The California Army National Guard
126th Medical Company
An 80-soldier unit of the 126th Medical
Company spent more than seven months in Bosnia. Under Presidential
authorization, the unit, along with 10 UH-60 "Blackhawk"
helicopters, was deployed to Tusla, Bosnia, in support of Operation
Joint Forge, in August 1998. The medical unit supported U.S.
and NATO troops with their peacekeeping efforts in the Bosnia
region. The participants returned home on March 31, 1999.
The 126th Medical Company, its 130 members, and 19 UH-60 helicopters
are located at Mather Field in Sacramento, California.
649th Military Police
The Secretary of Defense activated 125
members of the California Army National Guard's 649th Military
Police Company on January 16, 1997 for federal service under
the Presidential Call-up to support "Operation JOINT ENDEVOUR."
The members of the 649th left Travis Air Force Base on January
26, 1997 for Rhein-Main, Germany where they joined the 95th MP
Battalion and replaced active duty MPs sent to Bosnia. The 649th
operated in the areas of Heidelberg and Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Battery F, 144th Field
After months of planning and preparation,
85 California Army National Guard members from Battery F, 144th
Field Artillery deployed to Bosnia in December 1997 for seven
months, as part of the NATO peacekeeping effort "Operation
The battery's deployment marked the first time a California Army
National Guard unit served in the actual war-torn area since
the multi-national peacekeeping efforts began in December 1995.
The unit, part of the 40th Infantry Division, operated target
acquisition radars that can detect everything from rifle bursts
large artillery fire and determine within
a few feet where that fire originated.
Members of Battery F are mostly from Southern California. They
flew to Georgia on November 16, 1997 for a month's training prior
to deployment. The unit returned home in July 1998.
69th Press Camp Headquarters
Twenty-five members of the 69th Press
Camp Headquarters will deploy to Fort Benning, Georgia on September
19,1999 for validation in preparation for a deployment to Bosnia.
Upon arrival in Bosnia, the members of the 69th performed Press
Camp missions in support of the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division.
Missions included publishing command information publications
and performing occasional media escort duties. The Press Camp
personnel returned to California in June 2000