US installation realignment in Belgium announced

(A Defense Department Release)

The Department of Defense announces today the decision to inactivate and return three microwave radio relay sites to Belgium. The sites are: Houtem, Westrozebeke and Flobecq. The United States no longer requires these sites since the service provided by the radio relay system installed in 1996 will be replaced by higher-capacity, lower cost commercial communications service.

These actions will permit more resources to be focused on other U.S. Air Forces Europe (USAFE) mission requirements and to realize efficiency and cost savings. Closure of these sites will result in an estimated annual savings of over $84,000 based on a comparison of the current annual operations and maintenance costs to an annual replacement commercial communications cost.

These returns are part of the US European Command's continued transformation efforts. As with all stationing actions, the US has coordinated with host nation officials prior to this public announcement.

For additional information regarding this announcement, please contact USAFE public affairs at (+49)-637-147-6558/6559.

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