The Department of Defense announced today that the United States will cease operations at 15 U.S. Army, Europe, sites in Idar-Oberstein, Dexheim and other locations in Germany.
Due to U.S. European Command force structure realignment and transformation, and the attendant reduction in installation and personnel support requirements that have occurred during the past several years, the Department of Defense has determined the following facilities are excess to its needs:
The sites and timeframes for return are as follows. Closure of sites noted with a return date to be determined (TBD) are contingent upon the availability of facilities for relocating tenant activities:
U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder
Strassburg Kaserne (Idar-Oberstein) NLT Summer 2009
Idar-Oberstein Family Housing (Idar-Oberstein) NLT Summer 2009
Birkenfeld Family Housing Area (Baumholder area) NLT Summer 2008
Neubruecke Hospital Kaserne (Baumholder area) NLT Summer 2009
U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden
American Arms Hotel – Return Date TBD
Dexheim Family Housing NLT 1st Quarter 2009
Dexheim Missile Facility NLT 1st Quarter 2009
Anderson Barracks NLT 1st Quarter 2009
Camp Oppenheim NLT Summer 2008
U.S. Army Garrison Mannheim
Friedrichsfeld Quartermaster Service Center – Return Date TBD
Friedrichsfeld Storage Area – Return Date TBD
Dannenfels Communications Station – Return Date TBD
U.S. Army Heidelberg
Stem Kaserne – Return Date TBD
U.S. Army Giessen
Dautphe Boy Scout Camp NLT 1st Quarter 2009
Hommertshausen Girl Scout Camp NLT 1st Quarter 2009
In addition to previously announced force structure changes, closure of these sites will affect 49 military, 350 U.S. civilians, and 140 local national employees with agencies such as the Installation Management Command-Europe (IMCOM-E), Europe Regional Medical Command, and Department of Defense Dependents Schools.
IMCOM-E will begin the process of returning facilities affected by this decision to the host nation. Current annual operating costs for these sites are approximately $15 million.
The United States coordinated this action with host nation officials before announcement.
For additional information regarding this announcement, please contact USAREUR Media Relations at 011-49-6221-57-6647/7226 or Ocpa.firstname.lastname@example.org.