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U.S. Army Reserve Command identifies units to train for possible deployment to Bosnia

ATLANTA, December 5, 1995 -- Thirteen U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC) units have been identified to conduct training in preparation for possible deployment to support operations in Bosnia.

More than 300 soldiers from the USARC units listed below will train in preparation for providing support to U.S. forces participating in the NATO implementation force (IFOR) operations. The units have not been directed to mobilize or deploy nor have they been formally placed on alert. The goal of the training is to ensure mission readiness and optimal preparation of Army Reserve soldiers in the event of mobilization.

The following USARC units have been identified as candidates to support the IFOR mission and will begin preparation for possible deployment:

203rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Wichita, Kan.
209th Broadcast Public Affairs Detachment Rome, Ga.
358th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Fort Douglas, Utah
361st Press Camp Headquarters Fort Totten, N.Y.
49th Military History Detachment Forrest Park, Ill.
326th Military History Detachment Columbus, Ohio
90th Military History Detachment San Antonio, Texas
19th Material Management Center Fort Snelling, Minn.
21st Theater Army Area Command Augmentation Indianapolis, In.
In addition to the USARC units listed above, the following units have been identified as possible backfill support to the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Army Europe (CINCUSAREUR):

329th Adjutant General Postal Company St. Paul, Minn.
755th Adjutant General Postal Company Texarkana, Texas
23rd Adjutant General Postal Company Pittsburgh, Pa.
3rd Corps Support Command Des Moines, Iowa
The units will conduct training during their next scheduled drill weekend. Areas the units will focus on include: security; safety; cold-weather injuries; basic first aid; aircraft, equipment and force recognition; convoy operation procedures; the Geneva Convention and the code of conduct. Such training is a prudent step should any subsequent decision be made by the national command authority (NCA) to deploy these units, and enhances unit readiness to conduct overseas deployments of any nature.

The Army Reserve provides essential combat support and combat service support capabilities to America's Army. Examples of this support include transportation, medical, quartermaster, supply, logistics, engineer, military police, and public affairs.

Headquartered in Atlanta, the USARC commands, controls and supports all Army Reserve troop units in the continental United States with the exception of Psychological Operations, Civil Affairs and Special Forces Units. The USARC's primary mission is to provide trained and ready units to support America's Army and America. Approximately 200,000 soldiers are assigned to some 1,700 USARC units throughout the United States.

In addition to the USARC units, ten overseas-based Army Reserve units have been identified to begin training in support of U.S. forces.

The following Army Reserve Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations units will also begin training in support of the mission:

353rd Civil Affairs Command Bronx, N.Y.
308th Civil Affairs Brigade Homewood, Ill.
304th Civil Affairs Brigade Philadelphia, Pa.
432nd Civil Affairs Battalion Green Bay, Wisc.
443rd Civil Affairs Battalion Warwick, R.I.
415th Civil Affairs Battalion Kalamazoo, Mi.
7th Psychological Operations Group Moffett Federal Field, Calif.
10th Psychological Operations Battalion St. Louis, Mo.
353rd Psychological Operations Battalion Moffett Federal Field, Calif.
17th Psychological Operations Battalion Arlington Heights, Ill.
If a final decision is made to deploy the USARC units, alert and mobilization orders will be issued.


NOTE TO EDITORS: Media are encouraged to contact the USARC Public Affairs Office, [(404) 629-8660/8663/8658] for more information and to arrange coverage of these units. Additionally, information about units assigned to the U.S. Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command may be obtained by calling (910) 432-4587. Information about overseas-based Army Reserve units may be obtained by calling the 7th Army Reserve Command Public Affairs Office in Heidelberg, Germany, ***********-80-6789.