Edition 144
August 1, 2002

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Humanitarian aid mission turns into rescue operation

 

Sarajevo - On July 12, a group of military members from Camp Butmir paid a humanitarian aid visit to children suffering from cancerous illnesses at the Kosevo Hospital's oncology ward located in the paediatric clinic. All was going according to plan until an ordinary elevator ride turned into a rescue operation for the visiting troops.

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Harmony in Republika Srpska

 

Forty musicians from the Band of the Welsh Guards recently toured Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Divided into two groups, the musicians visited four kindergartens in the town of Banja Luka on July 10. Later that day, band members marched through the streets of the city and performed a concert on the grounds of the Turkish castle.

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History of Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Many soldiers serving in the Balkans believe Bosnia and Herzegovina is a young state created by the General Framework Agreement for Peace (GFAP) at the end of 1995.
The truth is quite different. BiH has a long history. That is why the SFOR Informer will publish the story again. The articles were first printed in six chapters one and half years ago.

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What is freedom of movement?

 

Camp Butmir - Available movement routes are a necessity for the successful deployment and action of any military organisation. Whether it is by road, rail, sea or air, clear travel enables the successful distribution of supplies, food and the relocation of personnel from a wide range of locations throughout a theatre of operation during a time of war or conflict.

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In the streets of Banja Luka

 

Banja Luka - Second Lt. Andy Love, 4th Platoon Cdr. 2nd Company of the Welsh Guards will not accompany his men who are off for the downtown patrol. He explains: "I like my guys to do their job on their own. They have the ability for that." As usual, an interpreter, Biljana Josic, is part of the patrol.

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CH 53 down

 

Mount Igman - On July 4, the tail rotor of a German Sikorsky CH-53 G helicopter came into contact with some trees during a mission on mount Igman. Even though it was a small incident, without injury to those on board, it was a difficult and remarkable task to repair the helicopter in the region of Bjelasnica, which is located approximately 1,800 metres above sea level.

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A new era in Ploce harbour

 

Ploce - On July 20, the Italian cargo ship 'Maior', registered in Bari (Italy), arrived in Ploce harbour, Croatia. A new era in running the harbour's activities has started for SFOR. From now on, every country will carry out the loading and unloading operations of their own materials by themselves.

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The hour principle

 

Podmilacje - In Podmilacje, located near the outskirts of Jajce, the Dutch Battle Group mans a small villa with a team of twelve including a medic team, whose mission is to intervene in case there is an SFOR accident in the vicinity. An infantry team, guarding the villa, also carries out the duties of a Quick Reaction Force (QRF).

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Breaking down ethnic barriers

 

Brezovo Polje - Zhivana Stevic, Tanja Stefanovic and Zorica Sheshlak are three girls, out of more than 220 Bosnian teenagers, who recently spent time taking part in a four-day summer camp in the village of Brezovo Polje, Brcko District. These pleasant young ladies were bussed to the site from Petrovo.

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Exercise Strong Guardian V

 

Glamoc - Exercise Strong Guardian V recently took place in Manjaca and Glamoc. Its purpose was threefold. To enable Multinational Division Southwest to shift from a normal framework of Operations to enhanced Operations, develop effective drills and train the Divisional Reserve (DIVRES).

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Making way for a better understanding

 

Bacevici/Jasenice - During the last two weeks of July, the Engineer Unit of the Multinational Division Southeast rebuilt a road from Bacevici to Jasenice. This job was presented to the field teams of the Reconstruction and Return Task Force which is a multi-agency organisation that co-ordinates the international support for the returnees.

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Soldier in the spotlight

 

Meet Maj. Peter Kern, a solider with the Austrian Army Reserve. He may be new to the SFOR mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but this troop carries with him a past rich with multi-national experience, having worked on a number of United Nations' missions throughout his career.

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