Edition 160
April 3, 2003

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Engineers build brighter future for children

 

Lasja - Eleven Canadian Field Squadron Engineers, originally from 1 Combat Engineer Regiment, constructed a two-classroom schoolhouse in the community of Lasja, as part of Civil Military Co-operation (CIMIC) from January to March 2003. The Poljana School was officially opened with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting March 21. "You are true friends," said Mr. Hodzic Behudin, director, Poljana School.

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A dream comes true

 

Zenica - As a result of the close co-operation between Armed Forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Joint Military Affairs (JMA) Branch of SFOR HQ, the destruction of more than 3,000 small weapons took place in the Zenica Steel Factory on March 3, 4 and 7. These weapons, previously belonging to the Federation Army were melted in a foundry. Soldiers from the Turkish Battalion Task Force monitored this activity.

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Economy and Society in Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Sarajevo - The Model of Economy - and its Social counterpart - is one of the main political decisions of the State, and has a daily impact upon the citizen's life. Before the war, the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was a socialist State, nevertheless with an interventionism less strong than in Communist countries. Of course, so was Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Three Brigades, three new stars

 

Mostar, Banja Luka and Tuzla - By a rare coincidence that has never previously happened, the three current Brigades' Commander Generals took office during the same month of March 2003. Italian Brig. Gen. Gian Marco Chiarini now assumes the duties of MNB-SE's Commander, UK Brig. B.W. Barry is the new Commander General of MNB-NW and US Brig. Gen. James R. Mason the one of MNB-N.

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Red Wing trains emergency aid in Mostar

 

Mostar - An aeroplane had just arrived and another one was expected to land. Although it was wintertime it was a warm day and seemed as if it was a summer day. At noon a light breeze began to blow. Slowly it was becoming stronger and stronger. Nobody could imagine that very soon it would cause a disaster. But don't worry. Multinational Brigade Southeast was just conducting the Red Wing exercise at Mostar Airport.

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Don't lose your place!

 

Butmir Camp - Travelling all over Bosnia and Herzegovina requires good maps. You have to know where you are, where you want to go and also the best way to go. Even if you don't know where it is located CJ2 Geo, you might have some of their products in your car, or in your helicopter. The Theatre Map Depot located in Butmir is in charge of supplying maps to SFOR HQ, multinational brigades and International Community.

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It is time for harvesting

 

Novi Travnik - From March 3 to 5, 2003, the Charlie team of the Dutch Battalion located in Novi Travnik conducted a Harvest operation. It was focused in Turbe and its vicinities (Potkraj, Secevo, Varosluk, Konak, and Delilovac), all municipalities included within their area of operation. Harvest is designed to collect illegal weapons and ordnance in order to make Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) a safer place to live in.

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A fruitful exchange for three contingents

 

Mostar - On the early morning of Thursday March 6, a joint patrol with a varied mosaic of vehicles and uniforms initiated the trip from Mostar Europe Base to Jablanica. Once they reached the town, the patrol was divided into three parties. Each was responsible for conducting a reconnaissance in Jablanica and Prozor downtown and the vicinity of these two towns.

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SFOR's soldiers beyond the borders

 

Vares - From March 24 to 26, 2003, Turkish soldiers along with Polish soldiers performed joint patrols in the rural area of Vares, included within the Area of Responsibility of the Turkish Battalion Task Force. Mounted or dismounted, patrols are one of the main ways for SFOR to provide a safe and secure environment in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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One Hell of a Haul

 

Ploce - The sun shone brightly over the mountains in the Neretva delta. German Army personnel are waiting at the quay in the port of Ploce on the Adriatic coast, enjoying the fine weather. Behind them stands the array of vehicles and containers they have moved over 200 kilometres southwards from the snow-covered camps of Filipovici and Rajlovac to the Croatian coast.

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Resolute operations from SFOR

 

Pale and Lukavica - On Friday March 7, 2003, at approximately 10:30, SFOR personnel commenced operations in the vicinity of Pale and Lukavica. These operations were conducted in support of the Office of the High Representative's efforts to disrupt the activities of persons providing financial assistance to Radovan Karadzic and other Persons Indicted for War Crimes.

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Regulating the airwaves

 

Sarajevo - The Communications Regulatory Agency (CRA) is the sole broadcast and telecommunications regulatory authority in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the first body of its kind in the region. This state-level agency operates independently of Entities' Governments and political parties, whilst being accountable to the state-level Council of Ministers concerning policy directives.

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Project Management Training

 

Bugojno - As part of the SFOR effort to improve the Armed Forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina de-mining productivity, the Mines Cell of the Joint Military Affairs Branch of the Multinational Brigade Northwest ran a project management course for five soldiers from Entities' Armies. The aim of the course was to provide team leaders with the knowledge and skills to successfully execute de-mining operations.

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VRS demonstrate CIMIC aviation capability

 

Banja Luka - On Friday, 21 March a delegation from SFOR witnessed a demonstration by VRS support helicopters at Zaluzani airfield in Banja Luka. The aim of the event was to demonstrate how the VRS aviation assets could support the civilian authorities and population in Bosnia and Herzegovina and to identify where further integration would improve their ability to support the community.

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Soldier in the spotlight

 

Ugljevik - A fearless man, Capt. Denis Denisov, an airborne officer from Russian Military Contingent (RMC), was in the limelight during the celebration of The Day of Motherland's Defender (See SFOR Informer No 159, dated March 6, 2003). His fellow comrades consider him to be a real master, not only in warfare but in sports as well. It is difficult to be awarded with such a high sports degree in Russia.

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