Proposed troop drawdown in Germany complicates plans to hand back military land
STUTTGART, Germany — U.S. European Command is still holding off on a years-old plan to return numerous military sites to Germany as it examines whether the facilities will be needed “in response to the strategic shift in the security environment,” EUCOM said.
A directive from President Donald Trump to withdraw some 12,000 U.S. troops from Germany and move numerous units elsewhere in Europe or to the U.S. has further complicated the plan, which was first announced by the Pentagon in 2015.
Delays have sparked frustration in some German communities that have been eager to acquire the military real estate.
In Ansbach, local officials said they only recently learned that Barton Barracks will remain in the Army’s hands for the foreseeable future.
Locals were anticipating the property would be returned by 2021. Government officials