camp Carroll is a 546-acre Army base in South Korea with a total population of approximately 2,700. Of this number, 1,200 are Eighth Army military personnel. Other residents include civilian personnel of the U.S. Department of Defense and Korean Augmentation to the US Army (KATUSA) personnel. KATUSA is composed of Korean soldiers assigned to the US Army who work, train and live with their American counterparts. Korean national employees and non-command sponsored family members are also part of the community. Personnel assigned to the camp work with US personnel, American civilians, Korean Military personnel and Korean civilians.
The camp is in the outskirts of Waegwan, Korea, in an area that consists mainly of service businesses such as bars, barber shops and dry cleaners among others. These businesses cater to an equal population of American soldiers and Filipino women. Weather in this area is relatively humid and hot in the summer and windy and cold in the winter, just like in Midwestern United States.
The Camp Carroll map shows that the camp is in the southeast part of Korea. The camp’s location is very accessible by public transport. The bus terminal closest to it can be reached by the local 10 and 110 services that come from Gumi and also through the 250 service that ends in Daegu. By train, the Waegwan Station can be reached by the Mugungwa rail service. The Camp Carroll map will also show that the Camp is very accessible to some personnel who live off-post.
Although relatively small, this South Korea Army Base has comfortable housing and modest facilities for its residents. The installation however is largely made up of warehouses because the camp functions mainly as a storage place for war reserve stocks.
In 2006, the creation of the Installation Management Command (IMCOM) and its subordinate, the Installation Management Command Korea (IMCOM-K) reorganized the US Army Garrison Daegu. With its headquarters at Camp Henry, Daegu, the Army Garrison was given the authority over Camp Carroll installation. Henceforth, the US Army Garrison Daegu has been tasked to give base operations services to both military and civilian personnel and dependents living and working in Camp Carroll.
Housing and Lodging Facilities
Camp Carroll is one of the smaller camps that comprise USAG-Daegu, together with Camp Henry, Camp Walker and Camp George. Camp Carroll does not have command sponsored housing, thus dependents of the Camp personnel mostly live in Camp George, which is about 30 minutes away. Some personnel and their dependents live off-post in Waegwan South Korea. Active personnel though have on-post housing facilities.
Camp Carroll however has a Camp Army Lodge Building which is a Temporary Lodging Facility (TLF). Military members in active duty and / or their dependents, without permanent housing, can stay in this lodging facility. Families, relatives and guests of service members hospitalized in the camp can also stay in the lodge. The lodge serves as visiting quarters and TLF.
Camp Carroll has a Post Exchange (PX) shoppette, a small commissary, indoor and outdoor pools, a library, bowling center, community center, full service Fitness Center, food court and an All Ranks Club. The installation also maintains military shuttle bus services to and from Daegu. It also has several other facilities that make living in the base as comfortable as it can get.
Any other facilities that the base may not have can be easily accessed in the nearby towns. Mobility is relatively easy because of the Military Shuttle Services.
Important Places in the Camp
A community bank which is operated by the Bank of America has a local banking center in Camp Carroll. It is located in Building 203 with an additional ATM location in Bldg. 114.
The Camp Carroll commissary gives military personnel and their families up to an average of 30% savings or more.
The mountains outside Camp Carroll are one of the most visited tourist attractions in South Korea.
Camp Casey South Korea is another U.S. Army camp in South Korea. Much bigger than Camp Carroll at 3,500 acres, the camp boasts more facilities and amenities. The camp is occupied by 6,300 military and 2,500 civilian residents.
Among the facilities at Camp Casey is a dental and health clinic. MWR facilities include a recreational center, library, the 1st Brigade Super Day-rooms, a movie theater, internet café, bowling center, indoor and outdoor swimming pool, golf course, a softball / baseball fields, arts & crafts center, 2 gymnasiums, 5 mini gyms, an auto car care center, and a skating park. The Gateway Club (Casey) as well as the Iron Triangle (Hovey) has replaced the Officer and NCO / Enlisted Club. Both the Iron Triangle and the Gateway Club are open to everyone.
The camp also has AAFES facilities such as a post exchange and a number of fast food restaurants like Burger King, Anthony’s Pizza, Popeye’s Chicken, Robin Hood Sandwiches, and Charley’s Steakery. Located inside the base are an airline ticket office, a shoppette, pizza delivery, tailor shop, filling station, Class VI store, barber shop and beauty salon.
In 1984, a K-8 school was opened inside the camp by the Department of Defense Dependents School. The camp also has a Child Youth and Service Center a daycare center for children above 6 years old.
Reading the information above will give an idea of how life is in a U.S. military installation located abroad. The U.S. military is doing everything possible to make life in these installations comfortable for the military personnel, civilian employees and their dependents. Although Camp Carroll, South Korea is a small army base, it has the facilities for comfortable living.