On 12 December 2013 Dr. Csaba HENDE, the Minister of Defence of Hungary, accompanied by members of the Hungarian Ministry of Defence led by Brigadier General Zoltán MIHÓCZA, Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS), Joint Forces Command Hungarian Defence Forces, visited EUFOR HQ at Camp BUTMIR in SARAJEVO. The minister was first welcomed by the Hungarian Senior National Representative (SNR) and Chief of Staff EUFOR, Brigadier General József SZPISJÁK, the Deputy Hungarian SNR, Colonel Ferenc FARKAS, and the Hungarian Contingent Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Gabor BARTOK. Brigadier General Szpisják briefed the Minister on the latest activities of EUFOR, particularly with respect to capacity building and training activities, but also on the developments regarding joint training exercises conducted between the Multi-National Battalion, currently consisting of one Hungarian and one Turkish Infantry Company, and the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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 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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