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2KFOR Chronicle 03/2019 e KFOR Magazine for KFOR PeopleMarch 2019 CONTENT Exercise „ NIAGARA „ 13 Mar 2019. IRCON 5 K FUN RUN Charity Event page: 4,5, MNBG-W March Exercises page: 10,11 PROFILES Konstantinos Spyrakis Artak Petrosyan page: 23 ACCI Notice & CSM Activities page: 19 KTRBN Change of Command page: 8 KFOR POWERLIFTING EVENT Challenge page: 7 JRD-SE NGO First Aid Course page: 14 DONATION Kosovo Assoc of the Blind page: 6 KOSOVO SERBIA DIALOGUE Student Visit CFC page: 3 A VISUAL OVERVIEW page: 12,13 US & DEU Contingents SOS Children‘s Village page: 16,17 IRCON MEDAL PARADE St. Patrick‘s Day page: 9 MNBG-E Women‘s History Month page: 15 Soldier of the Month OR-7 Arnold Schnabl (AUT-A) page: 18 Photo Competitions Prizegiving & Photo of the Month page: 20 and 22 AUT Medal Parade & GRC National Day page: 21


3 KFOR Chronicle 03/2019 e KFOR Magazine for KFOR PeopleMarch 2019 Whilst dialogue between Prishtina and Belgrade has stalled at the high political level recently, Camp Film City hosted a meeting of students on 11 March 2019 where they received a brief on the situation in KFOR and had the opportunity to interact with each other and with KFOR.Serbian representatives belonging to the Atlantic Council of Serbia (a Serbian body with a Euro Atlantic integration viewpoint), students from the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association (YATA), Belgrade University and their Kosovar Albanian counterparts from the University of Business and Technology from Pristina visited KFOR recently and had the opportunity to meet with KFOR Commander, Major General Lorenzo DAddario. The students and their mentors were welcomed by KFOR Chief Public A airs O ce, Colonel Vincenzo Grasso, who gave them a general overview of KFOR activities Kosovo-wide. In particular, he underlined that in the nal analysis, what the students and the wider audience with an interest in the region have to keep in mind is the role of KFOR in the area and the progress made in the latest 20 years regarding the security situation. Immediately afterwards, COMKFOR took the oor and addressed the students. He began by emphasising that KFORs mission is not a political one, rather it is a military one as mandated by UNSCR 1244, which provides for the security of the people of Kosovo and as such, is completely impartial.Ž Even though the mission is military, KFOR can assist the politicians by creating and guaranteeing a safe and secure environment (SASE) to enable them to do their work, Major General DAddario said. He told the students that in general, just as the various militaries which make up the Kosovo Force have a common understanding, KFOR can o er advice to leaders that can ensure a shared perspective, no matter which community the leaders come from. COMKFOR went on to say that politicians can contribute to and even take advantage of the SASE by refraining from rhetoric and in ammatory statements which do nothing to help the situation. Mr Vladan Zivulovic, President of the Atlantic Council of Serbia, pointed out that the Serbian TV station N1 had recently reported from Kosovo and had described Serbs as living a normal lifeŽ and that stories such as this should get more exposure. Addressing the students directly, COMKFOR referred to the role of youth in creating this normal life, saying The future is built by you; the future will be di erent, much of it will be shaped by you; there is no limit to progress.Ž The visit was an excellent opportunity to share di erent points of view and perceptions. This sort of exchange underlines the importance of good communication and interaction between di erent communities because mutual understanding increases tolerance and ultimately United in CommitmentŽ is the best way to live and work together for a better future for everyone. OF-3 Greg O’Kee e Chief PAO Internal Information IRL-A Kosovar and Serbian Students Visit CFC


4KFOR Chronicle 03/2019 e KFOR Magazine for KFOR PeopleMarch 2019 4 KF OR C hron icle 03/20 1 9 e KFOR Magazine fo r KF OR P eo pl e M arc h 201 9 Sunday 10 March 2019, a bright and sunny morning in Camp Bondsteel, the HQ of the US Contingent in KFOR, saw the coming to fruition of an idea generated by Irishman OR-9 Noel Doherty, from PSYOPS in KFOR HQ. Noel had proposed organising a 5K Charity Fun Run/Walk in aid of the Kosovo Association of the Blind, an NGO headquartered in Pristina. With the approval of IRCON SNR and HSG CDR OF-5 Dave Goulding and the assistance of the other 10 members of 18 IRCON, Noel, a keen runner himself, put to good use the years of experience he has gained in both participating and organising such events and so the idea became a reality. In unseasonal 20C temperatures, a mix of soldiers and civilians from many of the 28 nations contributing to the KFOR Mission as well as personnel from UNMIK and EULEX took o from behind the gym in Camp Bondsteel and tackled what was a hilly and quite challenging course. First to cross the line, winning the MenÂ’s event, was OF-1 Laszlo Kishazl of the Hungarian Contingent. LaszloÂ’s time of 17:51 was all the more impressive when one considers the testing nature of the course! First woman home was another Hungarian, OF-2 Piroska Kozk in the remarkable time of 23:50. e team event was won by USA who showed a real ghting spirit throughout the event. anks to the generosity of businesses in Camp Film City (CFC) who donated money and many valuable spot prizes (suits, restaurant vouchers etc.) for the event, many runners and walkers whose numbers were drawn randomly from amongst IRCON KFOR 5K Fun RunWalk Charity Event OR-9 Noel Doherty IRL-A with the Ladies 5K Winner & Runners-Up


