After long months of preparation, USAG Ansbach officially took over responsibility for two sites in Eastern Europe in July 2017. USAG Ansbach provides base operations in support of the Eastern European mission. The two sites are the air base Mihail Kog─âlniceanu in Romania, also known as MK, and Novo Selo, a training area in Bulgaria.

 

MIHAIL KOGANICEAU (MK) AIR BASE ROMANIA

The air base at Mihail Koganiceau, better known as "MK" has been in use by the U.S. military since 1999. In 2003, it was one of four Romanian military facilities used by U.S. military forces as a staging area for the invasion of and ongoing counter-insurgency efforts in there. Since then it has become one of the main operating bases of United States Army Europe's Joint Task Force East (JTF-E), a rotating task force initially to be provided by the U.S. 2nd Cavalry Regiment, which was eventually grow to a brigade sized force. The JTF-E concept has been reduced to the Army-only Task Force East, but the base still retains an important role, given added weight by the 2014 Crimean crisis. As of 2009 the U.S. has spent $48 million upgrading the base. In that same year the U.S. began operating a Permanent Forward Operating Site (PFOS). Currently MK is home to the 863rd Helicopter squadron which operates IAR-330L's, and the U.S. Army 21st Theater Sustainment Command and Air Force 780th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron are responsible for U.S. operations

BN/CO HQ, Aid Station, Morgue, Barber Shop, Barracks, Coffee Shop, Commo Bldg., DFAC, EEO, Finance, Fire & MP Station, Gym, Kabab Trailer, Laundry, MWR, PSC, PX, Religious Support, Troop Med. Center, TSC, Wash Rack.

Airfield Capabilities: Runway 11,483 feet (3,500 meters) long and 148 feet (45 meters) wide. Rotor wing through C-5 capable.

Rail Capabilities: Side loading ramp.

Training Capabilities: Company-size maneuver training, live fire (MPMG, Sniper, CPQC range).

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NOVO SELO TRAINING AREA (NSTA) BULGARIA

The Novo Selo Training Area is a major Bulgarian military training facility established in 1962, presently used by other NATO nations as well. The range has a surface area of 144 km2 (55.6 sq. mi), and is situated 45 km (28 mi) from Bezmer Air Base, and 70 km (43.5 mi) from the port of Burgas in Sliven Province, Bulgaria. The facility has its designated areas and sectors for tank shooting, and nuclear, biological, and chemical defense and reconnaissance training. The NSTA is highly appreciated by NATO experts and troops, and has become the favored site of annual joint US and Bulgarian troops exercises since 2004. The NSTA is among the joint US-Bulgarian military bases established according to the 2006 Defense Cooperation Agreement between the United States and Bulgaria. The US Army started in late 2008 with a $61 million investment in the development of new housing and other infrastructure for the U.S. troops training at the Novo Selo Training Area.

Novo Selo Training Area (NSTA): BN HQ, Aid Station, Barracks, Billeting, Commo Bldg, CMR, DFAC, Fire & MP Station, Fuel Point, MWR, PX, TSC, Wash Rack.

Airfield Capabilities: Single-fixed helipad with up to 5 additional LZs on or near installation. Semi-improved parking apron for up to 5 aircrafts.

Rail Capabilities: Side loading ramp.

Training Capabilities: Support live fire and maneuver of Bradley, Abrams, and Stryker Crews, Sections, Platoons, and Companies, as well as light infantry team through company.
Existing U.S. TC 25-8 Small Arms Ranges.

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