Operational Reserve Force trains with SFOR

First published in
SFOR Informer#154, December 19, 2002

From Dec. 1 to 7, 2002, the United Kingdom's Staffordshire Regiment deployed the 1st Battalion Tactical Headquarters and a Company of the 'Operational Reserve Force' (ORF) to conduct a planned operational rehearsal in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The purpose of this particular deployment was to familiarise the troops with the terrain and the procedures, overarching the ORF deployment, in order to reach the Full Operational Capabilities, by Feb. 1, 2003. The 1st Battalion of the Staffordshire Regiment deployed with 150 troops together with their vehicles, proving their ability to arrive in theatre fully mission capable at short notice.
The operational rehearsal primarily consisted of cross-boundary activities in conjunction with Multinational Division North (MND N) and focused upon terrain familiarization.
These operational rehearsals, conducted periodically, are important as they prove NATO's ability to reinforce at short notice those forces already present in the theatre with 'Over-The-Horizon-Forces' (OTHF).

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