U.S. Army Garrison Benelux has an interesting and dual history. Originally designated as the 80th Ordnance Group, the organization was activated Jan. 25, 1945, at Luneville, France and then later that year inactivated at Fort Benning, Georgia. It was again reactivated at Red River Arsenal, Texas in 1954. In 1966, it was redesignated as the 80th General Support Group when it moved to Vietnam.
After more than five years of distinguished service supporting 13 campaigns in Vietnam, the organization was inactivated in 1972. In 1984, the 80th Support Group [Area] was reactivated and relocated to Chièvres, Belgium.
Of historical significance to the garrison is that of the NATO/SHAPE Support Group activated in Brussels in 1967 and moved its headquarters to Caserne Daumerie, Belgium, later that year. On activation and designation as the 80th Area Support Group, in 1984, the U.S. support to NATO mission was absorbed into the new unit and it was formally known as: 80th Area Support Group (NSSG), with its headquarters at Caserne Daumerie. On Oct. 1, 2005, the unit was re-designated the U.S. Army Garrison Benelux.
In 2012, U.S. Army Garrison Benelux underwent a major transformation and subordinate garrisons’ USAG Schinnen and USAG Brussels inactivated and became satellite sites of USAG Benelux. In April 2016, the garrison took on the Army pre-positioned stock site mission. Currently, there are APS sites in Dülmen, Germany, Eygelshoven, Netherlands and Zutendaal, Belgium.
USAG Benelux provides support to meet the special international and joint environment demands for military communities in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, the United Kingdom and northern Germany.
This coin is dedicated to the fighting men and women of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Minted in bronze and given antique finish, this coin is imbued with bold colorful enamel on both sides.
Each coin measures 1 3/4 inch (44mm) in diameter.
This is a surplus NWTM item. Packaging may vary.