12 Jun A NEW COMMANDER
The Change of Command (CoC) ceremony of the EUTM Mali Mission Force Commander took place on 12 June 2020 at the EUTM Mali Headquarters in Bamako. The official CoC ceremony was held in the presence of the Chief of Staff of the Presidential Office, Division General Oumar Dao; the Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Mali, His Excellency Bart Ouvry; the Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Brigadier General Adbrahame Baby; among other various civilian and military entities. The Heads of Mission of MINUSMA, BARKHANE and EUCAP Sahel Mali, and the European and African Diplomatic Corps accredited in Bamako also attended the ceremony.
The ceremony started with an honor to the fallen moment and also included the speeches of Brigadier General João Boga Ribeiro and the Ambassador of the EU, as well as the award of the Common Security and Defence Policy Service Medal for Extraordinary Meritorious Service on Brigadier General João Boga Ribeiro.
During his speech, Brigadier General František Ridzák thanked all the attendance for come to this solemn moment and stated two main concepts: synchronization as key word for the success of EUTM Mali and togetherness, which should be translated by the synchronization of EUTM Mali members’ efforts. He finished saying that it is a true privilege for himself and for Czech Republic to command this prestigious mission.
The transfer of Portuguese Authority to the Czech Authority and the corresponding change of command of EUTM Mali, was carried out with the handing over of the EUTM Mali ensign by Brigadier General João Boga Ribeiro to Brigadier General František Ridzák.