|COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair, awarding Op Althea medal to a Romanian soldier.|
On 3rd March 2011, 78 soldiers from 4 countries gathered in Banja Luka to receive their Op Althea Medals in front of a gathering of VIPs. General Novaković from the Armed Forces of BiH and a number of Military Attachés attended to see Major General Bernhard Bair and the Senior National Representatives (SNR) award medals to the soldiers serving in the Regional Coordination Centre West area of operations.
In his comments about the nationalities represented at the ceremony COM EUFOR said “it is pleasing to see 4 contingents represented on parade. This is an example of multinational peacekeeping at its best and is a very positive sign from your governments and armed forces to EUFOR and the peoples of Bosnia and Herzegovina.” He also thanked Lt Col Profijt, the RCC West Commander and Dutch SNR, for organising the successful medal parade.
|COMEUFOR greeting General Wieker|
COM EUFOR briefed him in the general situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Office Call.
During an Office Call COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair, praised the work that the Swiss troops are doing in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
|Students and Staff with COM EUFOR|
On the 28th February 2011, Senior Officers from EUFOR, Germany and Slovakia gathered in Camp Butmir to mark the Change of Command of a number of LOT Houses. The Change of Command ceremony was also attended by H.E. Mr. Miroslav Mojzita, Slovakian Ambassador, Ms Christiana Markert, Counsellor and Deputy Head of the German Mission and Lt Gen Milojčić, Chief of the AFBIH Joint Staff.
Germany has been in Command of Regional Coordination Centre (RCC) South which supervised the work of their Liaison and Observation Teams (LOT) based in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. As part of a reorganisation, Slovakia is taking charge of a similar area and the operation of LOT Houses; in Višegrad, Sarajevo and Foča.
Major General Wolf-Dietrich Kriesel, the Deputy Commander of the German Armed Forces Operations Command said in his speech “in nearly 7 years, during which more than 500 men and women were employed, the German LOTs within the EUFOR mission established not only close relationships but partnerships”. He also thanked the Turkish and Swiss troops who they have worked alongside.
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