FORT BLISS, Texas -— Reorganization of the German Air Force means the overseas troops will leave a West Texas post after a relationship spanning nearly 60 years.
The El Paso Times reported Monday that the German Air Force Command for the U.S. and Canada will close at Fort Bliss on Sept. 30.
Col. Heinz-Josef Ferkinghoff says operations will be moved to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico where Germany already has a flight training center. The German Air Defense Center will return to Germany within five years.
The moves affecting several hundred German military personnel and civilian employees come after U.S. base realignment changed some Fort Bliss operations.
The German Air Force has had a presence at Fort Bliss since 1956.