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3 April 1998


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

Dynamic Strike '98 opens fire

2Lt. David Arnold


No matter where SFOR troops are within Bosnia, they are never alone. Only a short radio message away is a well-trained force ready to respond.

Glamoc - The weather is mild but the sky overcast. It could be a normal day on the vast, bare plains of Glamoc in Multinational Division South West. A multinational convoy of Armoured Personal Carriers (APCs) from Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Turkey and the United States of America makes its way through the clouds of dust.

All of a sudden, the multinational team encounters a hostile force about to attack a village. The patrol responds with organic weapons, while 81 mm mortar fire support is called in. Very quickly, reinforcements arrive on the left flank in the form of direct fire from U.S. attack helicopters. Missiles from U.S. 26th MEU Cobra gunships and 4th Aviation Brigade Apaches strike the hostile force's APCs. But the scenario is spreading and the commander on the ground decides to call in yet more support.

Luckily for everyone concerned this is all organised in advance and simply the beginning of Dynamic Strike, the live fire section of Exercise Dynamic Response '98. The hostile APCs are empty hard targets out on the Barbara Range at Glamoc and the enemy positions taking mortar and artillery fire are simply designated targets on the rolling hills of Glamoc. The SFOR Strategic Reserve Force (SRF) is demonstrating the fire power at its disposal to deal with any eventuality should it ever be requested by COMSFOR to reinforce his regular Stabilisation Force.

The quick-response capability of the SRF is then demonstrated with US and Italian transport helicopters fast-deploying a multinational ground force. In addition, a mechanised armoured force from five nations approaches from behind, well clear of the friendly forces, to suppress frontal targets with organic weapons.

With thunderous, blazing muzzle flashes, and a no-nonsense blast that throws up a cloud of mud and metal; four U.S. M1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks begin blasting the remaining targets with their 120 mm guns. The entire battle rhythm is kept up by a hail of automatic fire, TOW and MILAN from the multinational ground troops who have maintained their position downrange. The 250 military and civilian VIPs invited to the demonstration no longer knew which way to look as the fire power reached a crescendo.

In a last wave of attack, helicopters clear up the field. NATO air assets, including Harriers from the USS Wasp, Jaguars and F16s were ready to intervene and drop bombs up to 2,000 pounds, if necessary "What we - the Strategic Reserve Force - did during these last few days, especially the live fire, was an accomplishment, since we didn't know each other until a few weeks ago," declared Col. Emerson Gardner Jr, commanding officer of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the SRF.

Referring to the thousands of troops and vehicles who had been manoeuvring for eight days to prove that they could be used in decisive actions if needed, Gen. Wesley Clark, SACEUR, stated: "We believe now that SFOR is able to handle any challenge," in a press conference held after Dynamic Strike. "An action is worth a thousand words. By demonstrating its capabilities, SFOR nations have made a very powerful judgement, peace will be kept, the Dayton Peace Agreement implemented and Bosnia and Hercegovina will become a normal country in Europe. People of BiH, you can have confidence, the war won't restart," he concluded.



Photo: David Taylor, SFOR Informer. (33Kb)


Photo 1
Dynamic Strike, Glamoc, April 3, 1998
Romanian Infantrymen at the Static Display held before and after the fire power demonstration.

Photo: David Taylor, SFOR Informer. (49Kb)


Photo 2
Dynamic Strike, Glamoc, April 3, 1998
Marines of the Italian San Marco Battalion participating in the Static Display before the fire power demonstration.

Photo: David Taylor, SFOR Informer. (75Kb)


Photo 3
Dynamic Strike, Glamoc, April 3, 1998
SFOR Deputy Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Amedeo Sturchio one of the more than 200 invitees to the Barbara Range fire power demonstration.

Photo: David Taylor, SFOR Informer. (36Kb)


Photo 4
Dynamic Strike, Glamoc, April 3, 1998
Gen. Philippe Mansuy, Deputy Commander of SFOR on visit to the static display at Glamoc.

Photo: David Taylor, SFOR Informer. (71Kb)


Photo 5
Dynamic Strike, Glamoc, April 3, 1998
Officers of the Bosnian Croat Defence Council (HVO) ask a U.S. Marine of the 26th MEU questions about the weaponry on display.

Photo: David Taylor, SFOR Informer. (53Kb)


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Dynamic Strike, Glamoc, April 3, 1998
Officers of the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS) visiting the static display held at Glamoc prior to Dynamic Strike '98.

