On 14 March 2014 a transfer of authority ceremony of the Spanish contingent in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) took place in Travnik.
It was presided over by TRADOC´s commander, Brigadier Robert Susac, and also attended by Brigadier Skrijelj, chief of Training Division.
During the military ceremony the eighth rotation of the Embedded Advisory Team TRADOC Improvement (EAT-TI) took over from the seventh rotation. Lieutenant Colonel Pablo Moreno Galdós carried out the actual transfer of authority to Lieutenant Colonel Antonio Luzón Muniesa, who will command EAT-TI 8 for the next six months.
Embedded Advisory Teams
EAT-TI is a multinational team that carries out its missions in BiH, under the provision of EUFOR´s ALTHEA mission:
“To advise the AF BiH on EU/NATO doctrine, inter-operability, standarization and training, in conjunction with NATO. The main focus will be to provide comprehensive assistance in developing doctrine and training for Peace Support Operations in accordance with NATO standards.”
In order to carry out this mission EAT has been located within the TRADOC facilities in the town of TRAVNIK since September of 2010 performing its work side by side with BiH TRADOC personnel.
The current EAT-TI is made up of six Spaniards and one Austrian. Since the beginning, Spanish personnel of EAT-TI have came from the Spanish TRADOC (in Spanish: Mando de Adiestramiento y Doctrina or MADOC) of the Spanish Army, thus making their acclimatization almost immediate and being able to receive constant feedback from Spain.
The support provided by EAT-TI consists of presenting advisory reports, holding conferences and expositions on how to deal with the different challenges that BiH TRADOC is facing. Moreover, in this rotation, its tasks include projects established by the Capacity Building Plan designed by EUFOR HQ in close cooperation with the Armed Forces of BiH.
As for BiH TRADOC, it is important to know that its mission within the Armed Forces of BiH is to support training planning of the AFBiH, conduct basic, collective and institutional training, evaluate the level of training of individuals, commands and units in the centers and training areas, develop the doctrine, establish a system of lessons learned, propose modernizations of AF BiH, in the aim of achieving interoperability and compatibility of commands and units of the AF BiH in execution of their mission. Among their numerous missions is planning and conducting of pre-deployment training of individuals and units of the AF BiH that are deployed in Peace Support Operations and an evaluation of level of training of declared units and individuals that are deployed abroad.
On 6th March 2014 took place at Camp Butmir, with representatives of the AF BiH and Capacity Building and Training as participants. The goal of the Capacity Building and Training Needs Assessment and Roadmap Agreement meeting was to assess the needs and gaps of the Armed Forces BiH in the field of training, in order to elaborate a roadmap for 2015 and 2016.
This roadmap is an important milestone which will allow a better interaction between Armed Forces BiH and EUFOR, as well as to improve the coordination and optimization of trainings to be conducted during the aforementioned years.
|A wounded person is prepared for the air transport|
The Multinational Battalion of the EUFOR in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) consists of a Turkish and a Hungarian infantry coy and a staff of Turkish, Hungarian and Austrian soldiers. On the 5th of March the battalion commander, Lt.Col. Harald Scharf inspected the mission-readiness of the Hungarian infantry coy, which has been in the theatre since January this year.
Transportation is a vital element in the Army. No military operation can be undertaken without the appropriate level of support and logistics. From 27 January 2014 to 05 March 2014 the Mobile Monitoring Team from Poland organized a Military Movement Control Course for Armed Forces of BiH transportation personnel at the Armed Forces of BiH Movement Control Centre in DOBOJ. Eight AF BiH officers and NCO’s from different units attended.
|Major General Dieter Heidecker hands over the flag to the new commander Lieutnant Colonell Harald Scharf|
On February 24th 2014, the command of the Multinational Battalion of EUFOR was handed over in Camp Butmir in Sarajevo. At the ceremony the commanding officer of EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker, transferred the flag of the Battalion, symbolizing the power of command, from the outgoing commander Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Blasch to the new commander, Lieutenant Colonel Harald Scharf.
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