By Sgt. Michael Maddox
- The soldiers of SFOR have to be ready for any kind of situation. This
is where exercises come in - to keep everyone well-trained on their
individual tasks as well as tasks that require multinational teamwork.
scenario used in Operation Sparrow was one that the soldiers could possibly
face sometime in the future, said Maj. Oliver Barnay, Operations chief
for the French Battle Group.
hours later, the soldiers were reinforced with more troops who arrived
in combat vehicles.
will engage our forward elements with mortar by smoke pods. Then we
will return simulated fire with our mortar platoon," said Barnay.
"We will also have infiltrations with vehicles in the forward where
we will stop and search them. We will monitor the area with patrols
during the evening and the night by vehicle. There will also be some
light-armed elements coming in by foot and we will detect and capture
goal is to train our units by helicopter, to train our mortar platoon
to be heliborne and to train our units to monitor an area with patrolling,
detection and observation," said Barnay. "We also want to
improve our light radio liaison because this is light equipment you
can take by helicopter. We have been working to keep liaisons with the
units on the ground, and we are improving this."
morning one helicopter was out of order, so we had to change our rotations
and how our elements were in the helicopters to come here. But this
is reality, and it is good training for us," said Barnay.
has been very useful because we continue to train with heliborne operations
in order to be a rapid reserve for the division, to be able to intervene
in all of the division. It was a good exercise. All of my people enjoy
coming out of Mostar so they can be active in their jobs," he said.
Khalid Ameur, commander for the Moroccan 2nd Platoon, said training
in the tasks required of the Tactical Reserve was a good experience
for the Moroccans soldiers.