Éditoriaux Défense Sécurité Terrorisme Zones de conflits Logistique Livres de référence Liens
Terre Air Mer Gendarmerie Renseignement Infoguerre Cyber Recherche

10th Mountain Troops Move Into Kosovo

10th Mountain Troops Move Into Kosovo

Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo -- (ANS) November 14, 2001 -- A transition of authority for Task Force Falcon is scheduled for Nov. 21 as 101st Airborne Division troops depart Kosovo after six months of peace-keeping and 10th Mountain Division soldiers move in to take over.

Brig. Gen. Keith M. Huber, the 10th Mountain's deputy division commander for operations, is scheduled to take command of both Task Force Falcon and Multi-National Brigade (East) at Camp Bondsteel.

Brig. Gen. William David has commanded Task Force Falcon since June after a brigade task force arrived in May consisting of about 5,000 soldiers from Fort Campbell and others from the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Ga.

When David took command, he challenged his soldiers to, "leave Kosovo better than you found it. "

Sgt.1st Class Wood Saunders was awarded this week for helping accomplish that.

Saunders, NCOIC for the G-1 section, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., was recognized for his work with the Kosovo Protection Corps. Officials said Saunders saved the United Nations Mission in Kosovo over a million Deutsche Marks.

Saunders was presented multiple awards from both the U.S. Army and the KPC at the Regional Task Group 6 headquarters in Gnijlane, Kosovo.

Col. B.R. Fitzgerald, Task Force Falcon chief of staff, pinned on the Army Commendation Medal and the NATO Medal. His orders in part read: "Sergeant First Class Saunders' partnership personnel and finance initiative helped the UNMIK recover over 1.3 DMs in overpayments to non-KPC members this year." In addition, he was awarded the Kosovo Campaign Medal.

Saunders also received a commendation from his Kosovar counterparts, the TMK. Xhevat Leci, the equivalent of a lieutenant colonel in U.S. military rank, is the chief of the personnel department for the RTG 6th Zone. Leci presented Saunders with a certificate of commendation, photographs and RTG uniform insignia.

Before coming to the province of Kosovo in June, Saunders had spent the last four years as a member of the 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Ky. This is his seventh major deployment.

"As a result of the struggle these people went through they had no real operational management systems in place. We worked on writing regulations for the G-1 section to improve this," Saunders said. "They didn't have a lot of experience in staff operations, being such a new organization. I also had a lot of contact with their G-3 and G-5 sections because their organization is so different than ours. It just branched out to training the entire staff."

"Over the course of training (with the KPC staff) we discovered some individuals who were being paid who weren't members of the organization anymore. UNMIK overpaid 1.3 DM this year alone." Saunders said. "UNMIK has recovered the overpayments."

Saunders instituted an accountability method used to track the outgoing funds. "We wrote six different regulations for the Kosovo Protection Corps to follow," he said.

In the past, members were paid once a month in cash. Saunders was instrumental in starting a Sure Pay system for their members. Sure Pay electronically deposits funds into the individual's accounts and provides a way to track those payouts.

Kosovars refer to the KPC as the TMK, but the organization is the same.

"I've had the opportunity to work with some good people here from both U.S. KFOR and the TMK," said Saunders. "The people here have been through a lot and I wanted to do something to help them improve Kosovo. The work U.S. KFOR is doing with the TMK has a direct impact on the people of Kosovo and contributes to a safe and secure environment. I have a lot of respect for the TMK and the Kosovo people," he said.

Saunders will soon be leaving Kosovo for another duty assignment. Units from the 101st began leaving Kosovo last week. They will continue redeploying to Fort Campbell through the first week of December, officials said.


Derniers articles

Verdun 2016 : La légende de la « tranchée des baïonnettes »
Eyes in the Dark: Navy Dive Helmet Display Emerges as Game-Changer
OIR Official: Captured Info Describes ISIL Operations in Manbij
Cyber, Space, Middle East Join Nuclear Triad Topics at Deterrence Meeting
Carter Opens Second DoD Innovation Hub in Boston
Triomphe de St-Cyr : le Vietnam sur les rangs
Dwight D. Eisenhower Conducts First OIR Missions from Arabian Gulf
L’amiral Prazuck prend la manœuvre de la Marine
Airmen Practice Rescuing Downed Pilots in Pacific Thunder 16-2
On ne lutte pas contre les moustiques avec une Kalachnikov...
Enemy Mine: Underwater Drones Hunt Buried Targets, Save Lives
Daesh Publications Are Translated Into Eleven Languages
Opération Chammal : 10 000 heures de vol en opération pour les Mirage 2000 basés en Jordanie
Le Drian : Daech : une réponse à plusieurs niveaux
Carter: Defense Ministers Agree on Next Steps in Counter-ISIL Fight
Carter Convenes Counter-ISIL Coalition Meeting at Andrews
Carter Welcomes France’s Increased Counter-ISIL Support
100-Plus Aircraft Fly in for Exercise Red Flag 16-3
Growlers Soar With B-1s Around Ellsworth AFB
A-10s Deploy to Slovakia for Cross-Border Training
We Don’t Fight Against Mosquitoes With a Kalashnikov
Bug-Hunting Computers to Compete in DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge
Chiefs of US and Chinese Navies Agree on Need for Cooperation
DoD Cyber Strategy Defines How Officials Discern Cyber Incidents from Armed Attacks
Vice Adm. Tighe Takes Charge of Information Warfare, Naval Intelligence
Truman Strike Group Completes Eight-Month Deployment
KC-46 Completes Milestone by Refueling Fighter Jet, Cargo Plane
Air Dominance and the Critical Role of Fifth Generation Fighters
Une nation est une âme
The Challenges of Ungoverned Spaces
Carter Salutes Iraqi Forces, Announces 560 U.S. Troops to Deploy to Iraq
Obama: U.S. Commitment to European Security is Unwavering in Pivotal Time for NATO
International Court to Decide Sovereignty Issue in South China Sea
La SPA 75 est centenaire !
U.S. to Deploy THAAD Missile Battery to South Korea
Maintien en condition des matériels : reprendre l’initiative
La veste « léopard », premier uniforme militaire de camouflage
Océan Indien 2016 : Opérations & Coopération
Truman Transits Strait of Gibraltar
Navy Unveils National Museum of the American Sailor
New Navy, Old Tar
Marcel Dassault parrain de la nouvelle promotion d’officiers de l’École de l’Air
RIMPAC 2016 : Ravitaillement à la mer pour le Prairial avant l’arrivée à Hawaii
Bataille de la Somme, l’oubliée
U.S., Iceland Sign Security Cooperation Agreement
Cléopatra : la frégate Jean Bart entre dans l’histoire du BPC Gamal Abdel Nasser
Surveiller l’espace maritime français aussi par satellite
America's Navy-Marine Corps Team Fuse for RIMPAC 2016
Stratégie France : Plaidoyer pour une véritable coopération franco-allemande
La lumière du Droit rayonne au bout du chemin

Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).