Relocation operations are currently underway at NSGA Bremerhaven in preparation for the activity's deactivation later this year. According to Master Chief Communication Technician (T Branch) Albert Astley, coordinator of the relocation, "The transfer of the activity's mission will take place sometime between now and Oct. 1. However, there will still be a number of personnel here until the end of December 1972."
Approximately 65 personnel are expected to still be on board on Dec. 1, with about one third of this number being logistics rather than operations personnel. By mid-December, the number of personnel remaining is no expected to exceed 20.
In his statement of April 22, Captain John Jennings, commanding officer, stated that the activity would be formally disestablished on June 30, but that "operations would continue beyond that date." It is now certain that operations will be conducted beyond this date, and it is probable that formal disestablishment as a shore activity will be postponed until the end of the year due to difficulty in relocating the large amount of equipment and the number of personnel and dependents involved.
During October and November NSGA Bremerhaven will leave Building 2 and by Dec.1 the remaining personnel should be occupying only Building 11.
Buildings 9 and 13, which are currently being used as bachelor enlisted quarters, will be turned over to the Army as soon as the personnel now living in them can be relocated.
According to Master Chief Astley, "By December 31, there will be Captain Jennings, myself, a table, two chairs, and a bottle remaining here. He'll endorse my orders, I'll sing his, we'll celebrate the new year, lock the door and leave."
GIANT KILLERS - Members of the Public Works Department lower a section of one of the activity's large antennas.