5 KFOR Chronicle 03/2019 e KFOR Magazine for KFOR PeopleMarch 2019 5 KFOR Chron icle 0 3/20 1 9 e KFOR Magazine for KF OR Peopl e Marc h 2019 those taking part got a nice surprise at the nish line! All in all, the event raised   1, 715.00. e money has been used to purchase some much needed equipment for the Kosovo Association for the Blind (full story overleaf). e full results of the 5K Fun Run Event are as follows: Senior Men 1.Laszlo Kishazl (HUN) 17:51 2.Sean Nestor (USA) 18:47 3.Christoph Crban (AUT) 19:30 Senior Women 1. Piroska Kozak (HUN) 23:50 2. Mabel Requilman (USA) 25:40 3. Marina Desimone (ITA) 26:05 Team Event 1. USA Walker Men 1.Cosimo de Vita (ITA) 42:27 Walker Women 1. Lurari Giulia (ITA) 42:47 Well done to everyone! OF-3 Greg O’Kee e Chief PAO Internal Information IRL-A IRCON OR-9 Noel Doherty IRL-A with the Mens 5K Winner & Runners-Up 18 IRCON pictured with the Team & Individual 5K Winners and Runners-Up


6KFOR Chronicle 03/2019 e KFOR Magazine for KFOR PeopleMarch 2019 In mid-March, shortly after holding a Charity 5K Fun run in Camp Bondsteel to raise money to purchase much-needed equipment for the Kosovo Association Of The Blind, the 18 Irish Contingent under the command of Col Dave Goulding and including OR-9 Noel Doherty the race organiser, visited the Association’s HQ in downtown Pristina to make a presentation. Having raised a total of   1, 715.00 which has been used to purchase two Tatrapoint machines as well as other necessary equipment, the Contingent were very well received by Mr. Bekim Krasniqi, the Director of Services and Mr Mexhid Foniqi, the Director of Administration. Tatrapoint machines, used throughout the world to produce documents in Braille, are a valuable addition to the suite of services provided by the Blind Association. The Blind Association provides training and braille products to 2,500 registered members all over Kosovo, o ering services to all ethnicities that are registered with them. Central to their mission is advocating for their members in order to ensure they receive opportunities in life equal to sighted people. To assist the Blind Association in a very small way, please visit their Facebook page and Like the page in order for the charity to receive 10c per like. Picture: L/R Kosovo Association of the Blind Sta Sgt Brian Hayes, Cpl Niall Kennedy, BQMS Brendan McCormack, CS Noel Doherty, Mr Mexhid Foniqi, Col Dave Goulding, Capt Enda Caldwell, Comdt Greg OKee e, Mr Bekim Krasniqi. OF-3 Greg OKee e Chief PAO Internal Information IRL-A Kosovo Association of the Blind IRCON


7 KFOR Chronicle 03/2019 e KFOR Magazine for KFOR PeopleMarch 2019 Bright and early on Sunday 24 March 2019, whilst many others were enjoying a well-earned rest, KFOR’s strongest men and women gathered to compete in a KFOR Powerlifting Competition in the NATO Gym, Camp Film City (CFC). The event, organised and supervised by Senior Airman (OR4) John Thomas Jose USA-AF, was designed as a true test of strength in three separate disciplines (Bench Press, Squat, Deadlift), based on the ratio of the weight of the individual competitor to the weight lifted. With the Wilks System of calculating points scored, this basically means that the heavier a competitor is, the more they have to lift. With an entrance fee of  5.00 paid by each of the competitors, the event raised a total of  60.00 which will go to the favoured charity of the US Contingent, the SOS Childrens Village in Pristina. Truly multinational in nature, the event attracted participants from Camp Bondsteel and CFC, with 5 female athletes amongst the competitors. The onlookers were treated to some amazing displays of strength and determination by the competitors, many of whom were competing for the rst time. After an intense couple of hours competition, the eventual winners of the male and female categories were chosen. In the female division, OR-7 Linnea Skoog (SWEAF) came out on top with the following result: Bodyweight: 81.3kg Squat: 110kg Bench: 90kg Deadlift: 150kg Total Weight Lifted: 350kg Total in Wilks System Points: 317.45 OR-6 Christopher Lehmann (AUT-A), in an awesome display of strength, was the clear winner of the mens competition with the following display: Bodyweight: 96.2kg Squat: 180kg Bench: 165kg Deadlift: 230kg Total Weight Lifted: 575kg Total in Wilks System Points: 355.69 Presentation of MWA-provided trophies took place immediately after the competition which was thoroughly enjoyed by both spectators and those who participated. Well done to all involved time for the rest of us to get training for the next one! OF-3 Greg O’Kee e Chief PAO Internal Information IRL-A KFOR Powerli ing CompetitionCFC Winners: Ladies OR-7 Linnea Skoog & Men‘s OR-6 Christopher Lehmann


