The forth group of students from the Armed Forces of BiH completed the EUFOR Capacity Building and Training ‘Military Movement Control Training Course’ 30 October 13. The group of students consisted of both Officers and NCOs from different units and covered transport and movement procedures which are in line with NATO standards. Building the transport structure of the Armed Forces of Bosnia & Herzegovina (AF BiH) to meet the interoperability requirements to operate with the Armed Forces of other countries is one of the key tasks of EUFOR.
On 25 October 2013 members of EUFOR, including the Chief of logistics and Infrastructure, Wing Commander (GBR) Ian Tripp, attended the annual accreditation for Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ) by the International Civil Aviation Authority (IKO). The Exercise is one of the annual requirements for SJJ to meet its international accreditation status and demonstrated the responses required should an Airplane Accident occur within the perimeter of the airport, code named ‘Exercise Red Wing 6’.
On 24 October 2013, Commander (COM) EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker, paid an inaugural visit to the Embassy of Slovenia in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and was warmly welcomed by its new Ambassador to BiH, H.E. Mr Iztok Grmek
During the informal talk, Ambassador Grmek, who took over the position on 13 September, expressed his determination to further strengthen the amicable relations that already exist between Slovenia and BiH, especially in the field of economic cooperation and in the process of EU enlargement.
During the period of 21 to 24 October 2013, EUFOR delivered an ‘Emergency Rescue from a Minefield’ Course Camp BUTMIR, Sarajevo.
The statistics showing mine accidents in BiH over the past year demonstrates that a real risk from mines still exists. During this course EUFOR trained ten soldiers from the Demining Battalion of the Armed Forces of BiH (AF BiH) to conduct salvage and first aid to mine victims.
On 23 October 2013, the Chief of Staff of EUFOR, Brigadier General József Szpisják, joined military personnel from both EUFOR and NATO HQ Sa on a war road march near Mountain Igman, BiH.
7 international military personnel from both EUFOR HQ and NATO HQ Sa in Camp BUTMIR marched 13km along a 40 km road. The road was the main supply route for Sarajevo during the 1992-95 conflict.
Major General Dieter Heidecker, the Commander (COM) of EUFOR visited H.E. Andrezej Krawczyk, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, at their new Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina on the 23rd October 2013.
H.E. Andrezej Krawczyk said it was “very nice to host [COM EUFOR] in the new Polish Embassy.” He was briefed by COM on EUFORs current activities and described how EUFOR currently consists of 23 Troop Contributing Nations (TCNs), 18 from EU states and 5 from non-EU member states. He stated that this “demonstrated the commitment and interest from the International Community (IC) to support BiH” in its mission to maintain the Safe and Secure Environment, and provide training to their Armed Forces.
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