The ViaKult Office officially launched the 8th Kids Festival on 24th May. As one of the main sponsor of the festival over the 8 years, Major General Bernhard Bair, COM EUFOR was invited to attend the launch.
COM EUFOR speaking in local language, said, “The children of Bosnia and Herzegovina are its future and we must all invest in that future! EUFOR is working within the local communities of BiH to help all of the peoples to live together in a stable, viable, peaceful and multi ethnic Nation. EUFOR is delighted to be able to support the 8th Kids Festival that provides children from across all of BiH and from all ethnic backgrounds with the opportunity to have fun, learn and undertaken new experiences together. I am happy to announce that EUFOR will provide a parachute display team to entertain the children. I wish all the children a fun time at this year’s Festival.”
|Major General Bair, COM EUFOR, His Excellency Alvargonzález San Martin, Spanish Ambassador and Brigadier General Nagy, DCOM EUFOR.|
The Spanish Contingent of EUFOR held a remembrance ceremony for the 23 Spanish soldiers who had given their lives to the mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina today, 18 May. The ceremony was held in the Memorial Park, Camp Butmir and attended by the Spanish Ambassador, His Excellency Alejandro Alvargonzález San Martin and Major General Bernhard Bair, COM EUFOR.
|COM EUFOR and Minister Sikorski passing through Guard of Honour.|
A Guard of Honour comprising of all the EUFOR contributing nations and COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair, welcomed Mr Radosław Sikorski, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland to Camp Butmir. The minister was accompanied during his visit by the Polish Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina His Excellency Mr Jerzy Chmielewski, Ms Marta Stachowiak, Deputy Director of Minister’s Cabinet, Ms Anna Sochańska, Deputy Director of Department for European Policy and Ms Emanuela Suprowicz, Deputy Head of Mission.
During the subsequent Office Call, Major General Bair briefed the delegation on current situation in the country and the status of Operation Althea, the name of the EUFOR mission in BiH. They 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. COM EUFOR explained that an important enabler of this is maintaining situation awareness through the Liaison and Observation Teams (LOT). They concluded by discussing the continuing co-operation with the AF BiH in a number of areas such as training.
|New COM MNBN, Lt Col Friedrich Ölböck, taking over the MNBN flag from COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair.|
Major General Bernhard Bair, COM EUFOR presided over a change of command ceremony on Camp Butmir on 10th May 2011. The event marked the handover of command within the Multinational Battalion (MNBN). Lieutenant Colonel Bernd Rott, Austrian Army handed over command to Lt Col Friedrich Ölböck, Austrian Army, after seven months in command. Lt Col Rott took over Command of the MNBN from the Spanish Contingent on 18th October 2010.
The parade consisted of troops from all of the nations that form the MNBN. Major General Bair praised the outgoing Commander for his professionalism and dedication in ensuring that his troops were well trained and ready to undertake their mission. The MNBN currently consists of personnel from Austria, Hungary and Turkey.
|COM EUFOR with Major General Robert Löwenstein.|
Major General Bernhard Bair, COM EUFOR, welcomed Major General Robert Löwenstein, Commander of 1St Air Force Division, to EUFOR Headquarters today, 9th May. Major General Löwenstein is very familiar with the HQ having served twice as COS EUFOR HQ in 2008 and 2009.
The two generals held discussions during which COM EUFOR praised the high standard of the German troops serving in EUFOR. He went on to thank the German Republic for their continuing support to Op Althea. Germany is strongly committed to the Mobile Training Team concept. They discussed the possible German contribution to open Force Elements related to Air Medical Evacuation and Air Crew and Maintenance training in EUFOR.
Major General Löwenstein was visiting Camp Butmir to undertake discussions with German personnel serving in EUFOR HQ.
A EUFOR helicopter based at Camp Butmir, Sarajevo, participated in a successful Search and Rescue operation south of Medugorje earlier today, 6 May. A female German tourist had been reported missing overnight to the local police. Due to the nature of the terrain and the large potential search area, the local police requested support from EUPM. The assistance of EUFOR helicopter support was then asked for by the EUPM.
- Ambassador of Republic of Poland in Bosnia and Herzegovina visits EUFOR
- EUFOR hosts Medical Evacuation and Search & Rescue Seminar
- Operation Commander visits Liaison Observation Team (LOT) House in Novo Sarajevo
- Liaison Observation Team (LOT) House in Livno build partnership with Woman Association
- Operation Commander of EUFOR Althea visits Sarajevo
- COM EUFOR visits Liaison Observation Team (LOT) House in Sanski Most
- COM EUFOR visits female saved by EUFOR Medical Evacuation
- Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Bosnia and Herzegovina visits EUFOR
- Operational Commander of the Polish Armed Forces visits EUFOR
- Chargé D’affaires, Mission of Portugal in Sarajevo visits EUFOR
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