Edition 142
July 4, 2002

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Guide to locations

OHR Military Cell

 

Sarajevo - The Office of the High Representative (OHR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has a full military department. This is the Military Cell and it is made up of service members of several countries, which include Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Slovenia, Spain, UK and USA.

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Patrol in service of returnees

 

Doboj - Three light vehicles from C squadron of the III Jutland Regiment of Denmark leave camp Dannevirke to carry out a patrol in their Area of Responsibility. On board of the cars, the men of a tank Platoon, their interpreter for this mission and a medic team. The party of Danish dragoons is off to show the SFOR's flag in remote areas.

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Female Italian Alpine troops in Rogatica

 

Rogatica - For the first time, the Italian Army deployed female soldiers within a combat unit in a mission through Bosnia and Herzegovina. There are twelve new soldiers in the 14th Alpine Regiment, the main component of the Italian Battle Group. These twelve 'riflewomen' (to use a very formal word) are in Rogatica with the 72nd Coy.

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Happy Turks

 

Zenica - In Zenica where the Turkish Battalion is based, Saturday afternoon saw a national event when Turkey fought for a third place in the World Cup against the republic of South Korea, many Turkish soldiers followed and supported their team. Turkey scored two goals within the first moments of the game.

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Patrolling the Montenegrin border

 

Filipovici - The German Battle Group deploys one of its companies in Filipovici. That small village lies along the Drina River in the Republika Srpska, just 5km north of Foca.
They patrol the East side of the Area of Responsibility of the GEBG at the border with Montenegro with their Fuchs and their Wolf.

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A short glance on Derventa

 

Derventa - Werner Blatter, Chief of Mission of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Maj. Gen. François de Goësbriant, Deputy Commander SFOR, jointly visited Derventa municipality on June, 20th. The event included a meeting followed by visits to the villages of Plehan and Velika.

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Tropic Lighting Strikes Glamoc

 

Glamoc - Task Force 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment (The Bandits) provides two important elements of SFOR, the first is as an Aviation Manoeuvre Asset as part of Multinational Division North and the second is the provision of an Operational Air Reserve to Commander SFOR.

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Multinationality works in Sipovo hospital

 

Sipovo - The 44 member medical team at Sipovo consists of British, Canadian and Dutch, plus one Icelandic nurse. They all work on the wards, outpatients and in the Incident Command Post. They are responsible to provide care to approximately 4,500 troops within Multinational Division Southwest.

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A Field of Dreams Becomes Reality

 

Buci - A detachment of six combat engineers with the Portuguese Battalion based out of Visoko, are hard at work constructing a sports playing field for the children from the town of Buci. The project began in early June and is scheduled to be completed at the end of June. The field is located behind Alija Nametak Elementary School.

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Butmir's golf ball

 

Butmir - There is an architectural feature that catches the eyes of the curious when visiting or working in Camp Butmir. It simply looks like a huge golf ball. However, it really is a Transportable Satellite Ground Terminal (TSGT), a very useful device for SFOR.

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Scarlet Sunset

 

Sarajevo - The 23 men and woman of The Band of the Royal Corps of Signals, originally formed in the UK Army in 1920, have undertaken a seven-day tour of SFOR camps within Bosnia and Herzegovina. The setting sun provided a striking backdrop for them as they performed a 'Sounding of Retreat' June 15th in Sarajevo downtown.

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Rajlovac Blues

 

Rajlovac - To the casual observer, Sunday, June 30th seemed like any other day, but in Rajlovac Base this particular Sunday was different. As the hour of 1 p.m. fast approached, offices, working areas and paths emptied of German soldiers except for those unlucky enough to be chosen for essential tasks or duties.

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SBS keeps close watch on smuggling

 

Doljani - A car filled with what appears to be a family slowly pulls up to the Border Entry Point of Doljani. For Mirza Delic, commander of the Border Entry Point, tackling the issue of illegal immigration is critical, but so are the problems of smuggling and customs fraud, challenges that members of the SBS face everyday.

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Soldiers in the spotlight

 

A group from the Headquarters SFOR CJ3 (operations) shop have shown that teamwork fosters a successful office as well successful friends. Calling themselves GTI, which stands for Greek, Turkish and Italian, meet Greek Capt. Alexandros Letsas, Turkish Capt. Hilmi Tekinsoy and Italian Capt. Francesco Santucci.

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