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New Commander for EUFOR Multi-National Battalion

ImageToday at Butmir Camp, EUFOR conducted a change of command ceremony to mark the handover of command within the Multi-National Battalion (MNBN).  Lieutenant Colonel Francisco Mugica handed over command to Lieutenant Colonel Joaquin Peñuelas after 4 months in command.  During this time the leaving commander has overseen a number of key events, especially many combined exercises with the armed forces of BiH (AFBiH).

Acknowledging Lieutenant Colonel Mugica’s busy time in command, General Villalain, COM EUFOR stated:

“Lieutenant Colonel Mugica has been commander of the Multi National Battalion at a very busy time of combined training between EUFOR an AFBiH, during this year of training in 2008.  I wish to pay tribute to his professionalism and dedication which he has passed on to the forces of AFBiH in many successful combined exercises. I welcome Lieutenant Colonel Peñuelas and wish him similar success.”

Notes to Editors

1.    The MNBN consists of four manoeuvre companies from Hungary, Poland, Spain and Turkey who provide the bulk of the forces.  In addition there is a long range reconnaissance troop that can provide surveillance throughout BiH.  These are all commanded by a Headquarters element.
2.    The MNBN has been in existence since February 2007 when EUFOR transitioned from three tasks forces down to one battalion and the Integrated Police Unit (IPU).  These forces are based in Camp Butmir and have a strong capability to ensure the current safe and secure environment.
3.    The attached photograph caption reads “Lt Colonel Mugica (left) and Lt Colonel Peñuelas (right) at the Change of Command Ceremony”

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