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CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — Night shift workers at Camp Humphreys in South Korea soon may have a place to get a meal even while the rest of the base is asleep.

The big helicopter base in Pyongtaek currently has no eateries open past 10 p.m., a problem for some of the civilian contractors and soldiers who have night jobs at the flightline and elsewhere on post.

Officials say they think they may be able to solve the problem by keeping one of the post’s eateries open through the night shift, at least on a trial basis.

The post has more than a dozen commercial eating places, some under the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

A night-shift worker raised the issue during public comments at Tuesday night’s quarterly Area III town hall meeting at the base’s community activities center.

Camp Humphreys is headquarters of the Area III Support Activity.

From 70 to 100 personnel work night shifts, mainly in the aviation, medical and military police fields, said Area III Command Sgt. Maj. Robert R. Frace.

The move would become permanent only if it generated enough customer response to be commercially profitable, said Kurt Brunen, Camp Humphreys branch manager for AAFES.

“If we don’t see any signs of life, then we’ll close it up again,” Brunen told the audience Tuesday.

“After 10 o’clock at night there’s absolutely no place to go to get anything to eat,” Jim Shultz, a civilian contractor working with the Army as an aircraft electronics technician, told Stars and Stripes Wednesday.

“So if a guy wants to take a lunch break at midnight … or 11 o’clock or so, he can’t do it,” said Shultz.

“The married guys, it’s probably not so bad. They can bring their lunch or whatever. But those single soldiers, they’re pretty much out of luck.”

Meanwhile, base officials are awaiting results of an official legal review of a new policy that will spell out precisely when civilians will be allowed to eat at on-post dining halls, they said at Tuesday’s meeting.

The base has three dining halls for the general soldier population.

The matter arose when an audience member said there were times when civilians eating at some of the base’s dining halls were so numerous that it reduced the amount and variety of food for active-duty soldiers waiting in the chow line.

Earlier this year, Area III Support Activity officials drew up a policy letter to reflect U.S. Army policy governing who can and cannot eat at an Army dining hall, said Clarence F. Slawson, deputy to the Area III commander.

“It will very specifically provide detailed guidance on when the commanders can allow civilians and family members to utilize those facilities,” Slawson said of the policy letter.

The Area III legal office is reviewing the letter “just to make sure that it’s all legally sufficient,” he said.

The review should be complete by week’s end or soon after, Slawson said.


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