Realignment now puts Garmisch units under Grafenwöhr garrison
October 3, 2007
STUTTGART, Germany — The Garmisch military community, which since 1993 had fallen under the domain of Army Garrison Stuttgart, on Tuesday became a subunit of the Grafenwöhr garrison.
The change was made because Garmisch and Grafenwöhr are both located in the German state of Bavaria, and that link could simplify doing business within the state. Stuttgart is located in the neighboring state of Baden-Württemberg.
“The states [in Germany] hold a lot more power than our states in the U.S.; everything here is handled by the states,” said Scott Brokaw, an international-relations specialist with the U.S. Forces Liaison Office in Munich, the Bavarian capital. “It makes it easier to operate, having the two garrisons (Grafenwöhr and Garmisch) fall under the same state. It was cumbersome to have two separate sets of state officials to deal with.”
Brokaw noted that the garrison in Garmisch has to negotiate and comply with Bavaria on issues such as construction, environmental protection, and ongoing Army transformation projects.
About 3,100 people are supported by the Garmisch garrison, according to Ken White, a spokesman with Installation Command Europe, which oversees Army garrisons in Europe.
The main tenants in Garmisch are the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and NATO School. Most of the garrison’s support units, such as the post exchange and commissary, are located on Artillery Kaserne.
There are about 250 military personnel stationed in the Garmisch area as well as 650 Defense Department civilians and 400 family members.
The rest include contractors, German employees, foreign military members, retirees and others.