The American airbase Spangdahlem in the Eifel region remains, according to the air force of the United States, despite the planned relocation of soldiers receive. "Currently, there are no plans to close Spangdahlem," said the Commodore of the in Spangdahlem-based 52. Fighter wing, David Epperson, on the Homepage of his squadron with."Currently, there are no plans to close Spangdahlem," said the Colonel. The squadron have always to fulfill an essential task.
The 480. Battle squadron and parts of the 52. Hunting squadron are to be moved according to the air force base in Italy. So the fight would be able to get planes faster to the Southeast flank of the Alliance. The mission of the squadron in the clamping Dahlem, so Epperson, stay still, get. "The Mission does not end here with the move of the squadron or other units that might be affected by this change in direction," said Epperson. "The majority of air force members, the the 52. Hunting squadron are assigned to support these aspects of the Mission and will not move from Spangdahlem.“
The United States had announced on Wednesday to lay the in Spangdahlem stationed a squadron of combat aircraft with 20 F-16 including the crew, mechanics and Support personnel to Italy. At the airbase, around 4000 soldiers., according to the American air force. The base is also employed employer for about 800 German Civilian. The news had triggered in the Region of concern and uncertainty.
Epperson said, a lot of people would have brought "their concern about the fact that the Installation includes, if the squadron moves. This is not the case.“ He added: "We remain committed to our friends and partners in the local community committed to support our presence in the Eifel region for decades, and we look forward to further develop these contacts."
the Rhineland-Palatinate interior Minister Roger Lewentz assumes that the airfield remains. The state government would do anything for this, said the SPD politician of the German press Agency in Mainz, Germany. In the past 15 years, the Americans have invested far more than $ 400 million in the site Spangdahlem.
The government is Trump trying to pull a third of its in Germany-stationed troops. According to the plans, half of the 12,000 soldiers involved should be brought initially in the United States, other 5600 are transferred to other Nato countries. In addition to Spangdahlem in Rhineland-Palatinate, the Bavarian Vilseck, on the troop exercise area Grafenwöhr and the two command centers for Europe and Africa in the baden-württemberg state capital Stuttgart, are affected.Updated Date: 01 August 2020, 08:19