The US Army in Europe and Africa (USAREUR-AF) has decided to keep six sites that were set to close in Germany and Belgium.
The sites were originally announced for closure during the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) European Infrastructure Consolidation in 2015. In the case of Coleman Barracks site, closure was announced in 2010.
The latest decision comes in the wake of growing requirements in the European theatre. During a reassessment, demand for facilities outgrew construction and renovation.
In a press statement, USAREUR-AF noted that the European Infrastructure Consolidation reversal process is governed by an established DoD process and is assessed frequently.
The sites being retained in Germany include Barton Barracks in Ansbach, Coleman Barracks in Mannheim, Pulaski Barracks in Kaiserslautern, Amelia Earhart Center in Wiesbaden and Weilimdorf Warehouse in Stuttgart.
Meanwhile, Daumerie Caserne in Benelux is a Belgian property.
Furthermore, USAREUR-AF announced the transfer of one site to the US Air Force (USAF).
The Husterhoeh Kaserne in Pirmasens is the site to be handed over to US Air Forces in Europe-Africa.
Currently, Barton Barracks executes operations and activities for the US Army Garrison Ansbach community. It is more optimal for barracks facilities growth and a mission command headquarters.
Pulaski Barracks currently provides services by the Veterinary Medical Center Europe, Morale Welfare and Recreation Auto Skills Center and Outdoor Recreation. It will provide 76,000ft² of administrative space.
Coleman Barracks serves as home to Coleman Worksite, which is a part of the Army’s Prepositioned Stock. It is responsible for the storage, security, maintenance and issuance of over 800 armoured vehicles and related equipment.
Weilimdorf Warehouse is a facility for increasing storage capacity and allows efficient use of available warehouse space while Amelia Earhart Complex provides over 140,000ft² of space for administrative purposes.
Daumerie Caserne site currently provides serves US Forces supporting NATO in the Benelux, Belgium, region. This property is more likely to provide support in operations for personnel and equipment arriving in Europe.