Photo: David Taylor, SFOR Informer. (43Kb)


Photo 7
Dynamic Strike, Glamoc, April 3, 1998
Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Gen. Wesley Clark (right) with Commander of the SFOR, Gen. Eric K. Shinseki on Barbara Range, Glamoc.

Photo: Spc. Charlie Boles.(47Kb)


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Dynamic Strike, Glamoc, April 3, 1998
Major General Larry R. Ellis, Commander Multinational Division North photographed while on visit to the static display held at Barbara Range, Glamoc.

Photo: David Taylor, SFOR Informer. (47Kb)


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Dynamic Strike, Glamoc, April 3, 1998
Commander of the SFOR Russian Brigade, Col. Aleksanr Iskrenko, photographed will visiting the static display prior to the fire power demonstration held on Barbara Range, Glamoc.

Photo Spc. Charlie Boles, CPIC, Sarajevo. (42Kb)


Photo 10
Dynamic Strike, Glamoc, April 3, 1998
General Wesley Clark, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, photographed while viewing the fire power demonstration of the SFOR Strategic Reserve Force at Glamoc.

Photo: Spc. Charlie Boles, CPIC, Sarajevo. (68Kb)


Photo 11
Dynamic Strike, Glamoc, April 3, 1998
SFOR Deputy Commander of Operations, Lt. Gen. Sir Hew Pike (foreground) on the Barbara Range, Glamoc, Multinational Division South West.

Photo: David Taylor, SFOR Informer. (40Kb)


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Dynamic Strike, Glamoc, April 3, 1998
The muzzle flashes of four U.S. M1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks firing on the Barbara Range, Glamoc.

Photo: 2Lt. David Arnold, SFOR Informer. (48Kb)


Photo 13
Dynamic Strike, Glamoc, April 3, 1998
A hard target burst into flames under fire from a Dutch Armoured Personnel Carrier and Polish Paratroopers.

Photo: David Taylor, SFOR Informer. (41Kb)


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Dynamic Strike, Glamoc, April 3, 1998
Italian VCC-1 Armoured Personnel Carriers charge onto the Barbara Range during Dynamic Strike. This combat troop transporter is known as Camillino amongst the men of the San Marco Battalion.

Photo: David Taylor, SFOR Informer. (32Kb)


Photo 15
Dynamic Strike, Glamoc, April 3, 1998
An Italian Navy SH-3D does a tactical take off from the Barbara Range after dismounting Polish paratroopers of the SFOR Strategic Reserve Force.

Photo: David Taylor, SFOR Informer. (46Kb)


Photo 16
Dynamic Strike, Glamoc, April 3, 1998
Admiral T. Joseph Lopez, Commander in Chief Allied Force Southern Europe (CINCSOUTH) watches the fire power display at Glamoc.

Photo: David Taylor, SFOR Informer. (53Kb)


Photo 16
Dynamic Strike, Glamoc, April 3, 1998
Ground troops take up position after dismounting from a Strategic Reserve Force Italian Navy SH-3D helicopter.

Photo: Spc. Charlie Boles, CPIC, Sarajevo. (41Kb)


Photo 18
Dynamic Strike, Glamoc, April 3, 1998
Polish Paratroopers of the 18th Polish Airborne Battalion dismount a U.S. 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit CH-46E Sea Knight.

Photo: Spc Charlie Boles, CPIC, Sarajevo. (29Kb)


Photo 19
Dynamic Strike, Glamoc, April 3, 1998
26th MEU AH-1W Cobra attack helicopters break away after engaging the 'enemy' on Barbara Range, Glamoc.

Photo: Spc Charlie Boles, CPIC, Sarajevo. (44Kb)


Photo 20
Dynamic Strike, Glamoc, April 3, 1998
Ch-46E Sea Knights transport ground troops on the Barbara Range.

Photo: Spc Charlie Boles, CPIC, Sarajevo. (20Kb)


Photo 21
Dynamic Strike, Glamoc, April 3, 1998
U.S. 4th Aviation Brigade Apache attack helicopters attack targets on Barbara range during Dynamic Strike.

Higher resolution images of DR'98 can be supplied via e-mail. Address requests or any queries concerning the images and caption information included in this page to David Taylor on cpic_informer@sfor.nato.int


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