Skip to comments.Army reactivates V Corps for Europe mission
Posted on 05/22/2020 6:41:43 AM PDT by BeauBo
The U.S. Army has reactivated V Corps, a unit of 635 soldiers that will bring more command and control support to missions in Europe, the service announced Tuesday.
The unit will be based at Fort Knox, Ky., and will include a command post in Europe that will be supported by 200 rotational troops.
The location of the Europe post hasnt yet been announced. The headquarters is expected to be operational by the fall, the Army said.
The corps was inactivated in 2013 as part of an Army force reduction in Europe.
However, over the past five years as the Army has expanded its mission on the Continent in connection with Russias forced annexation of Ukraines Crimean Peninsula and concerns about other aggressive moves directed at NATO allies and partners.
The activation of an additional Corps headquarters provides the needed level of command and control focused on synchronizing U.S. Army, allied, and partner nation tactical formations operating in Europe, said Gen. James McConville, chief of staff of the Army, said in a statement.
The move came after a U.S. European Command request, the Army said.
The corps history dates back to 1918, when the unit was activated during World War I. It activated again for World War II. It was a fixture in Europe during the Cold War and later supported the Army during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Fort Trump, Poland.
I’m sure the Russians missed having a big Armored force to wargame against. They really like a nice tank ballet.
maybe the Ukraine??
Fort Trump, Poland.
I thought this happened a few months ago. I’m confused....
Former home of Armor, largely stripped of combat missions some years ago. Basic training for armor/mech troops went to Benning, the big units went to Hood. The only thing left was the Army backfilled with their personnel functions, got that out of the DC area IIRC. So theres lots of room at Knox for a few hundred command staff, lots of room and infrastructure for a tank-heavy force in the future. And Euro-style terrain to practice in, as opposed to Middle Eastern desert-like terrain at Hood.
V Corps was a heavy armor counterstrike force.
Fort Knox is where the Army’s Armor Center and School are located. It is a big base, that can house a lot of potential tenants, and is the Army’s Center of Excellence for things Tank (armored vehicle) related.
When V Corps was in Germany, they would train at Grafenwoehr. In addition to the big ranges for the tanks to chase each other around, they also had a bunch of tank simulators, which the crews would occupy, and fight simulated battles in cyberspace. When they did, the OPFOR (Opposing Force) crews that fought them, using Russian tactics, were located on Fort Knox. They met over the Internet, on a virtual battlefield.
Then it was a big deal (technically), but now that is common for video games.
“I thought this happened a few months ago.”
The approvals were issued, but this announcement says that the actual reactivation has now occurred. The unit is now live on the rolls, and reporting readiness.
Got it, thanks!
They moved the Armor School to Fort Benning in 2010 as part of BRAC.
It did. Probably are re-release for those who missed the original release.
Ah, the good old days, jumping on and off the paternoster in the IG Farben Building!
the elevator of faith.
“They moved the Armor School to Fort Benning in 2010 as part of BRAC.”
Wow, a decade out of date - how time flies.
Thanks for straightening me out.
Yes...... America is moving out of Germany. This is the notice, the shot across the Merkel bow.
Poland is the only logical place
That brought back some memories (I served in the 709th MP Battalion as a training clerk in the late 70s on Gibbs Kaserne)in Frankfurt. My son was born at 97th General Hospital.
I was a tanker in 3AD in V Corps in the ‘70s stationed with 1st Bde in Kirch Goens. Gunnery at Graf or Wildflecken ARTEPs at Hohenfels.
No big deal.
They need to reconstitute all the units lost during the Clinton drawdown.
He was supposed to axe 100+k DoD civilian jobs, but instead made the cuts to the active duty and reserve forces.
Yes the active duty was supposed to be drawn down to some extent with personnel and equipment transferred to the reserves and national guard, but that never happened.
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