Task Force Eagle deployment-phase complete now complete (Feb. 20)

HEIDELBERG, Germany (Army News Service) -- U.S. Army, Europe has completed the deployment of Task Force Eagle, the U.S. slice of the NATO-led peace implementation force in Bosnia-Herzegovina, USAREUR said in a news release Feb. 15.

Over the past 65 days, USAREUR has moved more than 25,000 troops, their equipment, their sustainment and their life support more than 1,000 kilometers across former Warsaw Pact countries and into the IFOR sector.

Despite flooding of the Sava River, a French rail strike, an anti-nuclear protester who shut down the German rail system for two days, and the dead of a Balkan winter with the holiday season in full swing, this deployment was accomplished with minimal disruption of property, no aviation accidents, no significant cold weather injuries and no fatalities.

The deployment included 11,000 vehicles and other pieces of equipment, 145 aircraft and 160,000 tons of supplies. That sum includes 62,000 pairs of boots and equates to the weight of 1,800 jumbo jets. To move this force USAREUR employed 358 trains with 6,800 rail cars, 500 buses and 1,600 trucks, while U.S. Air Force strategic airlift provided 1,300 sorties.

With the deployment phase of Operation Joint Endeavor complete, USAREUR will now concentrate on sustaining the force. Each day Task Force Eagle will consume 72,000 meals, 192,000 gallons of water, 130,000 gallons of fuel and 133 tons of other supplies. Three convoys and at least four tactical airlift sorties will move on an average day.

(From a USAREUR Public Affairs news release.)