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36th Finance Battalion

As part of the "Total Force" concept, the Guard and Reserve are indispensable to U.S. military operations. When the United States decided to commit U.S. forces to Bosnia in December 1995, it was recognized that strong support from the Reserve Components would be required. Since December 1995, over 12,000 Guard and Reserve personnel have supported Operation Joint Guard from bases in Bosnia, Croatia, the United States, Hungary, Germany, Italy, and elsewhere in Europe. In June 1997 twenty-three Reserve Component units, 843 soldiers, were notified to begin training in preparation for possible mobilization in support of operations in Bosnia. By law, Army National Guard and Reserve units called up to participate in Operation Joint Guard can serve no more than 270 days. Texas National Guard troops who deployed to Taszr included members of the 49th Finance Battalion. Sixty-nine members of the battalion worked behind the scenes with the active Army's 39th Finance Battalion to keep their customers' pay and other financial benefits in order.

On May 1, 2004, the 49th Armored Division was officially inactivated and the 36th Brigade of the 49th Armored Division was redesignated the 36th Infantry Division. Reflecting this change, the 49th Finance Battalion was reflagged as the 36th Finance Battalion, and the Finance Detachments were also reflagged.

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