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Always Ready to Serve

Posted November 17, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— The key role of the U.S. military used to be fighting for peace, or, in some cases, maintaining peace.

Nearly 400 soldiers from Fort Bragg are still in troubled Bosnia, with no word on when they will return home.

One hundred sixty soldiers from the 403rd Transportation Company and 70 soldiers from the 319th Military Intelligence Battalion left for Bosnia in January. Since July, 150 soldiers from the 65th Military Police Company have also been in Bosnia.

But in the past few years we have asked the military to help in major humanitarian efforts as well.

When and if a cadre of the world's military go to help in Zaire, the U.S. will be there, President Clinton has said.

Saturday, some military intelligence veterans were back at Fort Bragg for a look at the role of technology in the U.S. military.

"I think it is necessary for our nation to be the leader in these fields, not only in rescue missions, in the missions in Zaire and Bosnia," said veteran Richard Holmes.

It seems the humanitarian missions are growing in number, according to Lt. General Robert Springer (USAF retired). "I think as long as we are the only superpower, as long as we remain a very moral and caring and , concerned nation, the answer is we will be responsive to most of these critical conditions around the world."

Veterans and the soldiers on hand for the demonstrations said they believed as part of their commitment to the military, they will go anywhere they are asked to go.

But the humanitarian deployments are not without danger.

Peacekeeping and humanitarian missions are no different, the troops said.