U.S. Army Europe headquarters battalion
standing tall

June 9, 2011

U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

U.S. Army Europe

Photo credit: Sgt. Joel Salgado, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs


U.S. Army Europe stands up its headquarters and headquarters battalion June 7.

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- USAREUR stood up its headquarters and headquarters battalion at a ceremony on Campbell Barracks here June 7.

The battalion is being activated as a result of the V Corps move to Wiesbaden.

“The Commanding General decided that one battalion could support both Headquarters V Corps and Headquarters USAREUR while both were stationed in Heidelberg,” said Lt. Col. Deon Young, commander of the battalion. “When V Corps received the mission to activate as a modular corps design and move to Wiesbaden in Summer 2011, the Commanding General then determined it was time to actually activate the battalion in support of USAREUR, while the existing battalion continued to support V Corps and move to Wiesbaden.”

In addition to facilitating the move, it will also better provide for the Soldiers under USAREUR.

“This greatly reduces the commander to Soldier and family ratio, providing better support to the Soldiers working on the general staff,” said Young.
The activation of the battalion is the beginning of the relocation of U.S. forces in Heidelberg to Wiesbaden and presents a new set of challenges for the USAREUR headquarters staff.

“I cannot think of a tougher series of challenges for the talented group of professionals that comprise the USAREUR Team and our HHB chain of command” said Maj. Gen Terry Wolff. “I’m excited about the trail you’ll blaze with the talented leaders and Soldiers in the formation; the incredibly supportive families like those in the audience today; and a wonderfully supportive USAREUR staff.”