DoD announces decision to retain three brigades in Europe

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
April 8, 2011

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- The Department of Defense announced today that U.S. Army Europe will retain three of four brigade combat teams currently stationed in Europe. This mix of BCTs, combined with other capability enhancements, will re-balance U.S. force posture in Europe to be more capable, more effective, and better aligned with current and future security challenges.

No decision has been made regarding which BCT will be affected. The change will not be implemented until 2015. “Europe is a strategic location from which we can support operations throughout this hemisphere, while we work with our allies and partners,” said Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, U.S. Army Europe’s commanding general, “so our goal is to be postured to respond to the wide range of challenges emerging in the 21st century.”

“We will continue to work closely with host nation officials to maintain and strengthen our cooperation,” Hertling said. “As we continue to look for transformational effectiveness, we will ensure that our Soldiers, Family members, civilian employees, and our hosts are kept apprised of this process.”

The brigade combat teams currently assigned to U.S. Army Europe are the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the 172nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, and the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment.

The original DoD release can be found here.