The U.S. Army Europe will return a vacant portion of the Mark Twain housing area in Heidelberg to the German government later this year, the Defense Department announced Friday.

The housing area being returned includes eight vacant buildings, each with 24 military family housing units. The affected buildings have been determined to be excess, according to a DOD release. Current annual operating costs of these buildings are approximately $1.6 million, according to the release.

The move will have no impact on U.S. military personnel or employees.

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