January 20, 2011 by USA Post 

KFOR, KFOR and Kosovo Police Service will sign an agreement on January 22, marking the official handover of responsibilities to police Kosovo’s borders.

The agreement will affect a portion of the border with Macedonia. Office of KFOR announced that “the commander of NATO forces in Kosovo, General Erhard Buhler will attend the ceremony along with the Interior Minister of Kosovo and the interior minister of Macedonia.”

The event will also summon the ambassador of Kosovo in Macedonia, Ambassador of Macedonia to Kosovo, EULEX chief and police chief of Kosovo’s borders.

Society of Alabama Army National Guard 666th ammunition, of Jacksonville, will deploy a small explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team in Kosovo later this week.

The team will act as the NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR) EOD single force responsible for mitigating the risks of explosion and destruction of ammunition. The team will train and work with police forces in newly independent Kosovo to clear unexploded ordnance and defeat improvised explosive devices that may threaten life and property of the population. The 666th was deployed to Kosovo twice.

A departure ceremony for the team will be held at the armory in there homes 1655A Pelham Road South, Jacksonville, Ala., at 11 pm, Saturday

Team Alabama will join with other partner countries of NATO in Kosovo. NATO conducted an operation of peacekeeping in Kosovo since June 1999 in favor of wider international efforts to develop a stable, democratic, peaceful and multiethnic Kosovo. Alabama National Guard troops will play a key role in supporting these efforts.

The team will report to Camp Atterbury, Ind., for training before deploying large mobilization in Kosovo.

Local authorities and senior Alabama National Guard will attend the ceremony to send the team. The media are invited to attend the ceremony.

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