Mark Twain Village
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Mark Twain Village (MTV) is a United States Army military base located in the Südstadt district of Heidelberg, Germany. It is one of two American bases in the United States Army Garrison Heidelberg that house American soldiers and their families (the other being Patrick Henry Village). MTV is located adjacent to Campbell Barracks, which serves as the home to the Headquarters of United States Army Europe (USAREUR), the Headquarters for NATO's Allied Land Forces Central Europe (LANDCENT), and the Installation Management Command Europe Region (IMCOM-E). MTV is separated by a main thoroughfare.
Located at the base is an Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) shoppette, a library, a chapel, the Mark Twain Elementary School, and the Heidelberg High School, which both served American military dependant children living in the surrounding area. The high school served students from Mark Twain Village, nearby Patrick Henry Village, and their respective surrounding areas. Heidelberg High was one of the largest DoDDS schools in Germany. It, along with all the other schools in the Heidelberg area, were closed in 2013.[needs update]
Most of MTV's housing area has been shut down (the area across the street from Campbell Barracks) and given back to the city of Heidelberg. Because the closed area had severed access from Campbell Barracks, the decision was made that this would be the first portion returned to the city of Heidelberg. It is currently being renovated with some buildings already accommodating German civilians.[timeframe?]
Another part of MTV's housing area is now being used by NATO personnel.
In 2003, a fence was installed around MTV and all other United States Army installations in Heidelberg. Before that there was no requirement to show ID to enter the area. The entire compound, along with Campbell Barracks, is gated and requires United States military ID to enter.
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