German-based troops' move to Cosford confirmed 31/01/2008 The proposed move of Army units currently based in Germany to Cosford in Shropshire was announced to Parliament today, 31 January 2008, by Armed Forces Minister Bob Ainsworth. It was announced in September 2007 that the Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering site in Cosford was the recommended site for 1 Signal Brigade and 102 Logistics Brigade, currently based in Germany, and today's announcement confirms Cosford will be their new home. The move of the two brigades is expected to be completed by 2014 and will see approximately 2,600 troops and their families and dependants move to Cosford. Armed Forces Minister Mr Ainsworth said: "I am delighted to announce that Cosford has been chosen as our preferred site to base both 1 Signal Brigade (1 Sig Bde), and 102 Logistics Brigade (102 Log Bde) when they return from Germany. "I am proud to re-affirm our commitment to the Cosford community. The historic presence of defence in the Cosford area will continue to provide benefits to the local community and to the West Midlands. "We will now draw up detailed plans and undertake wide consultation with all of Cosford's stakeholders including local authorities, health, education and welfare providers as well as the Trades Unions and our own Service personnel." The final investment decision for the move is expected to be taken in the financial year 2009/10. It is intended that investment and construction will be made at the Cosford site and that civil service jobs will be created and vacancies will arise in order to maintain the establishment. In addition to the two brigades being located at Cosford, our partner contractor for the Defence Training Review programme (Metrix) has also proposed to establish a Learning Centre at Cosford. The Government hopes this will lead to the generation of other business and employment opportunities for the local area. The plans to relocate around 3,600 British troops based in Germany to the UK is called Operation BORONA. Although the programme is subject to financial approval, Defence Ministers have given provisional approval for HQ Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC), 102 Log Bde and 1 Sig Bde to move from Germany to the UK between 2009 and 2014. The site currently occupied by the RAF at Innsworth (Gloucestershire) has been selected as the most suitable for HQ ARRC. The relocation is driven by the need to deliver operational capability in a more effective and efficient way and will see the Army move towards a more coherent basing arrangement and, at the same time, making better use of the MOD estate in the UK. There are currently 22,500 Army Personnel based in Germany and with civilian support staff, medical staff and spouses and children the number of people reaches 49,000. With the continued agreement of the German Government, we plan to continue to station British soldiers in Paderborn, Hohne and Gütersloh Garrisons.