From 07 to 17 April 2014, a EUFOR Turkish contingent Mobile Mentoring Team mentored a 9-day Information and Network Security Course, which was successfully conducted by instructors from the BiH Armed Forces. This course was the fifth of 11 CIS courses planned for 2014 and had 14 participants from different units of AF BiH.
The main aim of this course, which took place at the Tactical Support Brigade Barracks in Rajlovac, was to mentor CIS instructors from the BiH Armed Forces, who conducted the training, while EUFOR mentored and advised them. With this course, the BiH Armed Forces now has its own trainers and more trained personnel in this field and is now in the position to further develop their CIS training structure.
From 07 – 11 April 2014, a platoon of the EUFOR Turkish Contingent Multinational Battalion conducted combined training with a platoon of the 1st Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Brigade of the Armed Forces of BiH in Dubrave, the former SFOR/EUFOR Eagle Base.
The aim of this training was to strengthen the abilities and skills of the soldiers in conducting peace support operations. The training focused on how to run Checkpoints and also included Convoy Training.
These Combined Training serials are an important aspect of the overall Capacity Building and Training Program provided by EUFOR to support the Armed Forces of BiH on the way towards Euro-Atlantic integration.
On 28th March 2014, the Bi-monthly CBTD meeting took place in Camp BUTMIR. The aim of the meeting was the revision of the goals reached during the last two months, as well as the way for the near future regarding training activities. All members of Capacity Building and Training Division (CBTD), including the Embedded Advisory Teams (EATs), attended the meeting, as well as representatives from NATO and the Armed Forces of BiH (AF BiH) Joint Staff.
On 14 March 2014 a transfer of authority ceremony of the Spanish contingent in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) took place in Travnik.
It was presided over by TRADOC´s commander, Brigadier Robert Susac, and also attended by Brigadier Skrijelj, chief of Training Division.
During the military ceremony the eighth rotation of the Embedded Advisory Team TRADOC Improvement (EAT-TI) took over from the seventh rotation. Lieutenant Colonel Pablo Moreno Galdós carried out the actual transfer of authority to Lieutenant Colonel Antonio Luzón Muniesa, who will command EAT-TI 8 for the next six months.
Embedded Advisory Teams
EAT-TI is a multinational team that carries out its missions in BiH, under the provision of EUFOR´s ALTHEA mission:
“To advise the AF BiH on EU/NATO doctrine, inter-operability, standarization and training, in conjunction with NATO. The main focus will be to provide comprehensive assistance in developing doctrine and training for Peace Support Operations in accordance with NATO standards.”
In order to carry out this mission EAT has been located within the TRADOC facilities in the town of TRAVNIK since September of 2010 performing its work side by side with BiH TRADOC personnel.
The current EAT-TI is made up of six Spaniards and one Austrian. Since the beginning, Spanish personnel of EAT-TI have came from the Spanish TRADOC (in Spanish: Mando de Adiestramiento y Doctrina or MADOC) of the Spanish Army, thus making their acclimatization almost immediate and being able to receive constant feedback from Spain.
The support provided by EAT-TI consists of presenting advisory reports, holding conferences and expositions on how to deal with the different challenges that BiH TRADOC is facing. Moreover, in this rotation, its tasks include projects established by the Capacity Building Plan designed by EUFOR HQ in close cooperation with the Armed Forces of BiH.
As for BiH TRADOC, it is important to know that its mission within the Armed Forces of BiH is to support training planning of the AFBiH, conduct basic, collective and institutional training, evaluate the level of training of individuals, commands and units in the centers and training areas, develop the doctrine, establish a system of lessons learned, propose modernizations of AF BiH, in the aim of achieving interoperability and compatibility of commands and units of the AF BiH in execution of their mission. Among their numerous missions is planning and conducting of pre-deployment training of individuals and units of the AF BiH that are deployed in Peace Support Operations and an evaluation of level of training of declared units and individuals that are deployed abroad.
On 6th March 2014 took place at Camp Butmir, with representatives of the AF BiH and Capacity Building and Training as participants. The goal of the Capacity Building and Training Needs Assessment and Roadmap Agreement meeting was to assess the needs and gaps of the Armed Forces BiH in the field of training, in order to elaborate a roadmap for 2015 and 2016.
This roadmap is an important milestone which will allow a better interaction between Armed Forces BiH and EUFOR, as well as to improve the coordination and optimization of trainings to be conducted during the aforementioned years.