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Stryker Cavalry Regiment Moved to Germany

After the disagreements over Iraq, some press reports suggested that the U.S. government wanted to move some military bases from Germany to cheaper locations in "New Europe" whose governments supported the Iraq war. I am not sure what happened to those plans. Last October we wrote that the Ramstein and Spangdahlem bases have been upgraded to pick up the slack from the closure of the famous Rhein-Main base. Now the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment moved to Bavaria, reports the American Forces Press Service:
About 3,000 regiment soldiers uncased the unit's colors at Vilseck Army Airfield here during a ceremony marking the 2nd Cavalry’s return to Germany after a 14-year absence and the arrival of the first Stryker unit in Europe. The cavalry regiment will provide USAREUR the Army's most mobile and modern combat system, one that also will benefit U.S. European Command and NATO, said Army Gen. David D. McKiernan, USAREUR's commanding general.
"Putting the 2nd SCR here reaffirms our strong commitment to NATO and our European allies whom we have a long history of sharing our assets with," McKiernan said. "Positioning the regiment here will help to strengthen our ties (within theater)." Previously, the regiment was based at Fort Lewis, Wash., as part of the 25th Infantry Division, but now falls under the 1st Artillery Division.
More in the Stryker Brigade News blog. "Welcome to a 'Best kept Secret'!" writes Bavarian News (pdf).

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Don on :

The reason for this move is obvious; it is the difference between Angela Merkel and Gerhard Schroeder. Goerge Bush (that simpelminded chimp) nevertheless understands certain truths that completely evade brilliant statesmen such as Schroeder, Chirac, and Fischer. The specific 'truth' I'm referring to is that one supports one's friends rather than seeks to do them injury. Given the state of German public opinion Merkel is as good a friend as the US can hope to have in Germany. Therefore the Bush administration is making this into a big deal - to support her.

influx on :

Speaking of Bavarians and the US Army: Looks like they have been called in to help out on another [url=http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/0,1518,438605,00.html]civilian mission[/url].

Anonymous on :

Here's the background on that Volkwagen ad: http://www.snopes.com/photos/advertisements/vwpolo.asp

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