Friday June 5, 2009
What Is It?
It is a decision by the Secretary of the Army to delay conversion of U.S. Army Europe Headquarters (USAREUR HQ) and inactivation of V Corps. The Department of the Army announced on June 4, 2009, that Secretary of the Army Pete Geren has delayed the inactivation of the V Corps and the conversion of USAREUR Headquarters. This decision will allow time to assess the impact of Army requirements.
What has the Army done?
This action is part of a larger effort to relieve the extraordinary demands being placed on Corps Headquarters, which have reduced 'dwell time' to unacceptably low levels. Secretary Geren's decision calls for the delay of force structure actions for the V Corps and USAREUR Headquarters for a period of one year from July 2009 to July 2010.
What continuing efforts does the Army have planned?
The decision is not tied to any other force structure or stationing issues. The one-year retention of V Corps Headquarters in Germany does not fall under the 2005 Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC). V Corps will maintain its current military authorization of 411 personnel and USAREUR Headquarters retain its current military authorization of 377 personnel. When the inactivation of V Corps was announced last year, certain staff sections merged to create efficiencies as the inactivation date approached. The inactivation delay does not affect those mergers. At this point, V Corps will continue to provide oversight of its subordinate units. Its priority function will be to ensure units that deploy from Europe for operational missions are trained and ready. V Corps will continue to report to the commander, USAREUR. USAREUR will not convert this summer to the structure originally planned. Instead, USAREUR will continue to operate under its current structure.
Why is this important to the Army?
During this era of legitimate competing demands for scarce national security resources, it is imperative that we focus on the global fight against terrorism and continue to provide American Soldiers and families the best training, living conditions and overall quality of life possible during their service in Europe. As such, we continually review our structure to identify means to operate more effectively with the assets we have available.
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