Amid cuts, U.S. military withdraws from Europe

Pullouts from Iraq and Afghanistan mask a larger drawdown

By Published: September 5, 2011

With so much focus placed on the drawdown of U.S. forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, little attention has been placed on the withdrawal of troops from Europe, the larger strategic change, according to GlobalPost.

Cold War U.S. troop strength in Europe, placed on the continent for Cold War missions, peaked in 1962 at nearly 277,000 troops, GlobalPost writes.

Troop strength in Europe numbered more than 200,000 until the early 1990s. Current military plans call for a reduction in the number of airmen, soldiers, sailors and Marines from 42,000 today to 37,000 by 2015, GlobalPost writes.


Soldiers of the 1st Armored Division's Special Troops Battalion salute during the rendering of honors at the casing of the colors ceremony for Old Ironsides in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes


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