34th Support Group officially folds itself into Area II Support Activity
By STARS AND STRIPES KOREA BUREAU Published: September 9, 2004
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — As part of a continuing administrative reorganization of U.S. units in South Korea, the 34th Support Group will be deactivated officially at a Yongsan ceremony Thursday.
The 34th Support Group, originally formed in Vietnam in 1966, is the command that manages U.S. installations and facilities in and around Seoul. Its responsibilities will be transferred to the Area II Support Activity, which serves the same function.
In recent years, military officials have reorganized the U.S. bases on the Korean Peninsula into four geographic areas, each managed by a military command under the Installation Management Agency.
Outgoing 34th Support Group commander Col. Timothy McNulty will remain in his concurrent position as Area II commander, officials said. The Area II Support Activity was activated officially in October 2003.
Maj. Gen. Jeanette Edmunds, commander of the 19th Theater Support Command, will preside over the deactivation ceremony, scheduled for 1 p.m. at Lombardo Field on South Post.
The 34th Support Group’s history includes taking part in some 15 military campaigns, officials said. It was deactivated in November 1972 in Vietnam, then reformed in Pusan, South Korea, in 1984. It was relocated to Seoul in 1990, said John Nowell, Area II spokesman.
The unit oversaw base operations, support and security for some two dozen U.S. installations with a population of more than 20,000 active-duty military, dependents and civilians. Those bases are home to the headquarters of U.S. Forces Korea, the United Nations Command, 8th Army, Combined Forces Command and some 100 other tenant units.