European Union Military Committee (EUMC), EU Chiefs of Defence, 17/05/2016
EUTM-S together with the CSDP training and advisory missions during the EU Chiefs of Defence, 17/05/2016
In a joint session with chiefs of defence from partner nations contributing to EU CSDP missions, namely Albania, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, and Serbia, CHODs had a discussion on the EU training missions and EU military advisory missions: EUTM Mali, EUTM Somalia and EUMAM RCA.
EUROPE DAY celebrations in Somalia
Mogadishu, May 9 - All around the world, on 9th of May, the EU family celebrates Europe Day in commemoration of the Schuman Declaration. The Declaration, issued now 67 years ago in the aftermath of the Second World War that ravaged much of the continent, was the inspiration for today's European Union.
New Commander of European Union training mission in Somalia
On 21st March, the ceremony for the transfer of authority between EUTM Somalia Mission Commander Brigadier General Antonio Maggi (ITA) and Brigadier General Maurizio Morena (ITA) took place at EUTM Headquarters within the Mogadishu International Airport area.
THE SPANISH MINISTER OF DEFENCE VISIT EUTM SOMALIA HQ IN MOGADISHU
On the 12 January, the Spanish Minister of Defense, Excellency Pedro Morenés Eulate, accompanied by Spanish Chief of Defence, General Fernando Garcìa Sanchez and his delegation of the Armed Forces, paid a visit to the European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM-S) Headquarters in Mogadishu.
EU's top military General visits Somalia, sends message to armed forces
On 28 September General Patrick de ROUSIERS, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee made an official visited to Somalia. The EU Military Committee brings together the Chiefs of Defence from the 28 EU Member States. General de ROUSIERS visited the country to engage with EU missions and other stakeholders on the ongoing efforts to pacify the county.
Director General of the European Union military staff visits Somalia
Mogadishu, September 11, 2015 – Lieutenant General Wolfgang WOSOLSOBE, the Director General of the European Union Military Staff, visited the EU in Somalia and witnessed firsthand the work of the European Union Training Mission (EUTM Somalia). During his visit on 6 and 7 September he interacted with Somali authorities, AMISOM, UN representatives, EUCAP NESTOR and other EU partners active in the security sector.
THE SPANISH CHIEF OF DEFENCE VISITS EUTM SOMALIA HQ IN MOGADISHU
On the 17th of July, the Spanish Chief of Defence, General Admiral Fernando García Sánchez, accompanied by a high level delegation of the Spanish Armed Forces, visited the European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM Somalia) Headquarters located at Mogadishu International Airport area.
Ceremony for the Hand over / Take over of the Commander of the European Union Training Mission
In Mogadishu, a ceremony for the change of the Commander of EUTM Somalia took place at the International Campus, where Brigadier General Antonio Maggi (Italy) took over the Command of the Mission from Brigadier General Massimo Mingiardi (Italy).The ceremony was attended by high level authorities from the Somali government and armed forces, as well the international partners.
Future Somali Joint Operations Planners graduate in Mogadishu
The Deputy Force Commander AMISOM, Major General Muheesi, the Inspector General of the Somali Police, Brigadier General Mohamed Hassan Ismail, the Deputy Director of NISA, Colonel Abdalla Abdalla and the acting Mission Commander EUTM Somalia, Colonel Martinez have celebrated the graduation of the first Joint Operations Command Center Planning Course in the International Compound, Mogadishu.
First Battalion Commander and new Cadet Course start in Mogadishu
The Somali Deputy Chief of Defense Forces, Brigadier General Abdilizakh Elmi and the Chief of the EUTM Somalia Defense Sector Training Team, Colonel (ESP) Enrique Bernardi have celebrated the start of the first Battalion Commander Course EUTM Somalia provides for the Somali National Army. Also a new Cadet course had its inauguration celebration.
