Meeting with EUFOR’s Chief of Staff

The Director of the Directorate for Coordination of Police Bodies of BiH, Mirsad Vilić, and his deputies Uroš Pena and Mile Jurić, held a regular meeting today (31st July 2014) with EUFOR’s Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Andras Szucs.

EUFOR Seminar attended by Minister of Defence and Chief of the Joint Staff

Commander EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker, today chaired a seminar to review EUFOR and Armed Forces BiH actions following the flooding in BiH.
Key attendees included Mr Zekerijah Osmić, the Minister of Defence, and Lieutenant General Anto Jeleč, Chief of the Joint Staff of Armed Forces BiH.
The purpose of the seminar was to identify where improvements could be made to improve the capability and capacity of Armed Forces BiH in the future, particularly when carrying out humanitarian and disaster relief tasks.

Key surplus ammunition meeting held at EUFOR Headquarters

EUFOR Headquarters today hosted the 6th Meeting of the Strategic Committee for Arms, Ammunition and Explosive Ordnance. The Committee, led by the BiH Ministry of Defence, included senior representatives from Armed Forces BiH, NATO, EUFOR, the OSCE mission to BiH, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Office of the Special Representative of the EU in BiH and Embassies of the United States, Switzerland, Austria and Sweden.

Swiss Head of Armed Forces Joint Staff visits EUFOR

The Swiss Head of Armed Forces Joint Staff, Major General Jean-Marc Halter, today visited EUFOR and met with Commander EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker.
Major General Halter is responsible for the planning, conduct and evaluation of joint operations and missions of the Swiss Armed Forces in Switzerland and abroad. He plans and controls the readiness of the Armed Forces, and is directly accountable to the Chief of the Armed Forces.

EUFOR assistance continues following conclusion of JOINT EFFORT

A farewell parade was held today to thank EUFOR’s three Reserve Companies for their participation in JOINT EFFORT, the name given to the flood-related disaster relief work conducted with Armed Forces BiH.
Slovenia, Austria and the United Kingdom each contributed approximately 120 troops, who were originally deployed to BiH to take part in Exercise Quick Response 14. However due to the devastating flooding, the main effort of both EUFOR and Armed Forces BiH changed to conducting flood-related disaster relief.

Chilean Armed Forces Chief of Joint Staff visits EUFOR

The Chief of the Joint Staff of the Chilean Armed Forces, Vice Admiral José Romero, today visited EUFOR headquarters at Camp Butmir, Sarajevo.
Vice Admiral Romero was welcomed by a guard of honour at the EUFOR headquarters before having an office call with Major General Dieter Heidecker, Commander EUFOR. In the afternoon, he also visited the NATO Headquarters in Camp Butmir and then proceeded to meet with the Chilean national contingent.

EUFOR Reserve Companies start JOINT EFFORT

EUFOR’s reserve companies are now working with Armed Forces BiH to conduct a number of tasks, including repairing water supplies, disinfection of streets, removal of garbage and transportation of aid
The reserve companies deployed from Camp Butmir on Friday 6 June 2014 to assist the Armed Forces of BiH in their flood-related disaster relief efforts, commonly known as JOINT EFFORT. The UK and Slovenian companies travelled to Dubrave, near Tuzla, while the Austrian company deployed to Zenica.

EUFOR members donate blood on the occasion of World Blood Donor Day

EUFOR military and civilian members from nine countries have shown their commitment to helping the population of BiH by donating blood in Camp Butmir in support of World Blood Donor Day.
EUFOR was initially approached by Professor Maida Šalaga-Baždar, head of blood donation promotion.  She emphasized the importance of providing blood for use in the General Hospital and Clinical Centre of Sarajevo University, as well as other transfusion centres in BiH.

Swiss KFOR helicopter working in EUFOR returned to Kosovo

On 4 June 2014, the Swiss KFOR helicopter working in EUFOR returned to Kosovo.
The Swiss ‘Cougar’ helicopter, which is currently based at KFOR, has been in BiH since 20 May 2014, when it was sent there to help EUFOR with flood-related disaster relief work.
The crew of two pilots, three technicians and one additional officer will now return to their duties in Kosovo, to join the other two Swiss helicopters currently based there, as the requests for aid from the BiH authorities have now significantly reduced.

General Sir Adrian Bradshaw visited BiH

General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, the EUFOR Operation Commander, visited BiH on 9-10 June to gain an update on the progress of Operation Althea and to witness EUFOR troops assisting Armed Forces BiH in their flood-related disaster relief work.
On the morning of 9 June, General Bradshaw received an update in EUFOR HQ on Operation Althea progress, with particular focus on the recent flooding. He spent the afternoon in Sarajevo visiting the Presidency, the UN Development Programme office and the Ministry of Defence.

President of Slovenia, Mr Borut Pahor, visited EUFOR Althea

On 4 June 2014, the President of Slovenia, Mr Borut Pahor, visited EUFOR Althea.

President Pahor is here to discuss the Slovenian contribution to EUFOR and to visit the Slovenian troops who are currently serving in BiH. During his visit, the President met with the Commander of EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker, who thanked the President for the Slovenian contribution and also expressed his wishes for further good cooperation and support in the future.