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Release No: 087-95
February 23, 1995


The Department of Defense announced today that operations at eight military facilities overseas will be ended or reduced under the current plan to drawdown the number of U.S. forces worldwide. To date, the Secretary of Defense has announced his intention to return or reduce operations at 953 overseas sites, thus virtually completing our drawdown. The result is a 57 percent reduction overall in our facility infrastructure overseas and a 62 percent reduction in Europe. The Department has established the European theater enduring force structure at about 100,000 troops.

This announcement also brings to 879 the number of U.S. installations in Europe where operations will end, be reduced or placed on standby. Six of the realignments are in Germany. The remaining realignments are in Italy and Antigua-Barbuda.

Returns or partial returns of facilities to host countries represent about 248,600 authorized positions at sites worldwide since the drawdown began. These include more than 176,300 military, 23,300 U.S. civilian, and 49,000 local national positions. The number of actual employees at these facilities is generally less than the number of authorized positions. All sites in this announcement have fewer than 1,000 authorized positions.

The phrase "return" means operations are ended and 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 are retained by U.S. forces and operations are reduced. The phrase "standby" means operations are ending, but the site is maintained in a ready status for future use, if needed.

The Department of Defense continues to review additional candidate sites worldwide for return or partial return to host governments. More specific information about this announcement may be obtained by contacting, Headquarters, U.S. European Command at 49-711-680-8447; Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe at 49-6221-57-8934 or Headquarters, U.S. Air Forces Europe at 49-6371-47-6357, for bases in Europe. For more information on the realignment of the sites in Antigua, contact Headquarters, U.S. Atlantic Command at (804) 444-3884.


The following facility belongs to U.S. Air Forces, Europe:

Installation Location Status

Wiesbaden Hospital Lindsey Return

The following facilities belong to U.S. Army, Europe:

Germersheim Ammunition Area Karlsruhe Return

Fintherlandstr Family Housing Mainz Return

Uhlerborn Housing Area Mainz Return

Aukamm Housing Area Wiesbaden Partial Return

Crestview Housing Area Wiesbaden Partial Return


The following facility belongs to U.S. Naval Forces, Europe:

Niscemi Sigonella Partial Return


The following facility belongs to U.S. Atlantic Command:

Naval Support Facility Antigua Return


The following U.S. Army Europe installations previously announced for partial return will now be fully returned:

Lee Barracks Mainz Return

Strub Kaserne Berchtesgaden Return

Frankfurt Hospital, announced for return by the U.S. Army in Round 12 (1 Jul 93) and retention by U.S. Air Forces, Europe, in Round 17 (27 Oct 94), will now be placed on standby.

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