REBASING is now firmly underway, with the Army Basing Programme busy bringing Army families back from Germany and around 100 units moving or restructuring.
This year, 14 units are moving from Germany to the UK – a massive 5,200 Service personnel plus their families. Nine units will also move within the UK, plus a new unit will be created.
Largest move in recent history
Many Army families are already on the move from Germany, with the main unit moves complete in September. These moves were planned for the summer months to fit in with school terms and minimise any disruption to Service children’s education.
This is the largest movement of soldiers and their families to the UK in recent history.
More rebasing info
A special edition ‘movements newsletter’ and a film have been issued and are available to view here along with further useful information on rebasing.
The BORONA Programme is responsible for implementing the closure of Rhine Garrison, Münster and Celle Stations. This year will also see 1st Signal Regiment and 16th Signal Regiment join 22nd Signal Regiment at Beacon Barracks in Stafford.
Families can be reassured that there has been significant development at the site to accommodate the arrival of more than 1,000 people.
The £150M redevelopment programme is ensuring that facilities will be up to scratch with catering outlets, shops, leisure facilities and a medical/dental centre being provided. The work includes building 346 new SFA on the site adjacent to Beacon Barracks.
Plans in Stafford remain on track and, in some cases, work is ahead of schedule.
In June, an event at the site welcomed one of the first soldiers to arrive with his family to receive the keys to their new home.