|Major General Bernhard Bair, COM EUFOR with the EUFOR doctors|
|Students with COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair.|
Masters students from the International Humanitarian Action Course of the Catholic University of Louvain, near Brussels, visited EUFOR on 6 April 2011. The Master course has a multi-ethnic audience and involves Universities from Europe and all over the world.
The 17 students are undertaking a study week in Bosnia and Herzegovina to investigate how an EU mission works in a post conflict environment. As part of that process, Professor Amine Ait-Chaalal Director of the Centre of Studies on Crisis and International Conflicts (CECRI), together with Professor Catherine Gourbin had organised a visit to show the students EUFOR’s role as the military component in the overarching European Security and Defence Policy mission.
|Dr. Renzo Daviddi with COM EUFOR.|
Dr. Renzo Daviddi, Deputy Head and Chargé D’affaires of the European Union Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina, paid his first formal visit to the EUFOR HQ today, 6th April. He was welcomed to Camp Butmir by Major General Bernhard Bair, COM EUFOR. Dr. Daviddi took up the duty of Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to BiH on 15th March 2011.
COM EUFOR and Dr. Daviddi engaged in a wide ranging set of discussions about EUFOR’s role as the military component of the overarching European Security and Defence Policy mission in BIH, EUFOR tasks and capabilities in support of BiH’s efforts to maintain the safe and secure environment and the continuing co-operation with the AF BiH in a number of areas such as training, ammunition storage and de-mining.
Mrs. Meddžida Kreso, President of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina together with the heads of the Criminal and Appellate Divisions of the Court, Mrs. Mira Smajlović, Mrs. Minka Kreho and Mr. Hilmo Vučinić, paid a formal visit to EUFOR HQ today. They were welcomed to Camp Butmir by Major General Bernhard Bair, COM EUFOR.
During their meeting, Mrs Kreso and Major General Bair engaged in wide ranging set of discussions about the importance of the State Institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the key role that they have to play in the future of the country. To serve justice is also a means for reconciliation. No crime must remain unpunished regardless of the ethnic origin of the perpetrators or the victims, in BiH or elsewhere, in the world. All agreed on the crucial need for the Country’s legal system to effectively function in order to enable BiH to move towards its goal of joining the EU.
|Lt Col Broeksma presents the first copy of the guidelines to the Director of BHMAC, Mr Gavran|
Lieutenant Colonel Broeksma of EUFOR’s Joint Military Affairs Branch, stated, “That EUFOR supports the vision to have BiH free of mines by 2019 but that it will require the appropriate budget and the involvement of both the general public and the politicians.”
|COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair welcomes COM KFOR, Major General Erhard Bühler to EUFOR HQ.|
During a two day visit to Sarajevo, on 27th and 28th March 2011, Kosovo Force Commander (COM KFOR), Major General Erhard Bühler paid a formal call on COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair.
COM EUFOR and COM KFOR engaged in a wide ranging set of discussions about the current security situation within the Balkans and the current EUFOR and KFOR activities and priorities. They also talked further about the plans that are in place for both forces to act as the others operational reserve.
|Instructors and attendees of the Mines Risk Education (MRE) Instructors course Additional Pictures|
|Major General Bernhard Bair, COM EUFOR, Mevlüt Çavusoglu, President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, Ms Mary Ann Hennessey, Head of Office, Council of Europe in Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Major General Bernhard Bair welcomes Colonel Aurel Voiculescu to EUFOR HQ.|
On the 24 March 2011, Colonel Aurel Voiculescu, the Deputy Chief of the Romanian Military Intelligence Directorate, visited EUFOR HQ. Major General Bernhard Bair, COM EUFOR welcomed him to the HQ.COM EUFOR briefed him on the OP Althea mission and on the security situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. MG Bair praised the effort and contribution of the Romanian contingent to EUFOR. Romanian forces currently work in the HQ, as well as manning the Liaison Observation Team (LOT) Houses in Banja Luka and Cazin.
