Camp Black Bear

Camp Black Bear, Velika Kladusa, Bosnia-Herzegovina, serves as a depot for supplies and personnel for the army’s AOR (area of responsibility). It was our home for the first five days of the tour.

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Before we could enjoy any of the facilities there (like food, TV, food, Internet, food, telephones, food, a gym and food) we were asked to attend a lengthy briefing on, among other things. the danger of land mines. This PowerPoint slide shows the dangerous areas in red.

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After a VIP dinner in the Officer’s Mess (hall), a reception was held for us on the patio of the base. That’s Leanne Bruce on the left, stage manager for the Shags.

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Even though we were special guests, military rules still applied: Two beers per day, per person. Army folk make the best of a bad situation with oversized cans of suds, like this hearty Croatian brew.

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As the night wore on, it came time for the obligatory jam session. Here’s John Landry with Shag bassist Lisa Rae Simons.

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And why we did we stay up so late after such a long transatlantic flight? You would too, if you had to sleep here!

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3 Responses to “Camp Black Bear”

  1. eden cocker says:

    I am trying to get ahold of someone I think belongs to this camp or did. His name is Allan Knight originally from Vancouver. He has tried to contact me but I lost his number. Hope you can help. Eden Cocker 604-255-2991. THANK YOU

  2. Hi Eden,

    Sorry but I can’t help you there… Camp Black Bear has a huge staff, and lots more personnel drifting in and out. I can remember only a few of the folks I met there, and unfortunately this gentleman isn’t one of them.

  3. Ronda Ten Eyck says:

    Some of you may know my husband , WO Bill Ten Eyck, he is serving in CFB Petawawa, Canada Ontario.
    He served Black Bear back in Sept/02-Mar/03. We are very interested in finding other sites to veiw more pics, or even get in touch with people he may have served with….