Army in Europe continues transformation

Nov. 8, 2011

U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

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HEIDELBERG, Germany --  Today, U.S. Army Europe announced two separate actions that will reduce the Army in Europe by 60 military positions, 619 local national and 389 Department of the Army civilian positions.

In the first action, the Department of Defense has directed U.S. Army garrisons in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands to  restructure or, in some cases, inactivate to realign and right-size essential services provided to changing community populations.  This action - click here for details - will result in the reduction of 25 military positions, 401 local national and 205 Department of the Army civilian positions. In addition, this announcement includes a reduction of 35 military and an increase of 30 Department of the Army civilian positions associated with an inactivation and an activation of Army units in Italy.

In the second action, Department of the Army has directed a worldwide reduction of headquarters staffs. U.S. Army Europe has identified for reduction 432 civilian positions on its headquarter staff and the headquarters staffs of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command and the Joint Multinational Training Command. This action - click here for details - will result in the reduction of 218 local national and 214 Department of the Army civilian positions.

U.S. Army in Europe leaders understand that reductions in civilian manpower are difficult and Army in Europe leaders are fully aware of the potential effects – both professionally and personally – reductions can have on the workforce.

“I understand that these reductions will affect the lives of those who are dedicated employees of U.S. Army, Europe. For this reason, I am asking all senior leaders and supervisors of those affected to do their very best to mitigate the effects of these actions on our employees,” U.S. Army, Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling said. “Local civilian personnel specialists will work with each affected employee to ensure they understand their rights, the options available, and work with those effected in an attempt to ensure we assist them with new opportunities.”