On 16 December 2013, a medal parade was held for the Austrian and Hungarian soldiers of EUFOR’s Multinational Battalion (MNBN) who will soon conclude their tour of duty with Operation ALTHEA and their Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Blasch. The parade, commanded by Major Andras Palatinus, commenced with the traditional marching in of the colours of the MNBN, followed by an inspection of the troops by the Commander EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker and the raising of the EU flag.
On 10 December 2013 it was time for Colonel (GS) Klaus Jäger to hand over his responsibilities to his successor Colonel (GS) Dieter MUHR. Colonel Jäger, in the course of the last six months, not only was in charge of the Joint Military Affairs (JMA) branch but he was also the Austrian Senior National Representative (SNR) and National Contingent Commander (NCC), and therefore responsible for the entire Austrian National Element (AUTNE) and the presently 200 Austrian military personnel serving with EUFOR Althea in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).
The mission of the Multinational Battalion (MNBN), stationed in Camp BUTMIR in SARAJEVO, is to be prepared to conduct operations autonomously or in support of the BiH authorities or European Union/International Community Agencies in Theatre when requested, in order to maintain a safe and secure environment (SASE). It is the only international military maneuver unit operating in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), presently made up of two Motorized Infantry Companies from Hungary and Turkey and an Austrian led Battalion HQ.
On 5 December 2013, the Lessons Learned Embedded Advisory Team (LL EAT) Joint Staff AF BiH conducted a one day seminar concerning NATO Lessons Learned System with the 4th Infantry Brigade AF BiH in Capljina. The Seminar was provided by LL EAT members LTC Slawomir CIESLEWICZ, CDR Jaroslaw KEPLIN, interpreter Mrs. Durdica IVKOVIC and LL Joint Staff AF BiH POC CPT Zeljko CVIJANOVIC.
There were sixteen students at the seminar from the AF BiH ‘Lessons Learned’ team. This was the last seminar of five which were planned for this year and knowledge captured from these seminars will be very useful for the next level of training which will be a practical workshop. During the meeting with AF BiH students and representatives of LL EAT shared their experiences and discussed their thought and decision-making processes, proving the effectiveness of the LL System.
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 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.
- 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 Training Course successfully completes
- EUFOR Military Movement Control Course completes
- Mine Risk Education Instructors Course begins
- Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Course Final Exercise
- EUFOR Training for AF BIH Engineers - Gap Crossing Operations Training
- EUFOR Military Movement Control Course
- 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
- Intermediate Reserve Force “Mission Ready in Theatre”
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