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Joint Resolve XIX

By Cpl. Nicolas Marut
First published in
SFOR Informer #89, June 7, 2000

Mostar - SFOR restructuring has created more need for flexibility in the use of its forces. It was this flexibility which the nineteenth edition of Joint Resolve focused on. This exercise took place in Multinational Division South East (MND-SE) between May 22 to 26. The aim of this operation was to emphasise the capacity of SFOR to rapidly project its Tactical Reserves (TACRES) and Operational Reserves (OPRES).

Joint Resolve XIX particularly concentrated on three zones: the area between Nevesinje and Gacko; the Mostar-Capljina-Stolac triangle, and last in Visoko and the Gorazde corridor. The deployments followed a number of fictional crises following on one from the other.

"The operation has been driven like a gigantic domino game," explains Maj. Alain Cot, in charge of the operation in the Division Centre Operations. After a few "tensions", the Italian Tactical Reserve of the MND-SE, composed of two companies, took the control of areas of Nevesinje and Gacko, in the French Area of Responsibility (AOR).

With the departure of these two TACRES companies, the 35th "Vipera" company and the 36th "Ardia" company, the Italian Battle Group needed support in its own AOR. HQ SFOR therefore deployed from Camp McGovern a U.S. company coming from the MND-North: the E Company of the 3rd Armoured Cavalry Regiment, in order to reinforce the Italians in Visoko and Kakanj.

Right After this first movement the scenario saw problems occurring in the Mostar area. Major General Arnold Schwerdorffer, Division Commander, asked SFOR HQ in Sarajevo for an intervention of the Operational Reserve (OPRES).

This Reserve is composed of a terrestrial component: the Portuguese Battalion ALFA, stationed in Visoko, and of an aerial component, the 49th Aviation Brigade Combat Team from Camp Comanche, in MND-N.

The Portuguese Battalion spread out to reinforce the Spanish Battle Group in Stolac (one Infantry Company) and in Capljina (one Marine Infantry Company). "The use of helicopters allowed the rapid deployment of the Portuguese Battalion, all while giving a demonstration of our strength in the zone," underlined Maj. Cot.

A certain number of fictional incidents were organised during four days of operations, as well intervention with helicopter transportation of the U.S. E Company around Gorazde.

Through Joint Resolve XIX, SFOR has confirmed its ability to deploy quickly its reserves, at the right moment, in order to reinforce the Task Force in our AOR," said Schwerdorffer.


Related links:
Nations of SFOR: Spain, Portugal, U.S, Italy, France
Exercises and Training 2000