EUA reduzem força militar na Europa
O mundo está a mudar, os Estados Unidos estão a mudar e esta Europa dos “cortes” está a ficar muito mais perigosa, porque desprotegida. Para os que “pensavam” que o “guarda-chuva” americano era a protecção garantida, as notícias não podiam ser piores. Como aqui no ‘IE’ há muito que se alerta (ver, por exemplo, “A ‘Operação Mali’ Revela Um Novo Quadro Estratégico”), a Europa deixou de ser uma prioridade militar para os EUA e Washington considera que os os Estados da Europa têm de se empenhar e ser capazes de garantir a sua Defesa e Segurança. Uma ajuda, de vez em quando, ainda vá, mas mais do que isso está fora de questão. Basta ver, com alguma atenção, o que o Ministério da Defesa americano (DoD) acaba de anunciar sobre “U.S. Army In Europe Force Structure Changes”… Uma leitura que é muito instrutiva. Como escreve o Prof. Julian Lindley-French, “The world is playing stud poker, whilst Europe plays bad chess”. A Defesa e Segurança, em tempos de austeridade, exigem ainda mais inteligência das direcções políticas, sob pena de colocarem em risco a Democracia.
DOD Announces U.S. Army In Europe Force Structure Changes
March 01, 2013
The Department of Defense announced today that Germany-based elements of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team will relocate within Germany and to Italy in summer 2013.
A total of four battalions will be relocated. Two battalions will relocate from Germany to Italy; the brigade’s headquarters and one infantry battalion will relocate from Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy, to the Army’s new facility in Del Din (formerly known as Dal Molin) in Vicenza. The other two battalions will relocate from Schweinfurt and Bamberg, Germany, to Grafenwoehr, Germany.
In addition to the previously announced inactivation of V Corps Headquarters and the 170th and 172nd Infantry Brigades, the disposition of 2,500 enabling forces are provided as follows:
170th Infantry Brigade, Smith Barracks, Baumholder, Germany – Inactivated
167th Medical Detachment (Optometry), Grafenwoehr, Germany – Inactivated
535th Engineer Company, Warner Barracks, Bamberg, Germany – Inactivates
12th Chemical Company, Conn Barracks, Schweinfurt, Germany – Inactivates
V Corps Headquarters, Clay Kaserne, Wiesbaden, Germany – Inactivates
172nd Infantry Brigade, Grafenwoehr, Germany – Inactivates
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 391st Combat Service Support Battalion, Warner Barracks, Bamberg, Germany – Inactivates
B Detachment, 106th Finance Company, Katterbach Kaserne, Ansbach, Germany – Inactivates
42nd Engineer Company, Warner Barracks, Bamberg, Germany – Returns to the United States.
99th Movement Control Team, Aviano Air Base, Italy – Returns to the United States.
Headquarters, 18th Engineer Brigade, Conn Barracks, Schweinfurt, Germany – Inactivates
243 Engineer Detachment, Conn Barracks, Schweinfurt, Germany – Inactivates
54th Engineer Battalion, Warner Barracks, Bamberg, Germany – Inactivates
370th Engineer Company, Warner Barracks, Bamberg, Germany – Inactivates
7th Signal Brigade, Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt, Germany – Inactivates
72nd Signal Battalion, Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt, Germany – Inactivates
Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 95th Military Police Battalion, Sembach Kaserne, Kaiserslautern – Inactivates
630th Military Police Company, Warner Barracks, Bamberg, Germany – Inactivates
464th Military Police Platoon, Camp Ederle, Italy – Inactivates
511th Military Police Platoon, Livorno, Italy – Inactivates
541st Engineer Company, Warner Barracks, Bamberg, Germany – Returns to the United States.
230th Military Police Company, Sembach Barracks, Kaiserslautern, Germany – Inactivates
3rd Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment (Airfield Operations Battalion), Storck Barracks, Illesheim, Germany – Returns to the United States.
69th Signal Battalion, Grafenwoehr, Germany – Inactivates
525th Military Police Detachment (Military Working Dogs), Baumholder, Germany — Returns to the United States.
1st Battalion, 214th General Support Aviation Regiment structure is reduced at Clay Kaserne, Wiesbaden, by 190 soldier spaces and at Landstuhl Heliport by 50 soldier spaces.
Information on the disposition of other units in the closing U.S. military communities of Bamberg and Schweinfurt will be provided in the near future, as those force structure actions are determined.
These actions are part of DOD’s ongoing restructure of resources worldwide in line with our national defense strategy and in support of combatant commanders, NATO and our European allies.
For more information regarding this announcement, please contact U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs, 011-49-6221-57-8628.