- Category: May 2010
- Published: Friday, 30 April 2010 02:00
- Written by Super User
The demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. Lets learn what it's like to be one of five Swiss army officers keeping watch on one of the world's political hotspots.
Major General Gerhard Brügger, commander of the Swiss mission in Panmunjom. Says "This is a real danger here and it shouldn't be underestimated."
Major General Brügger and four other Swiss officers currently live and work with five Swedish colleagues just a few meters away from the JSA (Joint Security Area). For over 54 years, Switzerland has been present as part of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission (NNSC). The five Swiss soldiers have no weapons. They are both observers and diplomats. The Swiss mission has no idea when its work will be over.
News from Swissinfo, Reporter Marzio Pescia
The 2008 Christmas gift was given by the current Lt. Gen ( Korpskomandant) Andre Blattmann. Lt. Gen Blattmann has been the Chief of the Army since 01/03/2009 and was the interim CdA from 20.08.2008. Here is a link to his website.
His 2008 Christmas gift of a Victorinox Outrider appears to be a continuation of a new tradition. One knife would be near impossible to find. Finding two knives is impossible. With the standard length of time in Korea a 2 year posting, what does a person have to do to get the next 2010 Christmas present?