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United Kingdom Support Command (Germany)

The United Kingdom Support Command (Germany) exists, above all, to provide infrastructure support to 1st (UK) Armoured Division, to the Headquarters of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, and to other deployable formations stationed as part of British Forces in Germany. It is also responsible for Anglo-German liaison and for relations with the German authorities from Federal down to local level. The Command provides administrative support to elements of all 3 British Armed Services, the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, serving across the length and breadth of Western Europe, in a wide variety of units large and small. This support includes schooling, medical care, housing, construction planning and social services and, in many ways, it equates to the responsibilities of civilian local authority in the UK. As such, UKSC(G) is an almost unique Command in the British Army, embracing as it does a wide variety of roles which call for every kind of logistic, administrative, educational and welfare professional among its military and civilian workforce.

In 1990, following the collapse of the former Soviet Union, the British Government conducted a defense review, which reduced the size of the British Army from 155,000 personnel to 116,000. The impact of this restructuring was that the British Army of the Rhine, the entity that controlled all British Army Units in Germany, was reduced to a strength of a single armoured division with supporting troops. BAOR was finally disbanded in 1994, and all remaining UK forces in Germany were grouped together to form the joint British Forces Germany (BFG). The United Kingdom Support Command, Germany, based in Rheindahlen just outside Mönchengladbach, with some 4,700 personnel, replaced the BOAR.

In 2008 the British Government confirmed plans to move Headquarters, Allied Rapid Reaction Corps and its supporting element from Rhine Garrison to Innsworth, UK, in the summer of 2010. This would be followed by changes in support arrangements and the United Kingdom Support Command (Germany) and the RESG would merge. They would form the Germany Support Command, which would move to Herford, to be co-located with 1 (UK) Armoured Division. 102nd Logistic Brigade and 1st Signal Brigade, which supported the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, would also move back to the United Kingdom between 2013 and 2018. There would be other smaller moves within Germany, but with the continued agreement of the German Government, the UK planned to continue basing some 14,000 service personnel in Germany.

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