First Antonov 124 flight arrived at the Sarajevo International Airport on Monday, September 23, bringing in troops and equipment for EUFOR’s largest annual exercise, Quick Response 19.
This exercise is the annual test of EUFOR’s capability to rapidly reinforce its troops in Bosnia and Herzegovina with part of its reserve forces which are held at high-readiness in partner nations.
Quick Response 19 will take place in locations all over Bosnia and Herzegovina on October 7-11, in cooperation with the authorities in the country.
“This long standing annual exercise demonstrates to all the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina the commitment that EUFOR has to helping maintain a peaceful environment. It is also an excellent opportunity for EUFOR to strengthen the close relationship we share with the Armed Forces of BiH and law enforcement agencies, as we work together to deal with a broad range of exercise scenarios”, said EUFOR spokesperson, Lieutenant Commander Tim Leckey.
EUFOR’s Multinational Battalion has been working closely with the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina and law enforcement agencies, completing combined training and sharing skills and experiences which will be demonstrated during the exercise.
Personnel from EUFOR’s Multinational Battalion, the Armed Forces and law enforcement agencies will be joined by part of EUFOR’s reserve contingent, who are arriving from Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and the United Kingdom.
Exercise Quick Response 19 will allow EUFOR Headquarters to exercise command and control in a large scale exercise and give the troops the opportunity to expand their knowledge and experience of peace support operations.