8KFOR Chronicle 03/2019 e KFOR Magazine for KFOR PeopleMarch 2019 CHANGE OF COMMAND CEREMONY On the 23rd of March 2019, in Camp Novo Selo (CNS), the Hungarian KFOR Contingent completed its Change of Command ceremony between the 19th and 20th Rotation. Major General Lorenzo DAddario, COM KFOR attended the ceremony, and delivered his speech to the soldiers of the Kosovo Tactical Reserve Battalion (KTRBN). First of all he thanked LTC Balint LAGOZA and his Soldiers who have served KFOR so successfully for the past 6 months and welcomed LTC Szabolcs Gyorgy RACZ and his Soldiers to the KFOR family. He pointed out in his speech KFOR is a very important operation for NATO. The Alliance has been here for 20 years and created the conditions for people not to be afraid anymore.Ž Referring to recent unhelpful rhetoric from political leaders and the lack of dialogue, COMKFOR said that KTRBN can do their part in creating the conditions for change, stating ƒto achieve this, there must be dialogue. Yet, with no security there is no dialogue. You enable security.Ž As is traditional, with the handover of the unit ag, the Contingent of the 20th Rotation has started its service. Additionally, both the incoming and outgoing Contingent Commanders addressed the assembled guests and KFOR soldiers during this event. The incoming commander assured all that KTRBN will keep training throughout its six months here. In his speech he stated Dont forget we can never be too ready, but we can be better and better week after week through the planned exercises and training events.Ž OF-1 Csaba Bz KTRBN PAO HUN-A K T R B N KTRBN


9 KFOR Chronicle 03/2019 e KFOR Magazine for KFOR PeopleMarch 2019 There was a decidedly international avour about the marking of Ireland’s National Day (every 17 March) when it was celebrated one day early with the award of the NATO Balkans nonArticle 5 Medal and Shamrock to IRL SNR Col Dave and the remainder of 18 Irish Contingent (IRCON) on 16 March 2019. There are few countries around the world whose National Day, St Patricks Day, is celebrated with such joy and laughter as Irelands is. The spread of St Patricks Day around the globe, seen in New Yorks 5th Avenue being painted green and world famous landmarks such as Romes Colosseum bathed in a green light, is a sign of the reach of the Irish Diaspora. What is less well known is how this tiny Island at the edge of Western Europe came to have its National Day celebrated so globally. The export of this joyous occasion may well have its roots in a great sadness. The Great Famine of 1845-49, recognised as the worst to occur in Europe in the 19th Century and precipitated by the failure of the staple food of Irish people, the potato, caused the deaths of over a million people and a further million to emigrate. With no historical precedent, the spread of Irish people around the world during the Famine is thought to have led to the unprecedented spread of Irish culture, seen today in literature, music, dance (and the famous Irish pub!) around the world. With the sound of Irish bagpipes in the background, the ceremony began with COMKFOR Major General Lorenzo DAddario being decorated with a sprig of Shamrock, a plant associated with St Patrick, by Irish SNR and HSG Commander Col Dave Goulding. Thereafter, COMKFOR awarded the Irish SNR and remaining members of 18 IRCON the NATO Balkans non-Article 5 Medal and decorated each soldier with Shamrock. Many KFOR members from across Europe, the US and around the world got to wear a sprig of Shamrock for the day, on a day when everyone got to feel just a little bit Irish! OF-3 Greg OKee e IRL-A PAO Chief Internal Information Medal Parade and National DayIRCON


