Edition 158
February 20, 2003

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SACEUR visits SFOR

 

The Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General James L. Jones, arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina Feb. 4 for a two-day visit and had meetings with the Quint Ambassadors (France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and United States) and the High Representative. Jones also met with COMSFOR, the commanders of the Multinational Brigades and the commander of the Multinational Specialised Unit.

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With a little help from friends

 

Banovici - About 250 people will be a little warmer this winter thanks to the tremendous efforts of one Multinational Brigade Northwest (MNB-NW) officer. Capt. Matthew Watts, the adjutant of Banja Luka Metal Factory, led a winter aid plea to alleviate conditions of some displaced people in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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More than one string to its bow

 

Doboj - The Multinational Battle Group (MNBG) was established on Jan. 1st, 2003. Since that date, soldiers from MNBG had to perform activities similar to the ones they previously performed, but in an unknown area. MNBG inherited its Area of Responsibility from the Nordic Polish Battle Group (NPBG), plus the Lukavac Municipality that was in the United States sector.

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Nightmare scenario

 

Modrac - In the early morning of Wednesday Feb. 5, at approximately 1:35 a.m., a very strong earthquake impacted the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina with its epicentre in the vicinity of Matuzici and Doboj. It was 7.3 on the Mercali Scale and the hit area was situated along the Inter-Entity Boundary Line. Didn't you feel anything? Don't worry, it's quite natural: it was only a disaster relief exercise.

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When SFOR chats with the local population

 

Mostar - Living in Mostar Ortijes for a couple of months or just driving on Pacman Route, you may have listened to good music on 106.2 FM. Accord FM is a SFOR radio station aimed at the local population. But what do you really know about this radio station? It began in Mostar at the end of 1997 to broadcast information and music programs to help the region's inhabitants.

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HELBA: the last journey

 

Visoko - For more than seven years, the Hellenic Battalion (HELBA) was based in Visoko. This unit was the only logistic unit within the whole theatre. Due to the re-structuring of SFOR, it left Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) this month. The experience of those Greek soldiers in BiH was the best clue for their motto: "I was born in Hellas but I am a citizen of the world."

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Errant Knights in Spanish AOR

 

Mostar - The word Paladin is of French-Italian origin, but it was one German Task Force Company from Rajlovac and a Spanish Marine Infantry platoon that took part in Exercise 'Paladin' last week. The 'errant knights' (as the word Paladin means) had orders to practice re-deployment of forces from the German-Italian Battle Group into the French-Spanish Battle Group.

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Canadian soldiers train with VF

 

Glamoc - From January 19 to 25 at the Resolute Barbara Range, Glamoc, SFOR Canadian soldiers from the First Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group (1 PPCLI) conducted joint training with soldiers from 501 Brigade, 5th Corps of the Bosniac component of the Federation Army, to build a spirit of co-operation between the two armies.

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PLIP and DPREs: the figures for 2002

 

Sarajevo - More than 2.3 million people fled from their homes during the war in this country, either as displaced persons (staying in Bosnia and Herzegovina) or as refugees (abroad). The number of persons returning to their pre-war homes has increased noticeably in year 2002. Along with these returns come owner's claims to pre-war property that lawfully belongs to them.

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Socks project

 

Medjugorje - On Feb. 11 and 12, a multinational CIMIC patrol including American, Finnish, French and Spanish soldiers delivered donated clothing items to three orphanages located in the Multinational Brigade Southeast. This ended the successful story of a long humanitarian project, initiated by a member of Multinational Brigade North, Task Force Saber CIMIC/Civil Affairs staff.

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Towards a single Army... for the good

 

Since the war, the two components of the Armed Forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Army of Federation (Vojska Federacije, VF) and the Army of Republika Srpska (Vojska Republike Srpske, VRS) have had few opportunities to work together. That is the reason why a Command Post Exercise held in the beginning of February and simulating an earthquake, which hit both Entities, was such an important milestone.

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Dog in the spotlight

 

The SFOR member registered with the ID card number 84488 is not a common soldier.
First of all, he got some big and marvellous brown eyes, big ears, and a lot of hairs.
With only 50cm height and born on Nov. 1993, it might have been a little bit early for being OR4, as mentioned on his ID. But Cep is a beautiful German Shepard of 36kg, and he works in the dog unit of the Multinational specialised unit (MSU) in Butmir camp.

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