Between 8th and 12th September, a Turkish Platoon from EUFOR’s Multinational Battalion conducted combined training with a platoon from the 4th Infantry Brigade of the Armed Forces BiH.
The training, which took place in Livno, covered a broad range of topics including force protection, convoy and escort and civil disturbance operations. The designated training officer of the Multinational Battalion, First Lieutenant Serkan Tok (from the Turkish Army), was impressed by the extraordinary motivation of the soldiers: “Both the Turkish and the BiH troops are eager to learn from each other and were curious about the different tactics and techniques which are applied. Moreover, I want to mention that everything was prepared in a perfect manner by our hosts.”
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.
The first version of EUFOR’s 2015 Capacity Building and Training (CB&T) Calendar was signed this week by Major General Mirko Tepšić, Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff of AF BiH for Operations, and Brigadier General András Szűcs, Chief of Staff of EUFOR.
The signing of the calendar is an important milestone in the development of Armed Forces BiH. The 2015 CB&T Calendar is developed together with Armed Forces BiH, with the process beginning in November 2013 at the Assessment Conference, where previous CB&T activity was reviewed. This was followed by the Road Map Agreement in March 2014 which contained an agreement on what support EUFOR shall deliver in 2015. The detailed planning for each area (CIS, MOVCON etc.) was then further developed and has now been incorporated in the 2015 CB&T Calendar.
The final version will be signed in December 2015. In addition to the CB&T calendar, later this year EUFOR will develop the 2015 Project List together with Armed Forces BiH, which includes projects for the EUFOR Embedded Advisory Teams at all levels within Armed Forces BiH from the Joint Staff down to Brigade level. CB&T is one of EUFOR’s main objectives, giving Armed Forces BiH the skills and capacity to deploy and contribute to international missions abroad, and humanitarian assistance to local authorities at home.
EUFOR Chief of Staff, Brigadier General András Szűcs began a tour of seven visits to meet with his 10 Embedded Advisory Teams (EATs) around BiH on 29 April 2014. These EATs are small groups of advisors who work in close coordination with their counterparts from the Armed Forces of BiH (AF BiH) in various organizations, embedded to the force structure of AF BiH at Joint Staff level down to the brigades. They are part of EUFOR’s main effort working on Partnership Goals to build and improve the capacity of the AF BiH on a wide variety of military capabilities.
There are two teams at the AF BiH Joint Staff HQ in Sarajevo one of which is the so called ‘Lessons Learned’ EAT, where two Polish staff officers work on implementing Lessons Learned doctrines and systems for AF BiH. The other embedded team in the Joint Staff HQ consists of an Albanian and a Dutch senior staff officer who work closely with the key decision makers in AF BiH on different capacity building projects and tasks according to the Partnership Goals requirements as a part of the Partnership for Peace Action Review Plan.
After a warm welcome, Brigadier General Szűcs first met with Brigadier General Tepšić, the Deputy Chief Joint Staff Operations of AF BiH, to familiarize himself with the current situation at the Joint Staff level and to improve the cooperation for future capacity building efforts for AF BiH and they agreed to meet again after Brigadier General Szűcs concludes his visit programme by the middle of June. Their discussion also concerned the establishment of a joint working group in the near future, to further improve the work of the EATs.
After the meeting, LTC Jan Bogusz and LTC Hans Goedings, both from EUFOR, gave Brigadier General Szűcs presentations on the current status of several of the projects related to the Partnership Goals that they are advising and assisting on. In conclusion, Brigadier General Szűcs stated that EUFOR’s main focus will be to continue to assist AF BiH to build their capacity and incorporate robust and self-sustaining systems to further their integration into Euro-Atlantic structures. After this visit, COS EUFOR will continue his programmed tour at the different levels of the AF BiH command structures.
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