Edition 154
December 19, 2002

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Plenty of ammunition for the Dutch

 

Bugojno - While relocating a drainage pipe, local workers discovered an illegal ammunition cache. They were digging a pipeline at a tunnel near Bugojno, when they found an ammunition box. The Civil Protection Agency made a call to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit of the 17th Mechanized Battalion Guard Fusiliers Princess Irene. The EOD was asked to remove the ammunition found at the location.

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Canadian soldiers destroy illegal weapons

 

SFOR soldiers from the First Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (1 PPCLI) Battle Group destroyed three tons of illegal weapons at a steel foundry in Zenica, Dec. 3. The weapons, which have been collected by the Canadian Battle Group, included small arms, machine guns, anti-tank weapons, mortars, handguns and others.

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From Dayton to Brussels

 

Sarajevo - A key milestone for the progress of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) towards Europe takes place on Dec. 31, 2002. The European Union Police Mission (EUPM) will follow on from the International Police Task Force (IPTF). The main mission of the EUPM will be to help the BiH authorities develop local police forces by monitoring, mentoring and inspecting, always in co-operation with SFOR.

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Schumacher and Ferrari

 

Rajlovac - As a consequence of the improving situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina SFOR is involved in restructuring and a re-deploying its forces. On Dec. 2, a military ceremony took place in the Camp Capt. Carreau in Rajlovac to mark the creation of the German-Italian Battle Group (GEITBG), which will be led by Italian Col. Marcello Bellacicco.

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On Track

 

Camp Butmir - Moving supplies and troops throughout a theatre of operations is one of many critical aspects to a successful mission. It is the task of SFOR Engineers to maintain total freedom of movement for troops by road and rail, managing projects according to the requirement for Military Minimum Requirement (MMR).

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French & US patrol provides hope for the future

 

Bratunac - From 1 to 7 Dec. 02, numerous units from SFOR took part in the 27th Exercise Joint Resolve. The French Infantry Marine Company, belonging to the Spanish-French Battle Group, came to the Multinational Division North at Eagle Base in order to familiarise with the area and its inhabitants by conducting several joint patrols and exercises.

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From a 'Dynamic Response' to a 'Joint Resolve'

 

Tuzla - From Dec. 1 to 7, 2002, the UK's Staffordshire Regiment deployed from the 1st Battalion Tactical Headquarters in Kosovo along with a Company as the 'Operational Reserve Force' (ORF) of SFOR, to conduct a planned operational rehearsal, as part of exercise Joint Resolve. The Staffords deployed with 150 troops and their vehicles.

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Joint action to conclude Joint Resolve

 

Brcko - Exercise Joint Resolve concluded with a joint military capability exercise at Camp McGovern. The Carabinieri Special Weapons And Techniques (SWAT) team conducted a fast rope exercise from U.S. UH-60 Black Hawks stationed at Eagle Base. Once on the ground, members of the 104th Cavalry had to subdue a large and unruly crowd of role-playing civilians.

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Harvest time in Bosnia-Herzegovina

 

Tolisa - It's "Harvest" time in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and for the men of Apache Troop, the term "Bag Lady" has suddenly taken on a whole new meaning. Apache Troop A, 1st Squadron, 104th Cavalry is fully engaged in the weapons collection phase of Op Harvest, going door-to-door in the towns and villages, close to the Croatian border.

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Bulgarians at Bugojno

 

Bugojno - At Camp Butmir, everyone is used to seeing Bulgarian soldiers providing security at the two entrances where they check personnel identification and vehicle passes. The Bulgarian soldiers are full members of SFOR, and they also perform other roles within Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). There is a group of them stationed in Bugojno.

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Downpour of Ammunition

 

Macipolje - Dec. 4, the Spanish-French Battle Group (SPFRBG) stationed in Europe Base, Mostar organised a live-fire exercise. Facing the high wooded mountains on the firing range of Macipolje, the troops belonging to the SPFRBG spent whole day training hard to enhance their combat skills. Three platoons took part in this exercise in high winds and heavy rainstorms.

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Soul Music for Sarajevo

 

Sarajevo - A military band from the UK spent a weekend in Sarajevo as part of a tour of Bosnia and Herzegovina, playing concerts for SFOR troops and the residents of the city. Concerts were held at Camp Butmir and also in the centre of Sarajevo, where musicians played a variety of popular tunes. They also supported a charity evening that raised money for children whose lives have been affected by war.

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Operational Reserve Force trains with SFOR

 

Tuzla - From Dec. 1 to 7, 2002, the United Kingdom's Staffordshire Regiment deployed the 1st Battalion Tactical Headquarters and a Company of the 'Operational Reserve Force' to conduct a planned operational rehearsal in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The purpose of this particular deployment was to familiarise the troops with the terrain and the procedures.

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Soldier in the spotlight

 

Doboj - Cpl. Normunds Bozevnieks is a twenty-seven year old member of the Latvian contingent in Camp Dannevirke, in the vicinity of Doboj. He was born in 1975 in the small town of Balvi, in the eastern part of Latvia. Normunds began his service as a conscript in 1995. "My best memory from military life is the moment when I was chosen to join BALTBAT (Baltic Battalion)," he said.

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