Archive for the month of July 1997

Total activities

Number of activities

July 24, 1997 (this it the last update)

Since the establishment of SFOR on December 20, 1996, the following monitoring activities were conducted:

SFOR activities


Weapon site inspections

   - BiH

   - HVO

   - VRS


Command Structure

COMSFOR was General Eric K. Shinseki (US Army). He reported to General Wesley K. Clark, NATO Supreme Commander Allied Forces Europe (SACEUR). SFOR Deputy Commander was General Marc Waymel (French Army). SFOR Chief of Staff was Major General John Drewienkiewicz (UK Army).

Various Component Commanders reported to COMSFOR :

  • General Shinseki was based in Sarajevo. Reporting to him were three Division commanders. During the last period they were :
    • MD North, HQ Tuzla: Major General Montgomery C. Meigs (US Army)
    • MD South East, HQ Mostar: Major General Christian Delanghe (French Army)
    • MD South West, HQ Banja Luka: Major General John Kiszely (UK Army)
  • Major General Klaus Fruehhaber (German Army) was the DCOM Log and Commander of SFOR Support Command. He was based in Zagreb and was responsible for all the logistic support activities.
  • The Air Component Commander was Commander Allied Air Forces Southern Europe (COMAIRSOUTH), Lieutenant General Richard Bethurem (USAF).
  • Forces previously associated with Operation Deny Flight were assigned to COMAIRSOUTH to accomplish his tasks as SFOR Air Component commander. He was responsible for SFOR air operations and airspace control. He exercised his operational control through the Combined Air Operation Centre (CAOC) at Vicenza, Italy, which included the Regional Air Movement Control Centre (RAMCC) to manage airlift operations.
  • The SFOR maritime component comprised ships from several nations, which were formed into task forces and were available to support the SFOR mission. Other naval forces in the Mediterranean Sea could be made available. SFOR had two maritime commanders:
    • Commander Allied Naval Forces Southern Europe (COMNAVSOUTH), Admiral Giuseppe Spinozzi (Italian Navy) who had operational command of naval units which ensured that the Adriatic Sea Lines of Communication remained open for the reinforcement and resupply of SFOR forces ashore.
    • Commander Allied Striking Forces Southern Europe (COMSTRIKFORSOUTH), Vice-Admiral Charles S. Abbot (US Navy) who had under command power projection forces which remained available to support SFOR when needed, particularly in the events of non-compliance with the Peace Agreement. These forces included carrier-based aviation assets and amphibious forces.

Operation Joint Guard

July 24, 1997 (this is the last update)

IFOR Follow-Up

To support further implementation of the GFAP, and responding to the resolution of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the North Atlantic Council (NAC) authorized a NATO-led operation for an 18 month period to deter a resumption of hostilities and to stabilize the peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina (B-H). The operation was designated Operation Joint Guard and was conducted by a Stabilization Force (SFOR).