SLATINA, Kosovo. On March 3rd, KTM, the KFOR Tactical Reserve
Maneuver Battalion, carried out the Exercise FOX 17-1 at Camp VRELO.
This important training activity was aimed to achieve the full operational capability at the end of the hand over-take over between the incoming and the outgoing Hungarian Contingent.
COM KFOR, Major General Giovanni Fungo, opened the event stating that "KTM, as
flexible and rapid deployable Unit, is essential to accomplish KFOR tasks within the
mandate of the UNSC Resolution 1244 and to face any kind of eventuality Kosovo
wide, as it happened in the past".
The scenario was a simulated situation of public disorder in an urban area with
barricades, creating significant Freedom of Movement problems. This provided a
pragmatic and demanding operational environment to train and test KTM's
Command and Control procedures at tactical level and practice interoperability with
other KFOR assets. Besides all KTM subunits, other KFOR assets were involved
such as the Freedom of Movement Detachment, the Explosive Ordinance Disposal
Team, the Tactical Psychological Operations Team, and KFOR International Military
At the end of the exercise, all Units involved achieved the goal of enhanced
understanding of each other's Standard Operational Procedures, equipment and
capabilities. Moreover, the activity was a further confirmation of KFOR's ability to
operate together if called upon to respond to any operational situation.