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November 9, 1994

US Military Medical Teams Begin Third Year of United Nations Support in War-Torn Balkans

JAMA. 1994;272(18):1398. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520180022009

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TOMORROW marks the beginning of the third year for US military medicine's operation of the United Nations (UN) hospital in the former republic of Yugoslavia.

It was November 10, 1992, when an advance team of medical and support personnel from the 212th Mobile (US) Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) arrived in Zagreb, Croatia, from Germany to set up the facility at Camp Pleso near the city's airport to care for UN peacekeepers. The 502nd MASH, also from US Army posts in Germany, Belgium, and Italy, succeeded the 212th MASH 6 months later.

The US Air Force's 48th Medical Group Hospital from RAF (Royal Air Force base) Lakenheath, England, then operated the Zagreb facility from September 1993 until the US Navy's Fleet Hospital 6 took over March 17 (JAMA. 1994;271:894). Another US Navy mobile medical unit, Fleet Hospital 5, arrived 11 weeks ago and will operate the UN facility until mid-February 1995.

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