By 2Lt Alexander Barb
First published in
SFOR Informer#103, December 20,
Comanche Base - Refugees are trapped inside an International
Police Task Force (IPTF) building by hostile demonstrators. Three platoons
from the Multinational Specialised Unit (MSU) have been called for back
up. Bottles filled with water shatter on MSU vehicles. An additional
military force will be needed to scatter the crowd. This last stage
is the most impressive part of Joint Resolve XXI exercise which took
place from the 4th to the 8th of late December, in MND-N, mainly on
Comanche and Eagle American bases, near Tuzla.
exercise's maim aim was to put SFOR Reserve Forces on trial to quickly
deploy to intervene and run operations in BiH. In this particular case,
we are here to "conduct a combined public peace order mission,"
said Danish Capt. Christian Neerdal, from G3 (plans), at the NORDPOL
Battle Group based in Doboj. About 300 American, Turkish, Russian, Danish,
Lithuanians and Italian soldiers joined in this operation which requested
a full month of preparation.
exercise intends to "develop interaction between the 'green box'
and the 'blue box'," asserts Italian Capt. Cristiano Desideri,
from the MSU, based at Sarajevo. "In case of public disorder, SFOR,
according to some documents, asserts that 'green troops' need MSU support
(blue troops) to control a crowd. The interaction between each another
is called interaction between the 'green' and the 'blue box',"
he added. The issue is to be able to co-ordinate efficiently the procedures
to progress together, the "green box" backing-up the "blue
Russians played a part as civilian demonstrators. Italian 1Lt. Melchiorre
Filippo, from the MSU faced the demonstrators on the front line with
his platoon. His men, protected by their helmets and their transparent
shields, slowly make headway, backed up by the Eagles (Danish vehicles),
surrounded by smokes from tear-gas grenades.
of my men has been lightly injured but he is the only one. This exercise
was very realistic. It is very important to work 'green box' and 'blue
box' together because we are all one force. We also experiment our different
"It's the first time I've worked with the Danes, and I really appreciated
it," said Italian 1Lt. Giuseppe Vecchia, platoon leader from the
MSU, in charge of the left flank during the exercise.
Maj. Nicolas Veicherts, commander of the Danish D squadron, based at
Camp Dannevirke, took part in it with 51 of his men and thirteen vehicles.
"I am convinced that we know each another better now. It was very
important to show that regular troops can help MSU when the need arises.
We worked with Turks, Americans, Lithuanians and the co-ordination was
very profitable," he asserted.
the crowd was smoothly driven back and the situation calmed down. Colonel
Per Ludvigsen, commanding the NORDPOL Battle Group did not hesitate
to get physically involved, in the heart of action inside an Eagle.
"This exercise was really very good because it showed that SFOR
troops are very flexible and can be deployed everywhere when needed
without hampering the Battle Groups missions but drawing lessons
Nations of SFOR: Italy, Denmark,
Training and Exercises