- Title: GERMANY: UNITED STATES SOLDIERS BASED IN BOSNIA RETURN TO GERMANY FOR REST BREAK
- Date: 15th April 1996
- Summary: FRANKFURT, GERMANY (APRIL 15, 1996) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. SLV PLANE ARRIVING, CARRYING U.S. PEACEKEEPERS 0.08 2. SV SOLDIERS ARRIVING AT TERMINAL AT RHEIN-MAIN AIRPORT 0.21 3. SV WOMEN WAITING 0.28 4. SV REUNIONS (2 SHOTS) 1.02 5. SV SIGN READING, WELCOME HOME DADDY 1.06 6. SV REUNIONS 1.12 8. SV SIGN READING, R&R FAMILY RECEPTION/ SOLDIER HOLDING BABY (2 SHOTS) 1.20 9. SV FAMILY REUNION 1.29 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 30th April 1996 13:00
- Location: FRANKFURT, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Reuters ID: LVA3NV75ELWIRXY5419VMNL14KAS
- Story Text: INTRO: The first batch of U.S. peacekeeping troops returned to Frankfurt in Germany on Monday to take a break with their families from their year long tour of Bosnia.
-------------------------------------------------------------------- The first group of one hundred and forty U.S. peacekeeping troops were reunited with their families when they arrived in Frankfurt on Monday (April 15), to take holidays in Germany from their duties in Bosnia.
Most of the 20,000 U.S. soldiers helping to implement the Dayton peace agreement for former Yugoslavia were based in Germany before heading off on the year-long assignment.
Those with at least six months in the field are supposed to come out for brief vacations with their families at military resorts by the Alpine lakes and mountains in Bavaria as part of the Pentagon's rest and recreation (R & R) scheme.
Up until now U.S. troops only got a four-day rest and recreation leave in Hungary, while other NATO peacekeepers were getting more leave than them.
Commander of U.S. forces in Europe, General George Joulwan insisted in March, that it was of great concern that U.S. troops should get at least a two-week holiday, but the start date of the scheme was continuously pushed back, as the Pentagon mulled over how to pay for it.
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