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NCOs meeting

By Capt. Luis Barber
First published in
SFOR Informer #98, October 11, 2000

Sarajevo - The second "Senior Non-Commissioned Officers Council Meeting" was held at HQ SFOR 26 Sept. The purpose of this meeting was to link and improve the communication between the HQ Commandant (CMDT) and the soldiers within Camp Butmir.
Command Sgt. Maj. Maurice Starks, US, of the Office of the HQ CMDT and British Regimental Sgt. Maj. James Makin, the Sites Manager of the HQ Commandant chaired the meeting. The Office of the HQ Commandant is responsible for life support, morale, health and welfare, discipline, cleanliness, and the day-to-day administration of Camp Butmir. The overall management of the camp is delegated to the Office of the Sites Manager of the HQ Commandant.
All Sgt. Majors, 1st Sergeants and Senior Representative NCOs of all nations were invited. This time, NCOs from 13 nations were present. Lt. Gen. Michael L. Dodson, COMSFOR, showed his support by attending part of the conference. Everybody got the chance to direct question to the commander
Some rules of discipline, common in every army, were discussed. During the meeting, Starks reminded the attendees of what is called "Discipline in Ranks". For example, the wearing of headgear, no walking around with hands in the pockets and no smoking while walking on camp.
Standing Orders for Camp Butmir and those concerning Morale, Welfare and Activities (MWA) were also subjects of discussion.

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