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Storied U.S. Barracks Closes With Little Fanfare (Campbell Barracks, Heidelberg, Germany)
The New York Times ^ | September 7, 2013 | Alison Smale

Posted on 09/08/2013 3:00:19 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

HEIDELBERG, Germany — For Germans and Americans who had long imagined a dramatic coda to the cold war, it came instead in a few solemn, quiet moments. After both national anthems were played, seven American and five German soldiers lowered their national colors, marched at the edge of a bedraggled parade ground and carefully folded the flags for the last time.

The ceremony on Friday afternoon, before about 300 onlookers, marked the closing of Campbell Barracks, which, as the headquarters of the United States Army in Europe, issued the orders for the millions of American soldiers — 15 million in Germany alone — who have served on the Continent since 1945. It was a day that most present, mostly an older crowd, had never imagined could come.

“We had no idea that Heidelberg will ever close,” said Regina Hingtgen, 62, who has worked with the Army for 41 years, and first honed her English when her parents billeted G.I.’s. The Army was the best employer, she said, affording her, among much else, a flexibility as a divorced single mother that “no German company would ever have done.”(continued)

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Germany; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: army; germany; military; nato

1 posted on 09/08/2013 3:00:19 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So much of the world is happening around me ... it’s almost overwhelming.


2 posted on 09/08/2013 3:24:57 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow. I was born in Heidelberg. My Father served in the Army for 20 years. I never thought Campbell would close.


3 posted on 09/08/2013 3:30:11 AM PDT by grimalkin (The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man. -G.K. Chesterton)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

....lack of American foresight, conversely, part of nObama anti west strategy.


4 posted on 09/08/2013 4:18:24 AM PDT by himno hero (hadnuff)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The article's reference to a new HQ on a hill in Wiesbaden has me wondering where that is since I spent three years there during my military service. The little kaserne where my unit was has long been turned into German housing but it was on an isolated hill overlooking the Rhine River valley. The large family housing area was on a hill (Hainerberg) but it never was anything more than housing, PX, and commissary.
5 posted on 09/08/2013 4:38:08 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: knarf

I would say good because it saves us money but our money is being stolen by our elected officials.


6 posted on 09/08/2013 5:52:31 AM PDT by angcat
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To: knarf

As a former Army brat in K-town, I am so saddened by these stories.


7 posted on 09/08/2013 5:55:49 AM PDT by KAESNO2
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To: KAESNO2

I lived in Heidelberg outside the Army Base in Little America in 1956-57 (Holbeinring) when my father was stationed there (Navy Civil Engineer). I was in the 3rd and 4th grades in the American school. Remember the church bells on Sundays and the long Sunday Walks, the trolley cars, the people, YES the memories are priceless.


8 posted on 09/08/2013 6:12:50 AM PDT by acoulterfan
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To: acoulterfan

MY, how it has changed!!!!!
http://www.buzze.de/armybaseclosure/MTV-Holbeinring.htm


9 posted on 09/08/2013 6:15:53 AM PDT by acoulterfan
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To: T-Bird45

Were you stationed at camp pieri too?


10 posted on 09/08/2013 7:33:47 AM PDT by Nooseman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
My father was an aviator stationed at Stuttgart and later Heidelberg Army Air Field in the 1960s. Our family was with him in Germany for seven years. I've written about our experiences in a book that just came out, “Fighter Pilot's Daughter: Growing Up in the Sixties and the Cold War.”
11 posted on 09/08/2013 7:47:16 AM PDT by Mary Lawlor (www.marylawlor.net)
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To: Mary Lawlor

Welcome aboard!


12 posted on 09/08/2013 7:48:44 AM PDT by OwenKellogg (Fundamental transformation is really starting to suck.)
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To: Nooseman

You got it in one guess. 1978-81, 1/333d Field Artillery (LANCE)


13 posted on 09/08/2013 8:28:12 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: T-Bird45

14th Maint co. armament shop. 85-88. Best duty station I had.


14 posted on 09/08/2013 9:05:16 AM PDT by Nooseman
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To: grimalkin

Why? The war has been over for almost 70 years.


15 posted on 09/08/2013 9:13:18 AM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: Henry Hnyellar

I just didn’t think about it either way. Took it for granted, I suppose.


16 posted on 09/08/2013 10:18:30 AM PDT by grimalkin (The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man. -G.K. Chesterton)
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To: acoulterfan

You might be interested in this Facebook group ... https://www.facebook.com/groups/Heidelberghighschoolfriends/

I am in the KAHS Facebook group.


17 posted on 09/08/2013 2:24:07 PM PDT by KAESNO2
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