On 17 Sep 13 The Commanders of EUFOR and NATO attended the 16th anniversary of the crash of a helicopter with a Russian crew carrying 12 UN and OHR members.
The commemoration was marked at the Prokoško Lake near Fojnica, where the helicopter crashed due to poor visibility and bad weather.
“We are here today to honour the memory of twelve men who died while carrying out their duties as members of the international peace mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). 16 years after the tragic event, …although there is a significant progress, the vision of BiH as the prosperous and inclusive democracy in the heart of Europe has not still became reality.”, said the High Representative Valentin Inzko who emphasized that those people had laid their lives for a better future for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
On 12 and 13 September 2013, EUFOR celebrated the end of another successful exercise with closing ceremonies held inside the AF BiH Army Barracks in LIVAČ and inside EUFOR’s Camp BUTMIR in SARAJEVO. The closing ceremonies marked the end of Exercise Quick Response 2 which saw the activation and deployment of EUFORs reserve forces from Austria and Slovakia and their integration into the EUFOR Multinational Battalion (MNBN). Exercise Quick Response 2, the second of EUFORs regular Operational Rehearsals (OPREH) in 2013, also included the planning and implementation of a joint Field Training Exercise (FTX) with the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AF BiH).
On 13 September 13, a EUFOR mentored Computer Training Course ended with a closing ceremony and certificate presentation to successful attendees from the Armed Forces of BiH. Within the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AF BiH) Communications Information System (CIS) capabilities are being developed to specific objectives in order to effectively support Information Systems (IS) functionality.
One of the capabilities required is “Computer Training on Operating Systems”. The AF BiH and EUFOR agreed, as part of the annual training plan to conduct a course on Computer Training on Operating Systems supported by a EUFOR Mentoring Team.
|COMEUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker handsover present to Osmić, BiH Minister of Defense|
On 12 September 2013, EUFOR’s two-week “Exercise Quick Response 2” climaxed with a Distinguished Visitors Day (DVD) at the BiH Army Barracks in LIVAČ.
The event began with a Press Conference which included the Minister of Defense for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Minister Zekerijah Osmić, the Head of the European Union Command Element Lieutenant (Lt) General Leonardo di Marco, the Commander of EUFOR Major General Dieter Heidecker and the Chief of the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AF BiH) Major General Anto Jeleč.
Lt General di Marco welcomed the representatives of local and international media and congratulated the Commander of EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker, for his “excellent leadership and the successful conduct of the exercise.”
On 11th September 2013 the closing ceremony for the third Practical Basic Ammunition Course took place in KRUPA. This was the first course which was completed under the responsibility of the Training and Doctrine (TRADOK) element of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AF BIH). Participants on the course achieved the required standard of knowledge with respect to the safe handling of ammunition. The next step is to use this knowledge in prospective storage sites in BiH.
|COS EUFOR congratulates the soldiers for their performance|
On 10 September 2013 Chief of Staff EUFOR (COS EUFOR) Brigadier General József Szpisják visited the exercise “Dynamic Response” on the Distinguished Visitors Day (DVD) conducted by the Armed Forces of BiH (AF BIH) in Manjaca barracks. There COS EUFOR met the BiH Minister of Defence Zekerijah Osmič, the Chief of Joint Staff Major General Anto Jeleč and many other local and international distinguished guests.
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