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Ceremony marking the deployment of the 40th Slovenian KFOR contingent

On Wednesday, 9 October, General Maister Barracks in Maribor was the venue of the deployment ceremony and a family gathering of members of the 40th Slovenian KFOR contingent, who will be deployed the international KFOR operation in Kosovo at the end of this month.

Contingent members were addressed by Commander of the 72nd Brigade, Colonel Peter Zakrajšek, who wished contingent participants all the success in their deployment and thanked their families and friends for all the support, patience, and trust they provide to contingent members while they perform their duties in the service of their homeland. At the ceremony, family members were acquainted with the work and daily routine in the peacekeeping operation and mission in Kosovo. They learned where contingent members will be stationed and whom they can call for help if needed.

The 40th contingent, commanded by Colonel Peter Čuden, will comprise 250 members from different units of the Slovenian Armed Forces. The bulk of the contingent stationed at Villaggio Italia military base near Peć is composed of the manoeuvre company of the 74th Infantry Regiment of the 72nd Brigade. Additionally, the contingent includes six other liaison and surveillance teams, a national support element and a military police team. Some of the members also work in KFOR multinational headquarters. The contingent's tasks include the maintaining of a safe and stable environment and activities enabling the freedom of movement as well as the protection of facilities of particular importance.

Photo: Members of the 72nd Brigade