Eygelshoven is Army Materiel Command Headquarters Combat Equipment Group-Europe. Its mission is to support the Army's global power projection strategy by managing prepositioned equipment and materiel in the European theater of operations. CEG-E's responsibilities encompass the receipt, accountability, repair, maintenance, configuration into unit sets, storage, issuance and reconstitution of items ranging from full-sized vehicles to spare parts. In recent years, one of its primary tasks has been to redistribute stocks to other worldwide APS regions.
In August 1998 it was announced that, as part of the Department of the Army's prepositioned stocks (APS) drawdown plan, two installations in Central Europe would be returned to the host nations, and one site will be reduced. The APS sites scheduled for closure were Coevorden, The Netherlands and Zutendaal, Belgium. The site scheduled for reduction is Eygelshoven, The Netherlands. The strategy engaged in the reshaping of the APS in Europe optimizes long-term U.S. interests, while also recognizing possible operational and resource constraints. The United States was cognizant of the unsettling effects of this decision for highly valued local employees at these installations. The realignment was completed in January 2000.
In April 2001, CEG-E received a request from AMC Forward-Southwest Asia's Combat Equipment Group-Qatar for the delivery of a large load of equipment. To fill the request, CEG-E had to withdraw equipment from four of its storage facilities, including the Combat Equipment Battalion-Livorno in Italy. It was then arranged that the MS Green Dale, the ship making the journey from the port of Rotterdam in The Netherlands to the port of Umm Sai'd in Qatar, would make a stop in Italy. Employees at CEG-E's storage facilities prepared the equipment identified for shipment by completing technical inspections, performing required repairs and maintenance, painting vehicles in desert camouflage and, in some cases, disinfecting it to prevent the spread of foot-and-mouth disease. The equipment was then sent via road and rail to port, where crews from CEG-E facilities performed final quality assurance checks and any required repairs, including the replacement of a fuel tank on a truck.
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