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 06 December 2013, Colonel (GS) Klaus JÄGER was awarded a Chief of Staff EUFOR commendation by Brigadier General József SZPISJÁK for an outstanding performance during a very successful tour of duty with Mission Althea as the Chief Joint Military Affairs (JMA) branch. During the last six months, Colonel Jäger not only was in charge of the JMA branch but 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).
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 21 November 2013, Brigadier General Hans Hardenbol, the Director Operations of the Royal Netherlands Army, paid a courtesy visit to Major General Dieter Heidecker, the Commander (COM) of EUFOR.
Brigadier General Hardenbol is responsible for the process of operational and combat readiness training and mission planning of army units for the Netherlands, and was accompanied by Major Werner Blok and Major Roelof Driesen.
On 19 November the Commander of EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker and Chief of Staff, Brigadier General József Szpisják attended the 4th High-level National Surplus Ammunition and Light Weapons (SALW) Conference at the Army Hall, Sarajevo. The distinguished permanent members of this meeting include the EU Special Representative, H.E. Peter Sørensen, Head of Mission OSCE to BiH, Brigadier General (Retired) Harold Quiel and the Commander of NATO HQ Sarajevo, Brigadier General Merle D. Hart.
On 19 November 2013, the Chief of General Staff of the Army of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Lieutenant General Goranco Koteski, met with the Commander of EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker. During the office call, Major General Heidecker thanked his guest for his country’s contribution to EUFOR and acknowledged the importance of the role that the personnel from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have within the mission and praised the quality of the members presently serving within EUFOR. These members include personnel within the HQ staff as well as Doctors and Nurses at the Camp BUTMIR medical facility.
On 19 November 2013, Major General Dieter Heidecker, the Commander (COM) of EUFOR, welcomed Lieutenant General IIlhan Talu, the Commander of the 4th Corps of the Turkish Army to Camp BUTMIR.
During the meeting, COM EUFOR informed General Talu on recent EUFOR activities in delivering the overarching European Security and Defence Policy mission in BiH. The Generals then discussed recent Capacity Building and Training activities delivered by EUFOR personnel to the Armed Forces of BiH as well as the important functions that Turkish military personnel carry out in the mission.
- Head of UN Women in BiH meets the Commander of EUFOR
- EUFOR CIS Course Commences
- EUFOR CBRN Mobile Mentoring Team completes its 2013 mission
- EUFOR CIS Training Course completes
- Farewell greetings from our departing RSM Joseph Bredimus
- Deputy Commander Luxembourg Army on final call to EUFOR
- COM EUFOR visits Ammunition Transportation Safety Course
- J9 Division Head, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, visits COM EUFOR
- COM EUFOR welcomed Colonel Martin Stoklasa, the Commander of the Training and Support Forces of the AF SR
- COS EUFOR visits AF BiH 5th Infantry Brigade
- 7th Joint EUFOR/AF BiH Engineering Conference
- EUFOR Commander attends the Third Strategic Committee for Weapons, Ammunition and Explosive Ordnance
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