On 06 December 2013, Colonel (GS) Klaus JÄGER was awarded a Chief of Staff EUFOR commendation by Brigadier General József SZPISJÁK for an outstanding performance during a very successful tour of duty with Mission Althea as the Chief Joint Military Affairs (JMA) branch. During the last six months, Colonel Jäger not only was in charge of the JMA branch but was also the Austrian Senior National Representative (SNR) and National Contingent Commander (NCC), and therefore responsible for the entire Austrian National Element (AUTNE) and the presently 200 Austrian military personnel serving with EUFOR Althea in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).
On 28 November 2013 the Chief of Staff of EUFOR, Brigadier General József Szpisják attended the 8th birthday celebration of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AF BiH) in Rajlovac barracks.
The event started with the formation of troops which took place in the presence of the current BiH Presidency chair, President Komšić, the Minister of Defence, Zekerijah Osmić, his deputy for politics and plans, Mrs. Marina Pendeš, the Chief of the Joint Staff, Major General Anto Jeleč, together with his deputies, Brigadier Generals Mirko Tepšić and Senad Mašović.
On 26 November 2013 an Assessment Conference to review the Capacity Building and Training (CB&T) programme which EUFOR provides to the Armed Forces of BiH (AF BiH) began at the EUFOR HQ in Sarajevo. The aim of the conference is to review CB&T activities and assess the future needs to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the EUFOR training programme. Training support given to the AF BiH includes the training of instructors, advice, mentoring and monitoring of their activities conducted by Mobile Training Teams (MTT), Mentoring Monitoring Teams (MMT) and Embedded Advisory Teams.
On 21 November 2013, Brigadier General Hans Hardenbol, the Director Operations of the Royal Netherlands Army, paid a courtesy visit to Major General Dieter Heidecker, the Commander (COM) of EUFOR.
Brigadier General Hardenbol is responsible for the process of operational and combat readiness training and mission planning of army units for the Netherlands, and was accompanied by Major Werner Blok and Major Roelof Driesen.
On 19 November the Commander of EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker and Chief of Staff, Brigadier General József Szpisják attended the 4th High-level National Surplus Ammunition and Light Weapons (SALW) Conference at the Army Hall, Sarajevo. The distinguished permanent members of this meeting include the EU Special Representative, H.E. Peter Sørensen, Head of Mission OSCE to BiH, Brigadier General (Retired) Harold Quiel and the Commander of NATO HQ Sarajevo, Brigadier General Merle D. Hart.
On 19 November 2013, the Chief of General Staff of the Army of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Lieutenant General Goranco Koteski, met with the Commander of EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker. During the office call, Major General Heidecker thanked his guest for his country’s contribution to EUFOR and acknowledged the importance of the role that the personnel from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have within the mission and praised the quality of the members presently serving within EUFOR. These members include personnel within the HQ staff as well as Doctors and Nurses at the Camp BUTMIR medical facility.
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