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'''Joint Task Force (JTF) Shining Hope''' was the United States contribution to [[Operation Allied Harbour]]. The mission of JTF Shining Hope was to conduct foreign humanitarian assistance operations in support of US government agencies and non-governmental and international organizations engaged in providing humanitarian relief to Kosovo refugees in Albania and the Republic of Macedonia. JTF Shining Hope was commanded by [[Major General]] William S. Hinton Jr., [[United States Air Force]].
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'''Joint Task Force (JTF) Shining Hope''' was the United States contribution to [[Operation Allied Harbour]]. The mission of JTF Shining Hope was to conduct foreign humanitarian assistance operations in support of US government agencies and non-governmental and international organizations engaged in providing humanitarian relief to Kosovo refugees in Albania and the [[Republic of Macedonia]]. JTF Shining Hope was commanded by [[Major General]] William S. Hinton Jr., [[United States Air Force]].
   
 
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==Background==
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The [[United States]] continued to work closely with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other relief organizations to ensure a comprehensive and adequate response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the ethnic cleansing and atrocities being conducted by Serb forces.
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The [[United States]] continued to work closely with the [[United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees]] (UNHCR) and other relief organizations to ensure a comprehensive and adequate response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the ethnic cleansing and atrocities being conducted by Serb forces.
   
 
[[United States]] and other [[NATO]] military forces provided support for humanitarian operations in a variety of ways, to include air and surface transportation of relief supplies and equipment, camp preparation, shelter construction, security, and other tasks uniquely suited to military forces. The [[United States Department of Defense|Department of Defense]] pledged over $25 million in humanitarian assistance, which, in addition to the above, also included food (humanitarian daily rations), shelter (tents), bedding, medical supplies, and vehicles.
 
[[United States]] and other [[NATO]] military forces provided support for humanitarian operations in a variety of ways, to include air and surface transportation of relief supplies and equipment, camp preparation, shelter construction, security, and other tasks uniquely suited to military forces. The [[United States Department of Defense|Department of Defense]] pledged over $25 million in humanitarian assistance, which, in addition to the above, also included food (humanitarian daily rations), shelter (tents), bedding, medical supplies, and vehicles.

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