Edition 157
February 6, 2003

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Canadian BG responds to car bombing

 

Sanski Most - Members of the First Battalion, Princess Patrician's Canadian Light Infantry, conducted a series of vehicle checkpoints January 17 in the Sansei Most area following a car bombing. In co-operation with local police, the soldiers established seven vehicle checkpoints from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. during Operation Snare. The car bomb exploded January 14, injuring the driver's legs.

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One year later in Foca / Srbinje

 

Foca/Srbinje - Jan. 05, 2002, the German CIMIC office in Foca/Srbinje was opened in presence of the then COMSFOR, Lt. Gen. John B. Sylvester. Since that time, three soldiers of the CIMIC Company from Rajlovac and three interpreters performed their daily service in this small town located in Republika Srpska, close to the Inter Entity Boundary Line. In one year, more than 1,600 visitors visited the office with requests.

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Soldiers move in for a better look

 

Orasje - Because of SFOR's presence and our goal to provide a safe and secure environment, the coalition maintains accountability of all legal weapons and ammunition and destroys illegally detained arms. In order to account for all the munitions in Multinational Brigade North, inspection teams travel throughout their Areas of Responsibility to inspect weapon storage sites (WSS).

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Education at a new school in Dragoradi

 

Dragoradi - On Jan. 20, 2003 a ceremony took place to inaugurate a new school in the little village of Dragoradi, near Ilijas. The Italian CIMIC Unit planned and oversaw the refurbishing of the school that was seriously damaged over the war period. The European Union provided the funds. Children from Dragoradi now have the future in their hands.

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New entrance to Camp Butmir

 

Camp Butmir - SFOR Informer No. 145 dated Aug. 15, 2002 announced that the construction of a new main gate for Camp Butter, Sarajevo was imminent. Now, after about five months it is (almost) a reality. The general appearance of one of the entrances to Headquarters SFOR is changing. The new gate will improve the flow and security, separate SFOR, civilian and commercial traffic.

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Ghostburners, from collection to destruction

 

Zenica - From Dec. 16, 2002 to Jan. 26, 2003, the Turkish Battalion Task Force participated in Harvest activities in their Area of Responsibility. This is done in coordination with the local police and the Federation Army, the goal is to significantly reduce the number of dangerous weapons and explosive material. Turkish units focused its efforts in three towns: Zenica, Zavidovici and Vares.

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Engineers still bridging the divides

 

Foca/Srbinje -Two bridges 500 metres apart lead into the town of Foca across the River Drina. One connects the Bosnian-Serb sector of the town with the other bank of the river; the other takes you into the Bosniac sector. The German engineers built that bridge in 1996 to ensure the freedom of movement of the IFOR/SFOR troops, but SFOR has long since stopped using it.

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'Change of mission' in Suica

 

Suica - After thirteen weeks, the units in Suica are rotating. Before Dec. 18 2002, the first fusiliers of the infantry platoon moved to Bugojno. The complete 'change of mission' of the mortar- and infantry platoons took two weeks. A total of 64 soldiers exchanged bases. Three fusiliers of the Alfa-team elaborated on their experiences in Suica during the first half of their mission.

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Road Traffic Accident in Gornji Jasoc

 

Gornji Jasoc - Jan. 20, Multinational Brigade Southeast (MNB-SE) performed a Red Wheels exercise in the region of Mostar. This training sought to display and gauge emergency procedures in a crisis situation. Several units from the different MNB-SE nations were involved in dealing with the aftermath of a simulated road disaster. The Moroccan contingent provided the 'casualties'.

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JMC 39

 

Camp Butmir - As stated in the General Framework Agreement for Peace, a Joint Military Commission (JMC) takes place on regular basis at SFOR Headquarters to discuss the future role of the Armed Forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This commission serves as the central body for all parties to bring any military complaints, questions, or problems that require resolution by the SFOR Commander.

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Soldier in the spotlight

 

When you read this article, she will already be in Belgium taking a well-deserved holiday. In Belgium, or somewhere else? Well, that's a good question. The hobby of Belgian Sgt. Maddie Bijnens is to travel all over the world with her husband, a police commissioner. In 29 years, they have visited Mexico, Thailand, Indonesia, United States, India, North Africa, many countries in Europe, and they still going on travelling.

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