- Patch Barracks
Patch Barracks is a well-known US military installation in
Stuttgart-Vaihingen in Germany. It is named after Alexander M. Patch.
Patch Barracks was renamed from the German "Kurmärker Kaserne" in 1952. It served as home to the 7. Panzerregiment of the German
Wehrmachtduring World War II. After the Second World War, the barracks was temporarily occupied by French colonial troops. Subsequently, American troops took over the facility.
Today, Patch Barracks is home to the
US European Command(EUCOM) and is the headquarters for US armed forces in Europe. It is also the center for the Special Operations Command, Europe(SOCEUR), which commands all US Special Operations Forcesunits in Europe.
Patch Barracks is visible from a distance due to the convert|314|ft|m|sing=on high steel framework radio tower located on the premises.
Local facilities include
Patch High School, a DoDEA school for armed forces and civilian dependants.
Changes are in process to Patch Barracks, which include moving the PX to a larger shopping center on the nearby base Panzer Kaserne ( literally 'tank base'). The move was decided due to the lack of parking for both those who work at the
EUCOMbuildings on base and the AAFESshopping center. Changes also include renovations to the housing on base. Most renovations are complete except for the houses for O6 officers and above. The renovations to these houses is a slow process because many of the houses are occupied.
Patch High School
List of United States Army installations in Germany
* [http://www.portalgermany.com/military_installations_germany/ List of Military Installations in Germany at PortalGermany.com]
* [http://www.stuttgart.army.mil Home page of the US Army Garrison Stuttgart]
* [http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/patch.htm Patch Barracks on GlobalSecurity.org]
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