Welcome to EverybodyWiki ! Nuvola apps kgpg.png Sign in or create an account to improve, watchlist or create an article like a company page or a bio (yours ?)...

U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria

From EverybodyWiki Bios & Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria
USAG Bavaria-Facebook.png
Home of Strong Europe Readiness
Country Germany
AllegianceUnited States
BranchUnited States Army
Part ofU.S. Army Europe IMCOM-Europe
Garrison/HQTower Barracks, Grafenwoehr, Germany
U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Installations in Bavaria, Germany

U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria (USAG Bavaria) is a Garrison headquartered in Grafenwoehr, Germany, with four locations, which includes Grafenwoehr (Tower Barracks), Vilseck (Rose Barracks), Hohenfels (Hohenfels Training Area) and Garmisch ( George C. Marshall Center and NATO School), along with Grafenwoehr Training Area Camps.

History[edit | edit source]

Garrison[edit | edit source]

In 2013, U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr was transformed to U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, a single Garrison. In February 2017, in response to the growing rotational force and training troop presence, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria established the 5th Community to manage Garrison resources in the Training Camps, deconflict infrastructure and facilities usage, and ensure the efficient operation and integration of Garrison support to deployment, sustainment, and redeployment operations.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; invalid names, e.g. too many

Commanders*[edit | edit source]

List of U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Commanders
  • COL Adam J. Boyd 2018 - present
  • COL Lance C. Varney 2016 – 2018
  • COL Mark A. Colbrook 2014 – 2016
  • COL James E. Saenz 2012 – 2014
  • COL Avanulas R. Smiley 2010 – 2011
  • COL Nils C. Sorenson 2008 – 2010
  • COL Brian T. Boyle 2005 – 2008
  • COL Richard G. Jung, Sr. 2002 – 2005
  • COL Gregory J. Dyson 2000 – 2002
  • COL Philip D. Coker 1997 – 2000
  • COL Frank J. Gehrki III 1995 – 1997
  • COL Gary M. Tobin 1993 – 1995
  • COL James G. Snodgrass 1991 – 1993
  • COL Nick C. Harris 1989 – 1991
  • COL Washington J. Sanchez, Jr. 1987 – 1989
  • * Commanders of the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria (formerly 100th Area Support Group and U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr)

Mission[edit | edit source]

With all installations and approximately 40,000 soldiers and civilians, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria is the largest U.S. base outside of the United States. U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria is a valued member of the Installation Command community. The mission is to provide high quality base operations and community support to all U.S. personnel in Grafenwoehr-Vilseck, Hohenfels and Garmisch. U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria directly supports the 7th Army Training Command, the largest training command outside the continental United States, the Combat Maneuver Training Command, 2nd Cavalry Regiment and many other tenant units. A large team of subject matter experts consisting of soldiers and civilian employees is available to the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Commander, Col. Adam J. Boyd, to complete the garrison mission. It also ranges from family support, morale, welfare and recreation, child care, housing, service and maintenance to public affairs.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; invalid names, e.g. too many

Post and training information[edit | edit source]

Grafenwoehr and Vilseck[edit | edit source]

File:Water Tower Grafenwoehr.jpg
Water Tower Grafenwoehr

The Grafenwoehr Training Area (GTA) was created following the activation of the III Royal Bavarian Corps in 1900 and in 1908, the training area was officially designated as Training Area Grafenwoehr. After the Nazis took power, the Wehrmacht used the training area for military training and guarded enemy prisoners of war.

With the establishment of the training area, Grafenwoehr and its subdivisions Gmuend, Huetten, and Goeßenreuth lost 2,820 hectare, or two-thirds of its real estate as well as a portion of its back country. Nevertheless, the military caused an immense economic boom in Grafenwoehr. The number of inhabitants doubled between 1909 and 1910 from 961 to 1,841. In 2010, Grafenwoehr had 6,550 inhabitants. Since 2010, the development of Grafenwoehr with all its highs and lows has been closely connected to the development of the training area. The Water Tower joined the city’s original landmark, the gothic town hall built in 1462. At 232 km², it is the largest NATO training facility in Europe today, providing vast ranges, simulation centers, classrooms and facilities for realistic and relevant training to U.S. Army, Joint Service, NATO and allied units and leaders.

File:Expansion of the Training Area in 1938.jpg
Expansion of the Training Area in 1938

Former Villages[edit | edit source]

Approximately 250 residents of ten villages, farms and hamlets had to leave their homes between 1907 and 1910 as a result of the establishment of the training area. During the large expansion of the training area to its current size in 1938, 3,500 residents of 57 villages, farms and hamlets were resettled. The families were moved to other communities in all parts of Bavaria where they were assigned houses and land or got financially compensated. The resettlement was organized by the Reich's Resettlement Corporation (RUGES) with more or less pressure from the Nazi Third Reich. Hopfenohe, Pappenberg and Haag were the three largest villages back in the time. After WWII, the villages were released for the removal of building materials. Only a few remnants of the walls, vaulted cellars, wells, remains of churches, chapels and cemeteries bear witness to the former villages.

Hohenfels[edit | edit source]

File:Edelweiss Lodge and Resort.jpg
Edelweiss Lodge and Resort

Garmisch[edit | edit source]

Current Command Group[edit | edit source]

Units[edit | edit source]

Tower Barracks - Grafenwoehr[edit | edit source]

Rose Barracks - Vilseck[edit | edit source]

Hohenfels[edit | edit source]

Garmisch[edit | edit source]

German-American Volksfest[edit | edit source]

German-American Volksfest

Every first weekend in August more than 100,000 people come to Camp Kasserine on the Grafenwoehr Training Area. For more than fifty years, the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria and the German American Community Council (GACC) invite guests to celebrate the German-American Volksfest. Many rides and booths, a large beer tent and a tent city with sales booths offering a large variety of international, culinary delicacies. Bands, music groups and performances entertain the guests. The main attraction is the large weapons display with German and American tanks and other military vehicles. 2018 marked the 60th anniversary of the German-American Volksfest.[1]

Controversy[edit | edit source]

Pristine nature and landscapes, an extraordinary diversity of species, weapons’ deployments, fascinating technical equipment and beautiful sunsets show the beautiful aspect of the training area. For 100 years, the area has been intensively used as a military training area for various military weapons and a large variety of types of ammunition. Military training, technical developments and the carefree throw-away-mentality have left behind waste and pollution. Much of that was repaired over the past years. However, there are disadvantages concerning the economic impact of living with and from the training area. A negative impact due to firing and flight noise pollution, more traffic, emissions and immissions, higher rental prices on the public real estate market, a one-sided economic dependency and many more aspects that can be looked at critically.[1]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Morgenstern, Gerald (2015). Grafenwoehr Yesterday & Today, 3rd Edition.

External links[edit | edit source]

This article "U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria" is from Wikipedia. The list of its authors can be seen in its historical and/or the page Edithistory:U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria. Articles copied from Draft Namespace on Wikipedia could be seen on the Draft Namespace of Wikipedia and not main one.

Compte Twitter EverybodyWiki Follow us on https://twitter.com/EverybodyWiki !