U.S. returning non-essential military sites in Europe to host nations

Nearly two-dozen non-essential U.S. military sites -- including a golf course and a skeet shooting range -- are being returned to host nations in Europe, the Department of Defense says.
By Richard Tomkins   |   May 23, 2014 at 5:15 PM

WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) -- Nearly two dozen U.S. military sites in Europe are being returned to host nations as the Department of Defense focuses resources on mission requirements.

The U.S. military said closure of the non-essential sites in about five countries. Among them: a golf course, a hotel, housing areas, disused warehouse facilities and facilities unused because of consolidation efforts.

The estimated savings to the U.S. government is about $60 million annually.

"None of these adjustments affects existing force structure or military capabilities, and the efficiencies will further enable U.S. European Command to resource high priority missions," Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a news release.

Among the facilities in Germany being returned are the Garmisch golf course and skeet range; the Frechetsfeld radio site in Grafenwoehr; Wiesbaden recreation center Fintherlandstrasse family housing area; three Heidelberg American Forces Network sites; and a training range.

Italy will be returned a recreation site near Naples and a former NATO headquarters facility, Britain is getting back an ammunition storage facility at RAF Mildenhall.

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