Edition 143
July 18, 2002

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Another weaponry cache discovered

 

Plana - In the early morning on June 30, the Spanish Battle Group (SPBG) performed operation 'Bear'. Troops went searching for a hidden weapon cache. Plana is a small town in Republika Srpska, ten kilometres north of Bileca. Multinational Division Southeast headquarters suspected some weapons might be hidden somewhere in the village.

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Two PIFWCs arrested by SFOR

 

Bratunac and Foca - In the space of two days, Stabilisation Force (SFOR) elements in Bosnia and Herzegovina detained two Persons Indicted for War Crimes. Miroslav Deronjic was detained on 7 July and Radovan Stankovic was detained on 9 July. Both men are now at the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia.

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Air Support Changes to MND-SW

 

Banja Luka - On 1 July all of Multinational Division Southwest (MND-SW) underwent a change to the current system of air support and responsibility. This change significantly impacted the Netherlands and United Kingdom Battle Groups. Some helicopters left the theatre, others arrived.

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From Duzi to Glamoc

 

Glamoc - Last month members of the Multinational Control Sites Unit of MND-SE performed their usual inspections in an ammunition depot belonging to the 30th Logistic Headquarters of the Republika Srpska Army in Duzi. The MCSU found several aviation bombs stored in poor conditions, which is a dangerous practice.

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Ambassador's visit to Canadian contingent in Velika Kladusa

 

Velika Kladusa - A group of ambassadors to Bosnia and Herzegovina visited Canadian troops stationed in Velika Kladusa in the hope of gaining a better knowledge about the Canadian participation in SFOR. For the diplomats the visit also offered a chance to see the different types of equipment used by these highly trained soldiers.

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Complacency can kill

 

Gradacac - On July 10 the Commander SFOR and a team of headquarters personnel paid a visit to the town of Gradacac to observe current de-mining operations conducted by the Armed Forces of the Federation. These operations are taking place in the hope of returning land to former residents in this war-torn area.

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Attenzione, Fuoco!

 

Glamoc - On July 2, Mortar Coy 'La valanga' (the avalanche) from the Italian Battle Group (IBG) performed shooting exercises at Resolute Barbara Range in Glamoc. 'La valanga' Mortar Coy is one of the 'Tolmezzo' Battalion in Italy, which was the concept for the formation of the 14th Alpine Regiment, the base of the IBG.

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Isolated . . . but never alone

 

Mount Gola - Imagine yourself completely isolated living inside a mountain top for six months with four other people and only coming down for two 96 hours passes and a trip home to Canada. This is exactly the scenario for five soldiers from the Canadian Battle Group as they maintain the radio re-broadcasting site at Mount Gola.

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Working hand in hand

 

Kovaci - The Turkish Battalion Task Force operates from the BH Steel factory in Zenica; the factory was the largest of all in former Yugoslavia and was used as a location for the movie 'Terminator 2'. The task force operates with a number of CIMIC teams that undertake a range of tasks in support of the SFOR mission.

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One team three nations

 

Prijedor - Parachute jumpers from around Bosnia and Herzegovina descended upon the drop zone of the Prijedor airfield July 12 - 14 to participate in the annual Peter's Day competition. Calling themselves team Friends, two American SFOR soldiers, an Irish KFOR troop and a local Serbian man, took part in the accuracy jump competition.

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Srebrenica, seven years after

 

Srebrenica -It's a good guess that nobody knows their way around the theatre of operations like the 1st Rifle Company under the command of Capt. Rui Rodrigues. These troops belong to the Operational Reserve (Ground). The last mission they performed before being replaced at the end of July was located near the city of Srebrenica.

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Hope on a bicycle

 

Potoci - On June 29, the Civil-Military Co-operation (CIMC) team of the French Battle Group (FRBG) co-ordinated an event to celebrate the arrival of cyclist Patrice Ponza. It was a long trip for Patrice. From Barcelonnette, in the French Alps, to Potoci, a small village 20 kilometres north of Mostar, there are 1,487 kilometres in the total distance. All benefits go to a young girl named Senadina.

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Soldier in the spotlight

 

Nurse Thorunn Hreggvidsdottir is serving in Sipovo in Multinational Division Southwest as a civilian from Iceland. She is the only representative of her country within SFOR. Back in Iceland, she works at a high-tech University Hospital, and has been a nurse for the past 25 years. She explains her motivation for serving in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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