On the evening of Saturday the 10th of October, UK soldiers arrived in Sarajevo to take part in the upcoming Exercise Quick Response 15. Arriving in a Royal Air Force C-17 aircraft, light vehicles were also transported for use during the training. Also taking part in Exercise Quick Response 15 are Slovakian troops, alongside the Austrian, Turkish and Hungarian soldiers that are part of EUFOR’s permanent soldiers, the Multinational Battalion. EUFOR has 21 nations working within it currently in all areas ranging from Logistics to Aviation.
On the 5th of October Slovakian members of the EUFOR Liason and Observation Team (LOT) in Foča donated toys to the Sveti Sava primary school in Foča. The toys were collected from the families of the Slovakian LOT members, who wanted to give a gift to the children in their area.
Captain Andrej Kukla was part of the donating team, and said, ‘We were happy to be able to make this donation, it’s great to see the children enjoying the toys’
Maintaining links with the community
EUFOR has 17 LOT Houses throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. The LOT teams contain personnel from around Europe, and their task is to maintain relationships with their communities. This allows EUFOR to understand the environment within Bosnia and Herzegovina.
On the 30th of September Austrian members of EUFOR and distinguished guests visited ‘Radnost’ Kindergarten in Bratunac. During the visit a ceremony was conducted thanking the Austrian personnel for their donation of a playground facility. Present at the ceremony were the head of the Kindergarten Mrs. Jadranka Magazin, Bratunac Mayor Mr. Nedeljko Mlađenović, head of local social affairs department Mrs. Olja Čučić and EUFOR Austrian contingent commander Col Juergen Schlechter. A ribbon was cut during the ceremony, marking the formal donation before the children began using the equipment.
The purpose of the march was teambuilding, allowing the soldiers taking part to build upon their relationships with each other. 103 personnel took part, reaching the summit where they were able to see structures used during the 1984 Winter Olympics.
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