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History of Task Force Eagle

SFOR - Task Force Eagle
On 14 December 1995, a NATO-imposed cease-fire halted the destructive four year Balkan conflict by the issuance of the General Framework Agreement for Peace (GFAP). The US 1st Armored Division, as part of NATO's Allied Command Europe, Rapid Reaction Corps, established Task Force Eagle (TFE) which was ordered to Bosnia-Herzegovina as part of Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR. On 20 December 1995, TFE assumed control of its Area Of Responsibility (AO) during a Transfer of Authority (TA) ceremony with United Nations forces at Eagle Base, Tuzla.

After the historic bridging of the Sava River on 31 December 1995, the 1st Armored "Old Ironsides" Division, with supporting forces from V (US) Corps, was joined by armed forces of twelve other nations that included Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Poland, Denmark, Lithuania, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Russia, Turkey and the United States. Together, these nations comprised MultiNational Division - North (MND-N), one of three MultiNational Divisions in NATO Stabilization FORce (SFOR). TFE represented the Unites States contribution to SFOR.

One of the most powerful UN formations ever fielded, MND-N, enforced the cease-fire, supervised the marking of boundaries, and monitored the zone of separation between the former warring factions, Entity Armed Forces (EAF) which consisted of the Bosnian-Croat Entity (the Federation) and the Bosnian Serb Entity (the Republika Srpska), enforced the withdrawal of the combatants and the movement of the heavy weapons to designated storage sites. TFE also supported the efforts of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to administer the country's first ever democratic national elections.

Task Force Eagle also supported the Organization for Security and Cooperation in the efforts of Europe to administer the country's first ever democratic national elections.

On 10 November, 1996, the 1st Armored Division transferred authority for command and control of Task Force Eagle to the 1st Infantry Division. The 1st Infantry Division deployed as a covering force to allow the safe return of the 1st Armored Division to Germany.

In April 1999, the 1st Armored Division was alerted to send soldier to Albania as part of Operation ALLIED FORCE in response to the ethnic cleansing and fighting in Kosovo. The 1st Armored Division then sent the first soldiers into Kosovo in Operation JOINT GUARDIAN to uphold the United Nations Security Council resolution to bring peace back to the Kosovo region.

On June 20, 2000, the 1st Armored Division returned to Kosovo, taking over the mission as the US contingent, assuming control of the Multinational Brigade - East, and continued to bring a lasting peace and stability to the region and help build the infrastructure for all in Kosovo.

Following the deployment to Kosovo, the Division returned to Germany and began a program of intense training in Hohenfels and Grafenwöhr Training Areas, with realistic OPFOR (Opposition Forces) exercises. Some units began deployments into Iraq and other countries in the Middle East for the global War on Terrorism.

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