• Germany edition
 
Thousands of US troops leaving Bavaria
Photo: DPA

Thousands of US troops leaving Bavaria

Published: 03 Feb 2012 09:17 GMT+01:00
Updated: 03 Feb 2012 09:17 GMT+01:00

The cities affected – Bamberg and Schweinfurt – will lose approximately 7,500 soldiers, according to mayors who met with the leader of the US Army in Europe, Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling Wednesday.

Mayor Andreas Starke of Bamberg said there will be a gradual reduction of troop numbers over the next few years before the bases officially shutter.

Starke said although the closures would have “far-reaching consequences,” hurting craftsmen and other businesses who have made millions of euros from the Americans, he said it will also have benefits.

“In a crisis, there’s also a chance,” Starke said, pointing to the city’s long-running need for new student housing to support the University of Bamberg.

Schweinfurt Mayor Sebastian Remelé too tried to take something positive from the announcement, saying new residential housing was needed and that he could also envision new businesses moving onto space left by the decommissioned base. However, he said, 600 local civilian jobs were threatened by the closure.

Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said the federal government would be offering special assistance to the affected cities.

“The federal government will surely help wherever it has leeway,” Friedrich told the Münchner Merkur newspaper.

In January, the US government announced it was pulling between 10,000 and 15,000 military personnel out of Europe as part of redeployment to focus on the Middle East and Asia.

The Local/DAPD/mdm

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

15:03 February 3, 2012 by Gretl
And non-Bavarian bases?
18:02 February 3, 2012 by Illogicbuster
Thank God. The only foreign bases we should still have are a few naval bases that are willingly leased. And those for us to maintain freedom of the Seas for our commerce. Let everyone else fend for themselves.
18:24 February 3, 2012 by Gretl
I say we invite everyone over to play in our yard. We have plenty of BRACed bases with communities that would love the replacement income. And think of the multicultural learning opportunities!
18:32 February 3, 2012 by EinWolf
I'd rather pull out of Southwest Asia and deploy to Germany! ... Back in the day, if you stayed in the Army long enough, you'd get a rotation or two to Germany. Nowadays ... It's Afghanistan, Korea, or the States.
18:51 February 3, 2012 by Illogicbuster
No EinWolf, we need to pull out everywhere. No need to spend the $.
19:29 February 3, 2012 by raandy
The strategy is sound, Europe has no real threats out there, and it would seem the major concern would be east and the north pole region as many country's are claiming rights to the undersea oil wealth there.With Global warming it becomes ever more accesible.
20:32 February 3, 2012 by carlm
Germany, Japan and South Korea are more than capable of looking out for themselves. We should've move out of those countries twenty years ago, at the latest.
20:36 February 3, 2012 by socalbremer
As a former GI who was stationed in Bayern for 5 years, and who now lives in Northern Germany as an ex pat with a German wife, I have a dual perspective. On one hand, I believe our once large (and very costly) presence in W. Germany was mainly a token presence against the perceived Soviet threat. The purpose of REFORGER always seemed to be "die as slowly as possible if the Russians come,and hopefully we can get some more troops there in the meantime"... :) . In any case, a seeming waste of who knows how many billions over the years.

On the other hand, I would LOVE a few thousand local GI's with disposable income to be able to come drink .and eat at our establishment :)
21:44 February 3, 2012 by Murkan Mike
What in the world are we (Americans) doing anywhere outside of our country? In my opinion every american military and military contracted person, should go home, we have no business outside of our border. Militarily that is. Hmm, that gets me to thinking..... why do we even have a military, to protect us from who?
21:58 February 3, 2012 by zeddriver
Murkan Mike

Why do we have a military.

Do you put on your seat belt only after having an accident? Or before? Health insurance? Before or after you get sick?
00:10 February 4, 2012 by ovalle3.14
Don't the USA have more urgent matters to tend to?
17:08 February 4, 2012 by X13F
As I write this in Colorado I can turn around in my chair and see the Marne Magic 1982 Schweinfurt Volksfest beer mug on a shelf. While I support the move to return American troops back to the states and not get involved in global policing I am sorry that other Americans won't get the opportunity that I had to see the home of my ancestors. I doubt that I would have been able to travel to Germany much less live there on 2 occasions and get to know so many wonderful people and their culture.

Would I want a foreign military in my country? Hell no! Did I behave inappropriately at times? I'm sure. I must also say that during the 1980's when I was a soldier I was treated better by civilians in Germany than I was in my own country. I have so many great memories of Bavaria (I was in Bad Kissingen my first tour) and enjoyed Franconia so much! Bittersweet to see troops come home from Schweinfurt.

It's great that the buildings could be used for housing or college dormitories but the comment on "diversity" sounds like code for MOSQUE. That, causes concern for me and others who still love Germany and consider it our 2nd home. I would ask, how would a Christian cathedral be accepted in a Muslim country? How welcome would our families and our culture be accepted in Yemen or Saudi Arabia? I think we all know that answer.

Bring our troops home but could I get another Schweinfurt Brauhaus bier while we wait?
01:49 February 5, 2012 by brnskin2010
Deutschland is a beautiful and wonderful country. I lived in Bavaria (on post) in Bamberg. I loved it and hope to return there one day to marry,work and live.
10:51 February 5, 2012 by Yah right
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
14:38 February 5, 2012 by mos101392
@ Illogicbuster, Gretl, carlm, Murkan Mike,

You are all my Heroes!

Why can't everyone see this too? 15 trillion deficit and as unbelievable as it may seem, there is still that minority that believes America's role is to police the world, regardless what it costs the American taxpayer.

