A ceremony was held in the Helicopter Hanger at EUFOR HQ, Camp Butmir for the Change of Command of both the EUFOR Operation Commander and Force Commander positions. General Sir Adrian Bradshaw handed over to General Sir James Everard as the Operation Commander of EUFOR operation Althea in BiH. Major General Friedrich Schrötter handed over as Commander EUFOR, the Force Commander position in Sarajevo, to Major General Anton Waldner.
The EU Special Representative Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, the Chairman of the EU Military Committee General Mikhail Kostarakos, the Director General of the EU Military Staff Lieutenant General Luciano Portolano and Chief of the Joint Staff of the Armed forces BiH Lieutenant General Anto Jeleč were in attendance.
General Everard said “I am pleased we have seen real progress here since 2004 and the start of Op Althea. These are however uncertain times. External influences at play in the wider Western Balkans region, and in BiH, have the potential to challenge progress. In the face of such challenges it is essential that we persevere together and demonstrate joint commitment to a persistently methodical approach and steady progress. In this necessary co-operation between politicians, leadership and the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina, in EUFOR you have no finer partner.”