10KFOR Chronicle 03/2019 e KFOR Magazine for KFOR PeopleMarch 2019 10 KF OR C hron icle 03/20 1 9 e KFOR Magazine fo r KF OR P eo pl e M arc h 201 9 MNBG-W conducted a number of exercises during the month of March, all with the goal of ensuring that MNBG-W remains ready and able to ful l the KFOR mission of providing a Safe and Secure Environment (SASE) and freedom of movement (FoM) for all the people of Kosovo.Beginning with EX ‘SOUTHERN DRAGON’ on 08 MAR, MNBG-W conducted a eld training exercise in order to evaluate ITA P-COY readiness to face up to conventional threats to SASE and FoM in a hybrid scenario, performing an air mobile operation designed to hone and re ne skills needed for Dismounted Close Combat (DCC) night manoeuvres. Truly multinational in nature, with Croatian air assets providing mobility and Moldavian and Italian troops working together on the ground, it was a resounding success where the development of mutual understanding and familiarisation with di erent skills and drills are concerned. A few days later on 11 MAR, EX ‘BERGSTEIGER’ examined a totally di erent skill set, that of operating in a mountain environment. Demonstrating a high level of interoperability, a MNBG-E helicopter (UH-60) crew assisted an MNBG-W Austrian (AUT) Platoon from AlphaŽ Company, a mountain infantry Unit, in conducting search and rescue operations and medical evacuation of a wounded person. e skills needed to operate in this harsh environment were amply demonstrated by both air and ground assets, including operating at altitude with reduced oxygen in challenging terrain and with di cult logistic procedures. e exercise demonstrated how KFOR soldiers March Exercises


11 KFOR Chronicle 03/2019 e KFOR Magazine for KFOR PeopleMarch 2019 1 1 KFOR Chron icle 0 3/20 1 9 e KFOR Magazine for KF OR Peopl e Marc h 2019 work every day in order to be ready to be rapidly deployed anywhere, anytime in any conditions. EX ‘NIAGARA’ on 13 MAR 2019 was designed to develop capacity and capability of both KFOR and IiK (in this instance KP and Fire Brigade) elements to respond to a civil emergency, in this case, a ood event. e scenario included the evacuation of pupils from a school, the provision of ood relief measures and air MEDEVAC of injured personnel. Mr. Blerim Kadrija, spokesman for the Gjacovace Fire Brigade, spoke to the Chronicle to outline what the Unit hoped to gain from the training. As one of the services most used during a ooding emergency, the Fire Brigade welcomed the opportunity to tap into KFOR’s expertise in order to build the Unit’s capability and capacity. With their primary role designated as a rescue service during such an event, the Fire Brigade were able to deploy Rigid In atable Boats (RIB) in order to navigate ood waters, use long ladders to reach stranded people in houses a ected by oodwaters and pump these waters away from dwellings etc. With an Air Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) built into the exercise scenario, it was an excellent opportunity for ground forces to work with aviation assets, in this case a US Blackhawk out of Bondsteel, captained by Chief Warrant O cer John Herrera with Sgt John Fenwick as the medical expert on board. John saw the exercise as an excellent learning opportunity for both ground and air elements, stating skills and drills need constant workŽ and advocated for an increased level of cooperation on exercises such as this one, in order to increase mutual understanding and familiarisation with working with air assets. Lt Col (OF-4) Cerola, MNBG-W Manoeuvre Battalion Commander whose troops were involved in the exercise, was very satis ed with the progress made towards achieving the exercise goals. Acknowledging that cross training with civil emergency services was a tremendous way of assessing capabilities of both civil and military actors, he said this type of training is essential because we must always be prepared to provide a Safe and Secure Environment and Freedom of Movement, no matter how these might be threatened.Ž All in all, a very busy month for MNBG-W! OF-3 Greg O’Kee e PAO Chief Internal Information IRL-A Photos: OF-4 Gennaro Troise MNBG-W PAO MNBG-W


12KFOR Chronicle 03/2019 e KFOR Magazine for KFOR PeopleMarch 2019 12 MAR 2019 COMKFOR Major General Lorenzo DÂ’Addario met with H.E. Arne Bjornstad Ambassador of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade at KFOR HQ. 04 MAR 2019 COMKFOR Major General Lorenzo DÂ’Addario met with BG Tudorica Petrache, Commander of SouthEastern Europe Brigade at KFOR HQ. 06 MAR 2019 COMKFOR Major General Lorenzo DÂ’Addario met with Lt. Gen. Chritian Junean, Deputy Commander of Joint Force Command Naples at KFOR HQ. A VISUAL OVERVIEW


13 KFOR Chronicle 03/2019 e KFOR Magazine for KFOR PeopleMarch 2019 22 MAR 2019 KFOR Commander Major General Lorenzo DÂ’Addario hosted H.E. Oleksandr Aleksandrovych Ambassador of Ukraine on his visit to KFOR HQ. 29 MAR 2019 COMKFOR Major General Lorenzo DÂ’Addario welcomed Commander Joint Force Command Naples Admiral James Foggo III to KFOR HQ. COM KFOR 26 MAR 2019 COMKFOR Major General Lorenzo DÂ’Addario welcomed Mr Peter Dohmen, General Manager NATO Support NSPA on his visit to KFOR HQ.


