German Command to Leave West Texas Army Post 10/2/13
FORT BLISS, Texas - After nearly 60 years of having a presence in the
West Texas desert, the German Air Force has deactivated its USA/Canada Command.
Tuesday's deactivation is the first step toward the Germans closing its
command center at Fort Bliss by 2017. The move is part of a German military
The command dwindled from about 40 officers in previous years to about two
dozen, and only seven remained before it was officially shuttered.
Some were transferred to New Mexico's Holloman Air Force Base, some 70 miles
north of El Paso. The Luftwaffe (LOOFT'-vah-fah) flight training center there
will expand its responsibilities.
Fort Bliss will still host German officers at its Air Defense Center, where
more than 50,000 German soldiers learned the use of anti-aircraft weapons over
the past 57 years.