Country: Germany Region: HS
Latitude: 51° 23' 36" N Longitude: 9° 32' 15" E
Area use / Military Branches: Closed.
A former Nazi airbase taken over by the allies after WW2. This was one of the former US Army Security Agency Field Stations used as a communications intercept post; actually it was known as 17th ASA Field Stn. Under Army control the facility was incorporated into the Rothwesten Kaserne as an intell facility until. It was returned to the German army in 1975.
In the Cold War era 319th Army Security Agency (ASA) Battalion was responsible for the area stretching from the Baltic Sea to Southern Germany and from the Dutch border to the East-German border. The 319th Battalion had Company level units at various locations throughout Germany. The ASA unit at Rothwesten was a main intercept and MARBURG- equipped special identification techniques (SIT) site.
It was also a mainstay of the European direction finding (DF) network.
Aircoverage of the Kaserne was by Charlie Btry, 6th BN, 517th (Hawk missile) Arty. The barracks were directly behind the EM club. The missiles were deployed on the hill along the long sweeping road to the Kaserne's main entry.
Currently it is private property and converted into a solar energy park.
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