Magazine article National Defense

Army Unfairly Criticized for Slow Deployment, Says General

Magazine article National Defense

Army Unfairly Criticized for Slow Deployment, Says General

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A senior Army official refuted widespread criticism that the Army was too slow to deploy its Apache helicopters during the NATO-led bombing of Kosovo.

That deployment was "one of the fastest rapid deployments of the Army in Europe," said Lt. Gen. John W Hendrix, commander of the U.S. Army V Corps. He has been nominated to become commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command.

"It's interesting how that gets rolled out into the public, and the perception was not of a rapid deployment," Hendrix told a conference sponsored by the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) in Heidelberg, Germany. "The fact is it was one of the most rapid deployments that the Army has made that I can remember."

The decision not to land Apaches in Albania early during the conflict was another decision that Hendrix made as commander of the task force. "We had some time, we weren't ready to use them, [and] we didn't need them," he said. "We wanted to make some improvements on the ground because it was muddy [in Albania] and we wanted to land them on well developed paths. …

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