Army in Europe directed to reduce civilian staff

Nov. 8, 2011

U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- The Department of the Army has directed all Army commands and staff activities to reduce their civilian personnel by September 30, 2012, to better allocate resources worldwide to meet mission priorities.

In response, U.S. Army Europe has identified for reduction 432 civilian positions on its staff to include that of 21st Theater Sustainment Command and the Joint Multinational Training Command. Of those 214 U.S. and 218 Local National positions, more than one-third are currently vacant. The remaining filled positions command-wide include 93 Department of the Army Civilians and 185 Local Nationals.

Managers within the headquarters of USAREUR, 21st TSC, and JMTC were given the flexibility to look at their operations and assess for themselves which positions could be eliminated without threatening the mission. None of these positions will be re-established as contractors or otherwise reinstated, as these reductions are required to gain true efficiencies in our operations.

USAREUR’s structure will continue to change to maximize effectiveness in meeting mission requirements. USAREUR’s leaders are fully aware of the potential effects reductions can have – both professionally and personally – on the workforce and their families and will work to assist impacted personnel with continued employment to the fullest extent possible. Civilian employees are key to USAREUR’s success, and the leadership is committed to ensuring they are taken care of during this tumultuous time.