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AIR FORCE medical personnel from an Ohio base are replacing their California-based counterparts at the United Nations (UN) hospital, Zagreb, Croatia.
This is the seventh US military medical team to staff the UN facility since November 1992. As the situation in the former Yugoslavia continues to deteriorate, there is speculation that the hospital may be withdrawn along with the peacekeepers it serves.
The newest team to staff the Zagreb hospital is from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB), northeast of Dayton, Ohio. The 128-member team, commanded by John A. Bishop, MD, a colonel, replaces the 145 US Air Force medical personnel (commanded by Col David Boggs, DDS, from Travis AFB, Fairfield, Calif), who began their 179-day deployment in early February.
Army medical units staffed the hospital initially from November 10, 1992, until October 8, 1993. A US Air Force medical unit stationed in England then took over until March 16, 1994,
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