The italian Chief of Defence visits EUTM Somalia HQ in Mogadishu
The Chief of Italian Defence Staff, Admiral Luigi Binelli Mantelli, accompanied by the Commander of the Joint Operations Headquarters, Lieutenant General Marco Bertolini, and the Chief the General Office of the Chief of Defence, Admiral Donato Marzano, visited the European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM Somalia) Headquarters located at the Mogadishu International Airport.
EU delegation visits the Prime minister at villa Somalia
A delegation of the European Union lead by Ambassador Michele CERVONE D’URSO, EU Special Envoy for Somalia, accompanied by the Commanders / Head of Mission of the EU CSDP missions in the Horn of Africa, was received at Villa Somalia by a Somali officials Delegation led by the Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E. Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed.
The Spanish Chief of Defence Visits EUTM Somalia HQ in Mogadishu
The Chief of Defence of Spain, General Admiral Fernando García Sánchez, accompanied by a high level delegation of the Spanish Armed Forces, visited the European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM Somalia) Headquarters located at the International Campus within Mogadishu International Airport area.
The Chairman of the European Union Military Committee visits EUTM Somalia HQ in Mogadishu
The Chairman of the European Union Military Committee (EUMC), General Patrick de Rousiers accompanied by the Military Representatives to EUMC of Netherlands, Lieutenant General Jan BROEKS, Sweden, Rear Admiral Odd WERIN, and Ireland, Brigadier General Murray PIGGOTT, visited the European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM Somalia) Headquarters in Mogadishu.
European Union Training Mission Somalia holds its Medal Parade in Mogadishu
The Medal Parade of the European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM Somalia) took place at the Mission HQ. The ceremony was attended by the Chairman of the European Union Military Committee (EUMC), Gen Patrick DE ROUSIERS, the European Union Special Envoy for Somalia, Michele CERVONE D’URSO, and the Military Representatives to EUMC of: Netherlands, Lieutenant General Jan BROEKS; Sweden, Rear Admiral Odd WERIN; and Ireland, Brigadier General Murray PIGGOTT.
First group of EUTM Somalia trained instructor graduate
On the 5 April 2014 the parade that marked the end of the first “Train the Trainers” course, planned and organized by EUTM Somalia, took place at Jazeera Training Camp (JTC) in Mogadishu. The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Minister for Defence of SOMALIA, Abdallah Hussain Ali’, the Chief of Defence Forces, General Dahir Aden Elmi, and the EUTM SOMALIA Mission Commander Brigadier General Massimo MINGIARDI.
Meeting with the Somali President
President H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Director of NISA Major General Bashir Mohamed JAMA meet EUTM Somalia Mission Commander General MINGIARDI
Eutm Somalia starts its training activities In Mogadishu
On 23 February, an official ceremony inaugurated the first “Train the Trainers” course, planned and organized by the EU's military training mission for Somalia (EUTM Somalia), at the Jazeera Training Camp in Mogadishu. EUTM Somalia's new Mission Commander, Brigadier General Massimo Mingiardi, was joined on this occasion by Somalia's Deputy Minister for Defence, Abdallah Hussein Ali.
New Commander of EUTM Somalia
On 14 February, the official ceremony for the transfer of authority between EUTM SOMALIA Mission Commander Brigadier General Gerald AHERNE (IRL) and Brigadier General Massimo MINGIARDI (ITA), took place at EUTM Headquarters, International Campus, MOGADISHU.
Last trainees in Uganda
On 6 December the European Union Training Mission (EUTM Somalia) contributed to the repatriation of the last intake (5 bravo) of Somali trainees to Somalia where they will be incorporated back into the Somali National Armed Forces.
