We truly are one team, we have ' we collectively share one future — and it is a As you look forward to the challenges of 1999, take a moment to use The Soldiers Almanac, not only to reflect on all that you accomplished in 1998, but also as a handy reference document. No timetable has been announced regarding the duration of Joint Forge.
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Pl : 4 January 1999 • • $3-290 The Soldiers Almanac The Soldiers Soldiers from 2nd Bn., 75th Ranger Regt., train at Fort Benning, Ga.
— Greg Calldonna a Ml: RICA 'S Army performed critical missions ^L around the world in support of the national mili- / J tary strategy throughout this past year. Yet, through the course of these commit- ments, we have maintained our focus on the Army's most precious asset — our soldiers.
At the y'^k same time, we continue to prepare for the 21st JL. With an eye toward improving quality of life, the Army's senior leadership has worked to provide soldiers and their families with a degree of predictability, improved barracks and quarters, appropriate compensation and benefits that recognize their sacrifices and service, and timely access to quality medical care.
We are also committed to ensuring that the Army remains trained and equipped to perform today's and tomorrow's missions. Ray Whitehead Managing Editor: Lou Walker Production Editor: Steve Harding Art Director: Helen Hall Van Hoose Senior Editor: Gil High Associate Editor: SFC John Brenci Photo Editor: SSgt.
Jeremiah Smith, Company A, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry, guards a perimeter dur- ing pre-ranger training in Italy. The units were notified of the possible call-up in July, with their projected mobilization dates ranging from August 1998 to April 1999.
By law, Guard and Reserve units called up to participate in Joint Forge can serve no more than 270 days. troops from the Germany-based 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry, monitors the region's borders with both Bosnia and Kosovo.
The outbreak of internecine fighting in Kosovo this past summer focused renewed attention on the other international force on watch in the Balkans — the United Nations Preven- tative Deployment Force in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The UNPREDEP re- mained on watch as the year came to a close. I fc W^ , A-' £* ■f Pi * '-, I i| JANUARY 1999 Year in Review HE Army refocused on its core values in 1998.
Tins has been a busy year that has included everything from major unit rotations in Bosnia to short-notice deploy- ments to Southwest Asia, from constant vigilance along the Korean demilitarized zone to humanitarian assistance to Honduras. John Valceanu Photojournalist: Heike Hasenauer Assistant Art Director: Randolph Thomas Associate Art Director: Paul Henry Crank Executive Secretary: Joseph T.
But the one constant has been the quality of the Total Army team: the soldiers — active, Guard and Reserve — Department of the Army civilians, and their families. Marsden Year in Review HE NATO Stabilization Force that had monitored the cease- fire in Bosnia-Herzegovina since December 1995 was replaced in June 1998 by a smaller follow-on force.
We truly appreciate your selflessness, dedication, commitment to excellence, and willingness to "go the extra mile" for the Army and our nation. This change marked the end of Operation Joint Guard and the beginning of Operation Joint Forge, to which the United States pledged approximately 6,900 military personnel.
Wis is an exciting time to be part of America's Army, and every one of you plays an important role in providing peace and security for the nation. The primary mission of the follow- on force is to maintain a deterrent presence while working to ensure a secure environment in which interna- tional organizations can re-establish a host of civil programs that will help peace endure in Bosnia-Herzegovina.