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Cross Training

By CPO Tim Adams
First published in
SFOR Informer #90, June 21, 2000

Donja Ljubija - MND-SW (Multi-National Division Southwest) is making sure all their individual elements can work together as one team by having units from different nationalities regularly take part in joint training and patrolling with units from other countries. The success of any championship team lays not only in the skill of the players and the power of their tools, but in the ability of individual team members to function together as a cohesive unit. "This is part of Operation Carbon which allows us to cross-pollinate and learn each others areas, equipment and tactics," explained Canadian Maj. Bob Near after a series of exchanges recently occurred between the Dutch, Czech and Canadian units." Near also explained how sending platoons from one SFOR Troop Contributing Nation (TCN) into another nation's AOR (Area of Responsibility) exercises the surge manoeuvres necessary to augment each other's operations. "It also keeps any anti-Dayton elements off balance," said Near. "It shows them these guys get around. They never know who will show up in their back yards."

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