Secretary of Defense Wlliam S. Cohen announced today that the Department of Defense will end or reduce operations at six overseas installations as a result of the 23rd round of base and force realignment actions. This round includes four installations in Germany, one in Israel and one in Spain.
The following installations are scheduled to be returned to the host nation: Germany - Eselsfuerth Quartermaster Facility, Kaiserslautern, U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR); Lohnsfeld Communication Station, Mannheim, USAREUR; Kreuzberg Maintenance Facility, Ramstein, U.S. Air Forces in Europe; and Israel - Fleet Hospital, Enshemer, U.S. Navy Europe.
The following installations are scheduled to be partially returned to host nation: Germany - Equipment Support Center Kaiserslautern, USAREUR; Spain - Sonseca Seismological Station. USAREUR will retain Weilimdorf Warehouse, Stuttgart, Germany, previously announced for return. These actions will take place between now and the end of 1998, and will affect approximately 74 U.S. forces, 18 U.S. civilians and 150 local nationals.
"Return" means the entire installation is vacated by the U.S. forces and returned to the control of the host nation. "Partial return" means U.S. forces retain some of the facilities on the installation.
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 United States.