14KFOR Chronicle 03/2019 e KFOR Magazine for KFOR PeopleMarch 2019 Knowledge of rst aid techniques should be an absolute necessity for everyone! This is the reason why KFOR personnel belonging to Joint Regional Detachment South East (JRD-SE), with the assistance of KFOR Role 1 Medical Facility assets, organised a course for two di erent NGOs, the Center for Protection of Women and ChildrenŽ who provide services for women and children who are victims of domestic violence and HandikosŽ, an organisation that supports and advocates for people with limited abilities. After an opening address by JRD-SE Commander Col. Nicola Perrone, the class commenced, led by an Italian medical team consisting of OF-2 Giovanni Virgilio, OF-1 Maria Colacicco and OR-8 Giuseppina Grillo, the course o ered the students an opportunity to learn some basic but vital lifesaving First Aid skills. The focus was on how to intervene in case of an emergency due to illness, injury, accident or any other event that could require medical intervention, allowing the person involved to be assisted immediately and giving time for professional help to arrive on the spot. During the class, the participants received a theoretical explanation of how to deal with an emergency, assess and monitor a casualty, how and who to report the situation to and how to intervene in di erent and unfamiliar situations. KFOR doctors and nurses designed the practical phase in order to train and support the students in managing an emergency situation, learning basic Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation techniques (for both children and adults) and using a de brillator, With over 73,000 deaths (200 per day) from heart disease in Italy, similar gures apply in many other countries in the world. Having successfully completed the training, the students were presented with certi cates which acknowledge the skills they gained. The activity gave them con dence in providing rst aid, skills which are helpful in daily work and life and that make a real di erence in preventing the worst consequences after an emergency. OF-3 Greg O’Kee e PAO Chief Internal Information IRL-A NGO First Aid CourseJRD-SE


15 KFOR Chronicle 03/2019 e KFOR Magazine for KFOR PeopleMarch 2019 MNBG-E marked Womens History Month with a number of special events which marked the contribution of women from all walks of life in building the nation that is the USA today. In observance of Womens History Month, Soldiers currently deployed to Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, participate in a game of Guess WhoŽ womans history trivia March 20, 2019. Second and third place winners received AAFES gift cards and rst place winners received an AAFES gift card and gift bag. Refreshments were served as Soldiers shared a meal and conversation lled the air. During this observance, the Armys Equal Opportunity Program pays tribute to the contributions of women in the building of this great nation. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. Tinisha Mellein-Fortson/Released) March National Women’s History MonthMNBG-E Col. Evelyn Laptook, Kosovo Forces Assistant Chief of Sta spoke to Kosovo Force KFOR Soldiers during a Womens History Month Special Observance event at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, March 26, 2019. The event was kicked o by opening remarks from MNBG-East Commander Col. Roy Macaraeg and concluded with a certi cate of appreciation presentation, food and refreshments, and a cake-cutting event followed by games with prizes provided by AAFES. U.S. Army Europe photos by Cpl. Aven Santiago/Released


16KFOR Chronicle 03/2019 e KFOR Magazine for KFOR PeopleMarch 2019 1 6 KF OR C hron icle 03/20 1 9 e KFOR Magazine fo r KF OR P eo pl e M arc h 201 9 e Austrian Hermann Gmeiner, who founded SOS Children`s Village as a way of taking care of children orphaned from WWII, once said: Good things happen when people do more than they have to.Ž is statement was brought to life on 07 March 2019 when the US and German Contingents handed over a cheque for almost  2000.00, money raised from contributions from soldiers in Camp Film City, to the NGO SOS Childrens Village based in Pristina. is NGO, which cares for children from di cult family circumstances, relies almost exclusively on donations in order to survive.Growing out of an initiative began by OF-4 Sylta Kamen, Medical Advisor NATO Advisory and Liaison Team (NALT) who began soliciting donations for SOS of toys, sweets, clothing, footwear and even money from her German Contingent colleagues and their families back in Germany, US colleagues from the ‘Rising 6Ž, the US Contingent Morale Council became involved to grow the project. e ‘Rising 6’ team of OR-6 Cesare (CalŽ) Szur, OR-5 Matthew Scott, OR-4 Valerie Shafer and OR-4 John Jose, assisted by OR-4 Dairren Liburd, were looking for a project where they could put the December 2018 pro ts generated by Wa e SundaysŽ and Taco TuesdaysŽ in SAM’sŽ, the US Contingent co ee “SOS” Children`s Village


