In 2016, the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command was returned to its original designation as the 7th Army Training Command.
7ATC's Joint Multinational Simulation Center opens a 50,000-square-foot facility for digital models, simulations and virtual training.
The Seventh Army Training Command changes its name to the Joint Multinational Training Command and is the command element for Grafenwoehr Training Area, Combat Maneuver Training Center in Hohenfels, the Combined Arms Training Center in Vilseck, and the Training Support Activity, Europe. The JMTC assisted the militaries of the former Warsaw Pact countries and Russia in transforming their forces and our NATO allies in preparation for current conflicts.
At the same time, CMTC transformed into the Joint Multinational Readiness Center.
Grafenwoehr becomes the headquarters for the Seventh U.S. Army Training Center, which becomes the Seventh Army Training Command the following year.
The Seventh Army Training Center is responsible for all U.S. Army training activities in Europe.
About 12,000 Soldiers come from the U.S. to join the 220,000-man, U.S. Seventh Army in West Germany.
U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army Headquarters merge at Heidelberg.
Grafenwoehr becomes headquarters of the Seventh Army Training Center, incorporating the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas to become the largest training complex in Germany.
Rose Barracks becomes the home of the Seventh Army Combined Arms School.
Between 1950 and 1953, the camp was renovated to the form and structure seen today. The construction projects completed in this time frame included, among others, the field camps Tunesia, Cheb, Kasserine, Aachen, Algiers and Normandy. These facilities could house 42,000 troops.
The U.S. Seventh Army is reactivated and the headquarters is created from the Constabulary headquarters at Stuttgart. A year later, V and VII Corps arrive in Europe and are assigned to Seventh Army.
The U.S. Army officially re-opens Grafenwoehr Training Area was as a designated tank training center.
The U.S. Seventh Army is deactivated.
During the Battle of the Bulge, the Seventh Army extended its flanks to take over much of the Third Army area which allowed the Third to relieve surrounded U.S. forces at Bastogne. Along with the French First Army, the Seventh went on the offensive in February of 1945 and eliminated the enemy pocket in the Colmar area. The Seventh then went into the Saar, crossed the Rhine, captured Nürnberg and Munich, crossed the Brenner Pass, and made contact with the Fifth Army – once again on Italian soil. In less than nine months of continuous fighting, the Seventh had advanced over 1,000 miles and for varying times had commanded 24 American and Allied Divisions.
In May 1945, after the surrender of Germany, the U.S. Army occupied the Grafenwoehr Training Area.
In March, Lieutenant General Alexander Patch was assigned to command the Seventh Army which moved to Naples, Italy. In August, Seventh Army units assaulted the beaches of southern France in the St. Tropez and St. Raphael area. Within one month, the Army employing three American Divisions, five French Divisions, and the first Airborne Task Force had advanced 400 miles and had joined with the Normandy forces. In the process, the Seventh Army had liberated Marseilles, Lyon, Toulon, and all of Southern France. The Army them assaulted the German forces in the Vosges Mountains, broke into the Alsatian Plain, and reached the Rhine River after capturing the city of Strasbourg.
The Seventh Army was the first U.S. Field Army to see combat in WWII and was activated at sea when the I Armored Corps under the command of Lieutenant General George Patton was re-designated July 10, 1943. The Seventh Army landed on several beaches in southern Sicily and captured the city of Palermo July 22 and along with the British Eighth Army captured Messina Aug. 16. During the fighting, elements of the Seventh Army killed or captured more than 113,000 enemy soldiers.
The shoulder patch for the Seventh Army was approved June 23. The letter “A” for “Army” is formed by seven steps indicating the numerical designation of the unit. The colors suggest the three basic combat branches which make up a field army – blue for Infantry, red for Artillery, and yellow for Armor (Cavalry). Veterans of the Seventh Army wore a tab reading “Seven Steps to Hell” under the patch, but this tab was never officially authorized.