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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 181-99
April 20, 1999

U.S. INFANTRY COMPANIES AND ATTACK HELICOPTER CREWS TO DEPLOY IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION ALLIED FORCE

Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen has directed the deployment of additional units to provide force protection for Task Force Hawk in Albania. Some 615 soldiers from the headquarters and headquarters company and two light infantry companies of the 2nd Battalion, 505th Infantry Regiment, 11 additional AH-64 Apache attack helicopter crews from 229th Aviation Regiment, and logistics support personnel from the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C., have begun deploying to Tirane.

These additional forces from the United States will augment Task Force Hawk, and further enhance NATO's ability to conduct tactical strikes against specific Federal Republic of Yugoslavia units in Kosovo. This deployment brings the approximate number of U.S. forces in Task Force Hawk to 3,300.

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