The Dutch reserve: a smooth, but strong force
By 2nd Lt. Alexandre Barbé
In Multinational Division - Southwest (MND-SW),
the Dynamic Response exercise has seen the deployment of 350 Dutch
soldiers from the 11th Air-mobile Infantry Battalion Grenadier
and Riflemen Guards. They settled in Busovaca and take over the
missions of SFOR in Canton 6. They ended their tour with a live-fire
exercise in Glamoc.
and Glamoc - The Dutch camp in Busovaca has been busy since April
26, although it shall be closed down soon. The 350 Dutch soldiers
of the 11th Air-mobile Infantry Battalion Grenadier and Riflemen
Guards deployed to Busovaca until May 14, as they were part of
the Dynamic Response exercise.
Its aim was to allow SFOR troops to maintain their
skills and to increase their capability to fulfil their mission:
provide a safe and secure environment within BiH. As the SFOR
contingent is being reduced, the Strategic Reserve Forces can
be called in case of a crisis.
we arrived in the camp just before it closed down for good, so
we could use the facilities." Thus, the soldiers took over
the duties of their fellow countrymen in their area of responsibility
in Canton 6 of the Federation. "Every day, we lead driven
or foot patrols and are also conducting inspections on the different
weapon storage sites of the area," Poldervaart added.
the soldiers' living accomodations, the atmosphere seems to be
joyful and relaxed despite the weather not always being fair.
Indeed, the soldiers feel proud of their mission, and much more
so as a television crew is making a film for the Dutch Ministry
of Defence about the operations the battalion is conducting.