Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of
Defense (Public Affairs). No. 771-05, July 29, 2005.
The Department of Defense announced today plans for the return of eleven
Army bases to Germany in fiscal 2007. Additionally, two other bases are
identified for return to Germany in following years.
These installation returns are scheduled as part of plans for the 1st
Infantry Division headquarter’s return to the United States with its
divisional flag in the summer of 2006. Additionally, the 1st
Infantry Division’s subordinate units, as well as selected V Corps and U.S.
Army Europe (USAREUR) units, will return to the United States, inactivate
entirely, convert, or be reassigned in Europe to support Army transformation
in fiscal 2006.
As a result of these unit actions, certain installations will no
longer be required to support Army missions. The Army plans to return the
following installations to the host nation in fiscal 2007, after the fiscal
2006 unit actions are complete:
· Harvey Barracks, Kitzingen, Germany
· Kitzingen Family Housing, Kitzingen, Germany
· Kitzingen Training Area, Kitzingen, Germany
· Larson Barracks, Kitzingen, Germany
· Schwanberg DCS Site, Kitzingen, Germany
· Faulenberg Kaserne, Wuerzburg, Germany
· Wuerzburg Training Areas, Wuerzburg, Germany
· Giebelstadt Army Airfield, Giebelstadt, Germany
· Giebelstadt DYA Camp, Giebelstadt, Germany
· Giebelstadt Tactical Defense Facility, Giebelstadt, Germany
· Breitsol Communications Station, Wuerzburg, Germany
In addition, the Army will retain the following facilities until they are no
longer needed and eventually return them at a date to be determined:
· Leighton Barracks, Wuerzburg, Germany
· Wuerzburg Hospital, Wuerzburg, Germany
The fiscal 2006 unit transformation actions and associated base closures
will affect approximately 6,100 soldiers and 11,000 family members. In
addition, approximately 1,000 department of Army civilian and 1,000 host
nation positions will be affected.
The 1st Infantry Division has played an important
role in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism. With
today’s announcement Army leadership is committed to supporting the 1st
Infantry Division’s soldiers, families and civilian employees during this
These changes are part of the Department of Defense’s overall
plan (the Integrated Global Presence and Basing Strategy) to transform the
military to increase strategic responsiveness and flexibility in the face of
current and anticipated future threats, and are the result of extensive
consultation with our German allies. A fundamental part of this plan is to
position U.S. forces around the globe to be best able to respond to the
threats of the new security environment. DoD remains committed to basing a
Stryker Combat Brigade Team in Vilseck, Germany, near the Army’s premier
training facility in Grafenwoehr, Germany.
For more information regarding this announcement, please contact the U.S.
Army Europe public affairs office at (49)-6221-57-7364. After hours contact
is (49)-162-296-6105 or