Edition 149
October 10, 2002

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Guide to locations

A calm and quiet day

 

Bugojno - The general elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina took place Oct. 5. All the indications during the preparation showed that these elections would be conducted in a calm and trouble-free atmosphere. However, according to its primary mission, SFOR maintained Situational Awareness to ensure a safe and secure environment.

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Secure environment in Ugljevik

 

Ugljevik - The town of Ugljevik, located north-east of Tuzla, is home to the Russian Contingent of SFOR soldiers. From presence patrols, assisting local townspeople with medical care to Civil Military Co-operation (CIMIC) these troops keep the mission of maintaining a safe and secure environment alive and well within BiH.

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History of Bosnia and Herzegovina (6/6)

 

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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Orljani Minefield no longer exists

 

Orljani - The fields in Orljani, located five kilometres South East of Bihac, were once part of a highly disputed area of Bosnia and fell into what is called 'no mans land', the area between the warring factions. The high number of Unexploded Ordinance and anti-personnel mines unearthed in the area is a bleak reminder of this area's violent past.

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Crowd control training in Tuzla

 

Tuzla - U.S. soldiers assigned to Multinational Division North recently played out this scenario while conducting crowd control and non-lethal weapons training. The experience was designed to teach how to support local police in the event of a civil disturbance without using deadly force.

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Transfer of Authority in Butmir

 

Camp Butmir - Monday Oct. 7 at 11:00 a.m., Lt. Gen. William E. Ward, U.S. Army, became the seventh commander of SFOR in a ceremony at Camp Butmir. He took command from Lt. Gen. John B. Sylvester, U.S. Army. Representatives from all the Troops Contributing Nations as well as from the main International Organisations working in BiH attended the ceremony.

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Photo Album from the ceremony...

Biography Lieutenant General William E. WARD

 

Lt. Gen. Ward is the new Commander, Stabilisation Force, Operation Joint Forge, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was commissioned as a Reserve Officer June 6, 1971. His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the United States Army War College.

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Blue light exercise

 

Gracanica - A fog-covered patch of road and field was the perfect setting for the latest in the series of Blue Light Exercises organised by Multinational Division South-West. This medical exercise was designed to test the Dutch Battle Group's Quick Reaction Force and the multinational Immediate Reaction Team's response to a mass casualty situation.

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Blasting at Lapov Dol

 

Lapov Dol - From Sept. 9-21 the Italian Battle Group (IBG) destroyed more than 40 tons of weapons and ammunition at Lapov Dol range. The EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) team of the IBG carried out the mission. Most of the Italians belong to the 7th Alpine Regiment 'Feltre' which is now the core of the battle group.

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Romanians go into extra time

 

Pazaric - At the end of Dynamic Response 2002, two Romanian units, under different commands, co-operated: A Romanian Military Police Platoon, which is part of the Multinational Specialised Unit (MSU), and 2nd Infantry Battalion 'Calugareni', which has been, for two weeks, part of Multinational Division Southeast.

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Interpreter in the spotlight

 

Antonela Medak Kljajic has been an interpreter with Spanish troops stationed in Bosnia and Herzegovina since Oct. 17, 1992, ten years ago. While she was working in Ploce, Croatia the first Spaniards who arrived there were looking for people who spoke Spanish. Antonela knew the language like a native speaker. "I was born in Panama (Central America)," she said.

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