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Slavonski Brod

The redeployment staging base (RSB) at Slavonski Brod, Croatia, served as a convoy support and redeployment staging area for troops moving from Hungary to Bosnia. The RSB was directed by Task Force Pershing, which received guidance and supply support from Task Force Eagle in Tuzla, Bosnia, and served a midway point for deploying and redeploying convoys. USAREUR determined that this base was no longer needed, and it will close in December 1998. A smaller convoy support center in at Okucani, Croatia, was stood up.

The Intermediate Staging Base (ISB) in Taszar Hungary was the first operation most soldiers saw as they deployed. The ISB was designed to serve as an intermediate stopover for soldiers deploying downrange to Bosnia-Herzegovina. The operation consisted of Taszar Air Base, Kaposvar Barracks, and Kaposujlak Air Base. Deploying soldiers went through the ISB at Taszar Air Base in the life support area. Kaposvar served as a logistic operation and housed many of the permanent party. Kaposujlak was used for rotary-wing operations and maintenance. Soldiers arrived by bus, plane, and train to Taszar. They were housed in fest tents and GP medium tents, matched up with their equipment, provided ammunition, and moved downrange to Slavonski-Brod, Croatia.

There was a second staging base set up in Slavonski-Brod, Croatia, with many of the same operations and hazards as in Hungary. In addition to the staging base, this area was also used for later crossing points of the Sava River, another hazardous operation. From Slavonski-Brod, soldiers went to their base camps in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In some cases, soldiers went to muddy fields which later became base camps.

The RSB was run by reserve component units, activated to manage the RSOI (Reception, Staging, and Onward Integration) of units deploying to Bosnia. Nothing happens at the RSB, except that units get tied up there for several days on their way in or out of the theater of operations. The compound is small, and was located in the industrial section of the city of Slavonski Brod, Croatia. The dining facility was air-conditioned, and the RSB boasted a Popeye's Chicken and a sandwich shop.

In May 1996, the two US float bridges in Zupanja were removed from the Sava River, leaving only the repaired fixed bridge in Brcko, in the northeast sector, connecting Bosnia-Herzegovina to Croatia. To save several hours of driving time, Task Force Eagle (1st Armored Division +) tasked units to develop a crossing site to link Slavonski Brod, Croatia, with Srpski Brod, (formerly Bosanski Brod), Bosnia-Herzegovina. The new bridge site would improve efficiency for the Nordic/Polish (NORDPOL) Brigade's convoys and help set the stage for the redeployment of the Implementation Forces (IFOR).

One of the critical missions of the Slavonski Brod mobile maintenance teams (MMT) was to support the float bridge company that made it possible for armored vehicles to deploy across the Sava River. This MMT's mission also included supporting the National Support Team based in Zagreb, Croatia. In December 1997, military intelligence and civil affairs units in Croatia and Bosnia were placed under the control of the National Support Element (NSE) in Taszar, Hungary. These areas were further divided into the National Support Team (NST) Zagre band NST Sarajevo (Bosnia). The units under the jurisdiction of NST Zagreb were located across the Croatian countryside. Most of them operated without an organizational motor pool or direct-support maintenance, so the Slavonski Brod MMT provided back up organizational maintenance and direct support as well.


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