The US Army has delayed its plans for the inactivation of V Corps headquarters and the transition of the US Army Europe headquarters into a deployable field army headquarters.

The Heidelberg unit is the only forward-deployed corps in the US Army and has twice led Multinational Corps-Iraq, the tactical command unit in charge of operations in Iraq.

This move, according to Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, would allow the army to evaluate its overall command and control requirements and is part of a larger effort to relieve the demands placed on the army’s corps headquarters.

The one-year retention of V Corps headquarters in Germany from July 2009 to July 2010 will not fall under 2005 base closure and realignment commission and will have no effect on the two heavy brigade combat teams currently placed in Europe.

V corps headquarters will maintain its current military authorisation of 411 personnel, and US Army Europe headquarters will maintain its current military authorisation of 377 personnel.

The priority function of V Corps will be to ensure units that deploy from Europe for operational missions are trained and ready.