2nd ACR EU TM unit in Mali
The Czech Republic 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. The deployment was passed by both chambers of the Czech Parliament.
2nd 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, the 2nd unit enlarges its activities also to training of Malian soldiers.
The 1st Czech EU TM unit in Mali in size of 34 soldiers moved to Bamako on 14 - 16 March 2013, the present 2nd Czech EU TM unit replaced their colleagues during 4 - 14 September 2013 rotation.
Four instructors from 43rd Airborne Mechanised Battalion completed previous number to present 38 soldiers. They contribute to 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 whole convoys of EU TM mission transports as well.
- Lieutenant Martin Sekera
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Last update: March 22, 2014