On 10 October 2013 the Operation Commander of the EUFOR Althea mission and Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR), General Sir Richard Shirreff was the guest of honour during EUFORs Chilean Contingent 10th Anniversary of operations in BiH Ceremony.
This event not only marked the successful participation of Chilean soldiers in Operation Althea since 2003, but also the end of a six month tour of duty for the soon departing members of the 20th rotation of soldiers. These Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) are manning staff positions within the EUFOR Headquarters in SARAJEVO and a Liaison and Observation Team (LOT) House in BANJA LUKA.
The OP COM EUFOR General Sir Richard Shirreff during his speech
On 9th October 2013 the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to BiH and the Minister of Defence of BiH signed an agreement to commence a project to upgrade security at selected ammunition and weapons storage sites at the Dom Armije in Sarajevo. The Project ‘SECUP’ (Security Upgrade) has been funded by the Governments of Switzerland, Turkey, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Liechtenstein. Attendees at the signing ceremony were addressed by the Head of the OSCE Mission to BiH Fletcher M. Burton, the BiH Minister of Defence Mr. Zekerijah Osmić, and several members of the International Community including the Operational Commander of EUFOR General Sir Richard Shirreff.
On 8 October 2013 the Chief of Staff (COS) of EUFOR, Brigadier General József SZPISJÁK attended the Armed Forces of BiH (AF BiH) Distinguished Visitors Day (DVD) for Exercise Dynamic Response. The aim of the DVD for Exercise Dynamic Response 13-4 which was held at the Manjaca training range near Banja Luka, was to test and improve the operational capability of BiH Armed Forces commands and units.
On 8 October 13, Major General Dieter Heidecker, COM EUFOR, accompanied by the Operational Commander of EU Forces, General Sir Richard Shirreff, attended the 2nd BiH meeting of the Strategic Committee for Weapons Ammunition and Explosive Ordinance at the Army Hall in SARAJEVO.
The distinguished permanent members of this meeting include the EU Special Representative, H.E. Peter Sørensen, Head of Mission OSCE to BiH, Brigadier General (Retired) Harold Quiel and the Commander of NATO HQ Sarajevo, Brigadier General Merle D. Hart.
On 02 October 2013, The Chief of Staff (COS) EUFOR, Brigadier General József SZPISJÁK, paid an official visit to the Directorate for the Coordination of Police Bodies (DCPB). The visit was focused on continuing the practical cooperation between EUFOR and Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) including providing an update on the procedures and status of EUFOR/NATO Identification cards.
On 27 September 2013 COM EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker invited members of EUFOR, the International Community and local VIPs to Camp BUTMIR for an extraordinary social event. The overarching idea was to give everybody the chance to get to know one another better and a chance to communicate in a relaxed atmosphere. Building a healthier relationship through socializing in order to be able to work together in a more effective way is good common practice as it is well known that people who are happy at work are more productive, more creative and more successful overall.
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