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Release No: 687-03
September 19, 2003

DoD Announces European Facilities Turnover

            The Department of Defense today announced that on Feb. 29, 2004, the U.S. Army, Europe (USAREUR) will cease operations at two military sites in the Netherlands.  These facilities are the Combat Equipment Base Brunssum at Brunssum and Combat Equipment Base Vriezenveen in Almelo.  Both of these sites had been used to store and maintain the Army’s prepositioned stocks.


            The closures will be completed incrementally as the Army Material Command consolidates the Army prepositioned stocks mission in Europe.


            These facilities in the Netherlands were identified as excess to the needs of the Army in Europe for military operational reasons.


            Overall, the closures will impact approximately 10 soldiers, two US civilians, eight local-national civilians and approximately 400 employees of the Dutch Ministry of Defense working at these facilities.


            The point of contact is Chuck Fick, Army Material Command/Combat Equipment Group Europe at 31-45-567-7346.

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