Edition 148
September 26, 2002

map of locations
Guide to locations

Task Force Eagle hands over key to Camp Comanche

 

Camp Comanche - Due to the success of the SFOR mission, NATO is reducing the number of forces here in Bosnia and Herzegovina. During a ceremony held at Camp Comanche Sept. 5, Maj. Gen. Charles H. Swannack, Jr., then commander MND-N, officially returned control of the post back into the hands of the Federation Army.

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Sipovo Footbridge

 

Sipovo - Oct. 5, 2001 the Mayor and people of Sipovo requested a grant for the construction of a footbridge to connect five villages that had been separated since the war after the original bridge was destroyed. It was the main crossing point for the villagers and supplied a route for over 400 Bosnian-Serb and Bosniac men, women and children.

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History of Bosnia and Herzegovina (5/6)

 

Many soldiers serving in the Balkans believe Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is a young state created by the General Framework Agreement for Peace (GFAP) at the end of 1995.
However, the truth is quite different. BiH has a long history. That's why the SFOR Informer has decided to print its history once again.

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CIMIC Course, a co-operative effort

 

Camp Butmir - CIMIC is the means by which the military command establishes formal relations with national and local authorities, the civilian population, International Organisations and Non Governmental Organisations within its Area of Responsibility.
From Sept. 9-13 SFOR CJ9 held a five-day CIMIC course.

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Joint Steel on Manjaca Training Area

 

Manjaca - The name of the recently held Netherlands Battle Group's exercise Joint Steel was not randomly chosen. Joint Steel refers to the Dutch Leopard 2 A5 tanks and Bosnian-Serb T55 and M84 tanks that participated. The exercise was held on the Manjaca Training Area near Banja Luka Sept. 10 - 12.

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Six nations, one mission

 

Sarajevo - From Sept. 15-25 six NATO and Partner nations deployed the Strategic Reserve Force to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo to take part in an operational rehearsal named Dynamic Response 2002. This annual rehearsal is proof of NATO's ability to reinforce its present forces with so called 'Over the Horizon Forces'.

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DR 02 in MND-SE

 

Mostar - Romanian troops from 2nd Infantry Battalion 'Colugareni' travelled from Bucharest. After processing through reception areas, troops were integrated into the command and control structures of Multinational Division South-East. They performed duties within the Battle Groups involving a wide variety of missions.

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Why the incoming elections are crucial

 

The next general elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina will take place Oct. 5. You certainly know this country has three different decision-making authorities: the common institutions, at the State level, as well as the two executive and legislative powers for each Entity (Federation and Republika Srpska).

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COMSFOR answers to SFOR Informer

 

Lt. Gen. John B. Sylvester, COMSFOR will be leaving Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) next month. He took command Sept. 7, 2001 and this tour has been his third one in the region. In an exclusive interview with the SFOR Informer, Sylvester talks about his most recent tour in BiH and the future of SFOR.

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A new school for Pale students

 

Pale - On Sept. 9 at Pale, a ceremony took place to inaugurate a renovated primary school. This was made possible due to the efforts of the Italian CIMIC (Civil-Military Co-Operation) Unit belonging to SFOR Headquarters. The ceremony coincided with the beginning of the school year for nearly 1,000 children.

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Soldier in the spotlight

 

Every soldier in SFOR has their own story to tell; however, 34 year old Australian Maj. Andrew Carr's tour has been unusual for two reasons. First, as the mines intelligence staff officer, not only does he have the opportunity to travel widely, but he also gets to see, first-hand, the results of his efforts.

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