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The former U.S. Army Strasburg Kaserne in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. According to the German newspaper Rhein-Zeitung, the Army has looked at six buildings on the base as part of a survey to find buildings appropriate for housing options.   Courtesy Nuckmann/Wikimedia Commons
The former U.S. Army Strasburg Kaserne in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. According to the German newspaper Rhein-Zeitung, the Army has looked at six buildings on the base as part of a survey to find buildings appropriate for housing options. Courtesy Nuckmann/Wikimedia Commons ()
The former U.S. Army Strasburg Kaserne in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. According to the German newspaper Rhein-Zeitung, the Army has looked at six buildings on the base as part of a survey to find buildings appropriate for housing options.   Courtesy Nuckmann/Wikimedia Commons
The former U.S. Army Strasburg Kaserne in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. According to the German newspaper Rhein-Zeitung, the Army has looked at six buildings on the base as part of a survey to find buildings appropriate for housing options. Courtesy Nuckmann/Wikimedia Commons ()
Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery Regiment  pass in review as the unit cased its colors in May 2008 at Strassburg Kaserne in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. It was the las unit at the now-shuttered base. According to the German newspaper Rhein-Zeitung, the Army has looked at six buildings on the base as part of a survey to find buildings appropriate for housing options.
Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery Regiment pass in review as the unit cased its colors in May 2008 at Strassburg Kaserne in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. It was the las unit at the now-shuttered base. According to the German newspaper Rhein-Zeitung, the Army has looked at six buildings on the base as part of a survey to find buildings appropriate for housing options. (Stars and Stripes)

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.

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