Army in Europe garrisons redesignating and reorganizing

Nov. 8, 2011


By
U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs


HEIDELBERG, Germany -- The Army in Europe in accordance with Department of Defense direction announced today that it will inactivate the command structures of three Army in Europe garrisons and redesignate them as satellite sites to realign their essential services under respective higher headquarters garrisons. As part of this same action, seven other existing Army in Europe garrisons will right-size support services provided to their changing community populations. Additionally, elements of Installation Management Command-Europe and the Heidelberg, Mannheim, and Grafenwoehr sections of the host-nation liaison field-operating activity will move to consolidate in the Kaiserslautern area.

U.S. Army in Europe will also inactivate one transportation battalion headquarters detachment, and activate one contract support brigade; both located at Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy.

The following U.S. Army garrisons will inactivate and be fully incorporated as satellite sites into their parent garrison: USAG Garmisch, Germany, will be incorporated into USAG Grafenwoehr; and both USAG Brussels, Belgium, and USAG Schinnen, The Netherlands, will be incorporated into USAG Benelux.

Also, the following U.S. Army garrisons in Germany will restructure to right-size support: USAG Ansbach, USAG Bamberg, USAG Grafenwoehr, USAG Hohenfels, USAG Schweinfurt, and USAG Wiesbaden. USAG Benelux in Belgium will also reorganize.

Headquarters Detachment, 14th Transportation Battalion (movement control), Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy, will inactivate. This inactivation does not affect the battalion’s subordinate movement control units. Those units, 386th Movement Control Team and 99th Movement Control Team, will now report directly to the 21st Theater Sustainment Command. Headquarters, 414th Contract Support Brigade will activate in support of U.S. Army Africa at Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy.

The actions will result in a decrease in the U.S. Army total population in Germany by approximately 503 U.S. personnel (14 military, 159 Department of the Army civilian and an estimated 330 family members). There will be a decrease of 325 local national positions in Germany.

The U.S. Army total population in Belgium will decrease by approximately 73 U.S. personnel (5 military, 23 Department of the Army civilian and an estimated 45 family members). There will be a decrease of 62 local national positions in Belgium.

The U.S. Army total population in The Netherlands will decrease by approximately 88 personnel (6 military, 23 Department of the Army civilian and an estimated 59 family members). There will be a decrease of 14 local national positions in The Netherlands.

In Italy, the U.S. Army total population will decrease by approximately 13 U.S. personnel (decrease of 35 military, increase of 30 Department of the Army civilians with an estimated decrease of 8 family members.)

All of these actions will begin immediately taking into consideration appropriate U.S. and host nation labor laws.

As we continue to execute overseas contingency operations while planning for the future, it is critical that we provide American Soldiers and families the best training, living conditions and overall quality of life possible during their time in Europe. We continually review our structure and facilities to identify means to operate more efficiently and effectively with the assets we have available. Our process for reviewing and adjusting our capabilities, including this announcement, always involves close consultations with appropriate U.S. and host nation officials. The Army in Europe leadership understands the effects this type of action can have on employees, both personally and professionally, and they are committed to ensuring all affected personnel clearly understand their rights and options during this process.