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HEIDELBERG, Germany — Another 795 soldiers will be exiting U.S. Army Europe, according to a transformation announcement released Friday.

More than half of those will be from 1-94 Field Artillery Battalion, now at Idar-Oberstein. That unit — with 495 soldiers and about 740 family members — will be relocated to Fort Lewis, Wash. Another unit, the 612th Movement Control Team, now in Kaiserslautern, will be moving to Fort Lee, Va.

But the biggest group of soldiers affected in the moves, the first announced by U.S. Army Europe since April, are the 655 soldiers in the 123rd Main Support Battalion in Dexheim. That unit is deactivating.

All the moves announced this week are scheduled to occur sometime within fiscal 2008, which begins on Oct. 1. A number of military intelligence units now in Darmstadt are expected to move next summer.

The announcement follows one in April that affected some 1,720 soldiers, 480 U.S. civilians and 530 local nationals employed by the U.S. Overall, the transformation and rebasing plan is scheduled to reduce what were some 62,000 USAREUR soldiers to fewer than 30,000, and the closure of numerous small installations in favor of a handful of “hubs.”

Among those hubs are Grafenwöhr and Wiesbaden, which will become the new home of engineer and military intelligence units mentioned in the release. The MI units are currently in Darmstadt. The engineer battalion is being activated.

“It comes in steps. This is just the next step,” said Hilde Patton, a spokeswoman for USAREUR and 7th Army. Patton’s title also reflects transformation. She previously was a spokeswoman for V Corps, but the corps’ public affairs people merged with USAREUR a few months ago.

Moving announcements

U.S. Army Europe officials have announced another round of transformation moves, sending some 800 soldiers back to the States, while shifting other units different bases in Germany.

The following units inactivate:

29th Area Support Group, Kaiserslautern.123rd Main Support Battalion, Dexheim.The following unit will return to the States:

612th Movement Control Team, Kaiserslautern.1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery, Idar-Oberstein.The following units will relocate from Darmstad to Wiesbaden Army Airfield, Germany:

Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Military Intelligence Battalion.Companies A, B, C and D, of the 2nd Military Intelligence Battalion.European Security Operations Center.Cryptological Support Group.Field Support Center.Other action:

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Nancy is an Italy-based reporter for Stars and Stripes who writes about military health, legal and social issues. An upstate New York native who served three years in the U.S. Army before graduating from the University of Arizona, she previously worked at The Anchorage Daily News and The Seattle Times. Over her nearly 40-year journalism career she’s won several regional and national awards for her stories and was part of a newsroom-wide team at the Anchorage Daily News that was awarded the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

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