Pristina - Soldiers belonging to the Slovenian Army's 74th Infantry Regiment, 72nd Brigade, constitute Sierra Coy, one of the maneuver units of the Italian-led Regional Command West of KFOR.
They are based in Belo Polje along with sister companies from Italy, Austria and Moldova. The unit is made up of three platoons and a headquarters element under the command of Lieutenant Primoz Bantan.
They perform a broad range of tasks, including the protection of Camp Villaggio Italia, Regional Command's base, as well as patrols in the area of operations, synchronized activities with the Kosovo Police, and the surveillance of Visoky Decane Monastery, where KFOR acts as first security responder. Sierra Coy can be deployed on call as quick reaction force wherever it is needed.
"KFOR is a great opportunity for me and my soldiers to operate abroad in an international environment, serving peace, security and stability for all communities in Kosovo", explains Lt. Bantan. Slovenia currently provides one of the largest contingents of KFOR with approximately 250 Soldiers which are part of both Regional Commands and of the NATO-led mission's Headquarters in Pristina.