- The main task for the Spanish Guardia Civil Platoon in Camp Butmir
is to take care of the HQ SFOR security. Nineteen Guardias Civiles
(OR-5), being led by 1st Lt. Manuel Carmona, who counts with the assistance
of the Deputy Chief, Sgt. Jorge R. Serantes, carry out this task.
This platoon is one of the constituents of the International Military
Police (IMP) in Butmir.
The Guardia Civil was the first public security force to be created
at a national level in Spain. Very soon, the Duke of Ahumada, its
founder, endowed it with its famous Code of Practice, which establishes
its character: strong discipline, sense of sacrifice, meritorious
spirit and loyalty.
features provide it with great effectiveness when implementing the
tasks entrusted to it. It soon earned the respect and admiration of
Spanish people, and was popularly referred to as "Benemerita"
- those who are always ready for helping anyone needing it - this
title was officially adopted.
They used to teach Spanish language to a group of Bosnian schools.
They are also buying food and clothes to support a poor family in
Sarajevo, especially with newborn articles like milk and nappies.
They also send help to an elderly home in Nova Bila, next to Zenica.
"We are very impressed with the hospitable and kind character
of local inhabitants. They are pretty nice," said Guardias Civiles
Alvaro Muñoz and Manuel A. Carrillo.
general mission in Spain is to guarantee freedom and individual rights,
and to provide for the citizens' security. Around 80,000 Guardias
Civiles in Spain take care of this job. After more than 150 years
of existence, the Guardia Civil is one of the most appreciates Spanish
heritages, very closely linked to the Spanish people.
One of the most dangerous tasks they are carrying out in Spain is
the anti-terrorist fight, mainly focused to the criminal band ETA.
"Our work here is easier than that made in Spain," said
Guardia Civil Juan J. Perez.
times they had to carry out the evacuation of the Building 200 when
explosive ordnance were discovered next to it. It was done with speed
but in a calm way, people were evacuated but not alarmed nor scared.
"It was a challenge for us," remembered Guardia Civil Agustin
Guardia Civil Julio G. Maldonado said he remembered another time when
a package was under suspect.
"One day a suspect parcel was delivered at Building 200. We took
it to a safe place and had a look at it. Since it was too light, I
proposed opening it from distance. After that, it was only a German
cap," he said. Maldonado works in Spain as an Explosive Ordnance
Disposal and Improvised Explosive Device Technician.
They are also ready to support the others platoons in the IMP if necessary.
"And because of that, we are getting on well with Carabinieri
and Irish Military Police," said Guardia Civil Jose Alamo.
Nations of SFOR: Spain