|Major General Bernhard Bair, COM EUFOR and Lieutenant General André Blattmann, the Swiss Chief of Defence Staff arrive at the EUFOR HQ.|
On the 18th March 2011, Lieutenant General André Blattmann, the Swiss Chief of Defence Staff, visited EUFOR. He was accompanied by H.E. Dr André Schaller, the Ambassador of Swiss Confederation to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ms Jacqueline de Quattro, State Councillor. The visit provided the Chief of Defence Staff with the opportunity to meet with his troops and receive an update on the Op Althea Mission. As Chief of the Armed Forces, he is responsible for command and control of the Swiss armed forces and their development.
Major General Bernhard Bair, COM EUFOR briefed him on EUFOR activities and on the joint activities conducted with the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also updated Lt Gen Blattmann on the current security situation within BiH.
COM EUFOR praised the high standard of the Swiss troops serving in EUFOR, highlighting their contribution to ensuring a safe and secure environment for BiH. He went on to thank Switzerland for their previous and continuing support to Op Althea.
|COM EUFOR with members of the PIC Steering Board prior to departing for Brcko District.|
|Strategic Leadership Course with COM EUFOR.|
On the 14 March 2011, members of the Austrian strategic leadership course, supervised by Lieutenant General Christian Segur-Cabanac, undertook a two day visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The distinguished guests commenced their visit in the PSOTC with a brief by COM EUFOR. General Bair provided the course attendees with an introduction into the tasks of EUFOR.
On the second day, the delegation visited Sarajevo where the course participants gained an insight into the tasks of the Austrian embassy and the economic situation of the country. The group had the opportunity to have discussions with the OHR, Dr Inzko and received briefings from key speakers on the role of the EUPM and OSCE in BiH.
|COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair welcomes Colonel Fridolin Keller to EUFOR.|
On the 14 March 2011, Commander Swiss Armed Forces International Command SWISSINT, Colonel Fridolin Keller, paid a formal visit to EUFOR to receive an update on the Op Althea Mission and meet with Swiss troops.
During the course of his visit, he had discussions with Major General Bernhard Bair, Commander EUFOR, where he was briefed on the current security situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
As part of his two day visit, Colonel Keller will take the opportunity to visit Mostar where he will meet with the Swiss troops who man the Liaison and Observation Teams (LOT) houses at Mostar and Trebinje. The LOT house system allows the EUFOR contingents to build warm and professional relations with their neighbours and the local authorities with the aim of helping the local population live together in a stable and multi-ethnic environment.
|Students from South Africa, Indonesia and Germany with COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair.|
On the 10th March 2011, a group of three Masters students of Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, visited EUFOR HQ Sarajevo.
The students were in BiH on a week long study tour for their seminar “Case Studies and Field Research” and were welcomed to Camp Butmir by COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair.
The EUFOR Chief Political Advisor, Colonel Thomas Rois, gave the guests a detailed overview of EUFOR activities. This was followed by a presentation by the EUFOR Spokesperson, Lt Cdr Andy Mullins.
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