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Welcome to Fort Conner

By 2nd Lt. Alexandre Barb
First published in
SFOR Informer#109, March 21, 2001

Glogova - Just as Fort Apache, standing there on the top of the hill, the new Forward Operational Base (FOB) of the MND-N overlooks the little village of Glogova, at about 10 kilometres west of Bratunac in Eastern Republika Sprska. It's quite a challenge the teams of Brown and Root took up, building the whole camp in a few weeks.
"We don't have as many facilities as in camp Eagle or Commanche but I think we'll be at ease here," said 1st Lt. Marc Lehmann, executive officer of Company B, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment. Moving from Camp Dobol took one week, the latest soldiers arrived Friday, March 9.
About 15 humvees fill in various places in the camp where life gets smoothly organised. Under a wonderful sunshine, the soldiers finish unpacking the boxes and discover their new homes in the noisy sound of hammers and circular saws.
A few houses remain to be built, but the base is already operating. The proof is that many teams took the road to patrol the area. "Our missions are the same: conducting patrols in the area of Bratunac and Srebrenica where Bosniac returnees come back," confirmed 1st Lt. Patrick Gilhuly, platoon leader. "This new camp cuts the time to patrol the area from Camp Dobol by half," Lehmann said.
The area of responsibility of the base stretches to the village of Skelani, south of Srebrenica. A mission of the highest importance, as Maj. Gen. Walter L. Sharp, commanding general of MND-N recently reminded: "This year, the entire international community will focus on the eastern RS." Something that Gilhuly already experienced on the ground: "I've talked to returnees and I asked them if they had problems. They answered that they didn't have any problem. At the moment, most of them are refurbishing or rebuilding their houses."
As Camp Dobol is now empty, the area of responsibility of the new base will extend to the north. Out of the 750 soldiers who were stationed in Camp Dobol, 150 came to Camp Conner. The other 600 took the road to Commanche Base with their Bradleys. In Camp Dobol, a few boxes are still left on the gravel ground. The base, almost deserted, will be handed over to Brown and Root. Dobol thinks about its conversion. Under the red sunset, well kept by its three towers, Fort Conner begins to live.

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