Oslo, Dec. 1, 2000


Kahrs going to Kosovo

Just after new year, I will quit my job as a sports stringer for The Associated Press, and I'll board a plane heading for Pristina where I'm going to work as a press officer in the KFOR headquarters, at least for six months.

I applied earlier this fall, and one Wednesday afternoon, the Army called me wanting to talk to me Thursday morning at 0900. Friday morning they called me to confirm that I'm one of four Norwegians going to Kosovo to join the international media staff. I'll be working closely with French, German, British and Dutch and American officers.

I don't know what they are thinking about, but the Army gives corporal Kahrs the rank of major. I don't mind at all because it's a lot more pay as a major than a corporal. The reason for me being a major is the responsibility of the position. In addition, the money follows the rank, and they have to offer good money to get the right people down to a tense area. Even if I'm going to work with information, I'll also be a soldier carrying a pistol 24 hours.

There are three jobs I could fill. The first is , one position as press spokesman, two jobs as reporters for the newspaper KFOR Chronicle and one position in media analysis. The four Norwegians will decide between ourselves what jobs we're going to do.

I don't know how much access I'll have to the Internet in Kosovo, but I'll try to be available as best as I can.


Major Kahrs :-)


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