U.S. Army Europe will activate new units within Germany. U.S. Army Europe is the operational-level Army force assigned to U.S. European Command. This overseas force structure change is a result of the 2017 National Defence Authorization Act directing the U.S. Army to increase its numbers.
New permanently-stationed forces in Europe will result from new unit activations rather than units re-locating from the United States. The addition of these forces aim increasing U.S Army readiness in Europe.
The overall growth of the Army in Europe, as approved by the overseas force structure change, will bring approximately 1,500 new soldiers plus their family members to Germany. As these new units activate, additional supporting units will also join communities throughout Germany.
New units to be stationed at Grafenwöhr include a field artillery brigade headquarters; two multiple launch rocket system battalions; and additional supporting units.
New units to be stationed at Ansbach include a short-range air defence battalion and additional supporting units.
New unit activations are scheduled to begin in 2018 and should be completed by September 2020.