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233rd Base Support Battalion

In 2005, an official ceremony in Heidelberg, Germany marked the reflagging of the Installation Management Agency - Europe's Area Support Groups, Base Support Battalions, and Area Support Teams into 21 US Army Garrisons to align with the common US Army installation management structure worldwide, known as Standard Garrison Organization. As a result, the 233rd Base Support Battalion was inactivated and reflagged as the US Army Garrison Darmstadt.

The 233rd Base Support Battalion was the newest member of the 26th Area Support Group, realigning to it on 1 October 1998 from the 104th Area Support Group. The 233rd Base Support Battalion served a population of more than 11,000 soldiers, US civilians, local national employees, family members, and retirees in 2 different states, Hessen and Bavaria. The Base Support Battalion covered 3,000 square kilometers, a wide swath of territory in the southern part of the German state of Hessen, extending from Griesheim (the home of the newspaper, Stars and Stripes Europe) in the west to Aschaffenburg in the east.

The 233rd Base Support Battalion headquarters and the main concentration of units and facilities were in Darmstadt, which was just off Autobahn 5, not far from Frankfurt International Airport. A city rich in culture, Darmstadt was seen as poised to lead the way into the 21st Century, with its Technical University Darmstadt and the European Space Operations Center.

The 233rd Base Support Battalion's second largest concentration of population is in Babenhausen to the east, with many of its families residing in housing areas in Aschaffenburg. The Battalion also supported AFN Frankfurt, the Army printing center in R�delheim, and Army elements on Rhein-Main Air Base.

The collapse of the Warsaw Pact had a significant impact on the decision by NATO to reduce troops in Europe. In September 1990, USAREUR implemented the Community Command Plan in order to consolidate the organizational elements of operations and management in the communities. The intent of the Community Command Plan was to streamline base operations management and allow tactical commanders to concentrate on their war-fighting mission.

Under this plan, USAREUR realigned its separate military communities into base support battalions, under the control of area support groups. The support battalions provided operational support for the resident soldiers, civilians and their families at the local level. Continuing troop reductions had resulted in further consolidations and realignment of Base Support Battalions and Area Support Groups.

On 16 October 1991, the former United States Army Military Community Activity Darmstadt became the 233rd Base Support Battalion under the control of the 103rd Area Support Group, whose headquarters was in Frankfurt. Two years later, on 1 October 1993, the 233rd Base Support Battalion was realigned under the control of the 104th Area Support Group, whose headquarters was in Hanau. The 103rd was inactivated as part of the draw down of the Frankfurt military community. On 1 October 1998, the 233rd was again realigned, this time coming under the 26th Area Support Group

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