I recently wrote an article about the top 10 Army bases in the U.S. I felt we should also have a post for the top Army bases in Europe. While many bases have been shut down to help cut costs, there are some Army installations that must stay open in Europe.
I am using many factors in determining the top European Army bases. The amount of personnel, the number of commands and subordinate commands and reviews of those who have served on these Army bases.
As a “military brat” I understood what it was like to live overseas in a military family. It can make a huge difference how the base runs in how military personnel and their families feel about that particular location. Feel free to offer your comments and opinions about these, or any other military installations at the end of this post.
Now here is my opinion of the top 10 Army Bases in Europe:
10: United States Army Garrison – Schinnen
This is a small Army base in the Netherlands. There is a good chance it may be up for closure, but from what I understand, Army personnel enjoy serving in this installation. USAG Schinnen is a subordinate of USAG Benelux. This base is just a 20 minute trip from Belgium and is hidden away in the province of Limburg, The Netherlands. Estimates show around 5,000 service members work at this location. Command of USAG Schinnen falls under the USAG Benelux Garrison Commander. The Deputy Garrison Manager is Ms Kimberly Wayland.
9: United States Army Garrison – Rheinland-Pfalz
This Army Garrison in Germany is somewhat new after the closing of the Garrison in Heidelberg and Mannheim, and USAG Kaiserslautern was redesignated USAG Rheinland-Pfalz. The main idea was taking systems that were not working, and consolidating them to make them work. The Garrison Commander is Colonel G. Shawn Wells Jr.
8: United States Army Garrison – Livorno Camp Darby
This wonderful installation near Pisa, Italy is under the Command of USAG Vicenza. From what I understand, Army service members dream of being sent to Camp Darby. It is home to several units that are ready at a moments notice for any situations in the European zone. The Deputy Garrison Manager is David Leinberger.
7: United States Army Garrison – Hohenfels
The Garrison at Hohenfels, Germany is under the Command of USAG Bavaria in Grafenwoehr. This smaller installation helps sustain the many units in Bavaria. I have heard many soldiers voice great pleasure upon being stationed at USAG Hohenfels. The Deputy Garrison Manager at USAG Hohenfels is Michel Haney. Life at USAG Hohenfels will allow you to learn the German culture in depth.
6: United States Army Garrison – Ansbach
This Garrison in Ansbach, Germany is home of the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade. Ansbach has a long history and the people are quite friendly with Army Installation personnel. The Commander at USAG Ansbach is Colonel Christopher Benson.
5: United States Army Garrison – Vicenza
This Army Garrison in the heart of Italy is home to:
US Army Europe
US Army Africa
This Base has been a prime location in the battle against ISIS, and it is an important part of the Army’s presence in Europe. The Garrison Commander of USAG Vicenza is Colonel Steven Marks.
4: United States Army Garrison – Grafenwoehr
This large installation in Grafenwoehr, Germany is home to:
7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command
2nd Cavalry Regiment
18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion
This base has many soldiers and their families living in comfort, and they are based to be able to defend United States and her ally’s interests at any moment they need them. The Garrison Commander is Colonel Mark Colbrook.
3: United States Army Garrison – Wiesbaden
This large Army installation in Wiesbaden, Germany is home for many United States Army soldiers, officers and their families. It is also home to the 5th Signal Command. The Command at Wiesbaden also has several subordinate Garrisons including:
and USAG Giessen
The Commander of USAG Wiesbaden is Colonel Mary Martin.
2: United States Army Garrison – Stuttgart
The Army Garrison at Stuttgart is a huge importance to the Army management of forces all throughout Europe. Units that call USAG Stuttgart home include:
United States Africa Command (AFRICOM)
United States European Command (EUCOM)
Marine Forces Europe and Africa
If as a member of the United States Army you get deployment orders to Europe, the odds are very high you will go to ASAG Stuttgart. The population of USAG Stuttgart is estimated at around 25,000. The Garrison Commander of United States Army Garrison Stuttgart is Colonel Glenn Dickenson.
1: United States Army Garrison – Benelux
I rate this Belgian Army installation as #1. Maybe part of it is because my family is originally from Belgium. The USAG Benelux has multiple subordinate Commands that include USAG Brussels, USAG Chievres and USAG Schinnen. USAG Benelux is home of the NATO SHAPE Support Group. The mission of USAG Benelux is: To provide Base Operations to joint military, civilians and their families, to include inter-agency community members with a quality of life equal to the quality of their service. The Garrison Commander is Colonel Marvin Vannatter Jr.
There you have it, my top 10 Army installations in Europe. I have found that in a short time, we may not even have a total of 10 European Army bases. Many of the Army installations throughout Europe have been closed for budget reasons. There is also the possibility the Army will close some and open others in a goal to consolidate,
So what do you think of my list? Do you agree or disagree? If you feel it should be in a different order, or different bases should be on the list, feel free to leave your comments or opinions in the section below. Also, if you have been stationed at any of these United States Army installations, tell us more about your experience there. If it was positive or negative, we welcome your comments.
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