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Release No: 297-99
June 17, 1999

EUROPEAN COMMAND ANNOUNCES RETURN OF FACILITIES TO HOST NATIONS

U.S. European Command (EUCOM) officials announced today that several facilities in the 26th Area Support Group will be returned to the German government by the end of fiscal 1999 and a U.S. Navy facility will be returned to the United Kingdom by the end of July 1999.

U.S. Army, Europe (USAREUR) officials have determined that Thomas Jefferson Village (TJV) family housing in Worms and part of the Germersheim Army Depot are no longer required. Plans are for the 221 families remaining in the 339 government units in TJV family housing to be relocated to Benjamin Franklin Village and economy quarters in Mannheim and the immediate vicinity. Army officials expect the relocation to be complete by Aug. 1, 1999.

U.S. Navy, Europe officials have determined the Royal Air Force Hendon Housing facility, located at Naval Activities, United Kingdom in London, will be returned to the British government. This will only affect one civilian.

  • USAREUR determined the quarters were no longer needed due to low occupancy rates and no additional projected requirements in the future. Studies showed that it will cost approximately $300,000 to relocate the current residents, but that overall savings from the
  • closure will amount to some $3.5 million in annual operating costs.

Current residents also will move into better units, since TJV lacks laundry facilities in the quarters and there is no second bath for three- and four-bedroom units.

Return of the housing is in keeping with DoD guidance to revitalize, return or demolish all inadequate Army family housing by fiscal 2010. Estimates are that USAREUR would need $24 million to renovate these quarters sufficiently to meet current quality of life standards.

The return of this housing area will entail the closure of transient billets, the community club, schools, and associated Army and Air Force Exchange facilities.

  • The closures will affect 71 U.S. civilian and 14 local national positions. Officials from the 26th ASG expect most affected personnel to be placed in similar positions in the Mannheim community with only a small number of reduction-in-force actions possibly to be required.
  • No military spaces are affected by the closures.

The partial return of the Germersheim Army Depot will involve facilities used in past years when soldiers were stationed there. A former air defense area and administrative and community support buildings which are vacant or used only in part will be returned. Small community support services such as a post office, shoppette and other operations will be moved into remaining buildings.

Facilities to be retained include warehouses and maintenance bays that support the operations performed at the depot. The current 11 military and 175 U.S. positions authorized for the facility will not be affected by the partial return, and only three or four of the 339 local national positions may be reduced.

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