Czech KFOR Reserve Company Activated

Based on a request by Brigadier General Kyosto Halonen, KFOR Multinational Task Force Centre Commander, a Czech reserve company, which is on a stand-by in the Czech Republic, was activated on Saturday 6 September 2008.

Kosovo Force Badge

The reserve company (F-Coy) will be transported to Kosovo within five days to reinforce standing troops of the Multinational Task Force Centre.

The Company is an operational reserve for the Commander MNTF (C). The unit is trained and prepared in the Czech Republic but moves only when activated.

The core of the present F-Coy is formed by soldiers of the 131st Combined Artillery Battalion based in Pardubice, Czech Republic.

"The situation in Kosovo has been quiet in recent times, but it still remains fragile," General Halonen said in his letter to the command of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic. The present period is very sensitive since Kosovo is before significant events - transfer of tasks and duties between the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX Kosovo) during upcoming months and the conversion of Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC) into the new Kosovo Security Forces (KSF), its build-up and training.

The unit has all the necessary materiel and equipment deployed and depot in Kosovo. It is supposed that the Company returns back to the Czech Republic by 19 October 2008.

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The Czech military announced the formation of the Reserve Company for MNTF (C) beginning 1 March 2006. Even though soldiers rotate, the first Reserve Company was deployed in April 2006, while this year the Company was for the first time activated in May.

Posted: September 9, 2008