The Austrian company of EUFOR’s Multi-National Battalion (MNBN) conducted training in September 2014 with the Medical Team of EUFOR.
An exercise scenario was created where some soldiers were wounded and subsequently had to be treated properly. The injuries ranged from light abrasions to people collapsing and someone suffering from a heart attack. While the lightly injured people were flown out by a Blawk Hawk helicopter, the latter required a so called MEDEVAC (i.e. the abbreviated form for "Medical Evacuation"). A MEDEVAC is only requested for potentially lethal injuries. After the medical personnel within the company had performed first aid measures the affected soldier was brought to the Helicopter Landing Site. As soon as the emergency doctor arrived via helicopter, she checked the patient and ensured the immediate transportation to a local hospital in Sarajevo.
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.
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