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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 717-11
August 16, 2011

Department of Defense Announces Return of Facilities in Belgium

            The secretary of defense announced today the decision to inactivate three microwave radio relay sites in Belgium and return them to the host nation. The sites are Ben Ahin, Le Chenoi and Spa Malchamp.

            The United States no longer requires these sites since the service provided by the radio relay system installed in 1996 will be replaced by a higher-capacity, lower-cost commercial communications service.

            The return of these sites is part of U.S. European Command’s continued effort to remove non-enduring sites, bases and installations which are no longer necessary from its real-property inventory.

            As with all stationing actions, the United States coordinated closely with host-nation officials at all levels prior to this public announcement.

            For additional information regarding this announcement, please contact U.S. Air Forces in Europe public affairs at 011-49-6371-47-6558 or e-mail pa.ops@ramstein.af.mil.