NATO Implementation Force (IFOR) &
NATO Stabilisation Force (SFOR) in BOSNIA

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Operation OSIER and Operation AGRICOLA

Australia: 14 Jan 1992 – 24 Jan 1997 & December 1996 - February 2004 (OP OSIER).

AO: The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro.

Operation OSIER was Australia’s contribution to the NATO-led, UN-mandated Yugoslavia Stabilisation Force and Kosovo Force.

UNPROFOR handed over the area of operations to the Commander of the NATO Implementation Force (IFOR), in Dec 1994. Following 12 months of IFOR, the NATO Stabilisation Force (SFOR) took over operations within the Balkans. SFOR operated in the Former Yugoslavian Republic (FYR).

IFOR moved into the FYR and separated three warring factions that had been fighting for four years. The IFOR mandate ended on December 20, 1996, achieving such great success that SFOR was phased into the stabilisation phase of the operation. During both IFOR and SFOR’s existence, the Ministry of Defence (UK), requested staff officer assistance from the Australian Government in 1994, due to other taskings of the British forces elsewhere around the world. Australia agreed to provide 4 Staff Officers to the SFOR mission. The duties of the Staff Officers range from monitoring cease-fires and inspection of incidents, to reporting of current situations within their designated AO.

Australian service personnel were on attachment with British and US forces and subsequently deployed with their posted units to the Balkans. Most personnel were armed with personal weapons.

Deployed:  14 Army Officers and Australian Attached personnel to UK/US forces. Total: Estimated to be 114.

VEA: Schedule 2 14 Jan 1992 – 27 Jan 1997. Schedule 3 (OP OSIER 25 January 1997 - onward)
Veterans’ Entitlements Determination dated 24th August 1999: Non-warlike Service during the period from 25 February 1999 to 10 June 1999 (OP AGRICOLA).

Awards: Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) (12 Jan 1992 – 24 January 1997) ; Australian Active Service Medal (ASM) (25 January 1997 onward) with Clasp 'BALKANS' ; NATO Campaign medal with Clasp 'FORMER YUGOSLAVIA'.

AASM 1988
ASM 1988
NATO Medal former Yugoslavia
AASM with Clasp
ASM with Clasp
NATO Medal