Army seeks housing in Germany with troop increases on the horizon
Hed: Army seeks housing in Germany with troop increases on the horizon
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The Army is talking with German authorities about adding housing as it prepares for future troop increases and housing renovations at its base in Baumholder, officials said Monday.
The Army has been looking at six buildings at Strasburg Kaserne in Idar-Oberstein, which was closed a decade ago, according to the Rhein-Zeitung newspaper.
“The meeting and discussion is strictly long-term scoping, more than five years out, as the Army considers a number of viable options should there be a need for off-base housing while renovations occur on Baumholder,” said Tom Clements, spokesman for U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz.
In September, the Army announced a plan to activate new rocket units at other locations in Germany, which means a support unit will be transferred to Baumholder in the coming year. U.S. special operations troops in Stuttgart also are expected to relocate to Baumholder in the next few years, though no date has been set for that move.