By 2nd Lt. Alexandre Barb
First published in
SFOR Informer#109, March 21, 2001
Glogova - Just as Fort Apache, standing there on
the top of the hill, the new Forward Operational Base (FOB) of
the MND-N overlooks the little village of Glogova, at about 10
kilometres west of Bratunac in Eastern Republika Sprska. It's
quite a challenge the teams of Brown and Root took up, building
the whole camp in a few weeks.
don't have as many facilities as in camp Eagle or Commanche but
I think we'll be at ease here," said 1st Lt. Marc Lehmann,
executive officer of Company B, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment.
Moving from Camp Dobol took one week, the latest soldiers arrived
Friday, March 9.
15 humvees fill in various places in the camp where life gets
smoothly organised. Under a wonderful sunshine, the soldiers finish
unpacking the boxes and discover their new homes in the noisy
sound of hammers and circular saws.
A few houses remain to be built, but the base is already operating.
The proof is that many teams took the road to patrol the area.
"Our missions are the same: conducting patrols in the area
of Bratunac and Srebrenica where Bosniac returnees come back,"
confirmed 1st Lt. Patrick Gilhuly, platoon leader. "This
new camp cuts the time to patrol the area from Camp Dobol by half,"
area of responsibility of the base stretches to the village of
Skelani, south of Srebrenica. A mission of the highest importance,
as Maj. Gen. Walter L. Sharp, commanding general of MND-N recently
reminded: "This year, the entire international community
will focus on the eastern RS." Something that Gilhuly already
experienced on the ground: "I've talked to returnees and
I asked them if they had problems. They answered that they didn't
have any problem. At the moment, most of them are refurbishing
or rebuilding their houses."
Camp Dobol is now empty, the area of responsibility of the new
base will extend to the north. Out of the 750 soldiers who were
stationed in Camp Dobol, 150 came to Camp Conner. The other 600
took the road to Commanche Base with their Bradleys. In Camp Dobol,
a few boxes are still left on the gravel ground. The base, almost
deserted, will be handed over to Brown and Root. Dobol thinks
about its conversion. Under the red sunset, well kept by its three
towers, Fort Conner begins to live.
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