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Panzer Kaserne

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Panzer Kaserne
Boeblingen, Germany
Panzer (German for Tank) Kaserne (German for Base) was the place where the Germans kept their tanks during World War II. Panzer Kaserne has kept its name from World War II days when it served as a tank base. It was constructed simultaneously with Patch and the two were joined by a cobblestone road specially designed to withstand the weight of tank traffic. There are still reminders of those days at Panzer. For instance, the mural in the officers club was painted in 1939. The wooded area behind the post is still used for training, as is the outdoor shooting range. Panzer also has an indoor firing range.

Panzer Kaserne is located in Boeblingen, Germany and is part of the Stuttgart community. Boeblingen is located near Stuttgart, two hours from Munich. Its proximity to these two large cities allows Boeblingen educators to enjoy and appreciate their many cultural and recreational advantages. The surrounding countryside consists of rolling farmland, small villages, and beautiful forests.

Panzer is the home of the Naval Special Warfare Unit Two, 1st Battalion/10th Special Forces Group; Special Operations Command, Europe; 554th Military Police Company and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Europe. The veterinary clinic is there, along with the local headquarters of the American Red Cross and Exceptional Family Member Program. Panzer is a haven for sports enthusiasts. The Outdoor Recreation office rents sporting gear, and the fitness center has an indoor rock climbing wall. Another recreation option is the bowling alley. AAFES operates an auto repair garage.

HQ USMARFOREUR is located in Boeblingen (near Stuttgart), Germany at Panzer Kaserne and in conjunction with Marine Forces Atlantic, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, performs and coordinates the a variety of functions responsibilities, including contingency planning and execution, TPFDD maintenance on contingency operations and coordination of movement of equipment.

The 2nd Battalion, 37th Armor moved to Ferris Barracks, Erlangen, Germany in August 1971. On 28 February 1983 the battalion was relieved from assignment to the 1st Armored Division and was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division (Forward). The 2nd Battalion, 37th then moved to Panzer Kaserne, Boeblingen, Germany. On the 28th of April 1987 the 2nd Battalion, 37th Armor colors moved to Rose Barracks in Vilseck, Germany to become part of the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division.

Boeblingen Elementary School is on Panzer Kaserne, the US Army post two miles from Boeblingen. The school is housed in a single, 4-story building, which was formerly a German Army barracks. The school includes a library, gymnasium, cafeteria, and offices. In addition to the basic curriculum, the school has learning disability classes, reading, and the services of a counselor; teacher of communications impaired students, art, music, physical education, gifted education, and host nation teachers. Post facilities on Panzer Kaserne include a bowling alley, small commissary, Post Exchange, Deutsche Kantine, banking facility, and auto craft shop. A larger Post Exchange, commissary, and dispensary are located at Patch Barracks, a 15-minute drive.

The Army Continuing Education System (ACES) is dedicated to improving the combat readiness of the Total Army by planning, resourcing, and implementing educational programs and services to support the professional and personal development of quality servicemembers, adult family members and Department of Defense Civilians. In addition to the services generally associated with the ACES, the Panzer Army Education Center provides information and counseling concerning a variety of items which contribute to customers' personal and professional development. Outdoor Recreation is located in building 2949 on Panzer Kaserne below the Red Cross, adjacent to the new APO. The center carries a wide range of rental equipment, plans recreational trips and is a great place to go for advice on sporting activities. Visit the shop for bicycle rentals, ski rentals and trips, camping needs, scuba diving and parachute jumping. The EUCOM Rod and Gun Club is located on Panzer Kaserne in building 2949 below the Red Cross, adjacent to the new APO. It features a retail store for hunting and fishing needs.

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