On the 28th February 2011, Senior Officers from EUFOR, Germany and Slovakia gathered in Camp Butmir to mark the Change of Command of a number of LOT Houses. The Change of Command ceremony was also attended by H.E. Mr. Miroslav Mojzita, Slovakian Ambassador, Ms Christiana Markert, Counsellor and Deputy Head of the German Mission and Lt Gen Milojčić, Chief of the AFBIH Joint Staff.
Germany has been in Command of Regional Coordination Centre (RCC) South which supervised the work of their Liaison and Observation Teams (LOT) based in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. As part of a reorganisation, Slovakia is taking charge of a similar area and the operation of LOT Houses; in Višegrad, Sarajevo and Foča.
Major General Wolf-Dietrich Kriesel, the Deputy Commander of the German Armed Forces Operations Command said in his speech “in nearly 7 years, during which more than 500 men and women were employed, the German LOTs within the EUFOR mission established not only close relationships but partnerships”. He also thanked the Turkish and Swiss troops who they have worked alongside.
|(L-R) Brigadier General Macko, COM EUFOR, H.E Dr. Miroslav Mojžita.|
On the 28th February 2011, COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair, welcomed Brigadier General Pavel Macko, the Slovakian Chief of Operations, General Staff. He was accompanied by the Slovakian Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Dr. Miroslav Mojžita and Mr. Martin Sklenar, Director of the Slovakian Department of Foreign Affairs/ Ministry of Defence.
During an office call COM EUFOR, updated them on the situation within Bosnia and Herzegovina and thanked General Macko for the contribution of extra troops to the Op Althea mission. As part of a reorganisation Slovakia is taking charge of a Regional Coordination Centre (RCC) South and the operation of 3 Liaison and Observation Team (LOT) Houses; in Višegrad, Novo Sarajevo and Foča.
|COM EUFOR with Major General Wolf-Dietrich Kriesel.|
On the 28th February 2011, COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair, welcomed to Camp Butmir Major General Wolf-Dietrich Kriesel, the Deputy Commander of the German Armed Forces Operations Command. He was accompanied by Ms. Christiana Markert, Counsellor and Deputy Head of the German Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
During an office call COM EUFOR briefed him on the current organisation of Op ALTHEA and his overall assessment of the security situation within Bosnia and Herzegovina. He thanked Germany for the support that it provides to EUFOR and for the professional manner in which it is conducting a reorganisation of some of its troops.
|His Excellency Mr. Procopios D. Mantzouranis and COMEUFOR|
On the 21st February COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair, hosted the Greek Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina His Excellency Mr. Procopios D. Mantzouranis on his farewell visit to Camp Butmir.
During the Office Call COM EUFOR updated the Ambassador on the current operations and status of Operation Althea, and the work that the Greek Troops assigned to EUFOR are conducting.
|COS EUFOR with the personnel of LOT Široki Brijeg.|
On the 18th February 2011, COS HQ EUFOR, Brigadier General Günter Giesa visited the Turkish Liaison and Observation Team (LOT) house in Široki Brijeg. It is a small town with about 7,000 mostly B-Croatian inhabitants.
The Deputy LOT house Chief welcomed COS EUFOR and the visiting party and then introduced his crew. This was followed by a briefing on the current situation in the area of activities. The program ended with a short visit to the local monastery of the Order of
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