Thursday, July 28, 2005
The Army detailed plans yesterday for positioning 10 new brigades at bases around the United States and for relocating about 50,000 troops being brought home from Germany and South Korea.
The decisions to shift U.S. forces out of Europe and Asia and to increase the number of Army combat brigades from 33 to 43 were reported months ago. But the Army had not made clear where it intended to station the troops.
Under the plan, which also involves shuffling some units already situated in the United States, the largest increase will occur at Fort Bliss, Tex. That base stands to gain about 20,000 troops and 70,000 family dependents when soldiers from the 1st Armored Division move there from Germany and from Fort Riley, Kan.
Other sizable increases between now and the end of 2011 are slated for Fort Lewis, Wash. (11,300 troops), Fort Riley (9,400), Fort Carson, Colo. (8,200), and Fort Drum, N.Y. (6,100).
For a map showing the revised basing arrangements, see http://www.army.mil/modularforces/map.htm .