On 31 October 2013, EUFOR Lessons Learned (LL) Embedded Advisory Team (EAT) conducted a one–day LL Staff Officer seminar at the in 6th Infantry Brigade location in Banja Luka. The seminar was attended by soldiers linked to the LL system from 6th Infantry Brigade, Air Force & Air Defense Brigade and the Support Command. The main goal of the seminar was to provide the participants with LL awareness and to discuss the future areas of students work as an LL specialist.
Additionally the seminar also provided the opportunity to improve basic LL knowledge of personnel and the whole system in the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AF BiH). Lectures also enabled the preparation of students for participation in specialized courses on LL organized by NATO and other LL specialization training courses in BiH.
On Tuesday the 5th of November 2013, the EUFOR members from Slovak contingent in the Operation ALTHEA in Bosnia and Herzegovina provided assistance to a married couple who crashed their car near to Visegrad.
Captain Vladimir Toth and Sergeant 1st Class Juraj Stelbacky from the Slovakian Liaison and Observation Team (LOT) Visegrad witnessed the accident. The driver of the car lost control due to the wet weather conditions which overturned onto its roof.
On 4 November 13 the first module of the latest Geographical Services course commenced, with an opening ceremony and welcoming remarks from the Chief of Training in EUFOR, Lt Col Johan Bouhuys. The ceremony was also attended by representatives from the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AF BiH), EUFOR, and NATO CIS Advisor, Major Erdem Onk. The course took place at the Rajlovac barracks under the responsibility of the AF BiH with a total of 12 trainees taking part.
On 1 November 2013 the EUFOR Capacity Building and Training course in Communications and Information Systems (CIS) for the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AF BiH) completed with a closing ceremony. One of the pillars of the EUFOR mission is to support capacity building and training and to support the AF BiH in the development of a self-sustainable training system.
On 31 October 2013 a EUFOR team led by the Chief of Staff (COS) of EUFOR, Brigadier General József Szpisják played in a friendly football competition with the Armed Forces of BiH (AF BiH).
Members of EUFOR personnel visited the AF BiH 4th Infantry Brigade to play in the long awaited indoor football competition. The idea for this event was initiated during the last NCO day which was held at Capljina in September where the Headquarters of AF BiH 4th Infantry BDE is located.
On 30 October 2013 Chief of Staff EUFOR, Brigadier General József Szpisják, met with Mr. Charles W. Bennett, the newly appointed Director of the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).
The meeting took place inside EUFOR Headquarters at Camp Butmir, Sarajevo. Mr Bennett enjoyed a 40-year career in United States police force before joining the US Embassy’s Department of Justice, International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) office, first as the Program Manager and now as the Director in BiH.
On the morning of 30 October 2013, the Austrian Federal President, His Excellency Dr Heinz Fischer, arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) for an official visit on board of a military aircraft C-130 Hercules at Sarajevo International Airport.
The Austrian President was accompanied by a delegation headed by Austria's Minister of Defence and Sports, Gerald Klug, and including Lieutenant General Bernhard Bair, Deputy Chief of General Staff and Brigadier General Dr. Johann Frank, Head of Division for Security Political Analysis.
The forth group of students from the Armed Forces of BiH completed the EUFOR Capacity Building and Training ‘Military Movement Control Training Course’ 30 October 13. The group of students consisted of both Officers and NCOs from different units and covered transport and movement procedures which are in line with NATO standards. Building the transport structure of the Armed Forces of Bosnia & Herzegovina (AF BiH) to meet the interoperability requirements to operate with the Armed Forces of other countries is one of the key tasks of EUFOR.
On 25 October 2013 members of EUFOR, including the Chief of logistics and Infrastructure, Wing Commander (GBR) Ian Tripp, attended the annual accreditation for Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ) by the International Civil Aviation Authority (IKO). The Exercise is one of the annual requirements for SJJ to meet its international accreditation status and demonstrated the responses required should an Airplane Accident occur within the perimeter of the airport, code named ‘Exercise Red Wing 6’.
On 24 October 2013, Commander (COM) EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker, paid an inaugural visit to the Embassy of Slovenia in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and was warmly welcomed by its new Ambassador to BiH, H.E. Mr Iztok Grmek
During the informal talk, Ambassador Grmek, who took over the position on 13 September, expressed his determination to further strengthen the amicable relations that already exist between Slovenia and BiH, especially in the field of economic cooperation and in the process of EU enlargement.
- Spiderman Training at EUFOR
- COS EUFOR joins International War March
- COM EUFOR meets Polish Ambassador
- COM EUFOR meets the Slovakian Ambassador
- Mine Risk Education Instructors Course begins
- Director of Slovenian Joint Operations Center visits EUFOR
- Ambassador of Sweden in BiH visits Commander EUFOR Althea
- COM EUFOR welcomes Italian Defence Attaché to Camp Butmir
- Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Course Final Exercise
- Chief of the Turkish General Staff General Necdet Özel visits EUFOR
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