Two Black Hawk helicopters are now able to operate from Camp Butmir in order to assist with EUFOR flood-related disaster relief. The current team has been supplemented with another from Austria. This means that the two aircraft can now be flown concurrently in order to provide maximum support towards JOINT EFFORT.

Today (5th June 2014) the staff of the EUFOR Multi-National Battalion set up a joint forward operations centre in Zenica with staff from the 1st Battalion of the 5th Brigade of Tuzla. From there EUFOR’s Lieutenant Colonel Scharf will control the tasking for EUFOR’s Multi-National Battalion including the three ‘over the horizon’ reserve companies from Austria, Slovenia and the UK.
The Austrian reserve company will mainly operate in the Bosna valley, including the areas around Doboj, Maglaj and Zavidovic, whereas the Slovenian and UK companies, stationed in Dubrave near Tuzla, will mainly operate in the Sava valley.

This EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) equipment can be used for mines or other Unexploded Ordnance (UXO), if EUFOR soldiers discover any while conductingtheir duties in BiH. This is especially important right now, because many mines and UXOs have moved because of landslides and flooding in BiH.

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.

EUFOR’s Intermediate Reserve Companies will start arriving in BiH from 29 May 2014
These Intermediate Reserve Companies are EUFOR’s ‘over-the-horizon’ troops and currently consists of three companies from Austria and Slovenia. They were originally deploying to BiH for ‘Exercise Quick Response 14’ but due to the recent flooding they will now be conducting disaster relief operations jointly with the Armed Forces of BiH. We have given these operations the name of ‘Operation Joint Effort 14’.

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.

Immediate Medical Aid saved lives
EUFOR has been helping to evacuate the population affected by floods in BiH for six days now. Timely movement and care has been provided by medical personnel to injured and sick people. The EUFOR medical evacuation team, consisting of three doctors and two flight rescuers, has provided immediate medical aid on the evacuation flights of the EUFOR helicopters. Some 41 civilians, including children and the older people, have received emergency treatment and have been transported to hospitals.