Kosovo: training in the conduct of activities aimed at guaranteeing the freedom of movement of the units

(To Army Majority State)

As part of the mission in Kosovo, the Group of Support for Adherence (GSA), based on the “Aosta” Logistic regiment, deployed in the Kosovar operational theater since last July 20, as a battalion-level unit under the command of the Regional Command West, led , from the 26 September to the 3 last October, a cycle of exercises aimed at increasing the level of interoperability between the different operational and logistic structures, provided by the multinational contingents operating in Kosovo.

During the training days the various structures have composed a specific multinational unit, with Italian guidance, called Freedom of Movement - Detachment (FOM-D), born from the union of units of Genius, logistics and health. The task of the FOM-D is to guarantee support to the maneuvering forces, which operate in riot gear, in the event of disturbances that require, in addition to crowd control, also the reclamation of explosive traps and the restoration of the viability, through the removal of barricades erected during the protest.

The training days were held at Camp Mareshal de Lattre de Tassigny in Novo Selo, where various scenarios were simulated in which, in addition to the Italian units, used with different logistics structures and a Leopard dozer, were also used assets. Turkish health care, Austrian bomb squad and US and Hungarian units, the latter dedicated to crowd control.

The training has also served to exercise the logistical arrangements for the management of critical events, to guarantee a prompt and effective response to situations likely to threaten stability, security and freedom of movement in the area of ​​operations. When these events occur, the forces deployed in Kosovo contribute to the restoration and maintenance of a safe environment. KFOR, as the third responsible for Kosovo's national security, contributes to the management of such events in support of local police forces, namely the Kosovo Police (KP), the first responsible for national security, and the international police forces, established by the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX). For this reason a scenario of popular mobilization was simulated, in which the forces exerted had to face a real escalation of disorders.