By 1Lt Javier Donesteve
First published in
SFOR Informer#107, February 21,
Mostar - Demonstrations for Media and MND SE troops
were held by German and Italian NBC (Nuclear, Bacteriological
and Chemical) Teams in Europe Base, Mostar Ortijes, in order to
explain SFOR capabilities in this area.
The Italian Team showed NBC equipment used at the operational
level, similar to which is used in every NATO country. This team
belongs to 4th NBC Regiment, and every Italian Battle Group that
comes for a tour to Kosovo or BiH includes a specialised team
from this Unit, at present, led by First Lieutenant Luca Napoli,
who says "Our equipment is solid and robust, good for a Military
Unit, but for a more accurate measure of very small radiation
levels, more sophisticated means are needed."
from Germany came the NBC Field Laboratory, German Army. Major
Ronald Rambousky, Officer Commanding, says "The missions
of the NBC Field Lab are to identify and analyse radioactive substances
or biological or chemical agents released during warfare acts,
natural disasters, accidents or other circumstances. For this
purpose, we have very precise apparatus that can even measure
very small rates of radiation."
The Field Lab includes, among others, the "Radiation and
Hazardous Substances Monitoring Team", where Sergeant Major
Ewald Bauer serves, who says: "Radiation is measured by Sieverts
per hour (Sv/h) and we can even measure one nano (10-9) Sv/h.
There is always some natural radiation over the land, about 70-80
Field Lab arrived in the Balkans on January 12, and will remain
here until the end of February. "According to the targets
list provided by SFOR, we are collecting samples and analysing
the sites where the DU (Depleted Uranium) ammunition was fired,
not only measuring radiation rates, but also any other hazardous
substances. Everything is under control" concluded Maj. Rambousky.
Nations of SFOR: Germany,