17 KFOR Chronicle 03/2019 e KFOR Magazine for KFOR PeopleMarch 2019 1 7 KFOR Chron icle 0 3/20 1 9 e KFOR Magazine for KF OR Peopl e Marc h 2019 shop, to maximum good use. A er talking to Sylta, they decided that SOS Children’s Village were very worthy of their support. OF-6 Szur explained: We feel that we can make an impact on Kosovo not just through our day-to-day jobs in KFOR, but also through community outreach.Ž When the donations from Germany and the soldiers in CFC, the proceeds from a US Christmas Candy-gram drive and the pro ts from Sam’s were totalled together, it came to two truckloads and almost  2000.00! With the money raised, the joint Contingents wanted to fund an initiative that would build capacity amongst at-risk young mothers with little or no formal education; they decided on funding training that would enable the mothers to learn a profession that could help them to be independent and live a selfsustaining life. Over the course of the next year, starting from March 2019, the young mothers are going to learn to produce a product they can sell a erwards: traditional clothing. Importantly, they will be able to learn and work at home and care for their children at the same time. Regarding the work of the NGO itself, SOS Children’s Village began caring for children who were orphaned during the con ict of 19981999. e organisation developed over time to meet Kosovo’s needs and began to care for abandoned babies and children whose family circumstances mean they cannot be raised by their families. e NGO has a very unique way of providing love and stability to the children in their care. SOPS appoints a volunteer MotherŽ to a child (she can be given up to 6 children over a period of time) who is assisted and mentored over the course of a year by an AuntieŽ whilst living with the child on the SOS Children’s Village campus. erea er, the NGO helps the Mother to independently live, integrating her and the child/ children into local communities, all the while ensuring the child has regular contact (where possible) with his or her birth family. e SOS assistance to the children doesn’t stop a er childhood; once reaching 16/17 years old, the children are helped with funding further education (an ex-resident has proudly gained her Master degree recently!) or to help them nd employment. e NGO Project Director Mrs Ora Bytyci told us that Many of the kids who have been through SOS Children’s Village have returned to do what they can to help; some of them are married with children of their own at this stage.Ž With this project, the German and US Contingent’s and the soldiers of CFC have certainly exempli ed the KFOR XXIII motto United In CommitmentŽ and have lived up to the saying Good things happen when people do more than they have to.Ž OF-3 Greg O’Kee e PAO Chief Internal Information IRL-A US & German Contingent


18KFOR Chronicle 03/2019 e KFOR Magazine for KFOR PeopleMarch 2019 Having started his military career as a conscript in 2003, OR-7 Arnold Schnabl joined the professional ranks in 2004 and served as a machine gunner and anti-tank specialist until 2007, during which time he also served on his first mission to KFOR. In the next phase of his career, after he became a squad leader, he continued to specialise in weapons and qualified as a sniper, becoming a sniper squad leader from 20082017. Not content with just specialising in sniping during this period, he was motivated to become a mountain guide and also completed his second mission (to Syria) and qualified as a platoon leader also. He is currently serving with MNBG-W A Coy as a Deputy platoon Leader In nominating Arnold for the award of KFOR Soldier Of The Month (SOTM), his leadership wanted to express their admiration and respect for the excellent work he has done since coming to the mission area. They describe him as being highly motivated, loyal and with a tremendous sense of belonging to his Unit and the Army. He gave an outstanding performance when, at the end of January 2019, an avalanche occurred in the Presovica Valley. During this incident, he brought his expertise and knowledge to efforts to retain access to the valley, leading to the reopening of the ski-area and the finding of the missing people. In this context, he carried out consulting activity, explorations and the creation of a snow profile to the KSF which was invaluable in resolving the emergency. Considering the above, I think all would agree Arnold is a worthy recipient of the SOTM award! Name: Arnold Schnabl Rank: OR-7 Nationality: AUT Unit: MNBG-W A-COY SOLDIER OF THE MONTH


19 KFOR Chronicle 03/2019 e KFOR Magazine for KFOR PeopleMarch 2019 TESST errorism, E spionage, S abotage, S ubversionLearn to Identify the Threat and Report Suspicious Activities! For more Information or to Schedule a TESS Brief, Contact: 049 750 535Kosovo Detachment A C C I ACCI ACTIVITIES On 15 March 2019 the KFOR CSM OR-9 Massimo CONTU, in the presence of CSM OR-9 Ceban PETRU, awarded a Certi cate of Appreciation to OR-4 Nicolae BELCIUG for making an outstanding contribution to his Unit and to MNBG-W. KFOR CSM A Certi cate of Appreciation was presented to OR -4 Gianluigi FORTUNATO of MNBG-W by the KFOR CSM on 15 March 2019. The Certi cate represents a token of esteem for the excellent professional contribution that OR-4 FORTUNATO makes to his Unit and to the KFOR mission. On 18th March 2019, in front of the Commander of the Greek Contingent OF 3 Nikolaos POLITIS and the Greek CSM Eleni BATZOUKA, KFOR CSM Massimo CONTU marked the outstanding contribution that OR -7 Panagiota STEFANOUDI makes to the Greek Guard Company by presenting her with a Certi cate of Appreciation.


