By 1st Lt. Kristoffer Egeberg
First published in
SFOR Informer#113, May 16, 2001
The Romanian part of the Strategic Reserve Forces
(SRF) took the road to Visoko in order to familiarise themselves
before they could take over this part of the Italian area of responsibility
- Accompanied by a team of Italian soldiers, 1st Lt. Marius Bumbac
and a team from his platoon rolled out of the SFOR camp in Visoko
to have one more look at their new AOR before the hand-over, in
the frame of exercise Dynamic Response.
It was not the first time the Romanian troops had visited the
Balkans. After the Romanian government assigned the 26th Infantry
Battalion Neagoe Basarab as part of the Strategic Reserve Forces
for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1997, it was an essential part of
Dynamic Response in BiH in 1998, and Dynamic Response in Kosovo
in 2000. It was also a part of the NATO-led peace keeping mission
in Albania 1997.
the Battalion can deploy 400 men, this time they only brought
a detachment consisting of an infantry company and a headquarters,
154 soldiers in all. Their mission was to reinforce and assist
the Italian Battle Group in Multinational Division - Southeast
(MND-SE), deploying their troops in Visoko and their headquarters
with the Italians in Tito Barracks, Sarajevo.
will take over the responsibility of the northern part of the
Italian AOR. This training is a good thing for us. It is an opportunity
to exchange experiences between Italian and Romanian troops,"
His Italian counterpart, 1st Lt. Michele Agostinetto, said he
enjoyed the co-operation as well. While the Romanians took over
for him and his men in Visoko, he went to the area of Pale to
reinforce the patrols there. But first of all, he had to transfer
as much local knowledge to Bumbac and his men as possible.
good for us to see how they work, and to show them how we work.
This way we can find a mix where we use the best from each other,
improving our skills," Agostinetto said.
It was the first time he and his men worked closely with Romanians.
"But I hope it's not the last time we work with Romanians,
because I think we work very well together," he said.
the patrol, they visited Breca and Kakanj. Joint Romanian and
Italian patrols also reached Semizovac and Krivajevici.
"When we have patrols like this, we go through the most important
areas. There are a lot of small villages in this area, and not
all the villages need to be covered by all the patrols. This part
of our AOR has always been peaceful and quiet," Agostinetto
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