USAG Mannheim is a military garrison located in the southern part of Germany, about 100 km away from the famous Mercedes and Porsche city Stuttgart. It is an American garrison, but run under the German regulations. With over 300K citizens, the nearby community of Mannheim is among the largest cities from the Baden Wuerttemberg province. The facility is located in an excellent place, close to three large highways and a train stop, ensuring an easy transportation to the surrounding recreational areas, such as Disneyland Paris. It is also close to Austria and France. The on site troops can enjoy a moderate climate with regular winters, a little snow and hot summers, but without as much humidity as in the northern part of the United States of America. The site is operated by two fields of the American forces – the Air Force and the Army.
The military base has a relatively poor history. It was used by the Third Reich prior and during World War II for training and preparation missions. It also used to be a storage site for various equipments. As World War II was drawing to an end, the United States of America took over the base and sent their own units to inhabit it. That is when the American history of this facility actually began. In the first years, the primary mission was to stabilize the area and especially Germany. At the same time, every European base run by the Americans was an excellently strategical spot during the Cold War due to the proximity to the Soviet Union. However, starting with the ’70s, the Cold War lost its intensity. In 1974, the primary objectives and missions of USAG Mannheim changed to 180 degrees. These days, the place operates in a standby mode. Its general mission is to support the local communities and the units hosted on site, in an attempt to provide a homelike experience. Other than that, the site is willing to support any action taken by the United States of America when it comes to long lasting conflicts. It is relatively close to the Middle East too.
There are around 15000 individuals hosted at USAG Mannheim. 4000 of them are active military troops in the US Army, while the Air Force has only 200 troops on site. There are around 6500 family members too, not to mention about the almost 800 retired troops. However, in order to fulfill its mission, the base also hosts about 3200 civilian employees and contractors, both from Germany and the United States of America.
The units are ordered by USAEUR and include the Funari Bks, the Turley Bks and the Sullivan Bks.
The housing system at USAG Mannheim is operated by the Housing Division. Most troops are hosted in the Benjamin Franklin village, which has enough room for everyone. Those who want to relocate in the privatized off site system are free to, but they may not benefit from the same costs and facilities. However, they will get more options.