On the morning of 30 October 2013, the Austrian Federal President, His Excellency Dr Heinz Fischer, arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) for an official visit on board of a military aircraft C-130 Hercules at Sarajevo International Airport.
The Austrian President was accompanied by a delegation headed by Austria's Minister of Defence and Sports, Gerald Klug, and including Lieutenant General Bernhard Bair, Deputy Chief of General Staff and Brigadier General Dr. Johann Frank, Head of Division for Security Political Analysis.
The forth group of students from the Armed Forces of BiH completed the EUFOR Capacity Building and Training ‘Military Movement Control Training Course’ 30 October 13. The group of students consisted of both Officers and NCOs from different units and covered transport and movement procedures which are in line with NATO standards. Building the transport structure of the Armed Forces of Bosnia & Herzegovina (AF BiH) to meet the interoperability requirements to operate with the Armed Forces of other countries is one of the key tasks of EUFOR.
On 25 October 2013 members of EUFOR, including the Chief of logistics and Infrastructure, Wing Commander (GBR) Ian Tripp, attended the annual accreditation for Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ) by the International Civil Aviation Authority (IKO). The Exercise is one of the annual requirements for SJJ to meet its international accreditation status and demonstrated the responses required should an Airplane Accident occur within the perimeter of the airport, code named ‘Exercise Red Wing 6’.
On 24 October 2013, Commander (COM) EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker, paid an inaugural visit to the Embassy of Slovenia in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and was warmly welcomed by its new Ambassador to BiH, H.E. Mr Iztok Grmek
During the informal talk, Ambassador Grmek, who took over the position on 13 September, expressed his determination to further strengthen the amicable relations that already exist between Slovenia and BiH, especially in the field of economic cooperation and in the process of EU enlargement.
During the period of 21 to 24 October 2013, EUFOR delivered an ‘Emergency Rescue from a Minefield’ Course Camp BUTMIR, Sarajevo.
The statistics showing mine accidents in BiH over the past year demonstrates that a real risk from mines still exists. During this course EUFOR trained ten soldiers from the Demining Battalion of the Armed Forces of BiH (AF BiH) to conduct salvage and first aid to mine victims.
On 23 October 2013, the Chief of Staff of EUFOR, Brigadier General József Szpisják, joined military personnel from both EUFOR and NATO HQ Sa on a war road march near Mountain Igman, BiH.
7 international military personnel from both EUFOR HQ and NATO HQ Sa in Camp BUTMIR marched 13km along a 40 km road. The road was the main supply route for Sarajevo during the 1992-95 conflict.
Major General Dieter Heidecker, the Commander (COM) of EUFOR visited H.E. Andrezej Krawczyk, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, at their new Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina on the 23rd October 2013.
H.E. Andrezej Krawczyk said it was “very nice to host [COM EUFOR] in the new Polish Embassy.” He was briefed by COM on EUFORs current activities and described how EUFOR currently consists of 23 Troop Contributing Nations (TCNs), 18 from EU states and 5 from non-EU member states. He stated that this “demonstrated the commitment and interest from the International Community (IC) to support BiH” in its mission to maintain the Safe and Secure Environment, and provide training to their Armed Forces.
On 23 October 13, the Commander (COM) of EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker paid a courtesy call on the Slovakian Ambassador, H.E. Ján Pšenica.
COM EUFOR visited H.E. Ján Pšenica, Ambassador for Slovakia and briefed him on the current activities of EUFOR in support of its over-arching mission, to work alongside BiH authorities and maintain the Safe and Secure Environment in BiH and to provide support to the training of the AF of BiH.
On 21 October 13, as part of its Capacity Building and Training (CB&T) programme, EUFOR commenced a Mine Risk Education Instructors Course at Camp Butmir, SARAJEVO. EUFOR directly contributes to the realization of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Mine Action Strategy 2009-2019 by conducting Mine Risk Education (MRE) in cooperation with the Armed Forces of BiH (AF BiH). It is necessary to train and accredit instructors for MRE lessons to ensure the future capacity and capability of the AF BiH.
On 17 October 2013, Brigadier Milan Obreza, the Director of the Slovenian Joint Operations Center (JOC), attended an office call with COM EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker. The JOC is responsible for the command and control of all Slovenian troops deployment all over the world in their participation in NATO and EU led Peace Support Operations (PSOs).
On 16 October 2013 His Excellency Mr. Fredrik Schiller, Ambassador of Sweden in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), paid a visit to Camp BUTMIR for an Office Call with the Commander (COM) EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker. The Ambassador and COM EUFOR discussed EUFOR’s present role in BiH, and the importance of the continued provision of a safe and secure environment to ensure that the country has the smoothest possible route to future success and European integration.