On arrival in Camp Butmir, he undertook an Office Call with COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair where he was briefed on the OP Althea mission to contribute to the Safe and Secure Environment in BiH and the important role that the troops from the Royal Netherlands Army make to the mission. He highlighted the quality of the Royal Netherlands Army personnel serving within EUFOR.
|(L – R) Brigadier General Giesa, Major General Bair, Brigadier General Nagy.|
On 23rd March 2011, COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair presided over a ceremony to mark the Hand Over/Take Over of his Chief of Staff. Members of the EUFOR HQ participated in a parade outside of the HQ building where they witnessed Brigadier General Günter Giesa formally handover this important position to Brigadier General Nagy.
|Major General Bernhard Bair, COM EUFOR and Lieutenant General André Blattmann, the Swiss Chief of Defence Staff arrive at the EUFOR HQ.|
On the 18th March 2011, Lieutenant General André Blattmann, the Swiss Chief of Defence Staff, visited EUFOR. He was accompanied by H.E. Dr André Schaller, the Ambassador of Swiss Confederation to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ms Jacqueline de Quattro, State Councillor. The visit provided the Chief of Defence Staff with the opportunity to meet with his troops and receive an update on the Op Althea Mission. As Chief of the Armed Forces, he is responsible for command and control of the Swiss armed forces and their development.
Major General Bernhard Bair, COM EUFOR briefed him on EUFOR activities and on the joint activities conducted with the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also updated Lt Gen Blattmann on the current security situation within BiH.
COM EUFOR praised the high standard of the Swiss troops serving in EUFOR, highlighting their contribution to ensuring a safe and secure environment for BiH. He went on to thank Switzerland for their previous and continuing support to Op Althea.
|Colonel Phelan receives his Op ALTHEA medal from COM EUFOR|
|Major General Bernhard Bair, the Commander of EUFOR formally hands over the Project Soteria Report to Lieutenant General Miladin Milojcic, Chief of the Joint Staff Armed Forces BiH.|
|COM EUFOR receives a gift from the Director of “Ivan Goran Kavacic” School|
|COM EUFOR with members of the PIC Steering Board prior to departing for Brcko District.|
|Strategic Leadership Course with COM EUFOR.|
On the 14 March 2011, members of the Austrian strategic leadership course, supervised by Lieutenant General Christian Segur-Cabanac, undertook a two day visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The distinguished guests commenced their visit in the PSOTC with a brief by COM EUFOR. General Bair provided the course attendees with an introduction into the tasks of EUFOR.
On the second day, the delegation visited Sarajevo where the course participants gained an insight into the tasks of the Austrian embassy and the economic situation of the country. The group had the opportunity to have discussions with the OHR, Dr Inzko and received briefings from key speakers on the role of the EUPM and OSCE in BiH.
|COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair welcomes Colonel Fridolin Keller to EUFOR.|
On the 14 March 2011, Commander Swiss Armed Forces International Command SWISSINT, Colonel Fridolin Keller, paid a formal visit to EUFOR to receive an update on the Op Althea Mission and meet with Swiss troops.
During the course of his visit, he had discussions with Major General Bernhard Bair, Commander EUFOR, where he was briefed on the current security situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
As part of his two day visit, Colonel Keller will take the opportunity to visit Mostar where he will meet with the Swiss troops who man the Liaison and Observation Teams (LOT) houses at Mostar and Trebinje. The LOT house system allows the EUFOR contingents to build warm and professional relations with their neighbours and the local authorities with the aim of helping the local population live together in a stable and multi-ethnic environment.
|The Commander of EUFOR Major General Bernard Bair with children from “Silvije Strahimir Kranjcevic” school in Sarajevo.|
|Students from South Africa, Indonesia and Germany with COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair.|
On the 10th March 2011, a group of three Masters students of Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, visited EUFOR HQ Sarajevo.
The students were in BiH on a week long study tour for their seminar “Case Studies and Field Research” and were welcomed to Camp Butmir by COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair.
The EUFOR Chief Political Advisor, Colonel Thomas Rois, gave the guests a detailed overview of EUFOR activities. This was followed by a presentation by the EUFOR Spokesperson, Lt Cdr Andy Mullins.
- HQ EUFOR celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the International Women’s Day
- Bulgarian Medal Parade
- Banja Luka Medal Ceremony
- Visit of German Chief of Defence Staff to EUFOR
- Brigadier General Jean-Philippe Gaudin
- EUFOR Hosts University Study Trip
- EUFOR LOT Houses’ Change of Command
- Visit by Slovakian Chief of Operations General Staff
- Visit by German Senior Officer to EUFOR
- Greek Ambassador Visits EUFOR
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