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30 March 1998


Peace Stabilisation Force - Operation Joint Guard - Exercise Dynamic Response 98

Press Release

SRF Provides Dental Care To Local Youth




(Photo: Sgt. Gilles Bergner, SFOR Informer. 80Kb)
Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina - More than 60 youth were provided dental care through the combined efforts of the Strategic Reserve Force, Civilian Military Co-operation teams and local officials in the towns of Sokolac and Vitkovici this weekend as part of Exercise Dynamic Response 98.

Forces from the 18th Polish Airborne Battalion, 26th U.S. Marine Expeditionary Unit and the 3rd Mechanised Turkish Company conducted a combined road movement and air assault into Sokolac Saturday, including a road movement by the SRF through Pale. The forces then conducted dismounted patrols in Sokolac and assisted in provided dental care to more than 30 youth in the town. Additionally, the Italian San Marco Battalion, 26th Romanian Infantry Battalion and 1st Dutch Marine Battalion conducted route reconnaissance and security operations near Gacko and Jablanica.


(Photo: Sgt. Gilles Bergner, SFOR Informer. 57Kb)

The air assault into Vitkovici Sunday also involved elements of the 26th U.S. Marine Expeditionary Unit, 18th Polish Airborne Battalion, and 3rd Turkish Mechanised Infantry Company. The air assault was followed by dismounted patrolling and dental assistance for approximately 30 youth in the city. Other activities Sunday included patrols near Gacko, Stolac and Gorazde by forces from four nations of the SRF.

Dynamic Response 98, scheduled for March 24 to April 7, tests the capabilities of NATO's Strategic Reserve Force (SRF) in support of the Stabilisation Force (SFOR) in Bosnia-Herzegovina.


Note to editors:

Activities for the SRF today, March 30th , highlighted by the air assault into Stolac, include:

  • The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will continue to conduct convoy operations and urban patrols with other SRF units in Stolac, Kiseljak and Visoko.
  • The Italian San Marco Battalion conducts patrolling along roads in the MND(SE) sector of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • The 26th Romanian Infantry Battalion conducts a road movement from Mostar to Stolac and secures the air assault landing site for an insertion of U.S. and Dutch Marines into the city.
  • The 1st Battalion, Royal Netherlands Marine Corps will continue operations in Gacko and move by helicopter to Stolac to conduct an air assault and urban patrolling.
  • The 3rd Mechanised Turkish Company, arrives at Glamoc after a two- day road movement from Sarajevo, through Mostar to Glamoc.
  • The 18th Polish Airborne Battalion moves by helicopter to Kiseljak and Visoko to conduct security operations with U.S. Marines and Turkish soldiers.

Activities for the SRF tomorrow, March 31st, highlighted by 27 road convoys to Glamoc, include:

  • The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will move from Mostar and Sarajevo to Glamoc Range in preparation for the live-fire demonstration. The SRF Headquarters will be operational at Glamoc in the late afternoon.
  • The Italian San Marco Battalion conducts a road movement from Mostar to Glamoc in preparation for the April 3 live fire demonstration.
  • The 26th Romanian Infantry Battalion conducts a road movement to Glamoc, and patrolling on the roads between Glamoc and Manjaca.
  • The 1st Battalion, Royal Netherlands Marine Corps will move to Glamoc and prepare for the live-fire demonstration with a walk-through rehearsal.
  • The 3rd Mechanised Turkish Company completes a road movement from Mostar to Glamoc in preparation for the live fire demonstration.
  • The 18th Polish Airborne Battalion moves to Glamoc in preparation for the live fire demonstration.


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Sarajevo(387) 71-447-601 or 146-6003
Mostar(387) 88-350-016 or 146-7881
Tuzla(387) 75-830-199 or 156-7036
Banja Luka(387) 78-722-059 or 146-8247
Zagreb(385) 37-800-11 Ext. 3415
Split(385) 21-895-205


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