The EUFOR Capacity Building & Training (CB&T) Branch began 2014 with the launch of the CIS Microwave & Satellite Communications Course for members of the Armed Forces of BiH (AF BiH). The course commenced on 13 January 2014 at the Tactical Support Brigade in Rajlovac and will be completed by 24 January 2014. This course is also the first CIS training in a cycle of 11 training events planned in the 2014 AF BiH Training Calendar. The training is given by two AF BiH instructors and mentored by a Turkish Mobile Mentoring Team and the training audience consists of 13 participants who all successfully completed the first CIS Microwave & Satellite Communications Course at the Signal Battalion in Pale in 2012.
On 16 December 2013, a medal parade was held for the Austrian and Hungarian soldiers of EUFOR’s Multinational Battalion (MNBN) who will soon conclude their tour of duty with Operation ALTHEA and their Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Blasch. The parade, commanded by Major Andras Palatinus, commenced with the traditional marching in of the colours of the MNBN, followed by an inspection of the troops by the Commander EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker and the raising of the EU flag.
On 12 December 2013 Dr. Csaba HENDE, the Minister of Defence of Hungary, accompanied by members of the Hungarian Ministry of Defence led by Brigadier General Zoltán MIHÓCZA, Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS), Joint Forces Command Hungarian Defence Forces, visited EUFOR HQ at Camp BUTMIR in SARAJEVO. The minister was first welcomed by the Hungarian Senior National Representative (SNR) and Chief of Staff EUFOR, Brigadier General József SZPISJÁK, the Deputy Hungarian SNR, Colonel Ferenc FARKAS, and the Hungarian Contingent Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Gabor BARTOK. Brigadier General Szpisják briefed the Minister on the latest activities of EUFOR, particularly with respect to capacity building and training activities, but also on the developments regarding joint training exercises conducted between the Multi-National Battalion, currently consisting of one Hungarian and one Turkish Infantry Company, and the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
On 10 December 2013 it was time for Colonel (GS) Klaus Jäger to hand over his responsibilities to his successor Colonel (GS) Dieter MUHR. Colonel Jäger, in the course of the last six months, not only was in charge of the Joint Military Affairs (JMA) branch but he was also the Austrian Senior National Representative (SNR) and National Contingent Commander (NCC), and therefore responsible for the entire Austrian National Element (AUTNE) and the presently 200 Austrian military personnel serving with EUFOR Althea in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).
The mission of the Multinational Battalion (MNBN), stationed in Camp BUTMIR in SARAJEVO, is to be prepared to conduct operations autonomously or in support of the BiH authorities or European Union/International Community Agencies in Theatre when requested, in order to maintain a safe and secure environment (SASE). It is the only international military maneuver unit operating in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), presently made up of two Motorized Infantry Companies from Hungary and Turkey and an Austrian led Battalion HQ.
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