USAREUR returns more sites to Italy, Germany

July 19, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- As announced today by the Department of Defense, U.S. Army Europe will return the San Gottardo Signal Site near Vicenza, Italy, and part of the Crestview Housing Area in Wiesbaden, Germany, to the host nations in 2012.

The small site in Italy was formerly used by signal units for radio retransmission and training in the past, but is now excess.  The site, with some 4,400 square meters, a fence and a concrete pad for vehicle parking, has no associated military or civilian employee positions.

The partial return of the Crestview Housing Area entails eight buildings which are outside the Crestview Family Housing Area fence line.  They are separate from the rest of the housing area and have not been used for several years. There are also no military or civilian positions associated with this return.

The returns are part of USAREUR’s ongoing campaign to seek cost savings and more effective and efficient operating procedures wherever possible. In recent years, USAREUR has divested more than 570 sites, including casernes and housing areas, as well as isolated radio and radar positions. By 2015 USAREUR expects to return four more major garrisons (Heidelberg, Mannheim, Bamberg, and Schweinfurt) consisting of 33 sites, providing more than $300M in annual savings—all without BRAC funding.

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