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Posted: 10/4/2004 1:11:09 PM EDT

U.S. troops redeployed from Germany and Korea to be based in Oman

The Pentagon plans to expand the role of Oman as part of a plan to
restructure the U.S. military presence abroad.

Under the Pentagon plan, the United States would withdraw 70,000 U.S.
troops and 100,000 of their family members from bases in Germany and
South Korea. Both countries host main U.S. operating bases with
permanently stationed forces.

Defense Department officials said Oman would play a key role in the
U.S. military redeployment. They said the new bases in the Middle East
would be smaller than those in Europe, which contains permanently
stationed U.S. forces and housing for dependants.

Under the new Pentagon policy, U.S. allies in the Middle East would
host forward operating sites with rotating personnel. Under this
arrangement, Oman would provide key bases for the U.S. military.

Officials said U.S. Central Command representatives have been meeting
with Omani officials regarding the deployment of American troops and
pre-positioning of additional equipment in two air bases in the sultanate.

They were identified as Masira and Thumrait. Masira is an island off
the Omani mainland.

The Pentagon has also been discussing with Oman refurbishing these
bases to accommodate additional troops and air assets. The U.S.
military already uses airfields and storage facilities at Khasib,
Masira, Seeb and Thumrait. The U.S. Navy also uses facilities at
Masira, including a communication center.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told the Senate Armed Services
Committee on Sept. 23 that the United States would establish basing
facilities in the Middle East. These facilities would be used for
limited and temporary U.S. military missions as part of lessons
derived from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"In the broader Middle East, we propose to maintain what we call
'warm' facilities for rotational forces and contingency purposes,
building on cooperation and access provided by host nations during
Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom," Rumsfeld said.

Officials said the new bases being discussed with Oman and other
countries in the region would enable missions ranging from combat to
peacekeeping while avoiding a permanent and major military presence.
The expanded U.S. presence in Oman would also seek to ensure the flow
of oil exports to the West.

Oman was envisioned as having one of the largest contingents of U.S.
forces in the Gulf region. Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait host thousands of
U.S. troops, but officials said the force level would be reduced in
some of these Gulf Cooperation Council states by the end of the decade.

The United States has also identified Turkey as a forward operating
site. But officials acknowledge difficulties in reaching an agreement
with Ankara.

Link Posted: 10/4/2004 1:12:45 PM EDT
That would suck!
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 1:29:47 PM EDT
Hell ya, I love german women, wait, most european women are b e a u t i f u l

I have spent enough time in the desert ( no time in Iraq as of yet) 3 years at Ft Bliss, 6 months in Saudi arabia now comes the afghan deployment, another year in the desert.
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 12:12:44 AM EDT
I can't speak for all Germany forces but 1st infantry division is going stateside, not to Oman. Exact date is unknown.
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