Exercise "Fuegos de San Juan"
By Cpl. Nicolas Marut
- Most of the SFOR exercises aim, in part, to test the cooperation
between the different Battle Groups (BG). The French-Spanish exercise
which took place June 26-27 in MND-SE, concentrated on this interoperability.
For two days, a French unit, a Spanish unit and their HQ operated jointly
in a area of 10 km, approximately 15 km to the north of Ljubinje, according
to a predefined scenario.
scenario was a testing one in which the Spanish BG, in the middle of
a re-deployment operation, has its resources downsized. At the same
time information reveals the existence of an illegal weapons cache in
the evening of June 26, the HQ of the GT Fr, landed in helicopters and
set up camp side by side with the Spanish HQ. The following day at 5
o'clock in the morning, the 2nd Company of the GT Fr left the Ortijes
camp to take the southern half of the operational area where it began
its combined operation.
2nd Company of the SPBG, commanded by Capt. Fernando Raso, could now
concentrate its efforts on the northern sector. The two companies exchanged
one section, "To develop relationships within the two groups,"
underlined Lt. Col. Hervé Bizeul, chief of Operations Office
in the GT FR.
coordination and the communication between the two HQs are essential
in this exercise," said Maj. Manual Landaduru, chief of operation
in the SPBG. "Our main difficulty, it is the language problems."
To avoid this, bilingual liaison officers have been deployed within the HQ's. Thanks to this exercise, each BG is now more familiar with the staff and procedures of the other. It will facilitate all future joint operations," concluded Landaduru.