On 15 May 2015, the US Defense Department officials announced that it would fully return the U.S. Army-Europe site in Stuttgart, Germany, to the host nation in 2015. The Stuttgart Administrative Facility had been identified for return to the host nation as excess to the needs of the U.S. military in Europe
The Stuttgart military community today has about 10,800 people. They live on four posts, each with a unique history and features. The posts do share some similarities: they all were built in the 1930s as German posts, and each has a combination of offices and housing. All have a commissary, a post office, a fitness center, child care facilities, eating establishments and other amenities. Other aspects, from the scenery to the shopping options, vary greatly.
The 6th Area Support Group (ASG) located in Stuttgart, Germany, has a mission to provide command, control, communications and Base Operations to assigned and attached units. The largest customer of the 6th ASG is Headquarters United States European Command (EUCOM). The 6th ASG is under the responsibility of US Army Europe (USAREUR) and 7th Army, which is headquartered in Heidelberg.
USAREUR maintains a combat ready, forward- deployed force capable of providing immediate responses in support of NATO, US unilateral, US bilateral and US multilateral objectives; operates and expands operational lines of communication within EUCOM and supports US combatant commanders and other joint and combined commanders with forces and joint task force as required.
The 6th ASG offers a full range of sports and recreational activities, family support services, special events,facilities and services. Community services and housing are spread over four separate areas, Patch, Kelley and Robinson Barracks and Panzer Kaserne. Our community reached its endstate of the drawdown last year-so these services are here to stay.
Stuttgart, the cultural and political capital of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, has some 600,000 people, and if adjoining suburbs are included, more than 1.5 million. It is perhaps best known as the manufacturing site of Mercedes and Porsche cars. Stuttgart certainly has several advantages over the "usual" large city. The first feature that unmistakably characterizes the city is its topography - unique in central Europe - and at the root of many characteristics which we describe as being "typically Stuttgart". It was the valley site which spurred Duke Luitolf to found his stud farm of "Stuten garten" here in the first place. Around the year 950 AD, Duke Luitolf von Schwaben, who must have been an ardent horse lover, founded a stud farm (stutengarten) in the flat Nesenbach valley. From this developed a settlement and later a town, and the name "Stutkarten", which finally became Stuttgart, was first mentioned in a deed in 1229.
On 08 January 2015, the US Department of Defense announced the consolidation of some U.S. infrastructure in Europe, including the return of 15 sites to their host nations. As a result of this announcement, DoD is to close commissaries at Illesheim and Sembach, as well as the four commissaries in Stuttgart at Kelley Barracks, Patch Barracks, Panzer Barracks and Robinson Barracks, once a new replacement store on Panzer is constructed. HQs DISA-Europe is also to be relocated from Stuttgart to Kaiserslautern.
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