From the 5th until the 9th of October, the Multinational Battalion (MNBN) of EUFOR and infantry from the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AFBiH) conducted combined training in Dubrave. Lead by the Capacity Building and Training branch of EUFOR, the joint training was set up to instruct soldiers tactically in peace support operation techniques. EUFOR were represented by the Hungarian company of the MNBN, which had advisory responsibilities during the training.
The training included key topics necessary for Peace Support Operations including skills for running checkpoints and observation posts, and responding to incidents while patrolling. Alongside this the training focused on allowing the AFBiH to achieve these tasks in a multinational environment, using English language voice procedures and learning about the challenges of adapting to another nations operating procedures.
Austrian Captain Marco Spörk was part of the team that led the training, and commented, ‘The benefit of this training was the mutual sharing of information between the two forces. The AFBiH soldiers were professional and experienced. Because of their contribution combined with the well organised training programme I think this training was a success’
By Austrian Captain Marco Spörk and Bulgarian Captain Mityo Panchev