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A construction worker takes a break outside the new U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwöhr headquarters, which is scheduled to open in January.

A construction worker takes a break outside the new U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwöhr headquarters, which is scheduled to open in January. (Seth Robson / S&S)

A construction worker takes a break outside the new U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwöhr headquarters, which is scheduled to open in January.

A construction worker takes a break outside the new U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwöhr headquarters, which is scheduled to open in January. (Seth Robson / S&S)

Workers adjust one of two flagpoles in front of the new Joint Multinational Training Command Headquarters complex at Grafenwöhr.

Workers adjust one of two flagpoles in front of the new Joint Multinational Training Command Headquarters complex at Grafenwöhr. (Seth Robson / S&S)

GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — The Joint Multinational Training Command (JMTC) and U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwöhr are preparing to occupy a pair of newly renovated headquarters facilities due for completion here in the next month.

JMTC’s two massive flagpoles were recently planted in front of its new headquarters complex, which includes several renovated buildings linked together to form one facility next to the parade ground and Grafenwöhr’s distinctive house-shaped water tower.

JMTC spokesman Chuck Gordon said Friday that 120 JMTC staff are due to occupy the new 5.8 million euros ($7.44 million), 4,000 square meter (43,056 square foot) facility early in the new year.

The headquarters complex is made up of buildings that used to house a hospital, dental clinic, library, Provost Marshall’s office, SATO Travel, JMTC public affairs and a Pond security guard office, he said.

Meanwhile, garrison staff are preparing to move into another newly renovated building on the other side of Grafenwöhr’s Main Post.

The new 2,800-square-meter (30,139 square foot) garrison headquarters building, which historically housed the garrison staff as well as range control, cost 2.8 million euros ($3.59 million) to renovate, according to Efficient Basing Grafenwöhr spokeswoman Susanne Bartsch.

The garrison will occupy its new headquarters early in January, she said.

The old headquarters building, which houses both the JMTC and Grafenwöhr Garrison staffs, will become a headquarters for a support brigade that will oversee many of the thousands of troops due to arrive at Grafenwöhr over the next few years.

The base will grow from a 1,000-soldier garrison with 2,000 military family members to a brigade-size facility with 4,500 active-duty soldiers and 7,000 family members over the next few years, Bartsch said.

Both of the newly-renovated headquarters occupy buildings were constructed in 1910 when Grafenwöhr was originally built as a training area for the Bavarian Army. The support brigade headquarters building was built in the 1930s as a barracks, Bartsch said.

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Seth Robson is a Tokyo-based reporter who has been with Stars and Stripes since 2003. He has been stationed in Japan, South Korea and Germany, with frequent assignments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Australia and the Philippines.
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