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DARMSTADT, Germany — Yes, the garrison supporting the community is inactivating, but most services here will remain open for at least another year even as the population dwindles.

That was the gist of the message Lt. Col. David Astin, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Darmstadt, delivered at a town hall meeting Wednesday. An April 19 announcement from the Army listed the garrison among communities facing “restructuring” in fiscal 2008.

“We are still committed to supporting the community even though we are going to be inactivated,” Astin said.

Astin anticipates that medical, dental, postal, legal and virtually all other services provided by the garrison should continue to operate deep into summer 2008.

With the exception of one facility — possibly two — garrison operations will shut down no later than Sept. 30, 2008, but a date for the inactivation has not been set. Personnel who work at the functioning facilities — the Dagger Complex and possibly the Defense Threat Reduction Agency at Nathan Hale Depot — will move to Wiesbaden and be shuttled to work.

In the near term, some retail facilities run by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service and two facilities run by Army Morale Welfare and Recreation will close or see their hours cut because of a lack of customers.

Baskin Robbins, Vescovi Coffee and Taco Bell — all on Cambrai Fritsch Kaserne — will close June 29. The AAFES shoppette in Langen, a small housing area north of Darmstadt, will close June 1. Wingers and the Escape Club — both run by Morale, Welfare and Recreation — close May 31.

Hours are not changing at AAFES facilities at Kelley Barracks, nor is the on-base movie theater affected. The commissary, located on Nathan Hale Depot, won’t close anytime soon either.

“It is DeCA’s policy to be among the very last services to leave,” said Geri Young, a DeCA spokeswoman. DeCA and Installation Management Command work together to figure out a closing date, and then that date must be approved by Congress, she said.

She noted, however, that fewer of each type of product will be offered as the population declines, and hours will be reduced.

New operating scheduleShoppette at CFK Beginning June 298 a.m. to 8 p.m.Monday through Saturday10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday

Gas station at Lincoln Village Beginning June 298 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Burger King Beginning June 297 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Baskin Robbins and Vescovi Coffee June 29 is last day of operation

Anthony’s Pizza Beginning June 2911 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through FridayClosed Saturday and Sunday

Taco Bell As of May 1511 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through FridayClosed Saturday and SundayCloses June 29

Langen Shoppette closes June 1


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