|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.
|Photo 1: Left to Right on front row: H.E. Alejandro Alvargonzález San Martín, Minister Cikotić, General Jose Julio Rodriguez Fernandez, Mrs. Carme Chacón Piqueras (on podium), Major General Bernhard Bair.|
During the subsequent office call, COM EUFOR praised the contribution, sacrifice and the commitment of the Spanish Military and Guardia Civil to Bosnia Herzegovina and the EUFOR ALTHEA mission and thanked the Spanish for their ongoing commitment to the Capacity Building and Training Mission.
On 18th October 2010, the Commander of the Austrian Joint Forces Command, Lieutenant General Günter Höfler, met with COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair, in Camp Butmir, Sarajevo.
During the office call, the two Austrian Generals shared their opinions on a variety of issues and COM EUFOR briefed Lt Gen Höfler on the current security situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. COM EUFOR praised the continuing contribution of the Austrian Contingent of troops within the force.
Lt Gen Höfler main purpose for visiting the country was to attend the Change Over of Command of the Multinational Battalion where he saw the Austrian Lt Colonel Bernd Rott take over from Lt Colonel Spanish Marines Angel Herrezuelo Pérez.
|Left to Right: Brigadier General Enyeart, Major General William H. Wade II, COMEUFOR|
The officers enjoyed a wide ranging discussion that focused on the OP ALTHEA mission and the current security situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
|H.E. Alejandro Alvargonzález San Martín and The Commander of the IPU, Colonel José Manuel Santiago Marin of the Spanish Guardia Civil.|
On 9th October 2010, the soldiers of the Spanish Contingent EUFOR celebrated their National Day (Spain's National Day - Día de la Hispanidad - is normally celebrated on 12 October). The date commemorates the advent of democracy in Spain and the discovery of America in 1492.
The day began with a military parade where the guest of honour was Spanish Ambassador to BiH H.E. Alejandro Alvargonzález San Martín. The EUFOR Multinational Battalion (MNBN) and Integrated Police Unit (IPU) presented medals to honour those who have served in the mission, contributing to the safe and secure environment in Bosnia and Herzegovina by assisting in the maintenance of public order and security.
|COS EUFOR, Brigadier General Günter Giesa, HR/EUSR Mr. Valentin Inzko and COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair.|
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