09 Feb EUTM MALI TRAINERS AWARDED THE COMMON SECURITY AND DEFENCE POLICY SERVICE MEDAL
At dawn the MFCdr Brigadier General Fernando Luis Gracia Herreiz and his CPT left Bamako for what should become a memorable day at the Koulikoro Training Camp, separated 60 kms from the MFHQ.
The special visit of the MFCdr included an attendance to a formal Medal Parade and a walk-around in the training camp to meet and greet the Commander of the FAMa Camp, Colonel Traore, Malian Army, and the Education and Training Task Force (ETTF) Commander, Colonel Rafael Dengra Tello, Spanish Army.
The MFCdr thanked the Camp Commander for his warm welcome and reiterated that the cooperation between both FAMa and EUTM Mali is essential for the reconstruction of the Malian Army. He advocated to further cooperate in delivering the best to the Military Schools, namely the best training and formation.
The medal parade was held at the Parade Ground. The MFCdr congratulated his staff who received CSDP Medals underlining that, despite the challenging environment, the formation activities to build the FAMa capacity in the security domain are a key part of the European integrated approach to Mali. The General himself handed-over some of the medals.
After the parade the ETTF Commander provided the General with a briefing-package, involving some key personnel and subject matter experts, of the Force Protection, HUMINT, CIMIC, MEDICAL Role 2 and the Spanish National Support Element.
After a working lunch, the General wrapped up his visit by chatting to Colonel Dengra in his role of KTC Base Commander.
A memorable day for the decorated, the MFCdr and EUTM Mali. Hence, EUTM Mali delivers advocacy, training and education in profit of the Malian Armed Forces, thus contributing to the stability and development of the wider Sahel Region. EUTM Mali Trainers awarded for their outstanding service…