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Mostar Air Base

The Predator provided real-time video to the battlefield commanders in the support of NATO forces participating in Operation Joint Guard. During 1997 the 11th Reconnaissance Squadron operated this unmanned aerial vehicle from the ground control station at Mostar Air Base, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in the French sector.

The 1st Combat Communications Squadron deployed satellite communications terminals to support Bosnian peacekeeping forces during Operation Joint Endeavor, Joint Guard and Joint Forge in December 1995. Operating responsibilities in Bosnia were later transferred to the US Army, and satellite terminals were manned by Army operators and 1st CCSQ maintainers. In 1997, Air National Guard units replaced the Army operators, while 1st CCSQ personnel continued to provide full coverage for the terminal in Mannheim and one maintainer for each terminal in Bosnia. In February 1999 these four NATO air base SATCOM Terminals from three sites in Bosnia (Mostar, Banja Luka, and Sarajevo) as well as a SATCOM terminal from Mannheim, Germany were recovered, a move prompted by US EUCOM's (US European Command's) decision to commercialize communications circuits as an economical replacement for the tactical communications equipment and personnel.

The French allowed a six-man US PSYOP team under a bilateral liaison agreement to man an IFOR radio in Mostar, which occasionally disseminated The Herald Of Peace and other CJIICTF products.

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