The 56th Artillery Command will plan and coordinate the employment of multi-domain fires and effects in support of U.S. Army Europe and Africa and/or a Combined Joint Force Land Component Command. The Theater Fires Command improves readiness and multinational interoperability by the integration of joint and multi-national fires in theater operations and exercises.
"The reactivation of the 56th Artillery Command will provide U.S. Army Europe and Africa with significant capabilities in multi-domain operations" said Maj. Gen. Stephen J. Maranian, Commanding General, 56th Artillery Command.” It will further enable the synchronization of joint and multinational fires and effects, and employment of future long range surface to surface fires across the U.S. Army Europe and Africa area of responsibility."
The unit takes it’s lineage from the 56th Field Artillery Command, which last served on active duty in Europe from 1986 to 1991 as the Theater’s Pershing Missile Headquarters. It inactivated in June 1991 following the signing of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The 56th Artillery Command is headquartered in Mainz-Kastel, Germany.
U.S. Army Europe and Africa conducted a reactivation ceremony for the 56th Artillery Command, the European Theater’s Fires Command, Nov. 8 at Lucius D. Clay Kaserne, Wiesbaden, Germany.