Camp Bondsteel is quite large: 955 acres or 360,000 square meters. If you were to run the outer perimeter, it is about 7 miles. Bondsteel is located on rolling hills and farmland near the city of Ferizaj/Urosevac. There are about 250 SEA Huts for living quarters and offices. Camp Monteith is just outside of the downtown area of Gnjilane, so it has the feel of an urban commuter college, with a central courtyard where the majority of the staff offices are.
Camp Bondsteel – US Military in Kosovo
- Camp Bondsteel – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – Camp Bondsteel is the main base of the United States Army under KFOR command in Kosovo. Located near Ferizaj in the eastern part of Kosovo, the base serves as the NATO headquarters for KFOR’s Multinational Battle Group East (MNBG-E). The base is named after Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient United States Army Staff Sergeant James L. Bondsteel. The camp occupies 955 acres of land. To construct the base, two hills were flattened and the valley between them was filled. In August 1999, 52 helipads were constructed on the facility’s west perimeter to handle helicopter aviation. The camp is built mainly of wooden, semi permanent SEA huts and is surrounded by a 2.5 m high earthen wall. Camp Bondsteel was constructed by the 94th Engineer Construction Battalion, augmented by A Company, 864th Engineer Battalion, and the 568 Combat Support Engineer Company, together with the private Kellogg, Brown and Root Corporation (KBR). The planning, design and construction management of the project was completed by the Construction Management Section of the 130th Engineer Brigade and a team from the Baltimore District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. KBR is also the prime contractor for the operation of the camp.
Camp Monteith – US Military in Kosovo
- Camp Monteith – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – Camp Monteith was a military base in Gjilan, Kosovo, about 20 miles east of Camp Bondsteel. A former Serb artillery outpost and 79 parcels of private land, the area was taken over by U.S. Marines and used as a base of operation during the Kosovo War of 1999. The camp was named after Jimmie W. Monteith, who received the Medal of Honor for heroism in France during World War II. At its peak, the camp housed 2000 soldiers and civilian contractors. Established in June 1999 to be used as a staging point for the bulk of US forces stationed in the Multi National Brigade-East. Initially occupied by U.S. Marines, over the past seven years successive rotations of U.S. Army forces have used the camp as part of NATO’s KFOR. The base camp originally consisted of one main building, used as a command post and makeshift interrogation center, as well as a few small outbuildings that had been stripped by retreating Serb forces. The other buildings were destroyed previously by bombing during Operation Allied Force. Initially the United States Marine Corps occupied the land during Operation Joint Guardian setting up camp around the main building in tents and in their vehicles, and patrolling Gjilan and the surrounding villages. In July 1999, U.S. Navy Seabees, along with Kellogg Brown & Root, began construction of more permanent structures, with plumbing and electricity including a vast number of semi-permanent barracks known as South East Asia huts. The camp continued to be used by peacekeeping forces up until early 2006 when the remaining soldiers relocated to Camp Bondsteel. The camp was closed in March 2007 to U.S. personnel and as of July 2007 has been transferred to the Kosovo Security Force.
Camp Monteith is just outside of the downtown area of Gnjilane, so it has the feel of an urban commuter college, with a central courtyard where the majority of the staff offices are.
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President George W. Bush speaks to U.S. soldiers and troops from other NATO nations at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo on July 24, 2001.
Bush is visiting the Task Force Falcon soldiers to show support for the troops in Kosovo.
DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Clinton J. Evans, U.S. Army. (Released)
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