US Army rapid-reaction force set up in Germany

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15 September 2006, VILSECK, GERMANY - The US Army's main new ready-reaction force in Europe, the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, was officially set up for work Friday, as a Pentagon reorganization of US forces abroad neared completion. The Stryker regiment, which is equipped with armoured vehicles, was welcomed to Germany by the premier of Bavaria state, Edmund Stoiber. It has been gradually moving in over several months at the Grafenwoehr training ground near the German town of Vilseck. It is being kept the

15 September 2006

VILSECK, GERMANY - The US Army's main new ready-reaction force in Europe, the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, was officially set up for work Friday, as a Pentagon reorganization of US forces abroad neared completion.

The Stryker regiment, which is equipped with armoured vehicles, was welcomed to Germany by the premier of Bavaria state, Edmund Stoiber. It has been gradually moving in over several months at the Grafenwoehr training ground near the German town of Vilseck.

It is being kept there so it can quickly move to a hot spot if an international conflict blows up in or near Europe. The regiment is one of five Stryker units stationed worldwide.

The Pentagon had earlier removed many US troops from Germany after deciding the jobs they were doing were unnecessary. 

Washington reportedly considered establishing new permanent bases in eastern Europe, but instead choosing Vilseck for the leaner, technically advanced force. The regiment, formerly known as the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, had been stationed in Germany 1944-1992.

A new housing area of 830 homes is being built for the soldiers, with construction to be completed by the end of 2008.

DPA

Subject: German news

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