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August 2001 - September 2002

Operation FORAGE was the Canadian contribution to the NATO operation ESSENTIAL HARVEST in the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia, which began officially on August 22, 2001. On August 27, about 3,500 NATO troops, including 200 Canadians, deployed with logistical support into Macedonia to collect and destroy weapons surrendered by ethnic Albanian groups. Operation FORAGE was a 30-day commitment.

When NATO mounted a follow-on mission to provide a monitoring presence, the CF undertook to provide one staff officer to work at Task Force Headquarters. The last CF member to hold this post returned to Canada at the end of September, 2002.

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