11 Feb EUTM MALI REACHES SEVARÉ
Whilst centralised training activities, in the shape of courses in Koulikoro Training Camp continues, EUTM Mali also concentrates its focus on the decentralisation of the training and advising activities. To date EUTM Mali has carried out 22 Combined Mobile Advisory and Training Teams (CMATTs) in seven different locations all over the Mission area.
On February 7, the Mission Force Commander (MF Cdr) of EUTM Mali, Brigadier General João Boga Ribeiro, visited the latest decentralised training; the CMATT taking place in Sevaré. Here the MF Cdr had the opportunity to observe several activities being conducted such as the Command and Control Operations (C2OPS) Course, the Intelligence Course, the Administration Course and the Infantry Training Course. The MF Cdr witnessed the trainees’ ability to learn quickly coupled with a willingness to put into practice the lessons taught, especially during the fire and movement drill as part of the assault on a prepared enemy position. All this was underpinned by a great deal of effort on the part of all the trainees. The MF Cdr then had the pleasure of meeting Colonel Amara Doumbia, MAF (Malian Armed Forces) 6th Military Region (Mopti) Commander. During this meeting, Colonel Doumbia highlighted the close cooperation between the MaAF and EUTM Mali, the careful selection of trainees made throughout the planning of this CMATT and underlined the excellent results that have been achieved so far. At the end of the visit, the MF Cdr congratulated all the CMATT elements for their commitment and dedication. He stressed the professionalism, competence and their capacity to overcome all the many challenges set was very inspiring. Finally the MF Cdr underlined the strong relationship the EUTM has with the Malian military and local authorities.