Nearly ten years ago, on a sunny June day in Wiesbaden, Germany, V Corps showed its colors after 95 years of service to the European theater. The 2012 MoD Posture Review called for the corps headquarters to be inactivated. Thus ending their mission of supporting American allies and partners and promoting regional and global security under the command of US Army Europe.
During the ceremony, V Corps Commander Lt. Gen. James L. Terry said, “We will lay the colors to rest and, like our soldiers, we will stand ready. If the nation calls, we will be ready!
Seven years later, after increased aggression along NATO’s eastern flank, V Corps was recalled to meet the demands of the National Defense Strategy. At the request of Commander, US European Command, for additional command and control capability focused on synchronizing tactical formations from US Army, Allied and Partner nations operating in Europe, the corps was reactivated with a headquarters in Fort Knox, Kentucky, and a forward headquarters in Poznan, Poland.
Victory Corps was reactivated on October 16, 2020 and became fully operational less than 13 months later on November 3, 2021, after successfully completing its fourth and final certification exercise, Warfighter 22-1. Five months after gaining FOC status, V Corps moved the rest of its personnel and equipment from Fort Knox to Germany.
“The activation of V Corps was precisely for this type of situation. Over the past year, our soldiers and civilians have worked tirelessly to ensure that Victory Corps would be ready should our nation call on us” “, said Lt. Gen. John S. Kolasheski, commanding general of V Corps. “Well, our nation called and we answered. The presence of the entire corps headquarters in Europe not only expands the capability of US military in Europe and Africa to command ground forces in Europe, but should be seen as a strong message to our NATO allies and partners that the United States is absolutely committed to European security and our obligations to NATO.
The response to the call was facilitated by the support of US Army Installation Command-Europe and the town of Ansbach which hosted a welcome ceremony for V Corps on Tuesday 5 April.
During the ceremony, Dr. Johannes Urban, Ministerial Advisor, responsible for Armed Forces Affairs, Security and Defense Policy at the Bavarian State Chancellery, and Mr. Thomas Deffner, Mayor of Ansbach, both spoke at the event.
“The United States Army and Bavaria have been longstanding partners and loyal friends for more than 65 years,” Urban said. “Bavaria is proud to host the largest concentration of US ground forces in Europe and all personnel working with the forces.”
Not only are the city of Ansbach and the US military loyal partners, but Ansbach is also loyal to NATO allies and partners.
“Over the past few decades, the armed forces of the United States have largely guaranteed our security with this alliance,” Deffner said. “Today’s ceremony shows that this is still the case today in the best possible way.”
The Deputy Commanding General of V Corps – Support, Major General Robert Burke, was the main commander present to receive the welcome and to unpack the colours.
“On behalf of the entire Victory Corps team, I would like to thank Lord Mayor Deffner and the people of Ansbach for welcoming us with open arms and providing us with the support needed to establish our main headquarters and carry out our mission. “, Burke said. “As ‘US Corps Forward Deployed Europe,’ V Corps stands ready to once again stand with our NATO allies and defend freedom.”
While in Germany, the corps headquarters provides greater capability for planning, coordinating, synchronizing, and executing U.S. and allied tactical actions and activities throughout Europe from ballast.
While the Ansbach location is temporary, the Victory Corps will maintain a persistent presence in Europe with its forward headquarters in Poland.
V Corps works alongside NATO allies and regional security partners to provide combat-ready forces, execute joint and multinational training exercises to enhance interoperability and ensure an appropriate collective posture for deterrence and defense.
V Corps, under the command of US Army Europe and Africa, retains command and control of all US Army rotational and assigned units in the European theater and currently has operational control of the 1st Infantry Division. infantry; 2nd Cavalry Regiment; 12th Combat Aviation Brigade; 41st Field Artillery Brigade; 4th Security Force Assistance Brigade; and 5-4 Air Defense Artillery Brigade.
The history of V Corps dates back to 1918, when the unit was activated during World War I in combat in France. By the end of the war, the corps had fought in the Lorraine, Saint-Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne campaigns, and was nicknamed the “Corps de la Victoire”. He then participated in the D-Day invasion and liberation of Europe during World War II; defended Western Europe during the Cold War; served in the Balkans and in Iraq and Afghanistan; and helped build ties between the United States and American multinational partners across Europe.
For more information on the V Corps, please visit https://www.vcorps.army.mil/
|Date posted:||04.05.2022 08:56|
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|Hometown:||FORT KNOX, KY, USA|
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