HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska –Elements of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division have been identified to deploy to Europe this fall in support of ongoing peacekeeping operations in Kosovo as part of the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR), specifically Multinational Battle Group-East (MNBG-E).
A small contingent of paratroopers assigned to the headquarters element of the 4/25th and several hundred paratroopers assigned to 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment will deploy in late September.
The Spartans will first travel to Hohenfels, Germany, where they will spend approximately two weeks at U.S. Army Europe’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center participating in Kosovo-specific training that will prepare them for follow-on peacekeeping operations.
From Germany, the Spartans will travel to Kosovo where the 4/25th headquarters element will assume command and control duties as MNBG-E at Camp Bondsteel, located outside the city of Ferizaj. The element from 1-40th Cavalry will move to Camp Novo Selo, outside the capital city of Pristina, to conduct joint, multinational peacekeeping operations as part of MNBG-E.
KFOR commenced operations in Kosovo on June 12, 1999, two days after the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 in order to enforce the peacekeeping aspect of the resolution itself. As a part of KFOR, MNBG-E conducts peace support operations in accordance with UNSCR 1244 in order to provide a safe and secure environment and to allow freedom of movement throughout Kosovo. They do so by working in tandem with host nation security forces.
While operating as a part of MNBG-E, Spartan paratroopers will work daily alongside military service personnel from not only Kosovo, but from several partner nations as well, which include Poland, Ukraine, Armenia, Slovenia, Germany, Turkey and Hungary.
The headquarters element from the 4/25th and the element from 1-40th Cavalry will relieve the 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade and the 2nd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, respectively, both of which are home-stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.
The upcoming tour of duty in Kosovo is expected to last nine months with the deploying Spartans returning to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in July 2015.
Lt. Col. Alan Brown
U.S. Army Alaska’s Public Affairs Officer