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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — The more than 350 U.S. troops in town for this week’s training exercise found "home" in a complex of 38 sleeping tents, three recreation tents and a row of portable toilets — thanks to the 9th Korean Service Corps Company.

Troops began trickling into the Camp Coiner Life Support Area early this month and the last are slated to leave Wednesday.

Despite the Spartan sleeping arrangements, troops say they’re hardly roughing it.

Spc. Jaime Diaz, a soldier visiting Yongsan from Camp Casey for the exercise, described his surroundings as "comfortable" while playing a PlayStation 2 game in one of the three Morale, Welfare and Recreation tents.

"It’s a lot better than what I expected," he said.

Likewise, Air Force Staff Sgt. Clifton King, who came to South Korea from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, also was comfortable with the accommodations.

"It’s not that bad," he said while seated at one of six computers connected to the Internet. He said his only complaint was having to use the portable toilets.

Other than flushing toilets, those staying at the LSA seemed to lack little.

All of the sleeping tents had air conditioning and wood floors. MWR tents had big-screen TVs and plush furniture, and troops had access to hot showers, shuttle buses and a free laundry service.

Lydia Grohman, U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan director of logistics, said you can’t compare the LSA to the Dragon Hill Lodge, with its gym, restaurants, shopping and travel office.

"But this is a great place the soldier can stay during the exercise," she said.


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