U.S. Army Europe will return the San Gottardo Signal Site near Vicenza, Italy, and part of Wiesbaden’s Crestview Housing to the host nations in 2012.
The small site in Italy was formerly used by signal units for radio retransmission and training in the past, but is now excess. The site is about 4,400 square meters, with a fence and a concrete pad for vehicle parking.
The partial return of Crestview Housing entails eight buildings which are outside the housing area fence line. They are separate from the rest of the housing aera and have not been used for several years. There are no military or civilian positions associated with the return of either return.
The returns are part of USAREUR’s ongoing campaign to seek cost savings and more effective and efficient operating procedures wherever possible. In recent years USAREUR has divested more than 570 sites, including caserns and housing areas, as well as isolated radio and radar positions. By 2015 USAREUR expects to return four more major garrisons (Heidelberg, Mannheim, Bamberg and Schweinfurt) consisting of 33 sites, providing more than $300 million in annual savings — all without Base Realignment And Closure funding.
(USAREUR Public Affairs)