80th Area Support Group
In 2005, an official ceremony in Heidelberg, Germany marked the reflagging of the Installation Management Agency - Europe's Area Support Groups, Base Support Battalions, and Area Support Teams into 21 US Army Garrisons to align with the common US Army installation management structure worldwide, known as Standard Garrison Organization. As a result, the 80th Area Support Group was inactivated and reflagged as the US Army Garrison Chièvres. The Group's subordinate Area Support Group Brussels was reflagged as US Army Garrison Brussels.
The 80th Area Support Group was an operational Area Support Group with an assigned base operations and contingency operations mission. The 80th Area Support Group's headquarters was located in the village of Chievres, Belgium, about one hour south of Brussels and in close proximity to the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers, Europe (SHAPE).
Major customers were located throughout Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, the United Kingdom and in areas of northern Germany. The supported US population in those countries exceeded 14,000 military, civilian and family members. On a day-to-day basis, the 80th Area Support Group provided a full range of base operations support to units and representatives of all Service branches, as well as to US government officials assigned to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and to Allied Forces Central, Europe. In meeting the special demands of operating in a truly international environment, the 80th Area Support Group maintained a subordinate 254th Base Support Battalion in Schinnen, the Netherlands, and an Area Support Team (NATO Support Activity) in Brussels, Belgium.
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