On arrival in Camp Butmir, he undertook an Office Call with COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair where he was briefed on the OP Althea mission to contribute to the Safe and Secure Environment in BiH and the important role that the troops from the Royal Netherlands Army make to the mission. He highlighted the quality of the Royal Netherlands Army personnel serving within EUFOR.
|(L – R) Brigadier General Giesa, Major General Bair, Brigadier General Nagy.|
On 23rd March 2011, COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair presided over a ceremony to mark the Hand Over/Take Over of his Chief of Staff. Members of the EUFOR HQ participated in a parade outside of the HQ building where they witnessed Brigadier General Günter Giesa formally handover this important position to Brigadier General Nagy.
|Major General Bernhard Bair, COM EUFOR and Lieutenant General André Blattmann, the Swiss Chief of Defence Staff arrive at the EUFOR HQ.|
On the 18th March 2011, Lieutenant General André Blattmann, the Swiss Chief of Defence Staff, visited EUFOR. He was accompanied by H.E. Dr André Schaller, the Ambassador of Swiss Confederation to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ms Jacqueline de Quattro, State Councillor. The visit provided the Chief of Defence Staff with the opportunity to meet with his troops and receive an update on the Op Althea Mission. As Chief of the Armed Forces, he is responsible for command and control of the Swiss armed forces and their development.
Major General Bernhard Bair, COM EUFOR briefed him on EUFOR activities and on the joint activities conducted with the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also updated Lt Gen Blattmann on the current security situation within BiH.
COM EUFOR praised the high standard of the Swiss troops serving in EUFOR, highlighting their contribution to ensuring a safe and secure environment for BiH. He went on to thank Switzerland for their previous and continuing support to Op Althea.
|Colonel Phelan receives his Op ALTHEA medal from COM EUFOR|
|Major General Bernhard Bair, the Commander of EUFOR formally hands over the Project Soteria Report to Lieutenant General Miladin Milojcic, Chief of the Joint Staff Armed Forces BiH.|
|COM EUFOR receives a gift from the Director of “Ivan Goran Kavacic” School|
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