By Christina Wilson, GrafenwoehrFebruary 15, 2019
HOHENFELS, Germany -- As part of the ongoing transformation of military commands and units at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, an Area Development Plan Workshop was held in Hohenfels Feb. 11-15.
The participants conducted a site tour of Albertshof and the Joint Multinational Readiness Center during the first day of the workshop. The rest of the week consisted of discussing and analyzing alternatives, and developing a preferred plan broken into phases.
The intent for the workshop is to prepare an area development plan for the USAG Bavaria, Fifth Community areas in Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels, which will focus on modernization and new growth over the next 20 years.
The ADP is developed by a working group composed of subject matter experts to include USAG Bavaria military leadership, installation directorates and Installation Management Command representatives. It is done in conjunction with representatives from tenant organizations within the USAG Bavaria footprint who have an interest in the development of the Fifth Community areas.
"[The workshop] helps us to not only transform Albertshof from the old standard and buildings to a newer, better and environmentally friendlier infrastructure, but also it gives us the opportunity to enhance the training capacity and the focus of their mission for the U.S. Army and their multinational partners," said Mr. Bernd Weber, deputy director of public works with USAG Bavaria in Hohenfels.
According to a Sept. 7, 2018, USAREUR press release, new unit activations across Europe are scheduled to begin this year and should be completed by September 2020. The addition of these forces increases U.S Army readiness in Europe and ensures better response to any crisis.