On 28 November 2013 the Chief of Staff of EUFOR, Brigadier General József Szpisják attended the 8th birthday celebration of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AF BiH) in Rajlovac barracks.
The event started with the formation of troops which took place in the presence of the current BiH Presidency chair, President Komšić, the Minister of Defence, Zekerijah Osmić, his deputy for politics and plans, Mrs. Marina Pendeš, the Chief of the Joint Staff, Major General Anto Jeleč, together with his deputies, Brigadier Generals Mirko Tepšić and Senad Mašović.
On 26 November 2013 an Assessment Conference to review the Capacity Building and Training (CB&T) programme which EUFOR provides to the Armed Forces of BiH (AF BiH) began at the EUFOR HQ in Sarajevo. The aim of the conference is to review CB&T activities and assess the future needs to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the EUFOR training programme. Training support given to the AF BiH includes the training of instructors, advice, mentoring and monitoring of their activities conducted by Mobile Training Teams (MTT), Mentoring Monitoring Teams (MMT) and Embedded Advisory Teams.
On 21 November 2013, Brigadier General Hans Hardenbol, the Director Operations of the Royal Netherlands Army, paid a courtesy visit to Major General Dieter Heidecker, the Commander (COM) of EUFOR.
Brigadier General Hardenbol is responsible for the process of operational and combat readiness training and mission planning of army units for the Netherlands, and was accompanied by Major Werner Blok and Major Roelof Driesen.
On 19 November the Commander of EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker and Chief of Staff, Brigadier General József Szpisják attended the 4th High-level National Surplus Ammunition and Light Weapons (SALW) Conference at the Army Hall, 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 19 November 2013, the Chief of General Staff of the Army of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Lieutenant General Goranco Koteski, met with the Commander of EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker. During the office call, Major General Heidecker thanked his guest for his country’s contribution to EUFOR and acknowledged the importance of the role that the personnel from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have within the mission and praised the quality of the members presently serving within EUFOR. These members include personnel within the HQ staff as well as Doctors and Nurses at the Camp BUTMIR medical facility.
On 19 November 2013, Major General Dieter Heidecker, the Commander (COM) of EUFOR, welcomed Lieutenant General IIlhan Talu, the Commander of the 4th Corps of the Turkish Army to Camp BUTMIR.
During the meeting, COM EUFOR informed General Talu on recent EUFOR activities in delivering the overarching European Security and Defence Policy mission in BiH. The Generals then discussed recent Capacity Building and Training activities delivered by EUFOR personnel to the Armed Forces of BiH as well as the important functions that Turkish military personnel carry out in the mission.
On 18 November 2013, Anne-Marie Esper Larsen, the newly appointed representative of the United Nations Agency for gender equality and for women empowerment in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UN Women in BiH), met with the Commander of EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker, at the EUFOR Headquarters in Camp Butmir.
The UN and EUFOR share the same goal when it comes to improving the position of women in the area of peace and security in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. UNSCR 1325 and subsequent resolutions reaffirm the important and indispensible role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, and post-conflict reconstruction. These resolutions also underline the importance of women’s equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.
On 18 November 2013 EUFOR Capacity Building and Training (CB&T) Branch began a Cabling Course for the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AF BiH) at Rajlovac barracks. The course began with an opening ceremony attended by representatives from the AF BiH Operational Command and Tactical Support Brigade, the EUFOR Deputy Chief of Staff (Head) of the Capacity Building and Training Division (CBTD), Colonel Ahmet Gonel, and the EUFOR Chief of Training, Lieutenant Colonel Johan Bouhuys.
On 15 November 2013 an Austrian Mobile Mentoring Team (MMT) completed their mission for 2013 and left Bosnia and Herzegovina after completing a successful two month mission. This also marks the end of this year’s EUFOR Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear training for the Armed Forces of BiH (AF BiH). The 3-man Austrian team mentored and monitored 2 courses over a period of 5 weeks.
On 15 November 2013 a EUFOR Communications and Information Systems (CIS) course completed with a closing ceremony. The Turkish Mentoring Team awarded all 17 students and 3 instructors with a certificate for successfully completing the course. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the AF BiH Operational Command and Tactical Support Brigade and the EUFOR Chief of Training, Lieutenant Colonel Johan Bouhuys.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Arms, Ladies and Gentlemen! As SNR of the Luxembourg Contingent and the EUFOR HQ RSM, the time has come to say goodbye to you today. Let me start with a short historical overview about Luxembourg’s participation in the Balkans:
Gender equality is a fundamental principle of the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy. Over the last decade, the United Nations Security Council has adopted seven resolutions on women, peace and security - highlighting some of the particular impacts of armed conflict on women and calling on states and UN institutions to ensure the full inclusion of women and their needs and perspectives in peace-building. UN Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325 particularly recognizes the negative impacts that armed conflict has on women and the underlines the importance of contributions that women can make to peace, security and reconciliation.
