Edition 106
February 7, 2001

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United de-mining effort
 

There are few other areas where SFOR, along with the Entity Armed Forces (EAF), stands as united as in the field of engineering. The first SFOR/EAF de-mining conference, with participants from all parties involved, brought them needed steps forwards toward the goal of a de-mined BiH.

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The scandinavian touch in CIMIC
 

Engineers, purchasers, mediators, legal advisers, project managers : Scandinavian CIMIC soldiers cheerfully wore many hats. Finally, what makes the difference it is not so much the means nor the organisation, but the friendly and yet professional attitude of the military, the Nordpol touch, in a way.

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Turkish guards provide sense of security to Butmir residents
 

They are the first people you see upon entering Camp Butmir. This peculiar group of soldiers who don a moon and star on their right shoulders are the Turkish guards. Members of the 1st Protection Company, Turkish Army, are Camp Butmir's first line of defense against any potential threat. Before coming to Butmir, the guards are well trained in their own country.

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The Greek Convoy through Dalmatia
 

Split -Today's job is the same as yesterday's and tomorrow's: transporting engineer materials from Split to Ploce along the Dalmatian Coast. The task in which the Greek drivers are presently involved is the move of the Material Management Unit (MMU), a great effort that began in December and will end in February. About 380 truckloads with containers and bridges are to be transported by the Greeks.

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Changing leashes
 

During a hand-over ceremony at Lastava Villa, south of Trebinje, six de-mining dogs, three fully equipped Land Rovers and six trained EAF dog handlers were signed over to the EAF, ready to work in live mine-fields to free the land from mines. The program, funded through SFOR by the governments of Norway and Canada, will hopefully give a considerable increase in the EAF de-mining capacity.

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AUSLOG
 

Sarajevo - The Austrian Contingent (AUSLOG, Austrian Logistics) will withdraw next February, after more than five years of service in BiH. The platoon is basically composed by a 12 dump-truck fleet of the Austrian development ÖAF 19.281 FAK, 18 tons in weight and able to carry six tons of material.

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Competition by way of training
 

Drvar - With weapon in hand, a Czech patrol is running up a snowy track. Meanwhile, five Dutch infantrymen are advancing cautiously in order to reach one of their own who was injured by a mine. The military skill competition, which took place February 3 at the Canadian camp of Drvar, put the entrants to the test.

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TRANSCOY sits at the core of Butmir
 

In the United States Army, it is said of the Transportation Corps, "Nothing happens until something moves."The same statement can be applied to Camp Butmir's Transportation Company (TRANSCOY), a very integral part of the daily operations of the Stabilization Force.

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German CIMIC in Vojkovici
 

Sarajevo - A new roof and heating were provided for an elementary school in Vojkovici, Republika Srpska, in the German Battle Group Area of Responsibility (AOR). With 630 children from 7 to 15 years old, the Osnovna Skola "Aleksa Santic," directed by Zivorad Kuzmanovic, welcomed the donations from Germany that made these improvements possible.

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Canadian Cavalry returns visit to Germans
 

Filipovici - A joint patrol is covering "Zone Orange," the area of the Montenegro Border that belongs to the German area of responsibility (AOR). Two Canadian "Coyote" and two German "Fuchs" are travelling through a narrow road near Drina River. The Canadian unit is returning the visit to German Battle Group after one German platoon visited Tomislavgrad, Canadian AOR.

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New course for ESS
 

Sarajevo - The Engineering Support Services (ESS) is reorganising. The department provides SFOR engineering support, and was adopted from the UN when NATO came in to the theatre. Now it will be split in two, giving the HQ Commandant full control of maintenance, and the rest a more goal-seeking organisation named Engineering Support Unit (ESU).

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And for 5,000 more bags
 

Doboj - The final result will give a defensive position with three protected holes from which six soldiers could stand shooting. The pillbox will probably never be used for real, but it will act as a deterrent by its presence. As for the work done by Nordpol sappers, it reminds us that keeping a deployed army well protected and comfortable is a continuous process, sometimes ungrateful, but always necessary.

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Bulgarian and Dutch, engineers in common
 

Bugojno - Wind and snow. All atmospheric conditions were combined to make the work of the engineers hard. A heavy task still awaited the Bulgarian soldiers integrated in the Engineer Company of the 44th Dutch Battle Group. The next closing of Busovaca camp will entail the delivery of weapons and explosives, which must be stocked in the best conditions.

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Regina Ljung, Pastoriden
 

Doboj - The cross on her epaulettes half hidden by long blonde hair could nearly make us think of medics. Yet, if Regina Ljung heals, it is before all the souls of her compatriots. As a matter of fact, she is the chaplain of the Danish contingent in BiH. Aged 38, she became a clergywoman nine years ago, after thorough studies in theology and philosophy.

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U.S. personnel brighten children's day
 

Sarajevo - Fifteen soldiers, sailors and civilians from the United States visited the Bjelave Children's Home Sunday as part of an outreach program. A group visits the children for a couple of hours every other Sunday. The children anticipate these special days and the special treats of sweets or books that each visit brings.

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Ink and radio waves contribute toward the peace
 

Eight local civilians and two SFOR soldiers from MND (SW) are devoting themselves to Oksigen (Oxygen), an original element on the FM band. In the articles in the free newsmagazine, Mostovi (bridge in local language), the concern is identical. The 35,000 copies of this publication are distributed in MND-SW with SFOR patrols, and they are intended for 20- to 30-year-old readers. Both mediums are seeking after the same aim: to teach living together to people again.

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Soldier in the Spotlight
 

The uniform is an English one, the weapon also. But when one asks Pvt. Josefa Saua, 20, where he was born, he talks about a small island of the Pacific, Bau Island in the Fijian Archipelago. Of course there is no snow over there!

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