The Secretary of Defense announced today that the Department
of Defense will end or reduce operations at seven European
installations as a result of the latest round of base and force
realignment actions. This round includes six installations in
Germany and one in Turkey.
The phrase "return" means the entire installation is vacated
by U.S. forces and returned to the control of the host nation.
The phrase "partial return" means some of the facilities on the
installation are retained by U.S. forces.
The following installations are scheduled to be returned to
the host nation:
Ayers Kaserne , Kirchgoens
Ruppertsweiler Warehouse, Pirmasens
Gablingen Kaserne, Augsburg
Sheridan Kaserne, Augsburg
Fryar Circle Family Housing, Augsburg
Sullivan Heights Family Housing, Augsburg
Pirinclik Air Base, Pirinclik
In addition, the previously announced disposition of the
following installations in Germany will change from partial
reduction in operations to return:
Najbollenbach Storage Area
Deuringen Training Area
Lechfeld Training Area
Centerville Family Housing Area
Cramerton Family Housing Area
Carpenters Park Family Housing Area, RAF Mildenhall, United
Kingdom, was returned to the host nation in September 1996.
Giessen General Depot, Germany, will be retained by U.S. forces.
These actions will take place between now and the end of 1998,
and will affect approximately 2,900 U.S. Army soldiers and 1,370
Air Force members in Europe. The return actions will close all
U.S. Army facilities in the Augsburg area and result in the moves
of five major units.
The U.S. government is not reducing its commitment to
Europe. The affected host nations are vital U.S. allies and key
regional partners with the U.S. These realignments are taking
place worldwide. To date more than 800 European locations have
been closed, reduced or placed on standby.