Edition 139
May 23, 2002

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NATO approves changes to KFOR and SFOR

 

NATO's North Atlantic Council, after full consultation with the Stabilisation Force (SFOR) and Kosovo Force (KFOR) contributing nations, approved May 10, a series of changes to the NATO-led SFOR and KFOR missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo (…).

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MND-SE Harvest goes on

 

Mostar - The Spanish Battle Group (SPBG) seized 60 tonnes of ammunition May 9-12. The ammo was found in a hidden basement in "Fabrika Duhana Mostar" and at UNIS factory. Multinational Division Southeast ordered SPBG to localise, seize and transport the ammo that was found in the cellars of the Tobacco Factory.

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Finns on The Airwaves

 

Camp Mac Govern - In a small hut adorned with the smiling image of SFOR Radio Station Mir, Finnish CIMIC and American soldiers worked together to create a radio program that would be effective in influencing Displaced Persons to return to the CIMIC officers area of responsibility.

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C Sqn, Household Cavalry Regiment, Harvesting in BiH

 

Dubica - The Squadron has conducted one other Op Harvest jointly with local police. "This is the first active Op Harvest for C Squadron in the time that we have been here," said Capt. William Snook, second in command of the Squadron. "This will be the first of many for this summer."

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Proud in producing security

 

Camp Butmir - Everybody entering or exiting Camp Butmir knows the Bulgarian guards. Using precise hand and arm signals they stop cars and check the occupants and their documents. These soldiers take care of security. It is not only at the gates, however, that Bulgarian soldiers do their job.

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A French Gendarmerie Patrol

 

Radacici - The Gendarmerie Investigation and Surveillance Platoon (PGSI) is manned by 13 NCOs and one officer. Their main mission is to gather intelligence for Multinational Division Southeast (MND-SE). Originating from all over France, these men serve six months in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Thunder on Glamoc plateau

 

Glamoc - For four days Canadian and British units deployed in the Glamoc area for exercise Balkan Gunner 5. The purpose of the mission was to secure an ammunition supply point that had been taken over by a hostile force. When negotiations failed the result was to take direct action.

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Engineer's training

 

Ploce - The Romanian Engineer Platoon belonging to SFOR CJ Engineer, recently performed their regular training in assembling, inspecting and dismantling of the Maybe and Johnson logistic bridge. The training took place May 6 to 11, at the Material Management Unit (MMU) located in Ploce.

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French language schools open for Armed Forces in BiH

 

Pazaric and Banja Luka - Thanks to French funding, language schools were recently expanded for the Armed Forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The two ribbon cutting ceremonies took place on April 30, in Pazaric (Federation of BiH, Fed) and May 15, in Banja Luka (Republika Srpska, RS).

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Over the airwaves

 

Donji Vakuf - If you were to turn your radio on at noon on Tuesdays in Donji Vakuf you would be listening to the voices of Capt. Klaas Fridsma and his interpreter, Alma, from the Dutch Battle Group (DBG) in Bugojno. They produce an entertaining and important show, for children of all ages, in the listening area.

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A Huge Explosion!

 

Kalinovik - During the first week of May, the French Engineer Platoon, belonging to the French Battle Group, carried out the destruction of the all ammunition and weapons seized, or collected within Multinational Division Southeast's Area of Responsibility. The ammunition seized in Vrapcici (see SFOR Informer #138) were part of the load.

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Turks Aid Collective Centres

 

Zenica - 11 May Soldiers from the Turkish Battalion (Tu Bn) Civil-Military co-operation (CIMIC) teams conducted patrols to Collective Centres (CC) within their area of responsibility. These patrols provided relief, support and medical aid for the Displaced Persons (DPs) living there.

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Soldier in the spotlight

 

Rifleman Daniel Wesetowski is a twenty-year old soldier of the Nordic-Polish Battle Group (NORDPOL), and serves with 1st Platoon, Bravo Company. Wesetowski joined the army straight from school. He grew up in the Polish City of Krakow, and when he finished school he decided to join.

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