Accession Number:

ADA156353

Title:

The Role of FORSCOM (United States Army Forces Command) in the Reception and Care of Refugees from Cuba in the Continental United States

Descriptive Note:

Monograph rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY FORCES COMMAND FORT MCPHERSON GA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1984-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

354.0

Abstract:

This monograph presents the background of previous attempts by the U. S. Government and the U.S. Army in particular to receive and care for large numbers of refugees involved in a mass exodus from a Communist-dominated country. It covers the initial planning by FORSCOM to receive, house, and care for the Cuban refugees until their removal from military jurisdiction as well as the FORSCOM commanders decision to use his mobilization chain of command for command and control purposes. It includes in some detail the important jurisdictional and public relations problems which arose involving the law enforcement rights and responsibilities of both the military and civilian agencies involved because of the pronounced anti-social behavior of a large number of the refugees in the processing centers. It discusses some of the political implications of the program and the selection of appropriate military installations for its implementation. It reviews the FORSCOM support operations at Fort Chaffee, Ark., and Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., both of which had processed Vietnamese refugees in 1975, and then reviews in greater detail the support operations at Fort McCoy, Wisc., which had last been engaged in a mobilization type mission during the Korean War. It points out the impact of this extended support mission on the overall readiness of FORSCOMs participating Active and Reserve Component units and individuals and reflects their valuable contributions to its overall success.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE