Ayers Kaserne at Kirch-Göns, Germany (coordinates: 50° 28' 46.08" N 8° 38' 41.83" E) was a U.S. Army installation built in 1952 as part of the major construction efforts under the U.S. Army troop augmentation program of the early 1950s, occupied by the 22nd Regimental Combat Team of the Fourth infantry Division until May, 1956, and by the Third U.S. Armored Division in 1956 and then home to Combat Command A, 3rd Armored Division was stationed at Ayers Kaserne beginning 12 May 1956. The troops arrived following an 11-hour train ride from the port of Bremerhaven.
As of 1 October 1963, Combat Command A was reorganized and re-designated as the 1st Brigade,3rd Armored Division (United States) which was the largest combat brigade in Europe until 1996 when the division colors were transferred back to Ft. Knox, Kentucky for retirement of the colors, thus the end of the historic 3rd Armored Division (United States) (Spearhead).
The installation was known throughout the United States European Command (EUCOM) as "the Rock".
United States President and Commander-In-Chief Gerald R. Ford visited Ayers Kaserne in July 1975; the first visit by a U.S. President to a U.S. military installation in Europe since John F. Kennedy's 1963 visit to the 3rd Armored division in Hanau, Germany. President Ford was accompanied by General Alexander M. Haig, Jr. (the seventh Supreme Allied Commander, Europe), Colonel Louis C. Wagner, Jr. (Commander, 1st Brigade, 3AD); and Georg Leber (German Minister of Defense).
Today, the former military kaserne has been redeveloped as a business/industrial park, chiefly occupied by a transport company named "Bork". All post buildings have been demolished except for the former chapel.
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