|Brigadier General Knežević addresses the course members|
Soldiers from Armed Forces BiH have completed an ammunition training course this week which was held at Travnik barracks.
The course, which was led by a EUFOR mobile training team from Austria, lasted for 4 weeks. The purpose was to educate the soldiers about a wide range of ammunition-related topics, including labelling, storage, packaging and safe transportation of ammunition.
The Dutch Senior National Representative, Lieutenant Colonel Rob Wetters, organized a briefing programme for the visit by Lieutenant Colonel Rob Keijzer from the Netherlands Ministry of Defence, which highlighted the Dutch contribution to the mission. Though the number of Dutch personnel here is small, they hold key positions within EUFOR’s capacity building and training department, which assists Armed Forces BiH in developing their skills and capabilities.
All members of the CBTD, including the Embedded Advisory Teams (EATs), attended the meeting, as well as representatives from Policy & Plans and Operations Division (OPSD). After the opening remarks by Col. Hakan Soner APLAK (TR Army), DCOS CBT, the organization, newcomers, areas of responsibility within CBTD, and essentially the ongoing and future activities were briefed, followed by presentations by the different Branch Heads of the Division.
A EUFOR Mobile Training Team has been training personnel from Armed Forces BiH during a Forklift Handler Course, which took place in Rajlovac from 15 to 26 September.
The training, delivered by a Swiss Mobile Training Team, covered how to drive and handle the forklifts safely. The course itself lasted one week but took place in 2 phases: the first part was to ‘train the trainers’, and the second part confirmed the abilities of these new instructors to teach students in future.
In total, 31 military and civilian personnel from Armed Forces BiH were trained in technical, driving, handling and maintenance aspects, with 6 personnel from Armed Forces BiH becoming instructors.
Members of Armed Forces BiH (AF BiH) recently completed an ammunition transportation safety course delivered by AF BiH and EUFOR personnel in Rajlovac.
The instructors trained personnel in the safe packaging, labelling and handling of ammunition during transportation. The course was conducted by a combined team of AF BiH and a EUFOR mobile training team, led by the Swiss Armed Forces.
The course formed part of EUFOR’s ongoing capacity building and training programme. One of EUFOR’s major objectives is to help BiH authorities to solve the issue of surplus ammunition and weapons, and training Armed Forces BiH to develop their own professionals is a key part of this.
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