Edition #161
May 1, 2003

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Guide to locations

NATO SECGEN back to school

 

Kasindo - Lord George Robertson, NATO Secretary General, along with the 19 Ambassadors of the North Atlantic Council (NAC), visited Sarajevo and SFOR on April 10, 2003. The NAC regularly meets to co-ordinate the operations of NATO. These meetings are frequently held in different locations and often in areas where NATO is conducting Peace Support Operations.

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German EOD team destroy confiscated ammunition

Kalinovik - One hundred 122-mm artillery ammunition, fuses and mortar rounds, 2,233 hand grenades and 125 packets of TNT (trinitrotoluol) were seized in the course of inspections at the ammunition factory 'Unis Pretis' last January and February. The ammunition was stored at the ammunition field supply point and was to be destroyed at the next opportunity.

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Reaping the rewards of co-operation

 

Gornji Vakuf - Late last month Bulgarian and Dutch soldiers conducted a series of successful Harvest operations in the area of Gornji Vakuf. Once again, it was an on-going effort to remove illegally held weapons, munitions and other dangerous materials that continue to pose a threat to the safety of citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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SFOR conducts NATO CIMIC Course

 

Butmir Camp - The NATO Theatre Tactical Civil Military Co-operation Course (NTTCC) took place from March 24 to Apr. 3, 2003, at Camp Butmir and partially at the Army Hall in downtown Sarajevo. It was the first CIMIC Course of this year, as well as the first one of this type. Forty-four participants (Officers and NCOs) from 14 different NATO and PfP (Partnership for Peace) nations attended this ten day course.

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Geography of Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Surrounded by Croatia in the Southwest and much of the North, by Serbia and Montenegro in the East, Bosnia and Herzegovina is not such a large country. It is only 51,100 square kilometres (as an example, Switzerland is 41,293 square kilometres), with the shape of an isosceles triangle. This shape is symbolised on the BiH national flag by a yellow triangle.

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Proper communication with the media

 

When it comes to communicating with members of the media, it is extremely important for you to know if you are allowed to say anything and if so, what it is you can say. Failure to do so could result in a detrimental effect to SFOR's mission. Remember that you represent something greater than yourself. You represent SFOR, NATO and your country.

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Road Traffic Accident in Bosanski Petrovac

 

Bosanski Petrovac - It may have been a simulation but it could have easily been the real thing. The exercise was aimed at testing and building upon the Canadian Battle Group's (CA BG) quick reaction capabilities. Elements from CA BG in Camp Zgon and from the Immediate Response Team in Banja Luka participated in a simulation in the Canadian Area of Operations on Friday, Apr. 18.

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Pacman: Engineers' Masterpiece

 

Pacman Route -SFOR Engineer Branch is developing an ambitious program to maintain and improve Main Supply Roads. The aim is to ensure SFOR's freedom of movement and to provide the appropriate level of force mobility and sustainability, as well as safety on those routes. The Freedom of Movement Engineering Teams (FOMET) manage the execution of NATO common funded projects.

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Ovcarevo range handed over to VF-B

 

Travnik - An important event took place on March 27, 2003 at Ovcarevo shooting range. UK Brig. Gen. Barry, Commanding General of Multinational Brigade Northwest officially returned the responsibility and the management of this range to the hands of the Bosniac component of the Army of the Federation (Vojska Federacije, VF). Ovcarevo shooting range is located about 3 kilometres away from Travnik.

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Another PIFWC arrested by SFOR

 

Tuzla - Apr. 10, 2003, SFOR detained Naser Oric, who was indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia for war crimes committed during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Naser Oric has been transferred to The Hague to face charges levied against him. There were no casualties sustained in this operation.

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Russians: another fruitful Harvest

 

Ugljevik - Seven years after the end of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina nobody is able to make an assessment of the number of unregistered weapons and ammunition kept by locals. The amount of weapons gathered during just 50 days of the Active Harvest performed by the Russian Military Contingent (RMC) show that a potential threat to a safe and secure environment still exists.

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Wandering nomads in 'Ruins Rebirth 3' Exercise

Gacko - From 17 to 19 April 2003, diverse units belonging to the Spanish-French Battle Group, Multinational Brigade Southeast, performed several activities included in the 'Ruins Rebirth 3' Exercise. This operation took place in the municipalities of Berkovici, Bileca, Gacko and Nevesinje. The main goal was to deploy all units on the field and conduct normal tactical and CIMIC activities through a mobile command post.

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Modrica tractor project

 

Modrica - Day after day, Task Force Huskers Civil Affairs earns the trust and confidence of the Modrica returnees. This time, by facilitating the donation of a tractor by an American Non governmental organisation, they continued to fulfil their mission to support SFOR's efforts to foster economic self - sufficiency by providing a group of rural returnees with the tool they needed most, a tractor.

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Prijedor weapons find

 

Prijedor - With only two weeks 'in theatre', the men of the 1st Battalion, The Highlanders, may have been forgiven for spending the time settling in to strange surroundings. After all, the average age of the men is around 20. For many of the young privates, it's their first trip away from home. By Apr. 9, acting on reports of shots being fired to the North of SFOR's base in Prijedor, they decided it was time to act.

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Rogatica: two finds for the Italians

 

Rogatica - On the morning of April 15th, soldiers from Multinational Brigade Southeast, in co-operation with European Union Police Mission and local Police searched some privately owned houses in the village of Seljani, near Rogatica (Republika Srpska). In just three weeks, it was the second operation of this type in the same area. Both operations took place safely and without incident.

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Soldier in the spotlight

 

Brcko - US Army Sgt. Joe Balmos was born in Korea. His father was an American soldier. Growing up in New Jersey he often heard stories of the difficulties that simple people experienced during wars. His mother who was a displaced person during the Korean War told him repeatedly of hardships and reconstruction. His wife's family, which lived in north-eastern France during World War II, repeated these stories.

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