Eurocorps deploys from Ramstein

by Airman 1st Class Trevor Rhynes
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Troops from Eurocorps deployed from Ramstein Tuesday, utilizing the capability of the Joint Mobility Processing Center.

Eurocorps is a multinational standing Army corps available for the European Union and the Atlantic Alliance. Headquartered in Strasbourg, France, the force was created in May 1992, activated in October 1993 and declared operational in 1995.

“Eurocorps was an idea that originated in 1952, when France and Germany tried to create a unified European army,” said French army Sergent-Chief Joseph Patray, a public affairs specialist assigned to Eurocorps.

“Forces from Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Spain made up the force that deployed in order to support International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan,” said 2nd Lt. Patrick Labbe, with the 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron.

The force deploys from Ramstein because of the services they offer to NATO and deploying service members.

“Ramstein is a focal point for all NATO missions going to Afghanistan,” Labbe

 said. “With Eurocorps being an extension of NATO, we have the processes available for this sort of a deployment. Ramstein also possesses all of the facilities necessary for a large movement like this.”

Because of facilities like the JMPC, Team Ramstein is able to strengthen alliances between NATO partners.

“Deploying from Ramstein helps by building partnerships across our two organizations and increases interoperability within the U.S. and our NATO/Eurocorps partners,” Labbe said. “The JMPC is proud to support our joint effort for the mission in Afghanistan.”