U.S. Army Europe announces newest transformation actions

March 1, 2013

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs


HEIDELBERG, Germany – The Department of Defense announced today U.S. Army Europe restructuring actions in 2013 involving units of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

Headquarters, Headquarters Company of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, and 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, both stationed at Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy, will move to the Del Din (formerly known as Dal Molin) facility in Vicenza, Italy.

173rd Special Troops Battalion and 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, both stationed in Bamberg, Germany, will move to the Del Din facility in Vicenza, Italy.

1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, Schweinfurt, Germany, and 4th Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment, Bamberg, Germany, will move to Grafenwoehr, Germany.

1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment will remain at Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy.

The unit moves from Bamberg and Schweinfurt will enable the Army to continue to reshape USAREUR posture in line with our national defense strategy and to support Combatant commanders, NATO and our European Allies. The moves will also facilitate the timely and cost-effective closure of DOD installations in Bamberg and Schweinfurt.

173rd ABCT incoming personnel will be immediately assigned to these new locations. In Italy, initial occupancy of Del Din begins in March with full operational capability planned for June 2013. We expect moves to continue through the fall, as the units complete their reintegration process.

DOD'S February 2012 announcement reducing some 2,500 positions in enabling units in U.S. Army Europe, in addition to inactivating two infantry brigades, allowed USAREUR officials to adjust stationing plans to maximize the use of our most modern facilities in both Italy and Germany.

USAREUR will fully utilize the new facilities under construction at Del Din, which has brought significant employment to the area. Construction of U.S. facilities at Del Din began in 2008.

The relocation of the two battalions from Germany and growth expected in the community over the next two years will increase the Vicenza population from approximately 2,700 Soldiers to approximately 3,700 Soldiers.

Relocating the 1-91st Cavalry Regiment and the 4-319th Field Artillery Battalion to Grafenwoehr will place those units in a location where they can easily access our world class training areas, including the unparalleled Joint Multinational Training Command ranges at Grafenwoehr. Moving these units to Grafenwoehr also enhances their quality of life, readiness and training, and maximizes use of new facilities there.

The number of civilian positions in Vicenza will be unaffected.

Also, as announced earlier today by DOD, the following forces have been identified as the 2,500 Soldiers in enabling units that will be reduced in Europe, along with V Corps Headquarters and the 170th and 172nd Infantry Brigades. Combined, these actions will reduce USAREUR from approximately 40,000 to 30,000 military personnel and impact 31 U.S. and one local national civilian employee position.

In 2012:
170th Infantry Brigade, Smith Barracks, Baumholder, Germany – Inactivated
167th Medical Detachment (Optometry), Grafenwoehr, Germany – Inactivated

In 2013:
535th Engineer Company, Warner Barracks, Bamberg, Germany – Inactivates
12th Chemical Company, Conn Barracks, Schweinfurt, Germany – Inactivates
V Corps Headquarters, Clay Kaserne, Wiesbaden, Germany – Inactivates
172nd Infantry Brigade, Grafenwoehr, Germany – Inactivates
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 391st Combat Service Support Battalion, Warner Barracks, Bamberg, Germany – Inactivates
B Detachment, 106th Finance Company, Katterbach Kaserne, Ansbach, Germany – Inactivates
42nd Engineer Company, Warner Barracks, Bamberg, Germany – Returns to the U.S.
99th Movement Control Team, Aviano Air Base, Italy – Returns to the U.S.

In 2014:
Headquarters, 18th Engineer Brigade, Conn Barracks, Schweinfurt, Germany – Inactivates
243 Engineer Detachment, Conn Barracks, Schweinfurt, Germany – Inactivates
54th Engineer Battalion, Warner Barracks, Bamberg, Germany – Inactivates
370th Engineer Company, Warner Barracks, Bamberg, Germany – Inactivates
7th Signal Brigade, Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt, Germany – Inactivates
72nd Signal Battalion, Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt, Germany – Inactivates
Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 95th Military Police Battalion, Sembach Kaserne, Kaiserslautern – Inactivates
630th Military Police Company, Warner Barracks, Bamberg, Germany – Inactivates
464th Military Police Platoon, Camp Ederle, Italy – Inactivates
511th Military Police Platoon, Livorno, Italy – Inactivates
541st Engineer Company, Warner Barracks, Bamberg, Germany – Returns to the U.S.

In 2015:
230th Military Police Company, Sembach Barracks, Kaiserslautern, Germany – Inactivates
3rd Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment (Airfield Operations Battalion), Storck Barracks, Illesheim, Germany – Returns to the U.S.

In 2016:
69th Signal Battalion, Grafenwoehr, Germany – Inactivates
525th Military Police Detachment (Military Working Dogs), Baumholder, Germany -- Returns to the U.S.
1st Battalion, 214th General Support Aviation Regiment structure is reduced at Clay Kaserne, Wiesbaden, by 190 Soldier spaces and at Landstuhl Heliport by 50 Soldier spaces

Additionally, information on the disposition of other units in the closing U.S. military communities of Bamberg and Schweinfurt will be provided in the near future, as those force structure actions are determined.


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