Ten thousand US troops station in Europe will be coming home, according to the WSJ:
The Pentagon will pull some 10,000 troops out of Europe in a broad reorganization that will shrink the number of Army and Air Force personnel stationed in Germany and close a number of bases.
The changes represent new details of a plan previously announced by Washington to reduce the number of hard-to-deploy heavy brigades and cut costs by stationing more units in the U.S., rather than overseas.
Two heavy Army brigades, one based in Baumholder, Germany, and the other in Grafenwöhr, will be deactivated. The V Corps, one of the Army’s war fighting headquarters, also will be closed. Also to be shut are two Air Force squadrons, at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany and a second in Italy.
In all, the U.S. plans to vacate four of its bases in Europe, turning them over to the German government.
Navy bucks the trend, however:
Three Norfolk-based destroyers will relocate to a U.S. base in Spain in coming years to help provide ballistic missile defense in Europe.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Thursday that the guided missile destroyers Ross, Donald Cook and Porter would join the destroyer Carney from Mayport, Fla., in Rota, Spain. The vessels are equipped with the Aegis ballistic missile defense system, which is designed to intercept and shoot down missiles. Each ship has a crew of about 275 sailors…
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced last fall that four ships would be forward-deployed to Spain in support of President Barack Obama’s pledge to improve European security, but didn’t provide specifics.
Three destroyers and 825 sailors in, 10,000 Army and USAF personnel out.
Add a file or two of Marines and it’s a fair swap.