WIESBADEN, Germany -- U.S. Army in Europe and Installation Management Command-Europe announced today actions to reduce the personnel structure across the U.S. Army in Europe in fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

In FY 2016, these changes will result in the reduction of 142 Department of the Army Civilian positions and 78 Local National civilian employee positions in Europe as follows:

•In Belgium - eight positions, three DAC and five LN
•In Italy - seven positions, five DAC and two LN
•In Germany - 205 positions, 134 DAC and 71 LN

In FY 2017, the changes will result in the reduction of 223 Department of the Army civilian positions and 138 Local National civilian employee positions in Europe by the summer of 2017 as follows:

•In Belgium - nine positions, five DAC and four LN
•In Turkey - two DAC
•In Romania - one DAC
•In Italy - 18 positions, eight DAC and 10 LN
•In Germany - 331 positions, 207 DAC and 124 LN

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.

The civilian reductions are directed to be commensurate to the military reductions supporting the President and Defense Secretary's strategic guidance in 2012 and the Budget Control Act in 2011. Adjustments in manpower documents are routinely made and the additional reductions to support and headquarters personnel reflect the Defense Secretary's guidance to reduce headquarters spending by 20 percent.

USAREUR conducted an in-depth functional review and risk assessment with representation from each functional staff. The review took into account the mission and workload of the staff identifying areas that might overlap or may have excess capacity. The results were approved by the U.S. Army Europe commanding general and further approved by the vice chief of staff of the Army.

U.S. Army Europe's structure will continue to change to maximize effectiveness in meeting mission requirements. U.S. Army 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 critical to U.S. Army Europe's success, and our leadership is committed to ensuring they are kept informed and apprised of their options.