Augsburg is in the German Federal State of Bavaria. It is located about 30 km west-north-west of Munich, Germany and lies at the junction of the Wertach and Lech rivers, and extends over the plateau area between the two rivers. Situated on the Frankfurt-Salzburg autobahn, Augsburg is an industrial center in southern Germany. Though considerably damaged during WWII, Augsburg retains much of its former stature.

The post WWII arrival of U.S. Forces in Augsburg occurred on April 28, 1945, just prior to the German surrendered on May 7, 1945.

In July, 1968 a U.S. Army Security Agency (USASA) Provisional Command was established at Augsburg and a cadre assigned. U.S. Army Security Agency Field Station (USASAFS) Augsburg was officially established on April 14, 1970 with an initial strength of 68 personnel and five companies: A, B, C, D & E Companies. Formal activation of USASAFS Augsburg took place on January 12, 1972 when mission operations commenced.

In 1970, AN/FLR-9 (Wullenweber) antennae array was installed at Gablingen, Kaserne, a WWI German air base near Augsburg. The AN/FLR-9 at Augsburg was deactivated in 1993 and the array was turned over to the Bundesnachrichtendienst, the German Intelligence Service known as the BND in 1998.

Augsburg CDAA. Image from Roscoe Lindsey

In 1972, the 6910th USAF Security Group moved from Darmstadt to Augsburg and became home to Air Force men and women from the 1950s to the 1970s. The 6910th was subsequently closed at Augsburg on June 30, 1974.

On March 1, 1972, the Naval Security Group Detachment was established at Augsburg, with an initial complement of 64 sailors. CTRCS Thomas E. “Tom” Mosher was the first Officer-in-Charge. Most of initial cadre transferred from NSGA Bremerhaven. According to CTR1 Terry Swann, the DF section at Augsburg was known as the Bremerhaven Orphans, because most of the CTR augmentees had been stationed at NSGA Bremerhaven prior to being stationed at NSG Det Augsburg.

On December 31, 1972 NSGA Bremerhaven, Germany was disestablished and closed. Most personnel and all mission and functions were transferred to NSG Det Augsburg, Germany.  NSGA Bremerhaven was formally disestablished on June 30, 1972, but operations continued beyond that date. During the period from May to December 1972, most sailors assigned to NSGA Bremerhaven were reassigned to NSGA Bremerhaven’s detachment at Augsburg Germany. As a result of NSGA Bremerhaven’s disestablishment, the detachment at Augsburg was redesignated as NSGA Augsburg. Of the 700 Navy and Marine Corps billets allocated to NSGA Bremerhaven, approximately half were transferred to NSGA Augsburg with the remainder transferred to NSGA Edzell, Scotland or NSGA Rota, Spain.

As a consequence of the formation of Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) in October 1976, U.S. Army Security Agency Field Station, Augsburg was redesignated U.S. Army Field Station Augsburg in May, 1977. The 6910th USAF Security Group at Augsburg was deactivated in May 1977.

In October, 1982 USAFSS manpower strength was at 1,811. In 1988, the U.S. Army Field Station Augsburg (USAFS) was redesignated as the 701st Military Intelligence Brigade and Field Station Augsburg, composed of four subordinate battalions. The field station hosted elements from the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force as well as allied elements from Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom.

The discontinuance ceremony for Field Station Augsburg was conducted on January 12, 1993. The station closed after 21 years of service. NSGA Augsburg continued operations until disestablishment on March 15, 1996 when personnel and mission functions were transferred to NSGA Bad Aibling. The station grounds were ultimately turned over to the German government, National Forest Administration.

In December, 1999 the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) and the U.S. Army Europe (USAEUR) returned the 66th Military Intelligence Group’s Augsburg base to the German government. The 66th MI Group and its 527 MI Battalion completed their move to a new headquarters in the Darmstadt suburb of Griesheim. The move started in 1995.

Regarding the above the picture:

This is a cartoon I found that was drawn by CTR1 Steve Burr right after Bremerhaven sent us to Augsburg to open the DF section down there. Steve always called us the Bremerhaven Orphans. Each one of use is in the picture. Steve is the Bald guy with one hair coming up out of his head. I played with model airplanes, CTR1 Darryl Scheffield like to party and so on. I believe CTR1 Darryl Schilling was another one of us. It’s hard to remember these guys after all this time. CTR1 Stanley “Jake” Jacot was our Dayworker.

Jake was the first Navy person in Augsburg because he stepped off the train before I did. We traveled together from Bremerhaven, to Augsburg. It was outstanding duty and we were treated very well by the Army and Air Force while stationed there.

Terry Swann
CTR1 Retired

Source: navycthistory