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Family housing is in the foreground with grade schools immediately behind them and barracks in the distance at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.

Family housing is in the foreground with grade schools immediately behind them and barracks in the distance at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Marcus Fichtl/Stars and Stripes)

Family housing is in the foreground with grade schools immediately behind them and barracks in the distance at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.

Family housing is in the foreground with grade schools immediately behind them and barracks in the distance at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Marcus Fichtl/Stars and Stripes)

The under-construction golf course is seen at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.

The under-construction golf course is seen at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Marcus Fichtl/Stars and Stripes)

Motorpool row sits across from the barracks at Camp Humphreys, South Korea,  as seen on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.

Motorpool row sits across from the barracks at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, as seen on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Marcus Fichtl/Stars and Stripes)

The new Army Corps of Engineers building and other structures at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, are seen on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.

The new Army Corps of Engineers building and other structures at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, are seen on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Marcus Fichtl/Stars and Stripes)

The new hospital at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, is pictured on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.

The new hospital at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, is pictured on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Marcus Fichtl/Stars and Stripes)

A view of the northwestern portion of Camp Humphreys, South Korea, on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.

A view of the northwestern portion of Camp Humphreys, South Korea, on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Marcus Fichtl/Stars and Stripes)

Camp Humphreys, South Korea's new downtown complex, featuring a movie theater, PX and commissary, is seen on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.

Camp Humphreys, South Korea's new downtown complex, featuring a movie theater, PX and commissary, is seen on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Marcus Fichtl/Stars and Stripes)

General officer housing at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, is seen on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.

General officer housing at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, is seen on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Marcus Fichtl/Stars and Stripes)

Camp Humphreys as base K-6 during the Korean War.

Camp Humphreys as base K-6 during the Korean War. (Courtesy of the U.S. Army)

Camp Humphreys, South Korea, is seen in 2007.

Camp Humphreys, South Korea, is seen in 2007. (Courtesy of the U.S. Army)

Camp Humphreys, South Korea, is pictured on April, 27, 2009.

Camp Humphreys, South Korea, is pictured on April, 27, 2009. (Courtesy of the U.S. Army)

Family housing and a school site for Camp Humphreys, South Korea, is seen on Sept. 12, 2012.

Family housing and a school site for Camp Humphreys, South Korea, is seen on Sept. 12, 2012. (Courtesy of the U.S. Army)

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — Originally a small fighter base during the Korean War, Camp Humphreys has transformed into the peninsula’s largest military installation.

Aerial snapshots taken Wednesday show a transformation 8th Army commander Lt. Gen. Thomas Vandal calls 80 percent done.

Barracks and training ranges can be seen sprawling along the banks of Anseong River to the north as family housing and schools cut into vast rice paddies to the south.

Four-lane boulevards bisect block after block of new buildings. The base looks more like the massive U.S. installations of Fort Bliss and Fort Hood in Texas than it does the old Korean War-era camps filled with Quonset huts north of the Han River.

However, the images also show sore spots for the $10.7 billion project aimed to fulfill a 2004 agreement between Seoul and Washington to move the bulk of U.S. forces 40 miles south of Seoul.

The hospital is still under construction and way behind schedule after a series of quality control issues. The downtown complex looks complete from the outside, but remains a ghost town because interiors aren’t finished.

A golf course, which should be the heart of Humphreys’ recreational facilities, won’t see a birdy or a bogey until next summer at the earliest. The general officer houses overlooking the course also await final touches and the leaders who’ll live in them.

Vandal projects the Camp Humphreys transformation will be done by 2020, three years after the last deadline of 2017 and more than a decade since officials declared the project would be finished by 2008.

fichtl.marcus@stripes.com Twitter: @marcusfichtl

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