7th ACR EUTM unit in Mali

The Czech Republic has joined the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) 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.

7th Czech EUTM unit in Mali

While the task of the 1st Czech unit was to guard the EUTM Headquarters in the capital of Bamako in cooperation with Malian and French soldiers, from the 2nd unit the Czechs, as instructors, have also trained the Malian soldiers.

Commander of the 7th Czech EUTM unit assumed the operational task on 11th March 2016 to serve in Mali for six months.

Czech soldiers closely cooperated with French, German and Mailan soldiers. Four Czech instructors went on in training of Malian soldiers at the Koulikoro Base (some 50 km of Bamako).

The Czech participation in the mission has originally been planned for 15 months but it has been prolonged to 2017. The size of the unit was 38 soldiers but it could be increased up to 50 personnel. Even though the guard mission remained the primary one, soldiers escorted journeys of persons out of the Bamako HQ Base, and convoys of EU TM as well.


  • Captain Jiri Stanek

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Last update: September 9, 2016