Wednesday Apr 23

EUFOR has a new Chief of Staff

EUFOR has a new Chief of Staff_1
Brigadier General Ernő Péter Siposs, Major General Robert Brieger, Brigadier General Zoltán Gulyás

A ceremony to mark the handover of the position of EUFOR Chief of Staff (COS) took place at Camp Butmir today, 28th February 2012. The ceremony took place in the presence of Commander EUFOR, Major General Robert Brieger, the Hungarian Joint Force Commander Major General László Domján, Ambassadors from the representative countries, Senior Officers of Armed Forces Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Senior National Representatives from the 24 troop contributing nations.

An Honour Guard comprising of personnel from the Multi-National Battalion and the band of the Armed Forces of BiH provided the backdrop to the ceremony. The event marked the formal transfer of authority from Brigadier General Zoltán Gulyás, the current COS, to Brigadier General Ernő Péter Siposs.

Brigadier General Gulyás has served as COS for 8 months and on his departure said: “I am honoured to have served as COS EUFOR in this beautiful country which has tremendous potential and whose people are so very hospitable. It has been an excellent experience both professionally and personally. I would like to thank the staff of EUFOR HQ for their support and co-operation. I have been deeply impressed with the professionalism of all those people that I have come into contact with and wish everyone a successful mission.”

Brigadier General Siposs joins EUFOR HQ from the Hungarian General Staff where he was Head of the Force Planning Directorate. He has previously served in BiH as ACOS Support for EUFOR in 2009 and 2010 and so has an in-depth understanding of the region and the mission. He is very much looking forward to serving in BiH again and is keen to take forward the EUFOR mission of contributing to the security and development of BiH and working together with the population and Armed Forces of BiH, whilst supporting the country’s efforts to move closer to the European Union.

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