08 Aug FORCE PROTECTION – GUARDIANS OF THE MISSION
The main task of EUTM Mali is to train soldiers of the Malian Armed Forces. Although, in accordance with the European Union legal framework, EUTM Mali personnel do not participate in combat operations, the mission has its own force protection unit. Members of this unit, so called “Guardians of the Mission”, protect EUTM Mali Headquarters in Bamako and Training camp in Koulikoro, carry out escorts of the Mission Force Commander and his staff, provide security to the Headquarters, guard trainers, protect and escort VIP personnel, and facilitates medical evacuation (MEDEVAC).
This force protection unit must be ready to react to possible attacks, and to treat injuries during crisis and traffic accidents. After extension of the new Mandate, the Mission’s area of operation has been expanded and now comprises the whole of Mali. EUTM Mali, besides centralized activities at the Koulikoro Training Camp, also conducts decentralized activities throughout the country. Therefore, the importance of a force protection during activities in remote areas is growing.
Furthermore, the force protection unit must be capable of managing MEDEVAC and personal recovery procedures, if any EUTM Mali personnel become isolated. Those skills have been exercised in Kalifabougou regularly with an outsourced company, which provides MEDEVAC assets and training to the Mission.