The EUFOR ALTHEA Operation Commander, General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, was welcomed at EUFOR Headquarters on Sunday by Commander EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker, before embarking on a two-day visit.
Monday’s visit programme began with a briefing from key EUFOR personnel who delivered an update on the progress of the mission. General Bradshaw then travelled to Banja Luka, where he was met by Major General Husein Tursunović at HQ Support Command of Armed Forces BiH, and briefed on topics including personnel, administration and logistics.
The opening ceremony of two reconstructed bridges took place in Tuzla on 2nd September, 2014.
Commander EUFOR, Commander NATO HQ Sarajevo and the Chief of the Joint Staff of Armed Forces BiH today accompanied the Chairman of the Presidency of BiH to visit the flood-hit areas of Maglaj and Doboj.
Major General Dieter Heidecker, Commander EUFOR, Brigadier General Christopher Petty, Commander NATO HQ Sarajevo and Lieutenant General Anto Jeleč, Chief of the Joint Staff AF BiH, initially met the Commander and staff of the AF BiH logistics base at Doboj together with Mr Bakir Izetbegović where they learnt more about the assistance given by AF BiH during the floods.
EUFOR’s British sub-unit and the Reconnaissance Company of Armed Forces BiH’s 5th Brigade have carried out combined training this week at Camp Eagle, Tuzla. The training programme began with a presentation from the EUFOR soldiers, who spoke about their recent operational experiences in Afghanistan. Afterwards, members of Armed Forces BiH were shown the equipment of the EUFOR soldiers, which included medical support kits, weapons and vehicles.
They then witnessed four vehicles being used on a simulated patrol, and were able to compare and discuss their own procedures and tactics with EUFOR soldiers.
Members of Armed Forces BiH (AF BiH) recently completed an ammunition transportation safety course delivered by AF BiH and EUFOR personnel in Rajlovac.
The instructors trained personnel in the safe packaging, labelling and handling of ammunition during transportation. The course was conducted by a combined team of AF BiH and a EUFOR mobile training team, led by the Swiss Armed Forces.
EUFOR soldiers are working together with Armed Forces BiH (AF BiH) in the Municipality of Tuzla to rebuild bridges that were destroyed during the floods.
The reconstruction of the two bridges will ensure that 350 households have easy access between their properties and the rest of the municipality, and that farmers once again have access to their agricultural land.
The Municipality of Tuzla has built embankments for the bridges, while the Austrian Forces Disaster Relief Unit engineering team began to train AF BiH personnel and produced the key technical drawings. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has procured the associated materials thanks to funding from Norway.
The first version of EUFOR’s 2015 Capacity Building and Training (CB&T) Calendar was signed this week by Major General Mirko Tepšić, Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff of AF BiH for Operations, and Brigadier General András Szűcs, Chief of Staff of EUFOR.
The signing of the calendar is an important milestone in the development of Armed Forces BiH. The 2015 CB&T Calendar is developed together with Armed Forces BiH, with the process beginning in November 2013 at the Assessment Conference, where previous CB&T activity was reviewed. This was followed by the Road Map Agreement in March 2014 which contained an agreement on what support EUFOR shall deliver in 2015. The detailed planning for each area (CIS, MOVCON etc.) was then further developed and has now been incorporated in the 2015 CB&T Calendar.
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