On the 15th October 2013, Commander EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker, welcomed Colonnello Paolo Pappalardo, the Italian Defence Attaché for BiH to EUFOR HQ, Camp Butmir in SARAJEVO.
During an Office Call the General Heidecker and colonel Pappalardo discussed the overall security situation in the country and the wider region, EUFOR’s activities in delivering the overarching European Security and Defence Policy mission in BiH and the recent training activities by EUFOR personnel with the Armed Forces of BiH as part of the Capacity Building and Training programme.
On 10 October 2013, the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Course Final Exercise took place at Dubrave Barracks near TUZLA. The Main topic of this exercise was the support to an infantry unit in the case of a chemical incident. The activity was attended by EUFOR and also by large a evaluation group from the Tactical Support Brigade in Rajlovac. This exercise also marked the end of the CBRN Course which took place in TUZLA and commenced on 23 September.
On the 10th October 2013, Commander EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker, welcomed General Necdet Özel, the Chief of the Turkish General Staff who is on an official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), to EUFOR HQ, Camp Butmir in SARAJEVO.
During an Office Call the Generals discussed the overall security situation in the country and the wider region, EUFOR’s activities in delivering the overarching European Security and Defence Policy mission in BiH and the recent training activities by EUFOR personnel with the Armed Forces of BiH as part of the Capacity Building and Training programme.
On 10 October 2013 the Operation Commander of the EUFOR Althea mission and Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR), General Sir Richard Shirreff was the guest of honour during EUFORs Chilean Contingent 10th Anniversary of operations in BiH Ceremony.
This event not only marked the successful participation of Chilean soldiers in Operation Althea since 2003, but also the end of a six month tour of duty for the soon departing members of the 20th rotation of soldiers. These Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) are manning staff positions within the EUFOR Headquarters in SARAJEVO and a Liaison and Observation Team (LOT) House in BANJA LUKA.
The OP COM EUFOR General Sir Richard Shirreff during his speech
On 9th October 2013 the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to BiH and the Minister of Defence of BiH signed an agreement to commence a project to upgrade security at selected ammunition and weapons storage sites at the Dom Armije in Sarajevo. The Project ‘SECUP’ (Security Upgrade) has been funded by the Governments of Switzerland, Turkey, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Liechtenstein. Attendees at the signing ceremony were addressed by the Head of the OSCE Mission to BiH Fletcher M. Burton, the BiH Minister of Defence Mr. Zekerijah Osmić, and several members of the International Community including the Operational Commander of EUFOR General Sir Richard Shirreff.
On 8 October 2013 the Chief of Staff (COS) of EUFOR, Brigadier General József SZPISJÁK attended the Armed Forces of BiH (AF BiH) Distinguished Visitors Day (DVD) for Exercise Dynamic Response. The aim of the DVD for Exercise Dynamic Response 13-4 which was held at the Manjaca training range near Banja Luka, was to test and improve the operational capability of BiH Armed Forces commands and units.
On 8 October 13, Major General Dieter Heidecker, COM EUFOR, accompanied by the Operational Commander of EU Forces, General Sir Richard Shirreff, attended the 2nd BiH meeting of the Strategic Committee for Weapons Ammunition and Explosive Ordinance at the Army Hall in 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 02 October 2013, The Chief of Staff (COS) EUFOR, Brigadier General József SZPISJÁK, paid an official visit to the Directorate for the Coordination of Police Bodies (DCPB). The visit was focused on continuing the practical cooperation between EUFOR and Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) including providing an update on the procedures and status of EUFOR/NATO Identification cards.
On 27 September 2013 COM EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker invited members of EUFOR, the International Community and local VIPs to Camp BUTMIR for an extraordinary social event. The overarching idea was to give everybody the chance to get to know one another better and a chance to communicate in a relaxed atmosphere. Building a healthier relationship through socializing in order to be able to work together in a more effective way is good common practice as it is well known that people who are happy at work are more productive, more creative and more successful overall.
- EUFOR Training for AF BIH Engineers - Gap Crossing Operations Training
- COM EUFOR attends AF BiH Graduation Ceremony in Pazarić
- EUFOR Military Movement Control Course
- Meritorious Service Awards for EUFOR
- EUFOR and NATO Commanders attend commemoration at Prokoško Lake
- EUFOR Exercise Quick Response 2 Closing Ceremonies
- EUFOR Mentoring team attend CIS Training Closing Ceremony
- Distinguished Visitors Day marks end of Exercise Quick Response 2
- EUFOR Ammunition Handling and storage safety course completes
- COS EUFOR visits exercise “Dynamic Response”
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