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1st Cavalry Division to Provide Presence in Bosnia

Editor’s Note: The 1st Cavalry Division deployed to Bosnia in a new role - that of peacekeepers. The 1st Cav. Div. deployed in 1998.

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 21, 1998) - The 1st Cavalry Division, a subordinate unit of III Corps stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, has been named to provide a U.S. Army presence in Bosnia this fall.

This is the first time Forces Command, the largest major command in the Army, will deploy a U.S.-based division to Europe for approximately a year-long deployment.

The division will begin deploying in September to assume the Bosnia mission in October, and will send about 7,000 to 8,000 soldiers. Incoming units will receive most of their equipment from units currently in Bosnia.

When the current Bosnia rotation ends, U.S. Army Europe units will have been deployed to Bosnia for more than two years. The decision was made to consider stateside units in order to distribute the burden and sacrifice of long-term deployments.

The 1st Cav. Div. headquarters will replace the 1st Armored Division headquarters now at Eagle Base in Tuzla, Bosnia. It will serve as the Multinational Division North and work with NATO forces as well as forces from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Poland, Latvia, Sweden, Lithuania and Russia.

Units will perform force protection tasks, participate in civil disturbance control, conduct patrols and perform weapon storage site inspections.

Under the command of Maj. Gen. Kevin P. Byrnes, the Fort Hood, Texas-based division will rotate two brigades into Bosnia on one six month tour each. Like those units before it, the division headquarters and its maneuver brigade form the backbone of NATO’s northern sector in Bosnia, Multi-national Division - North (MND-North).

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