U.S. to Withdraw 11,900 Troops from Germany
11,900 United States troops will be taken out of Germany, the Department of Defense announced today.
“Of the 11,900, nearly 5,600 Service members will be repositioned within NATO countries, and approximately 6,400 will return to the United States”.
Additionally, “2,500 airmen based in Mildenhall, United Kingdom,… who had been scheduled to re-base to Germany, will remain in the U.K”.
24,000 American soldiers remain in Germany.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says this troop withdrawal and repositioning is inline with the United States key objectives to “Enhance deterrence of Russia” and “Strengthen NATO”. Towards these principle objectives, U.S. military units will begin rotations east to the Black Sea region, including a fighter squadron which will be repositioned to Italy, “giving us a more enduring presence to enhance deterrence and reassure allies along NATO’s southeastern flank”.