The US military plans to invest $64 million to transform a rural Army garrison in Germany into a special operations hub.
The US military’s 2024 budget includes $64 million for upgrades to transform a rural Army garrison in Baumholder, western Germany, into a special operations hub. $41 million is allocated for a special operations company operations facility, while $23 million is for a joint parachute rigging site. This is in addition to last year’s $78 million for buildings and facilities to support special operations teams. The relocation of special operators from the Stuttgart area to Baumholder, which has been advocated for by Army and special operations leaders, would give troops easy access to Baumholder’s large training ranges and provide relief to a German community that has long complained about gunfire from ranges within earshot of well-to-do neighborhoods. The investment in Baumholder is a boost to an area that was once on the Army’s chopping block but has received tens of millions of dollars in public works projects over the past several years, including $78.7 million in the 2024 budget for new family housing.