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U.S. to End Spangdahlem Air Base’s Mission

Posted: 29 Jul 2020, 16:46
by TheFoufure
U.S. to End Spangdahlem Air Base’s Mission, Remove 11,900 Personnel From Germany

The Pentagon will begin to wind down the U.S. military presence at Germany’s Spangdahlem Air Base, pulling out Air Force F-16s and canceling plans to move tankers and special-operations forces to the European hub, Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper announced July 29.

The decision marks a major force restructuring aimed at shrinking the U.S. mission in Germany, a key strategic location for American military operations across the globe. Germany hosts one of the largest contingents of U.S. troops in the world.

In a joint briefing with Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John E. Hyten, and U.S. European Command boss Gen. Tod D. Wolters, Esper said that the Defense Department will move 11,900 people out of American military installations across Germany. Of those, 6,400 will return to the U.S., while the rest relocate elsewhere in Europe.

This includes shifting the F-16s from the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem to Italy, effectively ending the U.S. mission at the German base. Additionally, the 100th Air Refueling Wing, which flies the KC-135 tanker, and 352nd Special Operations Wing will stay at Mildenhall instead of moving to Spangdahlem as planned.

Ramstein Air Base is unaffected, DOD officials said, and 24,000 personnel will remain in Germany.

Esper said force changes could start to take place within weeks.

U.S. European Command is broadly restructuring to better address the needs of the National Defense Strategy, which focuses on advanced military adversaries like Russia and China rather than insurgents in the Middle East.

Esper said the strategic goal is a move away from permanent basing to instead adopt “dynamic force employment,” or the ability to quickly and proactively send troops to a particular area as mission needs dictate. DOD is rethinking its brick-and-mortar infrastructure amid fears that permanent bases could be vulnerable to attack.

The shuffle was accelerated by President Donald J. Trump’s remarks in June that he would pull U.S. forces out of Germany because he believes the host country does not spend enough of its own money on defense.

In addition to moving the F-16s, EUCOM will relocate its own headquarters from Stuttgart, Germany, to Belgium. U.S. Africa Command will also move its headquarters out of Stuttgart. Its final location is yet to be determined, Wolters said.

The White House approved the reorganization in June, and Pentagon officials began briefing Congress last week. Allied nations impacted by the changes, along with NATO leadership, were notified within the past few days, Esper said.


July 29, 2020 | By Brian W. Everstine

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U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons, assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, taxi off at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to participate in a large force exercise within the North Sea airspace, U.K., on May 27, 2020. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melody W. Howley.



Source : https://www.airforcemag.com/u-s-to-end- ... 6cd0VedMms

Re: U.S. to End Spangdahlem Air Base’s Mission

Posted: 29 Jul 2020, 17:12
by Firebird
There's lucky for Suffolk.

Re: U.S. to End Spangdahlem Air Base’s Mission

Posted: 29 Jul 2020, 18:39
by swp53
Looks like mine and Ray's recent package will soon be retro, lol.

Re: U.S. to End Spangdahlem Air Base’s Mission

Posted: 29 Jul 2020, 20:00
by Firebird
Nowt wrong wit Retro, lad.

Re: U.S. to End Spangdahlem Air Base’s Mission

Posted: 29 Jul 2020, 20:37
by TheFoufure
The USA EUROCOM Headquarters from Stuttgart will be moved from Germany to Belgium. It will be at Mons (City near EBCV Chièvres AB) in the same complex than NATO SHAPE.
AFRICOM will probably do the same.

Re: U.S. to End Spangdahlem Air Base’s Mission

Posted: 29 Jul 2020, 22:50
by TimC340
I wonder if this decision will outlast the Trump presidency?

Re: U.S. to End Spangdahlem Air Base’s Mission

Posted: 30 Jul 2020, 00:05
by Victory103
Speaking of that, missing the FSX textures for that mentioned package on the F-16Ds.

Re: U.S. to End Spangdahlem Air Base’s Mission

Posted: 30 Jul 2020, 04:25
by f4nutter
oops somebody forgot to package them up shhh!.
i just uploaded them here. https://rayparkerrepaints.weebly.com/links.html

Re: U.S. to End Spangdahlem Air Base’s Mission

Posted: 30 Jul 2020, 20:18
by TheFoufure
swp53 wrote:
29 Jul 2020, 18:39
Looks like mine and Ray's recent package will soon be retro, lol.

You can already update your package ;-)





Have Glass V also for Spangdahlem F-16

On 30 July 2020, 480th Fighter Squadron's flagship F-16CM, serial 96-0080, returned from overhaul with SABCA at Gosselies (Belgium). It was a surprise to see the aircraft received the Have Glass V paintwork.

The Have Glass V (5th generation) painting is all about RAM (Radar Absorbent Material) and is made of microscopic metal grains degrading the radar signature of the Viper.

Included is a photo of 96-0080 in its previous livery. Looking forward to see more SP Fighting Falcons with the new "colours".

Credit photos: Adrian Stürmer

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Source : Scramble Magazine's Facebook page.

Re: U.S. to End Spangdahlem Air Base’s Mission

Posted: 02 Aug 2020, 06:40
by maverick69
Victory103 wrote:
30 Jul 2020, 00:05
Speaking of that, missing the FSX textures for that mentioned package on the F-16Ds.
The two missing texture were in the F-16C folder

Re: U.S. to End Spangdahlem Air Base’s Mission

Posted: 02 Aug 2020, 15:36
by Muckinator2005
According to the Commodore of 52nd Fighter Wing Colonel David Epperson the majority of the Fighter Wing will remain at Spangdahlem. Only 480th Fighter Squadron and some additional units will be relocated to Italy.

Re: U.S. to End Spangdahlem Air Base’s Mission

Posted: 02 Aug 2020, 20:30
by TheFoufure
Muckinator2005 wrote:
02 Aug 2020, 15:36
According to the Commodore of 52nd Fighter Wing Colonel David Epperson the majority of the Fighter Wing will remain at Spangdahlem. Only 480th Fighter Squadron and some additional units will be relocated to Italy.
Yes but no more flying unit at Spangdahlem....

Re: U.S. to End Spangdahlem Air Base’s Mission

Posted: 03 Aug 2020, 13:29
by Muckinator2005
TheFoufure wrote:
02 Aug 2020, 20:30
Muckinator2005 wrote:
02 Aug 2020, 15:36
According to the Commodore of 52nd Fighter Wing Colonel David Epperson the majority of the Fighter Wing will remain at Spangdahlem. Only 480th Fighter Squadron and some additional units will be relocated to Italy.
Yes but no more flying unit at Spangdahlem....
Yes, You're correct. I wasn't aware that 480th FS is their only flying unit 'til You mentioned it, my bad.

Best regards,

Jean Claude