Edition #172
August, 2004

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"An indelible mark in history"

 

“SFOR'S sphere of influence reaches every corner of this country and touches those aspects of democracy and daily life that are leaving an indelible mark in history.

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"From Dayton to Brussels"

 

On 28-29th June this year, NATO held a Summit of its member countries in Istanbul. The Summit discussed a wide range of issues across the spectrum of its operations and, included amongst this, the Stabilization Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Exercise Critical Horizon

 

As the transition from SFOR to the EU gets closer many events are being held to ensure that the transition goes without any problems. One such event was Exercise CRITICAL HORIZON held in early August.

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The European Union Planning Team (EUPT)

 

In Jun 04 at the Istanbul Summit, NATO announced that the Alliance's successful operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) would be concluded. Following the UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1551, the European Union's European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) mission with a military component to Bosnia and Herzegovina, to take over from NATO, was initiated.

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A Whole Lot Of Changes Going On

 

What does it mean when soldiers become your neighbours? That is what is happening all across Bosnia-Herzegovina, as SFOR's new LOT teams move out of their bases and into homes in communities far and wide.

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Just Another Patrol in Nozicko

 

The old man has a merry twinkle in his eye as he approaches the two British soldiers in the small village of Nozicko, near Gradiska in northwest Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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SFOR and local police joint operations in Bijeljina

 

During July, local police from the Bijeljina Public Security Center and United States Soldiers from Multinational Task Force (North) conducted a joint harvest in the Bijeljina area.

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Panting Dogs And Prodding Sticks

 

The message on the torn, sweaty T-shirt is "Be Mine Aware"; the mine threat is something the commander of the T-55 Liberator mine clearance tank is keen to tell everyone!

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NATO Flagship Visits Neum

 

Two events on a common theme linking old and new occurred at the end of July this year: the opening of the new Stari Most (Old Bridge) in Mostar on 23 July and the visit around the same time of the flagship of the Standing Naval Force Mediterranean (STANAVFORMED) to the port of Neum.

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Exercise Joint Resolve 32

 

Due to the participation of more than 50 high ranking delegations from different countries, the opening Ceremony of Stari Most, the Old Bridge in Mostar, on 23 July 2004 was a big challenge for the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina concerning the security during this event. Local authorities requested SFOR to assist to ensure the safe and secure environment for the opening ceremony.

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Mostar Old Bridge Re-opens

 

One of the most important bridge building exercises was completed in time for its official opening on the 23 July. A beautiful sunny day meant that Mostar was on holiday and in a party mood. Its cosmopolitan atmosphere made it hard to believe that this town was engaged in a brutal ethnic war that claimed the lives of four to five thousand of its residents!

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Austrian Soldiers are in BiH Again

 

From 1996 to 2001, Austria contributed to both IFOR and SFOR, by deploying a transport unit, however since 2001, Austria's support was limited to a detachment of Staff Officers for HQ SFOR. From June this year, there is again an Austrian Contingent (AUCON1/SFOR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Bulgarian and Albanian Presidents Visit SFOR

 

The Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov and the Albanian President Alfred Moisiu visited their military contigients serving with SFOR in Bosnia and Hercegovina.

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Hungarian detachment joins MSU

 

The worth of a multinational environment was well proven when a Hungarian contingent joined the Italian MSU in June 04. Working closely together both contingents have formed a well-balanced and integrated Unit with many varied tasks.

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Multinational Engineers Work to Connect Towns, Cultures

 

Historically, roads define civilization. It was the creation of roads that led to the formation of the Roman legions, both from the organizations used to build them and the need to patrol them.

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US contingent celebrates “4th of July”

 

Every country represented within SFOR celebrates their own National Day. The US contingent is no exception, except perhaps in scale…

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BBQ with the smile!

 

"It is not how much we give but how much love we put into giving" Mother Teresa.

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Radio Mir supports motorcycle rally

 

An international Motorcycle Rally and Concert was held in Modrica on 17th July this year, supported by Radio Mir from Tuzla. Over a thousand motorcycles and people attended the event which was considered a great success by all.

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Building Homes

 

SFOR has many jobs in BiH and many projects running to help the local community. One such project was to build a house for a family whose home had been destroyed during the war.

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Exploring the Tourist Trail

 

Taking advantage of the fine weather and a break from his busy schedule, Brigadier-General Wolfgang Köpke decided to explore the tourist trail to the North-East of Sarajevo on Sunday, 18 July.

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"An achievement of which you can be justifiably proud"

 

On the 15th July, the NATO Secretary General (SECGEN), Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, made a joint visit to BiH along with the EU High Representative, Javier Solana. The visit provided a visible message of solidarity and cooperation between NATO and EU and demonstrated the commitment of both towards BiH and the wider Balkans region.

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Soldier in the spotlight

 

Many soldiers do many jobs in HQ SFOR, some of those jobs are not necessarily the ones they have trained for. Captain Laszlo Tamas is one of those soldiers with a unique perspective of work in BiH.

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