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:
- EUFOR and AF BiH support stronger involvement of women in the security sector
- Deputy Commander Luxembourg Army on final call to EUFOR
- COM EUFOR visits Ammunition Transportation Safety Course
- J9 Division Head, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, visits COM EUFOR
- Gender Conference opens in Camp Butmir
- COM EUFOR welcomed Colonel Martin Stoklasa, the Commander of the Training and Support Forces of the AF SR
- Veterans Day commemorated in Camp BUTMIR
- COS EUFOR visits AF BiH 5th Infantry Brigade
- 7th Joint EUFOR/AF BiH Engineering Conference
- EUFOR Commander attends the Third Strategic Committee for Weapons, Ammunition and Explosive Ordnance
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