Wednesday, 11 November 2015

MOD Confirms Rebasing Timetable for Germany

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the final Field Army units will return from Germany in 2019. Those units, including those from 20 Armoured Infantry Brigade, principally based around Paderborn and Sennelager in Germany, will return to their new home on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, in the final phase of the Army Basing Programme.
The announcement also confirmed unit moves planned for 2016 and 2017 will go ahead.  That includes the closure and release of Princess Royal Barracks, Gütersloh; Alanbrooke Barracks, Paderborn; Tower Barracks, Dülmen; and Kiel Training Centre. 

In line with commitments made in the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, British Forces Germany has already successfully relocated around 74% of personnel from Germany since 2010, with over 5,000 Service personnel, plus their families, having returned to the UK this summer alone.
The timing of the move has been confirmed ahead of the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review to provide certainty to Army and civilian personnel, and their families, based in Germany, allowing them to plan for the future.
Major General Alastair Dickinson CBE, Director of Army Basing and Infrastructure, said:
“By confirming the timetable to bring the final units back from Germany to their new home on Salisbury Plain in 2019, we are providing our Service personnel and their families with greater certainty to allow them to plan for their futures. It also allows us to finalise our plans with Wiltshire Council and industry partners who will deliver the supporting infrastructure in the UK.
“In Germany we will continue to deliver the high quality of services and facilities that our personnel and their families need so they are well supported until they move.”
One essential part of firm base support is the continued delivery of high-quality education for service children based in Germany.  Providing reassurance to parents, the Directorate of Children and Young People, and Service Children’s Education, have confirmed that Haig, King’s Bielefeld, William Wordsworth, Robert Browning, John Buchan and Bishopspark will remain open until the end of the summer term in 2019. 
In a joint letter to the British Forces Community, Brigadier Ian Bell, Commander British Forces Germany, and Brigadier Ian Mortimer, Commander 20 Armoured Infantry Brigade welcomed the announcement, which provides certainty to the community. 
“So what does this actually mean for us?  First and importantly, it allows us to maintain essential services to 2019.  Second, it means each of us is able to plan with greater confidence our own futures.”
“A good package exists for personnel in Germany and it is fantastic place to live, work and train – and offers many great opportunities.  We urge you to make the most of it.”
Town hall briefings were held at stations across the remaining sites in Germany.  Local Commanders used these opportunities to tell the community that not only will essential services will be provided until the end, there was an ongoing commitment to improving the way in which they are delivered.
Both the Army and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation will continue to work with Wiltshire Council, local and industry partners, to make sure that the accommodation, infrastructure and services needed by our Service personnel and their families are in place.
Further information, including Frequently Asked Questions is available on www.bfgnet.de

Any queries on this and any other rebasing issues can be submitted to BFG-Rebasing-0GpMailbox@mod.uk.