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QDG'S Efforts pay off

By Capt Karine Chapleau
First published in
SFOR Informer#108, March 7, 2001

Bosanska Gradiska - Queen's Dragoon Guards successfully collected the first arms this year in the frame of “ Project Harvest” in the Multinational Division Southwest area of responsibility.
“We are very pleased with this result,” said Major Anthony Pittman, Officer Commanding C Squadron, and QDG responsible for this collection. “This is the culmination of an intensive campaign, advertising on local radio and door to door pamphlet delivery.”
Project Harvest is an SFOR initiative that allows all the people to turn in weapons, mines and ammunition under a “no questions asked” amnesty. The project is directly linked with the SFOR's mission in BiH: “to provide a safe and secure environment”
The final totals of weapons and ordnance collected by C Squadron reads as follows: 38 weapons long and short barrels, over 180 kilograms of ammunition, more than 200 hand and rifle grenades, and 25 assorted rocket launchers and explosives. Far greater than the numbers is the removal of potential human tragedy and lives lost that they represent.
“We do not measure success by the quantity of weapons collected but by the willingness of the people to turn them in,” stated Pittman. “This is good for the soldiers because the results of the collection are tangible.”
“There will be four collection days in our area of responsibility,” said Lieutenant Alexander Boissard, 2 Troop Commander, QDG. “Bosanska Gradiska was the first one. The next one will be in Laktasi later in February.”
Over 80 soldiers were on the ground February 3rd for the collection. C Squadron pulled together to ensure that the collection was successful and to fulfil their mission to the best of their abilities.
“For us as soon as one weapon was turned in, we were successful,” said Sergeant Paul Downward, C Squadron Troop Sergeant, QDG.

Related link:
Nations of SFOR: UK
Project Harvest