On 06 and 07 November 2013 the 7th Joint EUFOR/Armed Force of Bosnia & Herzegovina Engineering Conference was conducted inside Camp BUTMIR, HQ EUFOR. The aim of the Conference was to establish and agree on the necessary foundations for the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AF BiH) to progress towards engineering inter-operability and a self-sustaining engineering training programme.
On 6 November 2013 the Commander of EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker, attended the 3rd Strategic Committee for Weapons, Ammunition and Explosive Ordnance held at the Hotel “Europe” Sarajevo. The Committee was organised by the OSCE Mission to BiH and Ministry of Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Strategic Committee’s aim is to speed up the process of resolving the surplus arms, ammunition and explosive ordnance which are under the control of the Armed Forces of BiH and to do this with greater transparency as this represents a serious threat to the safe and secure environment for the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
On 31 October 2013, EUFOR Lessons Learned (LL) Embedded Advisory Team (EAT) conducted a one–day LL Staff Officer seminar at the in 6th Infantry Brigade location in Banja Luka. The seminar was attended by soldiers linked to the LL system from 6th Infantry Brigade, Air Force & Air Defense Brigade and the Support Command. The main goal of the seminar was to provide the participants with LL awareness and to discuss the future areas of students work as an LL specialist.
Additionally the seminar also provided the opportunity to improve basic LL knowledge of personnel and the whole system in the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AF BiH). Lectures also enabled the preparation of students for participation in specialized courses on LL organized by NATO and other LL specialization training courses in BiH.
On Tuesday the 5th of November 2013, the EUFOR members from Slovak contingent in the Operation ALTHEA in Bosnia and Herzegovina provided assistance to a married couple who crashed their car near to Visegrad.
Captain Vladimir Toth and Sergeant 1st Class Juraj Stelbacky from the Slovakian Liaison and Observation Team (LOT) Visegrad witnessed the accident. The driver of the car lost control due to the wet weather conditions which overturned onto its roof.
On 4 November 13 the first module of the latest Geographical Services course commenced, with an opening ceremony and welcoming remarks from the Chief of Training in EUFOR, Lt Col Johan Bouhuys. The ceremony was also attended by representatives from the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AF BiH), EUFOR, and NATO CIS Advisor, Major Erdem Onk. The course took place at the Rajlovac barracks under the responsibility of the AF BiH with a total of 12 trainees taking part.
On 1 November 2013 the EUFOR Capacity Building and Training course in Communications and Information Systems (CIS) for the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AF BiH) completed with a closing ceremony. One of the pillars of the EUFOR mission is to support capacity building and training and to support the AF BiH in the development of a self-sustainable training system.
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