The U.S. Army announced on Tuesday that it would re-establish after seven years of inactivity an additional corps headquarters called Fifth Corps (V Corps) in Fort Knox, Ky. The goal is to support a command post in Europe on a rotational basis, according to a U.S. Army press statement.
Approximately 635 soldiers will be stationed at Fort Knox, and 200 (about company size) of them will take turns to rotate in Europe where they will support a new operational command post yet to be established, the statement said.
The Department of Defense is in the process of rebuilding American forces in Europe to face growing threats from Russia, according to Military.com.
The Fifth Corps, originally established in 1918, fought in France during World War I and participated in the D-Day invasion during World War II, thus contributing to the liberation of Europe. It also served during the Cold War. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, the Corp operated in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan until 2013, when it was dismantled, according to the Army website.
“The activation of an additional Corps headquarters, [scheduled for fall 2020] provides the needed level of command and control focused on synchronizing U.S. Army, allied, and partner nation tactical formations operating in Europe.
It will enhance U.S. Army Europe and U.S. European Command” to ensure security in the region, said Gen. James McConville, Chief of Staff of the Army in the statement announcing the activation of V Corps headquarters.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told KFVS 12 in a statement that establishing the new corps headquarters was “urgently needed to fulfill National Defense Strategy requirements and support U.S. forces and operations in Europe.” McConnell, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.) welcomed the establishment.
The location of the new command post in Europe is not yet decided. The headquarters “would be established in the United States, and we would send forward whats called the tactical control headquarters, to Poland or any other country, depending on what makes most sense,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said at the press conference after the NATO defense ministerial meeting on Feb.12.