KFOR deputy commander visits LMTs in East
Portuguese Army Brig. Gen. Marco Serronha, deputy commander, Kosovo Forces, visited Camp Bondsteel and a few of the municipalities within the area of operation for Multinational Battle Group East, Sept. 14.
Portuguese Army Brig. Gen. Marco Serronha, deputy commander, KFOR, visited three different municipalities during his visit with the Liaison Monitoring Team, Multinational Battle Group East, Sept. 14. 1st Lt. Octavio Perez, LMT 1 officer in charge, explained to Serranho about the many different issues that face the people living in the municipality of Kamenica/Kamenice. Lt. Col. Jose Boria, Juncos, Puerto Rico, deputy commander, Multinational Battle Group East, and Maj. Higinio Figueroa, Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, commander of the 192nd LMT, were able to join Brig. Gen. Serranha during his day. 1st Lt. Perez and Maj. Figueroa are members of the Puerto Rico National Guard.  (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sarah A. Cummings, 130th Public Affairs Detachment, Connecticut National Guard)
3 photos: Portuguese Army Brig. Gen. Marco Serronha, deputy commander, KFOR, visited three different municipalities during his visit with the Liaison Monitoring Team, Multinational Battle Group East, Sept. 14.
Photo 1 of 3: Portuguese Army Brig. Gen. Marco Serronha, deputy commander, KFOR, visited three different municipalities during his visit with the Liaison Monitoring Team, Multinational Battle Group East, Sept. 14. 1st Lt. Octavio Perez, LMT 1 officer in charge, explained to Serranho about the many different issues that face the people living in the municipality of Kamenica/Kamenice. Lt. Col. Jose Boria, Juncos, Puerto Rico, deputy commander, Multinational Battle Group East, and Maj. Higinio Figueroa, Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, commander of the 192nd LMT, were able to join Brig. Gen. Serranha during his day. 1st Lt. Perez and Maj. Figueroa are members of the Puerto Rico National Guard. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sarah A. Cummings, 130th Public Affairs Detachment, Connecticut National Guard) Download full-resolution version
During his visit with the Liaison Monitoring Team, Portuguese Army Brig. Gen. Marco Serronha, deputy commander, KFOR, was able to take a walking tour of Gnjilane/Gjilan. Capt. Enrique Russe, Morovis, Puerto Rico, pointed out many of the stores and various other building in down town Gnjilane/Gjilan. Russe,  officer in charge of LMT 7, is a member of the Puerto Rico National Guard. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sarah A. Cummings, 130th Public Affairs Deachment, Connecticut National Guard)
3 photos: During his visit with the Liaison Monitoring Team, Portuguese Army Brig. Gen. Marco Serronha, deputy commander, KFOR, was able to take a walking tour of Gnjilane/Gjilan. Capt. Enrique Russe, Morovis,
Photo 2 of 3: During his visit with the Liaison Monitoring Team, Portuguese Army Brig. Gen. Marco Serronha, deputy commander, KFOR, was able to take a walking tour of Gnjilane/Gjilan. Capt. Enrique Russe, Morovis, Puerto Rico, pointed out many of the stores and various other building in down town Gnjilane/Gjilan. Russe, officer in charge of LMT 7, is a member of the Puerto Rico National Guard. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sarah A. Cummings, 130th Public Affairs Deachment, Connecticut National Guard) Download full-resolution version
Portuguese Army Brig. Gen. Marco Serronha, deputy commander, KFOR, received a brief by 1st Lt. Suehaine Cancel, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, at a restaurant in Strpce/Shterpce Sept. 14. One of the topics discussed was the ski resort in Strpce/Shterpce and the economical benefits of having a tourist site. 1st Lt. Cancel, a member of the Puerto Rico National Guard, is officer in charge of LMT 3. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sarah A. Cummings, 130th Public Affairs Detachment, Connecticut National Guard)
3 photos: Portuguese Army Brig. Gen. Marco Serronha, deputy commander, KFOR, received a brief by 1st Lt. Suehaine Cancel, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, at a restaurant in Strpce/Shterpce Sept. 14. One of the topics d
Photo 3 of 3: Portuguese Army Brig. Gen. Marco Serronha, deputy commander, KFOR, received a brief by 1st Lt. Suehaine Cancel, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, at a restaurant in Strpce/Shterpce Sept. 14. One of the topics discussed was the ski resort in Strpce/Shterpce and the economical benefits of having a tourist site. 1st Lt. Cancel, a member of the Puerto Rico National Guard, is officer in charge of LMT 3. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sarah A. Cummings, 130th Public Affairs Detachment, Connecticut National Guard) Download full-resolution version
Portuguese Army Brig. Gen. Marco Serronha, deputy commander, KFOR, visited three different municipalities during his visit with the Liaison Monitoring Team, Multinational Battle Group East, Sept. 14. 1st Lt. Octavio Perez, LMT 1 officer in charge, explained to Serranho about the many different issues that face the people living in the municipality of Kamenica/Kamenice. Lt. Col. Jose Boria, Juncos, Puerto Rico, deputy commander, Multinational Battle Group East, and Maj. Higinio Figueroa, Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, commander of the 192nd LMT, were able to join Brig. Gen. Serranha during his day. 1st Lt. Perez and Maj. Figueroa are members of the Puerto Rico National Guard.  (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sarah A. Cummings, 130th Public Affairs Detachment, Connecticut National Guard)
During his visit with the Liaison Monitoring Team, Portuguese Army Brig. Gen. Marco Serronha, deputy commander, KFOR, was able to take a walking tour of Gnjilane/Gjilan. Capt. Enrique Russe, Morovis, Puerto Rico, pointed out many of the stores and various other building in down town Gnjilane/Gjilan. Russe,  officer in charge of LMT 7, is a member of the Puerto Rico National Guard. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sarah A. Cummings, 130th Public Affairs Deachment, Connecticut National Guard)
Portuguese Army Brig. Gen. Marco Serronha, deputy commander, KFOR, received a brief by 1st Lt. Suehaine Cancel, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, at a restaurant in Strpce/Shterpce Sept. 14. One of the topics discussed was the ski resort in Strpce/Shterpce and the economical benefits of having a tourist site. 1st Lt. Cancel, a member of the Puerto Rico National Guard, is officer in charge of LMT 3. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sarah A. Cummings, 130th Public Affairs Detachment, Connecticut National Guard)

CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo – Portuguese Army Brig. Gen. Marco Serronha, deputy commander, Kosovo Forces, visited Camp Bondsteel and a few of the municipalities within the area of operation for Multinational Battle Group East, Sept. 14.

During his visit, Serronha spent the day in various municipalities, traveling with the Liaison Monitoring Teams from MNBG E.

Maj. Higinio Figueroa, Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, commander, 192nd LMT, gave Serronha a brief on the job of the LMTs.

“The purpose of the Liaison Monitoring Team is to sense the populace to see where the issues lie. The purpose is to help in providing and maintaining a safe and secure environment and freedom of movement for all the people and institutions in Kosovo,” said Maj. Figueroa. The 192nd LMTs are comprised of Soldiers from the Puerto Rico National Guard.

Brig. Gen Serronha first visited the municipality of Strpce/Shterpce, where he met with LMT 7 and 1st Lt. Suehaine Cancel, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, officer in charge.

1st Lt. Cancel and her team brought the general to a restaurant in town and gave a presentation about the municipality and the concerns that are brought up within the community. After the presentation, Brig. Gen Serronha was able to meet with the two deputy mayors of Strpce/Shterpce.

One of the many things that were talked about was education in the area.

“Education,” Brig. Gen. Serronha said, “is one of the most important things. These children are our future.”
Brig. Gen. Serronha then visited the municipality of Gnjilane/Gjilan, and Camp Monteith, which is now a training area for the Kosovo Security Forces.

Capt. Enrique Russe, Morovis, Puerto Rico, LMT 3 officer in charge, explained to Brig. Gen. Serronha what his team has experienced within its area.

With the winter months approaching, power cuts are made by the Kosovo Electric Company to save on available resources. During the outages, people in Kosovo need to find ways to heat their houses and cook food. Because of this, illegal woodcutting (to use for fire) is on the rise, said Capt. Russe.

“If we can …show them that if they continue destroying the forests by cutting it down, they will soon not have any more forests in the area,” said Capt. Russe.

Brig. Gen. Serronha then visited Kamenica/Kamenice, where he was met by Lt. Col. Jose Boria, Juncos, Puerto Rico, deputy commander, MNBG E, and the LMTs from the area.

1st Lt. Octavio Perez, Guayama, Puerto Rico, commander, LMT 1, explained some of the many issues facing the people in the area, such as the condition of schools.

“The LMTs did a great thing recently for the children here in Kosovo,” Lt. Col. Boria told Brig. Gen. Serronha. “They collected money and were able to purchase school supplies for many of the children in the poorer areas.”

One of the main themes throughout the day was working together with the institions in Kosovo. Each LMT emphasized that the relationship between the Kosovo Police and the government officials is a strong one that will only get stronger.

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