Army, in talks to keep Mannheim base, eyes other posts
STUTTGART, Germany — The Army wants to retain a strategic base in Mannheim that was slated for closure, in order to support a growing mission in Europe, where the service also is investigating potential new operational sites should the Pentagon decide to deploy more soldiers overseas in the future.
U.S. Army Europe left Mannheim’s Coleman Barracks in 2011 only to return there in 2015 on what was to be a temporary basis. At the time, the military was grasping for a quick solution to accommodate an influx of tanks and other combat vehicles that were headed back Europe amid concerns about a more aggressive Russia.
Now, the Army says it needs to “retain” the base and negotiations are underway with German authorities over the possible terms.
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