On 23rd August 2010, the 17th German EUFOR contingent held its Medal Parade near Camp Butmir’s “Echoes CJ 10”. 75 soldiers were decorated for their service here in Bosnia and Herzegovina. COS EUFOR, Brigadier General Gerd Bischof, who is also the Commander of the German contingent, stated during his speech: “It is the International Community’s distinguished ambition to prevent the return of violence to this area. Just by serving as a soldier in Camp Butmir we give the people the justified feeling of security.”
|Lt Col Richard Gruber taking over the flag from COS EUFOR, Brigadier General Gerd Bischof.|
On 18th August 2010 the Change of Command (CoC) ceremony of the Austrian National Element and the Regional Coordination Center (RCC) 4 took place in Tuzla in the presence of COS EUFOR, Brigadier General Gerd Bischof and the Austrian National Contingent Commander, Colonel Johann Lattacher. Austria was also represented by Mag. Brigitte Pfriemer, Chargé d’Affaires of the Austrian Embassy in BiH.
|COMEUFOR with Lt Colonel Spanish Marines Angel Herrezuelo Pérez, new MNBN Commander|
Lt Col José M. Estévez Payeras handed over command to Lt Colonel Spanish Marines Angel Herrezuelo Pérez, after nearly four months in command.
The parade consisted of troops from the Multinational Battalion. Major General Bair, COM EUFOR, awarded Lt Col José M. Estévez Payeras with the ALTHEA Peace Mission Medal and commented on his professionalism and dedication. He welcomed the new MNBN Commander and wished him all the best.
|From left to right: Lt Col José M. Estévez Payeras, COM EUFOR Major General Bernhard Bair and Lt Colonel Angel Herrezuelo Pérez|
|Honor guard paraded for the Minister.|
On 20th July 2010, Mag. Norbert Darabos, Austrian Minister of Defence and Sports, visited EUFOR HQ in Sarajevo. The Minister was welcomed to Camp Butmir by a guard of honour and called on the office of COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair. Discussions focussed on the formation of EUFOR’s Capacity Building and Training Division (CBTD) and opportunities to develop further the co-operation between EUFOR and the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina. COS EUFOR, Brigadier General Gerd Bischof, together with the Austrian National Contingent Commander and Chief of Joint Military Affairs (JMA), Colonel Lattacher, completed the briefing with an overview of EUFOR tasks and capabilities.
The COS was able to thank Minister Darabos for the recent reinforcement of the Austrian contingent and for the absolute professionalism of the Austrian soldiers and airmen.
COS EUFOR, Brigadier General Gerd Bischof presided over the ceremony and praised the professionalism, loyalty and commitment of the parading soldiers and thanked them for a job well done.
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