4th ACR EU TM unit in Mali
The Czech Republic has joined the European Union Training Mission (EU TM) in Mali in a bid to support Armed Forces of the Republic of Mali in their effort to suppress insurgents' activities, and deliver additional military equipment. The deployment was passed by both chambers of the Czech Parliament.
4th Czech EU TM unit in Mali
While the task of the 1st Czech unit was to guard the EU TM Headquarters in the capital of Bamako in cooperation with Malian and French soldiers, from the 2nd unit the Czechs also train Malian soldiers as instructors.
The 4th Czech EU TM unit in size of 38 soldiers moved to Bamako between 1 - 11 September 2014.
Czech soldiers closely cooperate with French and Mailan soldiers. Four Czech instructors go on in training of Malian soldiers at the Koulikoro Base (some 50 km of Bamako).
The Czech participation in the mission is planned for 15 months and the size of the unit can be increased up to 50 soldiers. Even though the guard mission remains the primary one, soldiers escort journeys of persons out of the Bamako HQ Base, and convoys of EU TM as well.
- Captain Michal Mamkin
(Captain Michal Mamkin is Commander of the 1st rifle company at the 74th Light Motorised Battalion based in Bucovice)
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March 4, 2015