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HQ British Forces Germany (HQ BFG)

HQ British Forces Germany (HQ BFG) exists, above all, to provide support for all formations and units based in Germany. It is also responsible for British-German liaison and conducts engagement activity with the German authorities at all levels.

The HQ provides administrative support to elements of all three British Armed Services - the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force - serving in Western Europe, in a wide variety of units large and small.

This support includes schooling, medical care, housing and social services, in many ways, equating to the responsibilities of civilian local authority in the UK.

As such, HQ BFG is a unique Headquarters within the British Army, embracing as it does a wide variety of roles which require logistic, administrative, educational and welfare professionals among its military and civilian workforce.

In line with the announcement of the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) of October 2010, and confirmed in SDSR 2015, it is the Government's intention to rebase the British Army from Germany to the UK by 2020. On the 4 November 2015, the Ministry of Defence confirmed that the final Field Army units will withdraw from Germany in 2019 in accordance with the Government’s SDSR 2010 commitment.

Detailed planning of which units will move back, to where and when continues. Acting in concert with Army HQ and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, HQ BFG conducts the detailed planning, implementation and regulation of all rebasing and drawdown activity for British forces from Germany.

HQ BFG was formed in Jan 2012 replacing the United Kingdom Support Command (Germany) (UKSC(G)) and the Germany Support Group (GSG).

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Army Basing Programme

On 5 March 2013, the Regular Army Basing Plan was announced to support the full implementation of the Army 2020 plan. The plan sets out the location changes for the Army and also confirms the drawdown of all units from Germany by 2020.

Celle Station, Münster Station and the Rheindahlen Military Complex have closed and that estate has been handed back to the German Federal authorities.

2013: The rebasing of Headquarters British Forces Germany from Rheindahlen to Bielefeld in summer 2013 has placed it at the centre of the remaining military population in Germany, from where it will be better able to provide key services to the remaining troops, their families and support staff.

2014: In 2014 a number of units were disbanded or amalgamated, allowing the closure of Hameln Station on the disbandment of 28 Engineer Regiment.

2015: The major rebasing moves from Germany occurred in 2015 when 7 Armoured Brigade units moved from Bergen-Hohne and Fallingbostel, Headquarters 1 (United Kingdom) Armoured Division moved from Herford, and 16 Signal Regiment and 1 Armoured Division Signal Regiment rebased from Elmpt and Herford to Stafford, enabling the closure and release to the German Federal authorities of Bergen-Hohne Garrison and Elmpt and Herford Stations.

2016: In 2016, 5 RIFLES from Paderborn and 6 Regt RLC from Gütersloh rebased to the UK, enabling the closure and release of Princess Royal Barracks, Gütersloh, and Alanbrooke Barracks, Paderborn; Tower Barracks, Dülmen, and Kiel Training Centre were also released in the same year.

2017: 1 Military Working Dogs rebase to the UK in 2017.

2019: The final moves occur in 2019 with remaining Field Army units - including elements of 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade - returning from Paderborn, Sennelager, Bielefeld and Gütersloh to the UK. Headquarters British Forces Germany will also close. A small number of detachments will remain following the drawdown to maintain and improve our close ties with Germany and its Armed Forces.

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