The EUFOR Capacity Building & Training (CB&T) Branch began 2014 with the launch of the CIS Microwave & Satellite Communications Course for members of the Armed Forces of BiH (AF BiH). The course commenced on 13 January 2014 at the Tactical Support Brigade in Rajlovac and will be completed by 24 January 2014. This course is also the first CIS training in a cycle of 11 training events planned in the 2014 AF BiH Training Calendar. The training is given by two AF BiH instructors and mentored by a Turkish Mobile Mentoring Team and the training audience consists of 13 participants who all successfully completed the first CIS Microwave & Satellite Communications Course at the Signal Battalion in Pale in 2012.
On 12 January 2014, the State Secretary of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Ministry of Defence, Mr Sasho Stefanovski, visited Monument Park in Camp Butmir to remember the 6th anniversary of the helicopter crash, where 11 members of the Macedonian contingent of EUFOR died. EUFOR formed a Guard of Honour to pay their respects to those who lost their lives.
Mr Sasho also attended an office call with Commander EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker, and visited the Camp Butmir Medical Centre, which is staffed by Macedonian Armed Forces personnel.
On 20 December 2013, Lieutenant-General André Blattmann, paid a visit to EUFOR Headquarters in Camp BUTMIR, SARAJEVO. As Chief of the Armed Forces, Lieutenant General André Blattmann is responsible for command and control of the Swiss Armed Forces and their development. He directs the Land Forces and the Air Force, the Armed Forces College, the Logistics Organisation, the Command Support Organisation as well as the Armed Forces Staff and the Armed Forces Joint Staff.
On 17 December 2014, Brigadier General Amador Enseñat y Berea arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in order pay a visit to EUFOR Mission ALTHEA and the Spanish members of Mission Althea. Before attending an office call with the Commander EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker, he first paid a visit to the AF BiH Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) located in TRAVINK, where he met with the 7 Spanish Embedded Advisory Team (EAT) members working in the BiH TRADOC. They briefed Brig Gen Enseñat on their on-going activities, projects and scope of operations and their involved in the daily operations of the departments on training and doctrine by providing assistance and advice to local officers in their duties and tasks, such as the development of doctrinal publications, preparation for exercises and courses for AF BiH personnel. The Spanish team has been working in the TRADOC since 2010 and its activities are highly valued by the local military personnel.
On 16 December 2013, a medal parade was held for the Austrian and Hungarian soldiers of EUFOR’s Multinational Battalion (MNBN) who will soon conclude their tour of duty with Operation ALTHEA and their Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Blasch. The parade, commanded by Major Andras Palatinus, commenced with the traditional marching in of the colours of the MNBN, followed by an inspection of the troops by the Commander EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker and the raising of the EU flag.
Major General Dieter Heidecker will remain in post for a further 12 months in Bosnia and Herzegovina as Commander EUFOR. The Operation Commander, General Sir Richard Shirreff, confirmed the Austrian General in his post and congratulated him for his leadership and successes with EUFOR over the past year. General Heidecker took over the command of EUFOR Operation Althea on 3 December 2012 from his predecessor Major General Robert Brieger who was also an Austrian General.
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