Edition 132
February 14, 2002

map of locations
Guide to locations

Joint Military Commission

 

Camp Butmir - At the 36th Joint Military Commission (JMC) on Jan. 30, top military representatives from the Armed Forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina presented their targets for restructuring their respective forces and for de-mining.

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Turning up the heat in MND-SW

 

Banja Luka - January has been warmer than usual, and not just due to the mild weather. Three northern BiH towns have new boiler systems, funded by Canadian CIDA and their local municipal partners, providing much-needed heat for local medical facilities.

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OHR, partners with SFOR in BiH

 

Sarajevo - The mandate establishing the Office of the High Representative (OHR) as the lead civilian agency for implementation of the peace settlement mirrors that of SFOR to enforce that peace.

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Team Pegasus: Flying over Tuzla

 

Camp Comanche - Using only the terrain as a guide, US Army Maj Airnie (Arnie?) Russo, pilot and Task Force Pegasus aviation planner, navigated over the steep mountains of BiH. Below, the ground merged into browns and yellows.

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BiH Airspace, a step further

 

Zagreb - The General Framework Agreement for Peace (GFAP) gave SFOR authority to regulate BiH airspace. It also tasked SFOR with preparing the way to transfer control of this airspace back to the civilian authorities.

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Active Harvest, goodwill required

 

Hopica Brdo - The Nordic/Polish (NORDPOL) Battle Group conducted an active harvest operation within their area of responsibility during the second week of January. Co-operation is the name of the game.

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Versatile peacekeepers

 

Manjaca - When India was given its independence in 1947, Gurkha units remained Nepalese citizens. However, the Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) continue to serve as part of the British Army, wherever and whenever they are needed, from Brunei to the Balkans.

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Pelicano Operation

 

Leotar Mountain - A platoon of Spanish Marines from the Spanish Battle Group conducted a rapid rescue training exercise on Jan. 25. The exercise simulated the recovery of SFOR members to prevent them from being captured or suffering injury.

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MSU and GBG keep the peace

 

Camp Butmir - Who assists the Multinational Specialised Unit with crowd control in Multinational Division Southeast? The Rajlovac-based German Battle Group, currently training with the MSU, learning how to disperse a hostile crowd situation.

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Where ground and air combine in OPRES

 

Visoko - The new Portuguese contingent arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina at the end of January to form SFOR's Operational Reserve (OPRES) 'ground' element and will be teaming up with the OPRES 'air' helicopters of the United States.

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De-mining by Armed Forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Mostar - Members of the Federation Army (VF) demonstrated their de-mining efforts to Maj Gen Anthony Palmer (DCOMPOPS) in the presence of various local media on Jan. 31. The event was held in a live minefield, just north of the runway at Mostar.

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Soldier in the spotlight

 

Establishing himself as a leader in minimal time, Sgt Bozo Henigman of the Slovenian Army became an acting first sergeant in just two-and-a-half years. He is the third highest-ranking person in Camp Butmir's Medical Centre.

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