20KFOR Chronicle 03/2019 e KFOR Magazine for KFOR PeopleMarch 2019 1st Prize: OF-1Tristan Chopard CHE-A Banja Church during Winter. 2nd Prize: OR5 Jetmir Nikolli ALB-A My Daughter. 3rd Prize: OF-2 Piroska Kozk HUN-A EULEX KTRBNOn 18 March 2019 at the PAO O ces in Camp Film City, Col. Vincenzo Grasso, Chief Public A airs O ce presented the prizes to the top three contestants in the KFOR Chronicle Annual Amateur Photo Competition. Col Grasso commented on the exceptional standard of entries, not just those who were chosen as the top three, but from all of the ca. 50 entries received. A panel of PAO personnel, including three professional photographers, had the di cult task of choosing a rst, second and third place from amongst the entries received. After much discussion, the eventual winners were: 1st Prize (GoPro 7 Videocam): OF-1 Tristan Chopard (CHE-A) with his photo titled Banja Church during WinterŽ 2nd Prize (4TB media storage): OR-5 Jetmir Nikolli (ALB-A) with his entry My DaughterŽ 3rd Prize (2TB media storage): OF-2 Piroska Kozk for her photo ULEX KTRBNŽ Congratulations to our winners and a message to all those amateur photographers who entered but didnt win: dont be disheartened, keep taking beautiful photos for all of us to admire! Dont forget the KFOR Chronicle has a Picture Of The MonthŽ Competition every month, so what are you waiting for get snapping! Send your entries to KFORCHRONICLE@hq.kfor.nato. int to be in with a chance to win. P r i z e g i v i n g C e r e m o n y Prizegiving Ceremony A n n u a l A m a t e u r P h o t o C o m p e t i t i o n Annual Amateur Photo Competition


21 KFOR Chronicle 03/2019 e KFOR Magazine for KFOR PeopleMarch 2019 Austrian Medal Parade in Peja/Pe Two weeks before their End Of Tour (EOT), the 39th Austrian Contingent celebrated its Medal Parade in the late afternoon of 19th March 2019 in Camp Villagio Italia (CVI). At the ceremony the Austrian Ambassador in Kosovo Mag Gernot Pfandler and Deputy Commander KFOR BG Reinhard Ruckenstuhl awarded 225 soldiers with the NATO Non Article V Balkans Medal. As the majority of the decorated soldiers served with MNBG-W they were assisted by Commander MNBG-West Col. Di Marco and his Deputy. BG Ruckenstuhl also used the opportunity to honour 13 Austrian soldiers for outstanding service during their 180 days tour by presenting them with the DCOMs Coin For ExcellenceŽ. In his speech he stated that he experienced the Austrian soldiers serving with commitment and in a very professional way. All tasks were successfully ful lled and That makes it easy for a Commander to ful l his own tasksŽ. Col Bakhsh, the National Contingent Commander expressed his pride and gratitude to the soldiers. He congratulated the contingent on a successful tour and highlighted the soldiers contribution to peace and security for the people of Kosovo. He welcomed 165 soldiers, who had deployed for the rst time in their careers, to the big Austrian KFOR family. Since 1999 21,445 Austrians have served with KFOR. The 39th contingent, comprised of soldiers from several di erent battalions, mainly 18INF, 35INF(M) and 4RECCE BN, will be relieved in place on 6th April 2019 by 25ABN Battalion. OF-3 Gerhard TSCHABITZER MA JLSG CDR M e d a l P a r a d e Medal Parade Greek Independence Day March 25 each year marks Greek Independence Day, a National Greek holiday which commemorates the War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire and the formation of an independent Greek state. Along with their comrades in the Hellenic Armed Forces participating in the annual military parade in Athens, the Greek Contingent in KFOR also marked the occasion, parading in front of their national ag at the Greek National Support Element HQ in Camp Film City (CFC). Addressing Mrs Chryssoula Aliferi, Head of Mission in Liaison O ce of the Hellenic Republic in Pristina, the assembled guests and the Greek soldiers, The Commander of the Greek Guard in DFC OF-3 Nikolaos Politis said that Today is a day of remembrance and thinking and also a source of inspiration.Ž He went on to say that Greece is nowadays an active member of the global community and an important role player in preserving peace and security in the Balkans. The event coincided with the Greek Orthodox Churchs celebration of the Annunciation to the Theotokus, an important day in the Greek religious calendar and one which brought a respite from the rigours of Lent for many Greek people. N a t i o n a l D a y National Day