On 14 November 2013 Major General Dieter Heidecker, the Commander of EUFOR welcomed Colonel Alain Duschéne, Deputy Commander Luxembourg Army, for his last official visit to Camp BUTMIR. During the Office Call, COM EUFOR thanked Colonel Duschéne for Luxembourg’s support to EUFOR - lately with one Senior Non-commissioned Officer (NCO), Warrant Officer Joseph Bredimus, in the position of the Headquarters Regimental Sergeant-Major (HQ/RSM), the most senior Warrant Officer and primarily responsible is for maintaining standards and discipline.
On Wednesday 13 November 2013 Major General Dieter Heidecker visited the Ammunition Transportation Safety Course (ATSC) at RAJLOVAC barracks.
Staff from EUFOR’s Capacity Building and Trainings Division, consisting of Swiss Armed Forces personnel, worked with the Armed Forces of BIH (AF BiH) instructors to train 20 of their fellow soldiers.
On 13 November 2013, Brigadier General Wolfgang Richter, Allied Joint Force Command Naples Assistant and Chief of Staff for Civil Military Cooperation and military partnership met with the Commander of EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker. The aim of General Richter’s visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina was to get an on-the-ground assessment of the latest developments in BiH in the partnership arena and to receive an update on the constraints of the environment in which EUFOR and NATO operate. Major General Heidecker briefed his guest about the key tasks of Mission Althea, namely EUFOR’s provision of expert advice in the framework of Capacity Building and Training (CB&T) to the Armed Forces of BiH (AF BiH) and EUFOR’s support to the ongoing process of reduction of surplus ammunition and weapons stocks within BiH.
On 13 November, the Peace Support Operations Training Centre (PSOTC) in cooperation with EUFOR opened a conference on Gender in the Security Sector of BIH. The aim of the conference, which will take place over two days, is to ‘Strengthen the Gender Perspective within the security sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina’. The conference was opened with statements from Mr. Zekerijah Osmić, BIH Minister of Defense, Major General Dieter Heidecker, the Commander of EUFOR, Major General Anto Jeleč, Chief of the Joint Staff of the AF BiH and Lieutenant Colonel Rob Tomlinson MBE the UK Defense Attaché.
On 12 November 2013, Commander EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker welcomed Colonel Martin Stoklasa, the Commander of the Training and Support Forces (SVaP) of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic (AF SR) to EUFOR HQ Camp BUTMIR, Sarajevo.
As the Commander of the Training and Support Forces he is responsible for ensuring that the processes to optimize certain new elements and processes within the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic, such as the brigade combat safeguarding and streamlining of logistic processes, are running smoothly and to time.
On 11 November 2013 US Brigadier General Merle Hart, the Commander of NATO Headquarters Sarajevo (NHQ Sa), invited all members of NHQ Sa and EUFOR to take part in a Veterans Day ceremony at the Monument Park inside Camp BUTMIR. During his address, General Hart emphasized that we should never forget all that our veterans have sacrificed their lives in order to protect our freedoms. Despite the ever increasing sophistication of weaponry, aircraft, ships and cyber technologies; the greatest asset for all our militaries is the men and women that serve within them.
On 08 November 2013, BG József SZPISJÁK, Chief of Staff (COS) of EUFOR visited the Armed Forces of BiH (AF BiH) 5th Infantry Brigade.
The main aim for the visit was to officially meet the Brigade Commander, Brigadier Kenan DAUTOVIĆ. After they met, the Brigade Commander introduced COS EUFOR to the Unit of his staff that provided a brief on the upcoming Exercise Dynamic Response 14-5.
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.
- EUFOR Lessons Learned seminar held in Banja Luka
- LOT Visegrad provided assistance to a married couple who crashed their car near to Visegrad
- EUFOR CIS Course Opening Ceremony
- EUFOR CIS Training Course successfully completes
- EUFOR strengthens cooperation with AF BiH with a friendly football competition
- COS EUFOR meets new ICITAP director
- Federal President of Austria visits Bosnia and Herzegovina and EUFOR soldiers
- EUFOR Military Movement Control Course completes
- EUFOR attends Exercise “RED WING 6” at Sarajevo International airport
- COM EUFOR visits Embassy of Slovenia
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