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SAFE PASSAGE: A Newsletter for the Humanitarian Mine Action and Small Arms/Light Weapons Communities, December 2012

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement December 2012
Date: 12/2012 Description: Safe Passage: A Newsletter for the Humanitarian Mine Action and Small Arms/Light Weapons Communities. - State Dept Image

In This Issue:


2012 has been a busy year in PM/WRA and we are already knee deep into planning for FY 2013. Rapid change on the world stage has kept us focused on the Middle East, northern Africa and southeast Asia and we continue to look for opportunities to provide U.S. humanitarian aid in the form of landmine and ERW clearance and mine risk education. This edition of Safe Passage highlights some of our work over the last few months. We appreciate the significant accomplishments our implementing partners have made in 2012 and we look forward to working with you in the coming year.

Jim Lawrence Director,
Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement
Date: 2012 Description: Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (WRA) logo. - State Dept Image

2012 To Walk the Earth in Safety 

Date: 2012 Description: To Walk the Earth in Safety - State Dept Image
Cover of the 2012 TWEIS report
The Department of State has released the 11th edition of To Walk the Earth in Safety, a report showcasing the accomplishments of the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program. The report outlines the world's largest effort to help countries save lives, as well as support post-conflict recovery and development by safely clearing landmines and unexploded munitions, and reducing excess inventories of arms and munitions.

Click here to read more and to access the online PDF version of the report.

Dolphins Detect Underwater Munitions in Montenegro

By David P. Hardison, PM/WRA

 Date: 2012 Description: Handlers work with dolphins during Operation Dolphin 2012 event in Montenegro. - State Dept Image
Operation Dolphin 2012 in action in Montenegro.
On October 5, six specially-trained bottlenose dolphins and their handlers from the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program flew to Tivat, Montenegro from their base in San Diego, California to help pinpoint the location of unexploded bombs, mines, and other munitions in coastal waters.

Click here to read more about Operation Dolphin 2012.

U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Programs Promote Security in the Balkans 

 Date: 2012 Description: Sign at a landmine clearance site in Bosnia and Herzegovina which is being cleared through a grant from the U.S. Department of State's Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement. - State Dept Image
PM/WRA mine action signage in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The U.S. Department of State invested $12.6 million in fiscal year 2012 toward Conventional Weapons Destruction programs in South East Europe to help promote peace and security by reducing Cold War-era stocks of excess arms and deteriorating munitions.

Click here to read more about U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction in the Balkans.

Honoring the Marshall Legacy Institute 

 Date: 2012 Description: Marshall Legacy Institute mine detection dog of the Year, Spartacus. © Marshall Legacy Institute photo
MLI Mine Detection Dog of the Year, Spartacus.
The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) celebrated its 15th anniversary at MLI's annual fundraising gala in Washington, DC. The keynote speaker was U.S. Department of State Under Secretary Tara Sonenshine, and as she stated, "we continue to seek ways to work with civil society and the private sector to apply new energy, ideas, and resources to help make the world safe from the impact of landmines and illicit conventional weapons."

Click here to read the Under Secretary's full remarks.

Recognizing the Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Fellowship for Humanitarian Demining

By Lindsay Aldrich, PM/WRA

 Date: 2012 Description: PM Deputy Assistant Secretary Walter Givhan poses with members of the Frasure, Kruzel, and Drew families as well as past and current fellowship recipients at the State Department. - State Dept Image Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs (PM) Walter Givhan poses for a photo with members of the Frasure, Kruzel, and Drew families, as well as past and current FKD fellowship recipients. 
The Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Memorial Fellow for Humanitarian Demining was created in 1999 to honor the legacies of Ambassador Robert C. Frasure, Dr. Joseph J. Kruzel, and U.S. Air Force Colonel Samuel Nelson Drew, who lost their lives in 1995 while working to help end conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina. A reception was held at the U.S. Department of State to honor the families of these men and to recognize the milestone of 20 former FKD Fellows--and counting.

Click here to read the full article.


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