Rebalancing the Army in Europe

Thursday May 31, 2012

What is it?

In February, the Department of Defense announced that while Europe is our principal partner in seeking global and economic security, the U.S. will adjust the posture of land forces in Europe. As part of this plan, the 170th Infantry Brigade will inactivate in October 2012, and the 172nd Heavy Brigade (both with 3800 Soldiers) will inactivate in October 2013.

V Corps headquarters (approximately 750 Soldiers) is deploying to Afghanistan now and, though assigned personnel will redeploy to Germany and be reassigned in accordance with normal personnel procedures, the flag will not return to Germany. In addition, the Army will reduce some 2500 Soldiers in enabling units in U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) over the next few years. Overall, these changes will reduce the current USAREUR strength from 40,000 Soldiers to about 30,000 by the year 2015.

What has the Army done?

Since 1989, the Army has reduced its presence in Europe from approximately 213,000 Soldiers on 858 sites forward postured to defend Europe to the current projected level of approximately 30,000 Soldiers in five remaining Army communities forward postured to prevent conflicts and to shape the international environment. In the fall of 2011, the Secretary of the Army also directed USAREUR to reduce its civilian staff by over 1,000 personnel.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

To sustain and improve interoperability within NATO, the U.S. will allocate a U.S.-based heavy Brigade Combat Team to reinvigorate our commitment to the NATO Response Force. As part of this commitment, the Army in Europe will also seek ways to enhance multinational training at the world-class Joint Multinational Training Command in Grafenwoehr, Germany, in a post-International Security Assistance Force environment. As part of this commitment, the Army will regularly rotate a battalion-sized task force to Grafenwoehr, Germany, to conduct multinational training and exercises.

Why is this important to the Army?

USAREUR remains America's strategic forward enabler in defense of the homeland and America's primary means for building partnerships and interoperability, preparing U.S., allied and partner nation forces for operations and future contingencies. The U.S. Army footprint in Europe provides Department of Defense, a critical staging area for multi-national training as well as logistics, intelligence, communications, and medical support improving our access and operability throughout the world. Maintaining presence within current resource constraints proves the Army's ability to adapt and embrace change while remaining focused on our nation's strategic and operational goals.


Department of Defense: Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership January 2012 (PDF)
U.S. Army Strategic Planning Guidance (PDF)

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