Edition# 166
October, 2003

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VRS weapons go up in smoke

 

Soldiers from Multinational Brigade-North West (MNB-NW), assisted VRS Forces in destroying 7,000 tonnes of downgraded munitions at Manjaca Range on Tuesday, 26 August, enhancing the safe and secure environment within Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

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Commemorating the victims of Srebenica

 

On 20 Sep 2003, more than 20,000 people commemorated the victims of the Serb mass killings within the Muslim population in 1995. In the inauguration ceremony for the memorial the former US President Bill Clinton appealed for the audience to show forgiveness.

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Flying Humvees

 

A flying Humvee? Sounds crazy, but it's possible, and a combined effort between British and US military forces recently proved it. Under a cool breeze and bright afternoon sky, members of the British 28 (Air Corps) Squadron used a Merlin helicopter to first transport members of a US Battle Group (BG) to Manjaca Range and then lift a Humvee in a nerve-wracking but successful first-time demonstration.

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Active Harvest for the Turkish

 

The ongoing Active Harvest 2003 has been continuing with the Turkish EOD Team in all parts of TU BN TF area of responsibility (AOR). The success of this particular harvest was in part due to the participation of the local media, from newspapers, TV and radio.

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DPREs appreciate Turkish Generosity

 

Turkish Battalion Task Force Commander LTC. Mehmet Karadayi visited all the Displaced Persons and Refugee (DPRE) camps in Zenica on 11 September 2003. The intention was to reinforce the atmosphere of trust between SFOR, and the DPREs, to ensure that they were aware that they are fully supported by SFOR.

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Reforming demining in BiH

 

The demining troops of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AF of BiH) are living in exciting and interesting times as proposals for a restructured and integrated demining unit are presented. The OSCE is also involved in bringing both Civil Protection and military deminers together through the simulation of a natural disaster in Exercise “Disaster Relief”.

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Canadians bridge the gap

 

It may be just a bridge, but for the people living in the villages that surround the Canadian base Camp Maple Leaf in Zgon BiH, a bridge has revolutionized the way they live their lives.

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SFOR rids Bosanski Brod of dangerous bombs

 

Unexploded ordnance is a terribly legacy of war that poses an unpredictable hazard to human life. This past Sunday, the threat posed by two Second World War 500-pound bombs that lay slightly submerged beneath the Sava River running through Bosanski Brod was eliminated due to the efforts of local citizens and authorities, the soldiers of the Multinational Battle Group (MNBG) from SFOR's Multinational Brigade-North and a French Underwater Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team's combined efforts.

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Operational Rehearsal Dynamic Response 03

 

From the 26th August to 24th September 2003, NATO and Partner nations deployed Reserve Forces headquarters and troops to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo as part of Operational Rehearsal, Dynamic Response 2003 (DR03). This annual rehearsal, demonstrates NATO's ability, to significantly reinforce its in-theatre forces at short notice.

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A shooting challenge in Macipolje

 

On 12th September, as part of the celebration of St. Michel's day, (patron of the French paratroops), a competition was held in Multi-National Brigade South East (MNB-SE). From a simple idea of a shooting challenge among the units of MNB-SE it was decided to involve the VF and the VRS in the challenge.

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A fine harvest for the Ghurkas

 

Since SFOR kicked off a robust campaign a few weeks ago to further the Operation HARVEST objective of retrieving illegal and unwanted weapons and ordinance, no other unit has had quite the level of success as A Company (A Coy) of the Royal Ghurkha Regiment, part of the UK Battle Group that has been operating north of Prijedor.

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Portuguese engineers on the road to normality

 

Late evening on the 1st September in the presence of Gracanica's Mayor and Portuguese soldiers of Task Force (TF) Golf, a small ceremony was held to mark the restoration of the road at Skipovac. After three weeks work the road was once more serviceable for the local people.

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A burning issue

 

As you drive through the picturesque landscape of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) you cannot help but notice the garbage dumps scattered all over the country. On 9th September 2003 such a garbage dump near the town of Kijevo, on the route between Sarajevo and Trnovo, caught fire.

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The month of fire

 

The personnel of the Forward Storage Site (FSS) Glamoc will remember August 2003 as the month of fire. With the drought continuing in the Balkans, conditions were ideal for fires. It all started on the 10th August when a Canadian unit was firing on the Resolute Barbara Range (RBR) part of the Glamoc range.

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US and Poles compare weapons

 

On 8/9th of September during the change of command between SFOR 13 and SFOR 14 the incoming personnel from the Joint Visitors Bureau MNB "North" in Tuzla, Eagle Base took the opportunity to visit the Multi-National Battle Group in Doboj.

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DR03 on show in Mostar

 

From the 30th August to the 15th September 2003 the Italian Operational Reserve Force and Multinational Brigade South East (MNB-SE) took part in Dynamic Response 2003 (DR 03). MNB-SE took the opportunity to demonstrate the “Over The Horizon Force” (OTHF) capability at a Distinguished Visitors Day (DVD)on 10th September 2003.

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A Gift From Scotland

 

70 war orphaned school children from Babanovici are today playing football for the first time, thanks to the warm hearted generosity of the men of the 1st Battalion, The Highlanders.

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Bosnians join the British Army

 

A select group of men and women from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) have joined the British Army - at least on a temporary basis! Promoted over a period of weeks on local radio and press, The Highlanders invited local people to come and live with SFOR. Over two days of gruelling tests, designed to promote leadership, teamwork the participants got a sense of what the average British soldier does for a living.

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Preview: Country for a Good Life

 

The first and last Winter Olympic Games held in a socialist country were the 1984 Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo. With 1,274 athletes from 49 countries, these Olympic games were the biggest winter Olympics held to date.

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Obituary

 

Sergeant Major Dennis Lee Tellock, a Minnesota Army National Guard soldier deployed to Bosnia and Herzegovina in support of NATO's Operation Joint Forge- Stabilization Force (SFOR) 14, collapsed while doing physical training at Eagle Base, on Saturday.

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