The closing ceremony of Quick Response 2017 exercise concluded months of planning and cooperation between EUFOR and the Bosnian Ministry of Security and Ministry of Defense. The Exercise director, Brigadier General József Szpisják, congratulated the participating soldiers for their hard work and commitment in making the exercise a huge success and thanked them for their professionalism and enthusiasm throughout.
The international exercise involved EUFOR’s Multinational Battalion, the Intermediate Reserve Forces from the United Kingdom and the Kosovo Force Tactical Reserve Battalion, as well as Bosnian law enforcement agencies and the Armed Forces, working together for the first time in realistic scenarios in order to test their respective contingency plans.
Commander EUFOR, Major General Anton Waldner said: “Quick Response 2017 exercise has provided the opportunity to increase our interoperability with both the Armed Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies of Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as to test our tactics, techniques and procedures in dealing with a number of different types of threats.”
Addressing the soldiers at the closing ceremony, he added: “At the strategic level, the European Union remains committed to Bosnia and Herzegovina and through EUFOR’s presence will continue to support Bosnia and Herzegovina’s efforts to maintain a safe and secure environment on the country’s path to EU accession. Therefore your presence in this high profile exercise helps reinforce this strategic objective.”