Soldier in the spotlight
Staff Sgt. Lisa M. Simpson
First published in
SFOR Informer#132, February 14, 2002
Becoming a leader in minimum time is an understatement when
referring to Sgt. Bozo Henigman of the Slovenian Army. Becoming
the acting first sergeant with just two-and-a-half years in
the army is astronomical. The rank of first sergeant is the
equivalent of an OR6 in the NATO rank structure. As the third
highest-ranking person in Camp Butmir's Medical Centre, the
young medical technician supervises the other medical technicians
as what he calls an additional duty.
Soft-spoken with friendly eyes, he humbly describes his primary
mission here as taking care of people. "I like to help
people and I like meeting people from different places,"
Henigman said. In fact, commitment to people from other places
is what led Henigman to Camp Butmir for a second tour. Originally
from Bohinj, Slovenia, the 28 year-old volunteered to come
back. Here for the first time from November 2000 to May 2001,
Henigman began his second tour in January and will remain
until June 2002.
"There are many nations here and we make a lot of contact
with everyone. In Slovenia, I do the same job there as I do
here but in Butmir, I must speak different languages."
So far, he speaks Slovenian, English and Serbo-Croatian.
But in addition to the multinational culture of Butmir, Henigman
likes working with his countrymen as well. "Our unit
is small here and we are all friends. We haven't had any problems
and everyone follows the military rules."
As a medical technician, Henigman provides first aid, emergency
care and assists the doctors with medical procedures. "Henigman
is reliable," said Maj. Robert Carotta, one of the doctors
at the clinic. "He is well trained and very good at his
business. When I tell him to do something, it is done and
Henigman said that he likes the military, enjoys travel and
is trying to do all he can now while he is able. "When
I get a wife I will give this up."
Nations of SFOR: Slovenia