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Written by Lt Cdr Paul Gill
Distinguished Visitors Day marks end of Exercise Quick Response 2
COMEUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker handsover present to Osmić, BiH Minister of Defense

On 12 September 2013, EUFOR’s two-week “Exercise Quick Response 2” climaxed with a Distinguished Visitors Day (DVD) at the BiH Army Barracks in LIVAČ.
The event began with a Press Conference which included the Minister of Defense for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Minister Zekerijah Osmić, the Head of the European Union Command Element Lieutenant (Lt) General Leonardo di Marco, the Commander of EUFOR Major General Dieter Heidecker and the Chief of the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AF BiH) Major General Anto Jeleč.
Lt General di Marco welcomed the representatives of local and international media and congratulated the Commander of EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker, for his “excellent leadership and the successful conduct of the exercise.”

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Written by Maj Roman Vildomec
EUFOR Ammunition Handling and storage safety course completes_1

On 11th September 2013 the closing ceremony for the third Practical Basic Ammunition Course took place in KRUPA. This was the first course which was completed under the responsibility of the Training and Doctrine (TRADOK) element of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AF BIH). Participants on the course achieved the required standard of knowledge with respect to the safe handling of ammunition. The next step is to use this knowledge in prospective storage sites in BiH.

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Written by Lt Col Otmar Lindner
Intermediate Reserve Force “Mission Ready in Theatre”_1

On 07 September 2013, members of the Intermediate Reserve (IR) Force under the leadership of the Commander of the Multinational Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Christoph BLASCH, and under the watchful and critical eyes of Commander EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker, and Chief of Staff EUFOR, Brigadier General József Szpisják, underwent the final test before having proven their “Full Operational Capability”. During a challenging and demanding drill, the IR companies from Austria and Slovakia, who have recently joined EUFOR as reinforcements for the operational rehearsal “Exercise Quick Response 2”, had to demonstrate their military skills by solving a series of demanding tasks typical for peace support operations. The exercise took place inside the RAJLOVAC barracks in SARAJEVO and included different scenarios that demanded accurate reaction to events such as civil disturbances, fighting in built up areas (FIBUA), protection of essential infrastructure and emergency procedures for persons needing assistance to evacuate. In the process the soldiers and their commanders were challenged to carryout search operations, reconnaissance and detection operations, patrols, checkpoint and traffic control point operations and conduct stability operations while simultaneously protecting wider security interests.

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Written by Lt Cdr Paul Gill
Exercise QR2 – Phase 1 (Integration)_1

On 5 September 2013, Major General Dieter Heidecker the EUFOR Commander visited RAJLOVAC barracks, SARAJEVO to inspect the training taking place as part of the Integration Phase for Exercise Quick Response 2. Quick Response 2 is part of the EUFOR’s annual training regime and rehearses the activation, deployment and integration of over the horizon forces (Intermediate Reserve Companies) into the EUFOR structure and demonstrates EUFOR’s ability to maintain the Safe and Secure Environment.

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Written by Captain Jaroslav Rybak
EUFOR CBRN Course Completes_1

On 30 August 2013, A celebration of the achievement and the presentation of the course certificates was organized to mark the completion of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Course which took place at Dubrave Barracks near TUZLA.
Main topic of the course was the support  to civilian authorities in the case of chemical incidents.

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