Kaserne

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Kaserne is a loanword taken from the German word Kaserne (plural: Kasernen), which translates as "barracks". It is the typical term used when naming the garrison location for NATO forces stationed in Germany. American forces were also sometimes housed in installations simply referred to as "barracks", such as Ray Barracks in Friedberg.

Ayers Kaserne, 1985. Note Motorpools with Tanks, APCs & Artillery

American forces within a kaserne could range anywhere from company size, with a few hundred troops and equipment, to brigade level formation with supporting units, or approximately three to five thousand troops and their equipment. The largest single unit combat force in Germany, the First Brigade of the U.S. 3rd Armored Division was housed at Ayers Kaserne, Kirchgons, Germany (50° 28' 32.44" N 8° 38' 29.24" E), also known as "The Rock". While several dozen kasernes with NATO forces were once spread all across Germany, after the end of the Cold War, many were closed, and some have been demolished.

Most army posts within the United States house units and/or multiple units of a much larger size than one would find in a kaserne. These installations are typically called "forts", such as Fort Knox, Fort Campbell, Fort Dix etc. National Guard and Reserve installations, though sometimes designated as "forts", are more often referred to as "camps".

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