The US Army invests millions – communities

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Those responsible are certain that the Hohenfels training ground will remain a long time. The infrastructure will be further improved.

By Paul Böhm

October 15, 2019

11:38

The Laaber market was organized this year by the US Army Hohenfels meeting with the mayors of border communities for military exercises; left the deputy commander of the operations group, Brian McCarthy. Photo: Paul Böhm
The Laaber market was organized this year by the US Army Hohenfels meeting with the mayors of border communities for military exercises; left the deputy commander of the operations group, Brian McCarthy. Photo: Paul Böhm

Schmidmühlen.Once a year, the US Army Hohenfels meets to exchange experiences
with the mayors of the border communities of the zones of military exercises. The officials of
The army is convinced that the military zone will remain a long time. They talked about
one of the best practice sites in the world with realistic conditions and has not seen any
This is why, in the coming years, the commitment to Hohenfels will be reduced
Said Lieutenant Colonel Brian E. McCarthy, Deputy Commander of the Operations Group
in the Multinational Preparation Center. Even if there will be troop movements,
Hohenfels occupies a key position.

Market Laaber, at the invitation of Mayor Hans Schmid, was responsible
The US Army Hohenfels with the mayors of Übungsplatzrandgemeinden to
37th Community Connector, their annual meeting at Brauereigasthof Plank in Laaber
meet. Mayors Peter Braun from Schmidmühlen,
Florian Junkes from Hohenburg and Stefan Braun from Kastl.

Two major exercises are waiting

The next major US exercise in the Hohenfels military training area is "Dragoon Ready 20" from October 27 to November 13 with the Vilseck Strykern. There are still Georgian units on the training ground at the moment. Photo: Paul Böhm "src =" https://r.search.yahoo.com/imgserver/_thumbnails/images/34/4987000/4987079/460x276.jpg
The next big US exercise in the Hohenfels military training area is "Dragoon Ready 20" from
From October 27th to November 13th with the Vilseck Strykers. Currently Georgian
Units on the practice site. Photo: Paul Böhm

As McCarthy summarized, you will participate in 20 practice rounds by the end of the year.
international participation. It is gratifying to note that despite the high volume of training
Noise complaints have been reduced. With the exercise "Dragoon Ready 20" of the 27th.
October to November 13, 2019 and "Combined Resolution XIII" from January 17 to April 4
February 2020, two "big pieces" are due in the coming months. "Overall, can
but for the year 2020, we say that the volume of exercise according to the current plans
shorter, "says McCarthy.

One of the reasons: the large-scale US exercise "Defender Europe 20" of April and May 2020 with more than
37,000 soldiers, similar to the Cold War era retreat exercises
Hohenfels employs less, McCarthy said. Overall, take part in the exercise troops
from 18 nations.

  • 537 people are currently working as civilians in the Hohenfels US training camp
    and the workers employed. There are more than 30 positions to be filled
    are.
  • $ 53 million should be invested in the practice site this year,
    especially in the accommodation of soldiers and their families. But that should be too
    the seat will be refitted.
  • 20 exercises with international participation are scheduled for the year 2019
    in the military training area of ​​Hohenfels.
  • There have been 15 complaints of noise pollution in practice this year.
    There were 25 calls in 2018.

Investments in military training infrastructure have increased significantly this year.
Bernhard Weber, Deputy Director of Public Works, emphasized
that in the coming years considerable funds will be available in housing for
The soldiers and their families are connected. There are also various civil engineering measures,
improvement of the canteen, the renovation of the headquarters and the renovation of the
Apartments in the storage area. Was just under 28 million US dollars invested in 2015?
it will be $ 53 million this year. Also in the next years
to be similar.

The number of complaints related to noise during exercise has decreased. It had in 2018
25 calls, this year 15. Eleven times were helicopters, three times too many drones
and once the sound of firing. As informed the commander of the airfield Michael A. Spalsbury,
In the future, contact persons will be by telephone (0 94 72) 708-24 57 from Monday to Friday.
feasible. On weekends, the phone is not busy. Will be next year
firefighters from Hohenburg, Velburg, Hohenfels and Kallmünz for a day of training
guests with crushed helicopters.

The apartments are searched

The inhabitants of Hohenfels were delighted by the visit of former Commander Ronald
Estep. The colonel was chief from 1980 to 1983 in Hohenfels. By the end of 1951, he was already
serving as a young officer at Hohenfels. Guest was also the Inspector General this year
the Bundeswehr, General Eberhard Zorn.

Robert Graf informed that the number of rented apartments of 467
in 2017 to October 2019 increased to 627 units. "The apartments are after
as before, sought to meet all housing needs of soldiers and their families
"he stressed.The occupancy rate is currently 97% in the training area
at 95 percent. As Norbert Wittl has said, are currently in the military training area of ​​Hohenfels
537 German employees. More than 30 vacancies
give it to occupy.

Boxing tours across the Hohenfels training area have been a new demand.
Only at the week of German-American friendship ended in one day
1300 people counted on a tour. In total, there were more than 35 additional rides
with tour groups through the grounds. (ABP)

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