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Smail Mazic of Brown and Root throws salt on Eagle Base sidewalks so people won’t slip.
Smail Mazic of Brown and Root throws salt on Eagle Base sidewalks so people won’t slip. (Ivana Avramovic / S&S)

EAGLE BASE, Bosnia and Herzegovina — The first snowstorm of the season hit Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday, but it failed to halt most Stablization Force operations.

On and off Eagle Base, snow removal teams worked hard to remove almost four inches of snow that covered the northeastern part of the country before noon, making it possible for most ground patrols to continue.

“To this point we haven’t had a need to reduce our capabilities,” said Col. Harry Coulter, the Multinational Brigade North ground forces commander.

Some air operations were affected, Coulter said. Helicopter missions were canceled due to the low visibility and snow. But a regularly scheduled flight by a C-130 from Ramstein Air Base landed without problem.

Snowstorm was expected to fall for five days. On Eagle Base, crews were successfully removing the snow and salting the roads on Eagle Base by the afternoon. Off base, Bosnian road crews were also at work, although traffic was slowed by the accumulation.

Coulter pointed out that the SFOR troops, many from Pennsylvania and Northeast United States, are used to similar weather conditions. Prior to their deployment to Bosnia, they went through different weather conditions training and are equipped with winter gear.

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