Capacity Building and Training
|Signing of the Agreement between Brigadier General Zoltán Mihócza (left) and Major General Mirko Tepšić (right)|
On 1 February 2016, the Deputy Chief of Staff for operations of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AF BiH), Major General Mirko Tepšić and Chief of Staff of the European Union Force (COS EUFOR), Brigadier General Zoltán Mihócza (Hungarian Army) signed an agreement which focused on evaluating and developing the capabilities of the AF BiH.
The signing of the Joint Order can be seen as the official start for the Joint Working Groups who focus on the enhancement of AF BiH’s capabilities using the ‘Capability Based Development Assessment’ methodology. This methodology will facilitate EUFOR in providing AF BiH with the operational readiness they require, in support of their objectives.
From the 12th October to the 6th of November a EUFOR team conducted Ammunition Inspection Training for members of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AFBiH) at the Gabela ammunition storage site. The course was conducted by a EUFOR Mobile Training Team consisting of experts from Austria and Sweden. The course was part of a long term programme for the students, who are at the stage of being mentored as they conduct their work.
From the 12th until the 30th of October, a EUFOR Turkish Mobile Training Team conducted a training course instructing personnel from the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AFBiH) on the maintenance of radio communication devices. The training took place at the Tactical Support Brigade Barracks in Rajlovac, and in total 16 personnel completed the course successfully.
On the morning of the 13th of October, the personnel from across Europe taking part in Exercise Quick Response 15 gathered for the opening ceremony of the exercise. Soldiers from the United Kingdom, Slovakia, Austria, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary all paraded in Camp Butmir, watched by COM EUFOR Major General Johann Luif. The ceremony lasted 30 minutes and consisted of a welcome given by Major General Luif and a short briefing on the exercise given by Chief of Staff EUFOR Brigadier General Zoltán Mihócza.
On the evening of Saturday the 10th of October, UK soldiers arrived in Sarajevo to take part in the upcoming Exercise Quick Response 15. Arriving in a Royal Air Force C-17 aircraft, light vehicles were also transported for use during the training. Also taking part in Exercise Quick Response 15 are Slovakian troops, alongside the Austrian, Turkish, Bulgarian, Hungarian and Romanian soldiers that are part of EUFOR’s permanent soldiers, the Multinational Battalion. EUFOR has 21 nations working within it currently in all areas ranging from Logistics to Aviation.
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