Edition 140
June 6, 2002

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Basketball at Butmir

 

Camp Butmir - A packed crowd of soldiers from around the globe gathered at the Camp Butmir gym May 21, for the chance to watch members of the U.S. basketball team, the Denver Nuggets, as they travel across Europe on a morale tour in support of military troops stationed far from home.

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Aid to Stolac's school

 

Stolac - A beautiful city on the banks of the Bregava River, and home to the Civil-Military Co-operation (CIMIC) team of the Spanish Battle Group (SPBG). The group delivered more than 32,000 pieces of stationery and other materials to the elementary school in Stolac last week. Half the children of this school are Bosniac, the other half are Bosnian-Croat.

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Canadian soldiers provide special escort duty

 

Bihac - On May 28, soldiers from C Company, of the 2e R22e R 'The Vandoos', were tasked with an unusual duty. The special job was to escort participants of the Landrover Britain to Bosnia Rally from the Croatian border at Izacic, to the Canadian base in Bihac.

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FOB Connor: Reaching Out

 

Bratunac - Camp Connor sits atop a small hill, on a ridge that overlooks several valleys in Eastern Republika Srpska. With its metal gates, and featureless concrete walls it dominates the area like an old Wild West fort. On May 20, American soldiers conducted a patrol in the Bratunac area.

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Romeo Zero Alpha

 

Vlasic - Mist has brought visibility down to 40 metres; strong winds blow rain horizontally across the road that coils high into the Vlasic Mountains. Here, the men and woman of the Dutch 43-Armoured Brigade Recce Team, operate Romeo Zero Alpha, a radio rebroadcast station that ensures communication between units working in the area.

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The UK Tank Transport Detachment

 

Sipovo - Recently, the AS90s of the Royal Horse Artillery (RHA) were in Glamoc for the Balkan Gunner exercise (See SFOR Informer No. 139). Everyone wondered how these armoured vehicles travelled. Based along with the RHA in Sipovo, is a small detachment from 8 Transport Regiment.

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Football World Cup 2002

 

Rajlovac - The Football World Cup 2002 has already started with 16 countries of SFOR involved in the competition. Soldiers from Argentina, Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the USA will support their favourite teams.

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Sarajevo International Airport site of Red Wings exercise

 

Sarajevo - Planes crashing, fires burning, casualties being treated for injuries. A flurry of activity landed on the Sarajevo International Airport Monday morning, May 27, as a Red Wings Exercise was implemented by the French Air Detachment as they helped train and co-ordinate civilian emergency workers responding to the crash of a military aircraft.

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Three columns for SFOR

 

Camp Butmir - The history of Slovenia dates back to the time of the Roman Empire. But 11 years ago, on June 26, 1991, the country declared its independence. It was the first one from the former Yugoslavia to do so. "Insofar, we are a very young State," said Maj. Ladislav Gjerjek.

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Escort training at the MSU

 

Camp Butmir - Learning to protect Very Important Persons (VIPs) while they are out and about requires careful skill and training. On Tuesday, May 28, Italian and Hungarian soldiers took part in an exercise at the Multinational Specialised Unit (MSU), where they learned the correct way to respond to a threat while escorting a VIP.

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Moroccan Exercise Taza

 

Nevesinje -The Moroccan contingent (MC), that is part of Multinational Division South East (MND SE), usually provides security for Camp Ortijes, MND SE Headquarters, and the French Battle Group's camp. On May 2-4, instead of performing their traditional jobs they carried out an exercise involving helicopters to practice their role as a divisional reserve.

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2eR22eR on patrol in BiH

 

Tomislavgrad - May 10, at 9:45 a.m., platoons from A Company, 2nd Battalion, the Royal 22 Regiment, head out of Tomislavgrad in LAV III's to patrol their Area of Responsibility as part of SFOR's mandate of providing a safe and secure environment.

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A new High Representative for BiH

 

Sarajevo - On May 25, British, Paddy Ashdown, replaced Austrian, Wolfgang Petritsch, as High Representative (HR), in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ashdown is the fourth HR to be appointed by the International Community for this post after Swedish, Carl Bildt, Spanish, Carlos Westendorp and Petritsch.

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Sven Fredericksen new IPTF Commissioner

 

Sarajevo - Another individual from the six "Principals" was also replaced at the end of May. Danish Sven Frederiksen took over from French Gendarmerie Brigadier, Vincent Coeurderoy as International Police Task Force (IPTF) Commissioner. IPTF will become the European Union Police Mission at the end of 2002.

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Soldier in the spotlight

 

British Lance Cpl. of the Horse, Danny Robson, is from the Blues & Royals. He is a vehicle commander on a Sultan. This is a command vehicle for his reconnaissance squadron that is equipped with a range of Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance Tracked (CVRT).

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