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January 3, 1996

Military Medicine Has NATO Role in Balkans

JAMA. 1996;275(1):24. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530250028008

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MILITARY MEDICAL support is available to the approximately 20 000 US Implementation Force ground troops who are spreading out along North Atlantic Treat Organization peacekeeping corridors in the former Yugoslavia.

A US Army medical brigade already stationed in Europe is playing a key role. Other medical resources include the US Navy's shipboard hospital beds and the US Air Force's aeromedical evacuation system.

As the US troops began to deploy, President Clinton said there "could be incidents with people [associated with various factions of the civil war] who still have not given up their hatred." The White House added that poor roads, severe weather, and millions of still-undetected land mines add to the hazards.

While US troops are moving into the northeastern Bosnia area around Tuzla, the 74th Medical Group—Provisional from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, has turned over United Nations (UN) hospital facilities at Zagreb, Croatia, to military