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A U.S. Army equipment storage site in Europe will cease operations this fall, the second such site identified for closure by the Defense Department this month.

In a news release Thursday, the Defense Department announced its intention to inactivate the Army Field Support Battalion in Eygelshoven, Netherlands. Last week, it was the pre-positioned site at RAF Hythe, England, that received a pink slip.

The release said the decision to close Eygelshoven was driven by “force structure realignment and transformation” within the U.S. European Command, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. It also stated that, over the past several years, the need for these storage sites in the central region of Europe have diminished.

Operations at Eygelshoven will end by September, the release stated. The closing directly affects eight soldiers, 13 Defense Department civilians, 28 host-nation employees and 144 local contractors.

Closing the Army’s pre-positioned site at Eygelshoven is expected to save $13.1 million annually, the release said.

In addition to shutting down Eygelshoven and RAF Hythe, the Defense Department also said this month it was reducing its staff at the primary storage site in Livorno, Italy.

That decision involved an adjustment in the work force to account for a reduced workload, said Jennifer King, a spokeswoman for the Army Field Support Brigade-Europe.

The recent moves also spell the end for storage sites of this nature north of the Alps.

“There are big changes going on in the Army right now,” King said.

The staffs at these storage sites manage pre-positioned equipment and material, ranging from large vehicles to spare parts. The management encompasses everything from repairs and maintenance to storage and issuance.

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