WIESBADEN, Germany -- U.S. Army Europe and Installation Management Command-Europe announced today two separate actions to rebalance and reduce the personnel structure across the U.S. Army in Europe.

These changes will result in an overall net increase of 44 U.S. civilian employee positions, and a reduction of 89 military positions and 579 Local National civilian employee positions in Europe by the summer of 2015 as follows:

•In Belgium, there will be an increase of three military positions, an increase of five U.S. civilian employee positions and a decrease of 25 Local National civilian employee positions.

•In Germany, there will be an aggregate reduction of 93 military positions and 554 Local National civilian employee positions. There will be an aggregate gain in Germany of 53 U.S. civilian employee positions.

•In the Netherlands, there will be an aggregate increase of one military position and a decrease of 14 U.S. civilian employee positions with no impact on Local National civilian employee positions.

The Department of the Army approved these actions, which support the Department of Defense's reshaping of Europe-based forces in accordance with the national defense strategy. They adjust theater and garrison staff support levels to optimize efficiencies without degrading effectiveness.

We routinely make adjustments in manpower documents. This rebalancing of support personnel reflects the second and third order effects of recent posture changes throughout the theater.

In addition, the personnel reductions directly support the Europe-wide posture changes announced by DoD on Feb. 16, 2012. Those changes included the inactivation of two heavy Brigade Combat Teams, V Corps headquarters and the removal of 2,500 Soldier positions in enabling units - a total of more than 11,000 U.S. Soldier positions.

In the first action, 21st Theater Sustainment Command and Joint Multinational Training Command conducted thorough analyses to determine the appropriate Fiscal Year 15 theater support structure and capabilities needed within their respective functional areas to increase efficiencies while improving mission effectiveness. The expected decrease in future workload requirements in conjunction with the posture changes announced by the Department of Defense in 2012 make these changes necessary.

Four units assigned to the 21st Theater Sustainment Command will reduce civilian personnel positions no later than April 2015 as follows:

•6966th Truck Transportation Terminal, Kaiserslautern, Germany, will reduce three U.S. civilian employee positions and 63 Local National civilian employee positions.

•Maintenance Activity Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern, Germany, will reduce 330 Local National civilian employee positions and gain one U.S civilian employee position.

•Maintenance Activity Vilseck, Vilseck, Germany, will reduce one U.S. civilian employee position and 20 Local National civilian employee positions.

•Supply Activity Europe, Kaiserslautern, Germany, will reduce one U.S. civilian employee position and 42 Local National civilian employee positions.

The Joint Multinational Training Command, Grafenwoehr, Germany, will reduce 83 military positions, nine U.S civilian employee positions, and 114 Local National civilian employee positions in Germany by Sept. 30, 2014.

In the second action, Installation Management Command -- Europe will rebalance and reduce military and civilian employee positions at installations across Europe by Sept. 30, 2014.
Based on ongoing reviews of standard garrison workforce levels, IMCOM-E adjusted the base support operations staff required to support USAREUR forces.

In addition to changes within some established garrisons, this action covers restructuring of the IMCOM-E Garrison Support Element, the inactivation of IMCOM-E's last two indirect report garrisons -- Baumholder and Hohenfels, and their subsequent conversion to Small Sites under their parent garrisons. This action is in line with the previous inactivations of USAG Brussels, Garmisch, and Schinnen -- all of which have been fully converted to Small Sites.

The IMCOM-E actions rebalance positions across garrisons. Most of the positions we are reducing are in public works, budget and management, as we have fewer overall numbers of personnel and facilities requiring support. We are increasing positions in other areas to address long-term staffing shortfalls. IMCOM-E will implement the following net changes at various locations by Sept. 30, 2014:
Belgium.

•U.S. Army Garrison Benelux will reduce two military positions and 30 Local National civilian employee positions.

•Small Site Brussels will gain five military positions, five U.S. civilian employee positions and five Local National civilian employee positions.
Germany.

•IMCOM-E Garrison Support Element in Sembach, part of USAG Rheinland-Pfalz, will increase three U.S. civilian employee positions and four Local National civilian employee positions with no impact on military positions.

•U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach will reduce one military position, increase six U.S. civilian employee positions and reduce 20 Local National civilian employee positions.

•U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder will convert to a Small Site under USAG Rheinland-Pfalz and reduce eight military positions, 11 U.S. civilian employee positions, and 154 Local national civilian employee positions.

•Small Site Garmisch will increase one military position, reduce four U.S. civilian employee positions, and increase 14 Local National civilian employee positions.

•U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria will reduce two military positions, increase 19 U.S. civilian employee positions, and reduce 72 Local National civilian employee positions.

•U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels will convert to a Small Site under USAG Bavaria and reduce three military positions, eight U.S. civilian employee positions, and 59 Local National civilian employee positions.

•U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz will gain three military positions, 21 U.S. civilian employee positions, and 179 Local National civilian employee positions.

•U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart will gain two military positions, two U.S. civilian employee positions and 91 Local National civilian employee positions.

•U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden will reduce two military positions, increase 38 U.S. civilian employee positions, and increase 32 Local National civilian employee positions
The Netherlands.

•Small Site Schinnen will increase one military position and reduce 14 U.S. civilian employee positions with no impact on Local National civilian employee positions.

The U.S. Army in Europe structure will continue to change to maximize effectiveness in meeting mission requirements. U.S. Army in Europe leaders are fully aware of the potential effects reductions can have -- both professionally and personally --on the members of the workforce and their families. Civilian employees are key to USAREUR's success, and our leadership is committed to ensuring they are kept informed and apprised of their options.

For additional information regarding this announcement, please contact U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs at 011-49-611-705-3080/3075. You can also reach us at the following email address: usarmy.badenwur.usareur.list.ocpa-public-communications@mail.mil.

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