U.S. Closing 11 Bases in Germany
By the end of 2007, a mere 18 years after the end of the Cold War, the United States will withdraw from some of the smaller bases in Germany.
US troops will pull out of 11 bases in southern Germany in 2007 as part of a shake-up of US forces around the world. The bases, mainly in Bavaria, are home to the 1st Infantry Division which will return to the US in 2006, the defence department said in a statement. It will be replaced by smaller forces able to react rapidly to new threats. Up to 70,000 US troops currently in Europe and Asia are to be redeployed in accordance with plans announced by President George W Bush last year.
Five sites in Kitzingen in Bavaria will be handed back to German authorities, while three bases in Wuerzburg near Frankfurt in central Germany will be shut, said a statement by the US European command. The other bases are in Giebelstadt, a small town near Wuerzburg.
An end of an era. U.S. troops have been in Germany for over 60 years.