Mostar - Soldiers from the Spanish Cavalry recently
took part in a day celebrating their Patron Saint,
Santiago, by holding a Reconnaissance Patrol Competition
Three patrols from the Spanish squadron and one from
the Federation Army took part in the competition.
Each patrol consisted of one officer, one non-commissioned
officer, eight privates and two Cavalry Reconnaissance
The first event during the competition was a driving
test on July 20. The teams were required to drive
along a lap while under attack. This included skills
like parking or passing a simulated minefield. This
event required a lot of skill.
The second event was a shooting competition with individual
weapons. Every patrol had to run 200 meters and when
they reached the line of fire, shoot. This event was
soldiers began July 21 with an obstacle race where
they covered 6.5 kilometres. Later that afternoon,
the soldiers took a material identification test where
they had to name vehicles and weapons that were shown
to them by slide.
The last day was the culmination of the competition
- the tactical reconnaissance. It was carried out
in the neighbourhood of Ljubuski. The patrols had
to stay in a waiting area where their orders concerning
the tactical route were given. During this event,
the patrols came across material and vehicles that
they had to identify. They had to solve different
problems along the way as well. Upon the conclusion
of their mission, they had to report what they found.
That evening, prizes were awarded to the teams for
The soldiers benefited from the competition in several
ways, said Capt. Pedro De la Pisa, Cavalry commander.
"The competition was, I think, very interesting
for my soldiers because they learned about materials,
vehicles and weapons of the Bosnian and Serb Armies,"
he said. "The other task of tactics and recognition,
I think was very interesting for them.
"Sometimes they are in the barracks and it is
very difficult to prepare. This test is very important
in order to prepare them for patrols," he added.
Spanish Pvt. Carlos Domingo, a CRV (What is this?)
gunner, said he enjoyed the learning opportunity the
"This competition was very interesting because
we could exchange experiences with a Federation Army
patrol," he said.
Others said they just enjoyed the spirit of competition.
"I liked very much the good rivalry among the
four teams," said Cpl. Jose Solana.
Nations of SFOR: Spain