I think the real reason is it is cheaper for the world if America spends it's own money and lives while the rest set back , point their finger and laugh, and say, "look at the stupid Americans going in debt and letting their own die so we can lay back and relax".
22:21 February 5, 2012 by Abbot
@Yah right

First off, it is 'yeah, right', you illiterate. Secondly, with Greece and Italy dragging down the euro, you Germans will need every dollar, pound, yen, etc. coming in to keep your economy afloat. And lastly, who fears your fat-assed, lazy soldiers (comments from your own commander in Afghanistan last year)? Your country is a joke that no one outside of Europe takes seriously anymore, except Turks who want to get in to join their comrades and try to get Turkish instituted as a second offical language.
01:13 February 6, 2012 by boopsie
A first reaction might be that it is way past time that the germans foot the entire bill for their own security. But the world is an increasingly complicated place and american armed forces are an irreplaceably stabilizing and in remote areas of the globe civilizing influence that both the US and the rest of the world dispense with at their great peril.
03:46 February 6, 2012 by _jr
there's only one downside to the US of A closing up shop -- the loss of "600 local civilian jobs". I hope finding new jobs won't be too difficult.
22:58 February 7, 2012 by mos101392
@_jr

Losing 600 jobs is a good thing. That means that there will be 600 "new" jobs for Americans. After all, the Germans that received a monthly wage from the American tax payer since the end of the 2WW, can now get a job from the strongest European economy, thanks to the USA. I only hope this is not the beginning nor the end of ALL American troop withdrawals from Europe or the World! It's about time we take care of our own and let the others take care of their own!
11:01 February 8, 2012 by nolibs
The worst thing about this pullout is that this is probably the only opportunity to see what another culture has to offer. Things such as being able to walk alone at night without being mugged, shot or killed, a recycle bin larger than a rubbish bin at home, a work to live not live to work way of life, way fewer ghettos and no-go zones (if any) around major cities, public transportation that works...and more!
Today's headlines
Schweinsteiger is new Germany captain: Löw
Photo: DPA

Schweinsteiger is new Germany captain: Löw

Bastian Schweinsteiger will replace fellow Bayern Munich player Philipp Lahm as captain of the German national football team, head trainer Joachim Löw said on Tuesday. READ  

Munich minister resigns in 'model car scandal'
Christine Haderthauer at her resignation press conference in Munich on Monday. Photo: DPA

Munich minister resigns in 'model car scandal'

Christine Haderthauer, head of the Bavarian state chancery, resigned “with immediate effect” on Monday evening over the so-called “model car scandal” in which her company sold scale models built by a man convicted of three sexual murders. READ  

Russia 'severed' from Europe: President Gauck
President Gauck stands shoulder to shoulder with President Komorowski of Poland in Gdansk on Monday. Photo: DPA

Russia 'severed' from Europe: President Gauck

Russia has "effectively severed its partnership" with Europe and wants to establish a new order, German President Joachim Gauck said on Monday. READ  

National Uber ban is revenge of the taxis
Taxis are a powerful trade lobby in Germany. Photo: DPA

National Uber ban is revenge of the taxis

The Frankfurt regional court has imposed a temporary nationwide ban on chauffeur car service Uber, saying that it must pay a €250,000 fine if passengers continue to book rides through its app. READ  

Sex party 'desecrates' Bavarian royal spa
The facade of the Bad Reichenhall Royal Spa Hotel.

Sex party 'desecrates' Bavarian royal spa

The Bavarian finance ministry has demanded a report from the company running a publicly-owned spa in the town of Bad Reichenhall after they rented the property out for a fetish party. READ  

Merkel details Iraq arms shipment to MPs
Angela Merkel addressing the Bundestag on Monday as her ministers look on. Photo: DPA

Merkel details Iraq arms shipment to MPs

UPDATE: Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the Bundestag on Monday to explain her government's decision to send weapons to Iraqi Kurds fighting terrorist group Isis. READ  

Town in shock as tax worker shot dead
DPA

Town in shock as tax worker shot dead

A tax office worker in the Schleswig-Holstein town of Rendsburg died in hospital after being shot on Monday morning. READ  

Olympic visions compete in Berlin and Hamburg
Berlin and Hamburg mayors Klaus Wowereit and Olaf Scholz on Monday. Photos: DPA

Olympic visions compete in Berlin and Hamburg

Germany's capital and its gateway to the North Sea each released details of their Olympic bids on Monday as the race for the 2024 or 2028 summer games nominations picks up momentum. READ  

Vacationer killed by Baltic Sea bacteria
Photo: DPA

Vacationer killed by Baltic Sea bacteria

Six people were infected with a bacteria from the Caribbean which has made itself at home in the popular German vacation destination. One of them is now in a coma. READ  

UN applauds Germany's help to refugees
DPA

UN applauds Germany's help to refugees

UNHCR Commissioner Antonio Guterres is lauding Germany's role in accommodating the influx of refugees in Europe, while pointing at the imbalance of effort within the EU. The federal government has pledged to do more. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Sponsored Article
Bilingual education from nursery to graduation at Phorms
Photo: Shutterstock
Gallery
Ten of the oddest things found by German border control
Photo: Gerkan, Marg and Partners/Tegel Projekt GmbH/J. Mayer
Berlin
How will Berlin look in five years' time?
Photo: DPA
Culture
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? 10 reasons why you should
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The best of Berlin's mayor Klaus Wowereit in 14 pictures
Photo: DPA
Politics
Germany sends burgers and sausages to Kurds
Photo: Matthias Kock
National
Tribes, ties and a movie: A German's Afghan life
Photo: DPA
Gallery
10 things to do before summer in Germany is really over
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The mysteries of Berlin's abandoned theme park
Photo: Europeana.de 1914 - 1918
Gallery
A German soldier's life behind WWI lines
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,408
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd