For over 80 years, the traditional town on the Itter has also included a military property, the Waldkaserne. Once built for the Wehrmacht, it housed first American and later British troops after the Second World War. For more than 50 years, the Waldkaserne, which is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and also architecturally most beautiful barracks in Germany, has been home to various units of the German Armed Forces.
Over the decades, the "landlords" changed: logisticians, pioneers and also command support personnel were at home in this barracks. In the mid-nineties, the military police took over the barracks. However, the Waldkaserne has become most widely known for the Bundeswehr Training Music Corps, a militarily unique institution that is closely linked to this barracks. The training music corps has been stationed at the Waldkaserne Hilden again since 2018 after a longer absence that was necessary for infrastructure reasons, so that our musical figurehead would also be preserved again.
Following a restructuring in 2013, the military police are based at the Waldkaserne with the Feldjäger Regiment 2. However, most of the regiment's soldiers are stationed outside Hilden, as the regiment acts as a "control center" for a total of eight military police units, which have their respective areas of operation in six German states, from the North Sea coast to Saarland and from the Netherlands to the former inner-German border.
The regiment's staff, the staff company and a military police company (military police service command) are stationed in Hilden itself. In addition, there is the support center for the civilian vocational training and continuing education of soldiers, a material testing group, parts of the Bundeswehr Service Center, the West Regional Headquarters of BWI Informationstechnik GmbH, and a youth officer office.
Once all the construction work has been completed, up to 1,000 soldiers and civilian employees will be on duty in Hilden.
We all feel very much at home in Hilden. The sponsorship with the city of Hilden, which has existed for more than 30 years, is a special sign of the appreciation of the citizens of Hilden for the soldiers of "their" barracks. Whether at the "Storming of the Waldkaserne", the annual reception or other events, we are in constant contact with each other.
This friendship is particularly supported by the "Freundeskreis der Bundeswehr Waldkaserne Hilden e.V.". The "Freundeskreis der Bundeswehr Waldkaserne Hilden e.V." actively promotes the relationship between the services of the Waldkaserne and the citizens of Hilden. Our newly assigned soldiers also perceive this very positively and are pleased about this close cooperation.