EUFOR Chief of Staff begins a series of visits to EUFOR’s Embedded Advisory Teams

EUFOR Chief of Staff, Brigadier General András Szűcs began a tour of seven visits to meet with his 10 Embedded Advisory Teams (EATs) around BiH on 29 April 2014. These EATs are small groups of advisors who work in close coordination with their counterparts from the Armed Forces of BiH (AF BiH) in various organizations, embedded to the force structure of AF BiH at Joint Staff level down to the brigades. They are part of EUFOR’s main effort working on Partnership Goals to build and improve the capacity of the AF BiH on a wide variety of military capabilities.
There are two teams at the AF BiH Joint Staff HQ in Sarajevo one of which is the so called ‘Lessons Learned’ EAT, where two Polish staff officers work on implementing Lessons Learned doctrines and systems for AF BiH.

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Theoretical and Practical Advanced Ammunition Course

Weapons and Ammunition management is one of the most important tasks for EUFOR’s Joint Military Affairs Branch (JMA) and EUFOR’s Capacity Building and Training Division (CBTD). There is a major effort to reduce the quantity of Weapons and Ammunition Storage Sites in BiH, so it is necessary to have and to train the best professionals in this field.

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CIS Information and Network Security Course

From 07 to 17 April 2014, a EUFOR Turkish contingent Mobile Mentoring Team mentored a 9-day Information and Network Security Course, which was successfully conducted by instructors from the BiH Armed Forces. This course was the fifth of 11 CIS courses planned for 2014 and had 14 participants from different units of AF BiH.

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Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between EUFOR and the BiH Ministry of Defence

On 16 April 2014, in Army Hall, Sarajevo, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between EUFOR and the BiH Ministry of Defence.
This MOU is now the principal agreement that provides the framework for co-operation between EUFOR and the MoD / Armed Forces of BiH and it consolidates and streamlines 9 previous agreements between these two parties.
It has taken almost two years to reach this stage but should bring immediate advantages to the working relationship, especially with EUFOR’s capacity building and training programme for the Armed Forces and the common training serial ‘Quick Response’ between EUFOR and the Armed Forces in June of this year.

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EUFOR support to the BiH Mine Action Strategy

BiH still has one of the most severe land mine problems in the world. This affects the economy and development of the country in many ways but especially with tourism. EUFOR is often seen as being responsible for the mine clearance in this country, but it is not. The responsibility is with the BiH authorities.
At state level, the BiH Demining Law regulates the Demining Commission, the central body responsible for the removal of mine risk in BiH within the Ministry of Civil Affairs, and its technical body is the BiH Mine Action Center (BHMAC).

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Combined Training of MNBN and AF BiH

From 07 – 11 April 2014, a platoon of the EUFOR Turkish Contingent Multinational Battalion conducted combined training with a platoon of the 1st Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Brigade of the Armed Forces of BiH in Dubrave, the former SFOR/EUFOR Eagle Base.

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