22KFOR Chronicle 03/2019 e KFOR Magazine for KFOR PeopleMarch 2019 Commander KFOR XXIII Major General Lorenzo D’ Addario, Italian Army Chief Public Affairs Office & COMKFOR Spokesperson Col. Vincenzo Grasso, Italian Army Chief Internal Information & Editor KFOR Chronicle Comdt. Greg O‘Keeffe, Irish Defence Forces Design & Photographer: Mr. Afrim Hajrullahu Cover Photo: Carlo Fenu OR-4 ITA-A E-mail and Web Printed by Blendi ” Tel.: 044 149 115 NATO Nations within KFOR Albania, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States. Non-NATO Nations within KFOR Armenia, Austria, Finland, Ireland, Moldova, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine.The KFOR Chronicle is produced and fully funded by HQ KFOR. It is published for KFOR soldiers in the area of responsibility. The contents are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the coalition governments’ defence departments. Editorial content is edited, prepared and provided by the Internal Information Section of HQ KFOR’s Public Affairs Office (PAO) in Pristina, Kosovo. PAO HQ KFOR reserves the right to edit content to conform to style and space requirements. Articles are run on a space-available basis. Articles appearing in KFOR Chronicle may be duplicated in official NATO publications subject to KFOR PAO authorisation. Contribute to the KFORChronicle!Just send your photos to: by the 20th of the month explaining where you took the photo and what equipment you used. We will then select one of the submitted images and publish it in the next edition of the Chronicle. A KFOR Chronicle T-Shirt is awarded each month to the winning photographer. You will be immortalised in the KFOR Chronicle! Is that not something to be proud of? Sincerely The Chronicle Team PICTURE OF THE MONTH Ready 24/7Ž OF-2 Imre MADAR HUN-A SO J3 CONOPS


23 KFOR Chronicle 03/2019 e KFOR Magazine for KFOR PeopleMarch 2019 Military Career and Education: Since 2001, I have been serving as a soldier in the Peacekeeping Brigade of the Ministry of Defence of Armenia. During these 18 years, I have earned the rank of Captain. I was appointed commander of the Armenian Contingent in December 2018along with the appointment of Company Commander of the Armenian Guard Unit that protects the APOD at Sllatina. In order to further my military education, I passed several military courses in a number of European and US military institutions including JCLC BMATT Junior Command And Leadership Course in the Czech Republic and the Captain’s Career Course in Fort Benning USA About the Mission: I have previously participated in various missions (Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan) in various appointments (Squad Commander, Platoon Commander, Operational Military Leadership Training (OMLT) Instructor, LNO etc.). This mission, in contrast to the rest, includes so me additional responsibilities. As Commander of the Armenian Guard I am acutely aware that I am fully responsible for the organization of the Guard service, the safety, morale and welfare of my Company and the professional fulfilment of the assigned tasks, The main motivation for us is to keep our country‘s name and flag flying high with the example set by our service and conduct. Family Reaction: Married 21 years. I have 2 sons, Arsen 20 years old and Manvel who is 9 years old, and one daughter Arshaluys 17 years old. They are proud of my service and are eagerly awaiting my return. Hobbies: I prefer to spend time in nature, with my family, and I also love to play chess.Name: Artak Petrosyan Rank: OF-2 Nationality: ARM Unit: HSG Serving as: ARM SNR & Coy Commander ARM Guard (APOD) Military Career: I started out as a young cadet at the Greek Military Academy in 1971, completed my degree in Economics at the Aristotelis University of Thessaloniki in 1975 and I was assigned to the Greek Navy as a Finance Officer in 1976, my first career. I enjoyed very much serving in a number of different posts in the Greek Navy before the one which became the bridge to my second career, serving as the Greek National Representative to the Military Budget Committee (MBC) at NATO HQ from 1995 to 1997. In Apr 2000 I retired from the Greek Navy as a Commodore (a 1 Star Admira l) and immediately commenced my new job as a NATO International Civilian (NIC) as FINCON in Joint Command South Central HQ in Larissa, Greece. Mission: I first came to HQ KFOR on deployment in 2002 and again in 2003 in the post of KFOR Theatre FINCON. The KFOR mission came as a big challenge to me. When the post of KFOR FINCON became available as a permanent position, I applied and I was selected. I have now been here as FINCON since February 2006. During that time, I have had responsibility … either direct or in an advisory or consultative capacity … for financial matters within and throughout the immediate area of operations (AOR) and beyond. This has therefore included not only HQ KFOR, but also NATO HQ Skopje (NLO Sk), NATO HQ Tirana (NHQ Ti) and Military Liaison Office in Belgrade (MLO (B)). My biggest challenge was the establishment of an effective J8 organisation with real continuity, considering that, until that time, most of the J8 staff had been on a rotational basis. In recognition of my distinguished service, in 2010, I was awarded the NATO Meritorious Service Medal. Family Reaction: I have now been happily married for 43 years and my wife recently retired from her own career as a senior official in a Greek bank. She and our three (3) grown up children have always been extremely supportive to me in my career. I and my family share a dream. The Balkans have always had their share of troubles and we hope that, one day, all will be members of the European family and that there will be full, unrestricted freedom of movement, no borders and real long-term peace and stability. Hobbies: I enjoy history, reading, walking and cinema, however, football has always been my passion. I played football well into my 50s and I am still an enthusiastic Olympiakos fan. However, apart from my wedding day and the births of my children, my proudest moment was when the Greek National side won the 2004 European Football Championship.Name: Konstantinos SPYRAKIS Rank: NIC A-5 Nationality: GRC Unit: HQ KFOR J8 Serving As: KFOR ACOS J8/KFOR Theatre Financial Controller (FINCON)


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