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US Army Reactivates V Corps

WASHINGTON — The Department of the Army announced today the activation of an additional corps headquarters, called Fifth Corps (V Corps), which will be located at Fort Knox, Ky.

The V Corps Headquarters will consist of approximately 635 soldiers, of which approximately 200 will support an operational command post in Europe on a rotational basis. The Corps Headquarters is projected to be operational by the fall of 2020.

“Combatant commanders know they can count on highly-trained and ready Army forces as they implement the National Defense Strategy around the world,” said Gen. James McConville, Chief of Staff of the Army. “The activation of an additional Corps headquarters 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 as they work alongside allies and partners to promote regional stability and security.”

The establishment of V Corps enables the Army to fulfill requirements of the National Defense Strategy. It also supports a U.S. European Command request for increased command and control capability, and will support U.S. interests, allies and partners in the region.

The V Corps’ history dates back to 1918, when the unit was activated during World War I during combat in France. Later, it took part in the World War II D-Day invasion and liberation of Europe.

Currently, the Army has three corps headquarters: I Corps, located at Joint Base Lewis- McChord, Washington; III Corps, located at Fort Hood, Texas; and XVIII Airborne Corps, located at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. V Corps will be the Army’s fourth headquarters.

10 Responses to “US Army Reactivates V Corps”

  1. B M says:

    If there’s one thing the army doesn’t have enough of, clearly it’s staff officers.

  2. Bradkaf308 says:

    Chrysler Corp?

  3. Wie gehts says:

    But will the HQ building include a paternoster?

  4. Jack Boothe says:

    Wow, a United States Corps HQ in Europe. So 200 staff weenies are suppose to stop an armored thrust by the Russians into the Baltic States. What armored or mechanized divisions is V Corp going to control in Europe?

  5. J says:

    I remember V Corps in Frankfort, West Germany that we had to guard sometimes. It was part of the Fulda Gap and near where I was stationed with the 1/48th Inf, 3rd AD. Humping those hills from the East Germany boarder back to Gelnhausen was a wonder years ago. Good to see V Corps back, but they will cover all of Europe looks like in the article.

  6. Bruce says:

    Blood and guts D1/48 83-85

  7. Snakeman says:

    I was in V Corps in Germany back in 1970’s. 2nd Battalion, 5th Field Artillery, 36th Group, 5th Corps, Babenhausen, West Germany. 1970-72.
    M107 SP guns. 175MM.