[The] Global Posture Initiative ... attempts to change the laydown of U.S. armed forces throughout the world. In addition, it brings troops home from Europe to the tune of about 70,000 military members and about 100,000 of their family members. And this is ideally suited to -- the laydown worldwide -- is ideally suited to facilitate our concepts for rapid deployment throughout the world. (Transcript)
Vice Admiral Robert Willard
Director, Force Structures, Resources and Assessments, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Update on the Impacts of Global Rebasing on United States Army Forces in Europe
The United States Army in Europe will reduce from its current force of 62,000 Soldiers, spread over 13 main operating locations across Europe, to approximately 24,000 Soldiers concentrated among four Joint Main Operating Base (JMOB) locations.
These concentration locations include the following:
- Wiesbaden Area -- Expected to be the future home of the combined USAREUR and Task Force 5 headquarters, a warfighting deployable command post capability, and some theater-enabling commands. USAEUR will relocate from its current Headquarters complex in Heidelberg's Campbell Barracks, while continuing to support the NATO Allied Land Component Headquarters Heidelberg also at Campbell Barracks.
- Grafenwöhr Area -- The Expeditionary Training Command there will be joined by a Stryker Brigade, the modularized multifunction aviation brigade, and additional theater enabling commands.
- Kaiserslautern Area -- Will constitute USAEUR's major service and sustainment hub where theater logistics and medical support will be concentrated.
- Vicenza Area -- This will be the home of the modularized and expanded 173d Airborne Brigade Combat Team and a deployable command post of Task Force 5.
Individual installations/casernes are expected to decrease from 236 to 88 across Europe. The remaining footprint will provide USAEUR with a modern, 21st Century stationing, training, power-projection, and sustainment capacity for fully transformed, knowledge-based, flattened, and joint-capable Army forces in Europe. This 24,000 Soldier force will be stationed with families on modern, full-service bases. Achieving this footprint over the next 5 to 10 years will require some significant rebasing and restationing actions.
The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) return to Colorado Springs, Colo. for the three-day U.S. Army Invitational at the World Arena on April 15 - 17. Performances for the Professional Bull Riders event feature Mike Lee, Army-sponsored 2004 PBR World Champion.
- NHRA - Coming off a big win at the O'Reilly Spring Nationals last Sunday in Houston, U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher is hoping he'll hit the jackpot again this weekend in the SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip, Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
- NASCAR - Joe Nemechek and the U.S. Army team compete at this weekend's Samsung / RadioShack 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway.
The Army Blues Jazz Ensemble performs at The University of Delaware Jazz Festival, Newark, Del. at 7:30 P.M. tonight. They also perform tomorrow at the Cape May Jazz Festival at 2:00 P.M in Cape May, NJ.