|Major General Heidecker and COM EUFOR.|
The 1st December 2010 witnessed the Change of Command of the Austrian contingent within EUFOR where Colonel (GS) Johann Lattacher handed over the leadership of the national contingent to Colonel (GS) Klaus Jenschik.
Major General Dieter Heidecker, Deputy Commander of Austrian Joint Forces, presided over the event attended by a number of honoured guests, including Lieutenant General Leandro de Vincenti (Head of EU Command Element, Chief of Staff of Joint Force Command in Naples), COM EUFOR Major General Bernhard Bair and Ambassador Dr. Donatus Köck (Austrian Ambassador to BiH).
|Polish Company Commander Receives Polish Colours from MNBN.|
On 30th November 2010, a ceremony was held to mark the formal end of the Polish contribution to the Multinational Battalion (MNBN). The Company of Polish troops had previously extended their tour in Bosnia and Herzegovina to allow time for the new Austrian leadership of the Battalion to be established.
COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair, welcomed Lt Gen Gruszka (the Operational Commander of the Polish Armed Forces) to Camp Butmir to witness the ceremony and thanked Poland for their strong, continuing support to the EUFOR mission in BiH.
|EUFOR COS, Colonel ŽURMAN, COMEUFOR, Colonel Gulyas (Outgoing NATO HQSa COS)|
|COS EUFOR, Brigadier General Günter Giesa, presenting a medal.
COS EUFOR, Brigadier General Günter Giesa presented the medals and praised the professionalism, loyalty and commitment of all the soldiers and thanked them for a job well done.
|Colonel José Manuel Santiago Marin, the Commander of the IPU leads parade past gathered dignitaries.|
Today, 20th October 2010, saw a ceremony to mark the official end of the European Gendarmerie Force (EGF) mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the closure of the Integrated Police Unit’s (IPU) HQ in Camp Butmir.
COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair praised the long work of the IPU and EGF saying “When this country only knew conflict and despair you helped bring peace, stability and security to so many citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina.”
COM EUFOR praised all those who were receiving their OP ALTHEA medals, reminding them to be proud of their hard work, their professionalism and their contribution to the country.
|His Excellency Mr Raimondo De Cardona with Colonel Paolo Coletta.|
Commander of the Carabinieri Contingent in BiH and Logistics Support Unit Cdr, Colonel Paolo Coletta and Commander of Italian Contingent, Lt Col Ernesto Acciarino were presented with their Operation ALTHEA Medals by His Excellency Mr Raimondo De Cardona, Italian Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, together with COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair. Colonel Edmondo Panaioli, Chief of the Information and Analysis Division (IAD) was also present at the ceremony.
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