1st Cavalry Division Bosnia Bound
Dyhouse, Tim, VFW Magazine
It appears President Clinton's openended Bosnia mission is beginning to tax U.S. military readiness. This fall, elements of the lst Cavalry Division will deploy to the former Yugoslavia to provide the headquarters for forces in the U.S.-controlled sector.
Not only will the Bosnian deployment be the first time a U.S.-based division has led the task force there, some defense experts say it could also be a sign that the military is being stretched too thin.
"It's obvious that the Bosnia mission is putting a strain on the military's resources," said Bruce Harder, VFW's director of National Security and Foreign Affairs. "The deployment of the Ist Cav indicates that U.S. units based in Europe are having difficulty handling the commitment in the Balkans."
Undoubtedly, the Bosnia deployment will affect the 1st Cav's status and readiness as one of America's premier warfighting divisions. Harder noted that since the Ist Cav will be preoccupied with its peacekeeping duties in Bosnia, it obviously will not be able to train for multiple missions, as it would normally do at its home base in Ft. Hood, Texas.
During the 1st Cav's six-month or yearlong stay in Bosnia, which should begin sometime in October, approximately 7,000 to 8,000 of its troops will see duty there. …