Nimble soldiers are checking out of Hotel California
June 29, 2005
CAMP NIMBLE, South Korea — Soldiers from the 702nd Brigade Support Battalion have poured their last beer at the Truckers’ Inn and will soon complete their final run up Victory Hill and spend their last night at the Hotel California before vacating this facility.
By mid-July, the 702nd soldiers will leave Camp Nimble, one of eight U.S. bases in South Korea that U.S. Forces Korea announced will close this year, according to Capt. Janet Herrick, 702nd Company A commander.
At one stage, about 400 soldiers from 702nd companies A and B were based at Nimble, Herrick said, providing fuel, water and warehouse supplies such as rations, construction material and tools to the 2nd Infantry Division.
By last week, just 25 soldiers were left to move or dispose of property and to clear barracks at the 14-acre facility, said Herrick, who lives on base in the one-story officers’ barracks known at the Hotel California.
The soldiers soon will move to nearby Camp Castle. The 702nd, which was part of the recently inactivated Division Support Command (DISCOM), has joined the newly formed 2nd ID Fires Brigade, she said.
Camp Nimble’s Truckers’ Inn, a popular watering hole for soldiers that hosted numerous Morale, Welfare and Recreation entertainers over the years, recently closed its doors, said Herrick.
But soldiers’ main form of exercise at the post was running along the nearby riverbank or up a steep track called Victory Hill, Herrick said.
In the past year, Camp Nimble soldiers were recognized Army- wide and at 8th Army level for their water purification prowess, she said.
One of the last 702nd soldiers left at the base, Pfc. Rashawn Keith, 20, of Sylacauga, Ala., spent last Friday shredding documents. After almost a year at Camp Nimble she is ready to move somewhere else, she said.
“There ain’t nothing to do here,” said Keith, who often wanders across the river to Camp Casey to eat at the food court there or shop at the Post Exchange.
The best thing to do at Camp Nimble was head into the surrounding city of Dongducheon to shop, said Keith, who amassed a collection of 25 purses during her tour to South Korea.
Another 702nd soldier preparing to leave Camp Nimble, Pfc. Qualo House, 23, of Mobile, Ala., said he will take home memories of helping feed thousands of soldiers during field exercises last year and of hours spent in the base motor pool maintaining vehicles.
House said he looked forward to leaving for a new duty station at Fort Bliss, Texas, and getting back to his regular job in supplies after weeks cleaning up and preparing to vacate Nimble.