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ARLINGTON, Va. — The Base Closure and Realignment Commission last week authorized moving more than 14,600 troops from Germany to four U.S. bases as part of the Army’s modernization efforts.

Army officials said they would not release information on which troops will be moved and when they’ll begin relocating. Lt. Col. Carl Ey said the Army plans to release specific information before early October.

Documents related to the BRAC moves, finalized Saturday morning, noted that Fort Knox in Kentucky, Fort Bliss in Texas, Fort Riley in Kansas and Fort Bragg in North Carolina will receive European-based forces as those bases are restructured in coming years. In addition, about 180 troops in Korea will be moved.

According to commission documents, Fort Bliss officials will relocate air defense artillery units to Fort Sill to make way for “various echelon above division units from Germany and Korea.”

In the same Army operations changes, commissioners authorized realigning Fort Riley, inactivating unspecified units and moving similar German and Korean forces there.

Those two moves will affect 12,364 soldiers in Germany and 16 soldiers in Korea, according to information provided by the Army to the base closure commission.

At Fort Knox, the commission approved moving “engineer, military police and combat service support units from Europe and Korea.” That includes 166 soldiers from Korea and 1,563 troops from Germany, according to Army documents.

To make way for those new forces, Fort Knox will shift its Armor Center and School to Fort Benning, Ga.

Fort Bragg will get the smallest portion of troops from the overseas moves, picking up 716 soldiers from unspecified forces in Germany.

Last month, Army officials announced preliminary details of their Brigade Combat Team restructuring plans, including a map showing attempts to simplify and geographically locate related divisions and brigades.

Under the current force setup, many of the Army’s 10 divisions are separated by several states or even countries. Germany’s 1st Armored Division, for example, has units on different continents.

The BRAC recommendations now move to President Bush, who has until Sept. 23 to accept or reject the entire list. It then goes to Congress, which will have 45 days to consider the plans.


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