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Coordinates: 48°40′54″N 9°02′46″E / 48.6818°N 9.046°E / 48.6818; 9.046

Map of Panzer Kaserne during the 1970s.

Panzer Kaserne is a U.S. military installation in Böblingen, Germany, part of US Army Garrison Stuttgart.[1] The post is administered by United States Army Installation Management Command-Europe (IMCOM-Europe), a legacy from its use as an Army installation since just after World War II. Panzer also hosts the headquarters of United States Marine Corps Forces, Europe & Africa (MARFOREURAF) and various Special Operations units of the Army and Navy supporting EUCOM and AFRICOM.

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HistoryEdit

Panzer Kaserne and nearby Patch Barracks were constructed in 1938[2] for the German Army, Panzer Regiment 7 , 8 as well as Panzer Brigade 4 was stationed in Panzer Barracks from April 1938 (and both bases were joined by a specially designed trail due to the weight of tank traffic.) Additionally, the training area's were designed to train and test the new tank crews who were assigned to the 8th Panzer Regiment. There is also a small nearby training area- unusual for a Kaserne in an urban or suburban area.[3] The 8th Panzer Regiment was the first unit assigned to the then Ludendorff Kaserne.[4] Local legend suggests that Adolf Hitler may have even delivered a speech from within the former Nazi Officer's Club building. Additional myths suggest that Panzer and nearby base of Patch, were used for testing of new and experimental Nazi technology, specifically tank modifications and improvements. Added to that, there is a myth that experimental tanks were disposed of by burial to prevent capture by advancing US troops.[5]. No one can verify for certain when the U.S. Forces accepted the transfer of the barracks, but it is believed it occurred in early July 1945.

During the Cold War various units were assigned to Panzer - most notably units of the 1st ID (Forward) - a forward detached element of the 3rd Brigade 1st Infantry Division.[6] until 1990.

Most currently assigned units are devoted to the support of U.S. European Command (EUCOM) at Patch Barracks and United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) at Kelley Barracks located in Stuttgart.

Units Currently AssignedEdit

Source:[9]

On Base ServicesEdit

 
Interior of the Panzer Kaserne Chapel during a town hall meeting for dependents and community leaders.

EducationEdit

Panzer is host to a DODEA Elementary, middle, and high school for dependent children [10] and is served by nearby Stuttgart High School (formerly Patch American High School). The International School of Stuttgart also operates a private Pre-k to 9th Grade dual-language school in nearby Sindelfingen as ISS BaSICS.[11] The same school has an IB K-12 school located in Stuttgart district of Degerloch.[12]

ShoppingEdit

The Exchange has opened a new main shopping center for the Stuttgart Military Community at Panzer to replace the facility at nearby Patch Barracks. The 140,000 square foot facility is organized like a mall.[13] Panzer hosts a commissary and is also served by similar facilities at Patch and Kelley Barracks. Additionally, Panzer has been selected to hold the future construction of a newer and more modernized commissary, which will make Panzer the main center for shopping in the area of the four bases, Panzer, Patch, Kelley and Robinson.

Currently Panzer PX / Food court has a Popeye's Chicken, Starbucks, Sehne, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Charlie's Subs and a Bun-D.

Panzer Mall has a Kathe Wolfarht, Military Auto Source, a Barber Shop, Salon, Enterprise Rental Car, Optometry Center as well as an Engraving store where plaques and coins can be purchased.

For leisure Panzer has a USO, Outdoor Recreation Center, MWR, Bowling Alley and an Irish Pub.

TransitEdit

Panzer Kaserne is directly served by Stuttgart VVS Bus service and two nearby light rail stops in Boeblingen.[14]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.stuttgart.army.mil/command/Organizational%20Chart.html
  2. ^ "Uncovering mystery at the Panzer Kaserne Local Training Area LTA - StuttgartCitizen.com". StuttgartCitizen.com. 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  3. ^ http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/panzer-kaserne-b.htm
  4. ^ http://www.stuttgartcitizen.com/uncovering-a-myszery-at-the-panzer-lta/
  5. ^ "Uncovering mystery at the Panzer Kaserne Local Training Area LTA - StuttgartCitizen.com". StuttgartCitizen.com. 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-22. Retrieved 2008-08-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ http://www.soc.mil/USASFC/Groups/10th/1stBNnewcomers.html
  8. ^ http://www.army.mil/article/119907/
  9. ^ http://www.patriotfiles.com/index.php?name=Sections&req=viewarticle&artid=7982&page=1
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-14. Retrieved 2013-06-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ http://files.sitepages.com/stuttgart/BaSICS/BaSICS_Welcome_website_nov_20112.pdf
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-19. Retrieved 2013-03-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ http://www.shopmyexchange.com/ExchangeLocations/PanzerKaserneStore.htm
  14. ^ http://www.vvs.de/download/VLP13_Boeblingen_Sindelfingen.pdf