Edition 155
January 9, 2003

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Guide to locations

One wrong step may be your last?

 

Banja Luka - "We have been in the mission area for quite some time, some longer then others. It is no longer new and everyone is starting to feel at home. Not that all activities are routine already, but they are slowly becoming just that. Routine in the sense that the surroundings, the road and the terrain are starting to look familiar. People tend to get sloppy and careless."

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Butmir IMP: The Spanish Guardia Civil leave

 

Camp Butmir - Throughout its 159 year history, the Spanish Guardia Civil (SPGC) has carried out lots of different tasks and activities in Spanish society and recently, in International missions. During the second fortnight of January, the Greek Police will relieve the SPGC and take responsibility for the internal security of HQ SFOR inside Camp Butmir.

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End of an era for DETAIR

 

Sarajevo - An important and complete Transfer of Responsibility (ToR) took place in Sarajevo at the end of the year. After ten years of good and faithful service, the SFOR French Air Detachment (DETAIR) is leaving. By being the only unit to have stayed so long, its story is linked to that of the country, and its end means many changes for everybody, civilians and military.

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Italian Alpini Santa

 

Cajnice - On Dec. 20, the soldiers of the German-Italian Battle Group provided humanitarian aid for schoolchildren and the population of Cajnice. This was made possible thanks to the 'Alpini' of the 2nd Regiment, who bought the gifts to the children, and due to the initiative undertaken by the civil population of Cuneo, the Italian town where the 2nd Regiment is located.

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A new start for the Portuguese

 

Visoko - Since Jan. 2000, the Portuguese Battle Group has been based in Visoko, to the Northwest of Sarajevo. On Dec. 26, it had to move to Doboj, in order to take place at its new base, for a new mission. As part of the SFOR re-structuring, the Portuguese Battle Group will now be part of Multinational Brigade North. It means a new mission, some new responsibilities, and a new base.

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NORDPOL CIMIC: Hope for the winter

 

Doboj - NORDPOL Battle Group (NPBG) CIMIC Company delivered supplies to 35 families during December. They supplied stoves, blankets, firewood, food and other goods. These didn't solve the problems of the people who had literally nothing, but any help is welcome.

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The same people, seven years on

 

Sibenica - Personnel of the Netherlands battle group (NLBG) can be proud of what has been achieved in Sibenica. Thanks to them, soldiers from a Bosnian-Croat brigade and a Bosniac brigade, both belonging to the Federation Army (VF), worked together to build a road. Every car, and especially the school bus, will be able to use it, and the two brigades will go on with working side by side.

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MEDCAP in Modrica

 

Modrica - In Gornja Medida there's an elderly woman, a farmer's wife, who fell down a flight of stairs last summer and was seriously injured. Six months later, she is still gritting her teeth in pain as she moves about her little home. Medical help is only a few miles away in Gradacac, but she says she cannot go there because she is a Bosnian-Serb and wants to go to Brcko.

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The Spanish-French Battle Group runs again

 

Duzi - From Dec. 26-30 the Spanish-French Battle Group, belonging to the Multinational Brigade Southeast, deployed all its units to their Area of Responsibility. The purpose of the exercises was to establish the different missions assigned to the SPFRBG, check its readiness and capabilities, familiarise the BG personnel to their AoR and to show the SFOR units' presence among the civilian population.

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Cleaner environment - safer environment

 

Brcko - One of the basic tasks for the Stabilisation Force is to contribute to a 'safe and secure environment' for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Could a safe environment mean, among other things, a cleaner environment? Some think yes. So did the CIMIC Team in Camp McGovern, Brcko, when they received a project proposal on behalf of Environmental Youth Association.

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Soldier in the spotlight

 

Cpl. Martan Feit is a member of the Hungarian contingent within the Multinational Specialised Unit (MSU) in Camp Butmir. He was born in 1973 in the town of Szolnok near the river Tisza, in the eastern part of Hungary. Cpl. Martan began his service as a contract soldier in 1996. He is a marksman. "I like the military life and I am a good marksman," he said.

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