Final parade in Bihanga (Last Somali trainees in Uganda)
On 4 December 2013, the Final Parade of the latest intake (V bravo) of Somalia National Armed Forces (SNAF) personnel to be trained by EUTM-SOMALIA took place in Bihanga Training Camp in the western Uganda district of Ibanda. The ceremony was hosted by Brigadier General Gerald AHERNE EUTM – SOMALIA Commander with the presence of General Patrick DE ROUSIERS, the permanent Chairman of the European Union Military Committee. At the ceremony also present were Maj. Gen. David MUHOOZI, UPDF Land Forces Commander and Brig. Gen. Abdirizak Khalif ELMI, Deputy Commander of Defence Forces in Somalia, together with several members from the diplomatic corps and representatives from Europe, Somalia, USA, AMISOM and Uganda.
EUTM SOMALIA Medal Parade in Kampala
On 18th November, European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM) Commander, Brigadier General Gerard AHERNE (IRL) awarded fourteen (14) EUTM members from the Mission Headquarters (MHQ) and from Bihanga Training Camp (BTC), with the Union Common Security and Defense Policy Service Medal for Somalia.
Staff members awarded came from several EU member states (Hungary, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden) and from Serbia. The parade took place in the MHQ in Kampala (Uganda).
EUTM SOMALIA Medal Parade in Mate
On 30 October Brigadier General Gerard AHERNE, Mission Commander, EUTM Somalia, presented thirteen EUTM members of the Mentoring, Advisory and Training Element (MATE) staff with the European Union Common Security and Defence Policy Medal for Somalia. Staff members awarded came from Finland, France, Ireland, Italy and Spain.
EUTM SOMALIA: New Commander In Mogadishu
On the 24th September 2013, Colonel. Lorenzo CUCCINIELLO (ITA) took over as the new Commander of the Mentoring, Advisory and Training Element (MATE) of the European Union’s Training Mission in Somalia.
EUTM SOMALIA: Training Update
On the 24th September, the European Union’s Training Mission in Somalia (EUTM Somalia) welcomed the latest group of personnel (142 soldiers including 2 women) from the Somali National Armed Forces to be trained in UGANDA.
Medal Parade in EUTM Somalia, Kampala (Uganda)
On 10th September, European Union Training Mission Somalia Commander, Brigadier General Gerard AHERNE (IRL) awarded seven (7) EUTM members of his Mission Headquarters (MHQ) staff with the Union Common Security and Defense Policy Service Medal for Somalia. Staff members awarded came from several EU member states (Finland, Germany, Italy and Spain).
EUTM SOMALIA PARADE - Bihanga Training Camp
On 2 August 2013, the Final Parade of the latest intake of Somalia National Armed Forces (SNAF) personnel to be trained by EUTM-S took place in Bihanga Training Camp in the western Ugandan district of Ibanda. The ceremony was hosted by Brigadier General Gerald Aherne, the Mission Commander of EUTM-S. Anna Carin Platon of the EU Delegation to Uganda also attended as did Brigadier. General Jim Wills Byarugaba, the Ugandan Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) Chief of Operations and Training.
Medal parade in EUTM SOMALIA MHQ Kampala (Uganda)
On 9th March Brigadier General Gerard AHERNE EUTM Somalia, Mission Commander, presented ten (10) EUTM members of his Mission Headquarters (MHQ), staff with the Union Common Security and Defence Policy Medal for Somalia.
International Women's Day – 8 March 2013
The second half of 2012 was a turning point for Somalia's political transition: Following the adoption of a Provisional Constitution by a National Constituent Assembly on 1 August, on 20 August, the new Federal Somali Parliament was inaugurated. A month later, the new Parliament elected President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. Finally, the new Somali government of 10 ministers received the Parliament's vote of confidence in November 2012.
EUTM SOMALIA Mission Commander Handover Ceremony
On the 28th January 2013, with legal effect from 1st February 2013, Mission Commander Handover ceremony between Col. Michael BEARY (IR) and Brigadier General Gerald AHERNE (IR) took place, following a recent 2 years extension of the mandate approved by the European Union Council.
Head of EU Operations Centre visits EUTM Somalia
On the 6 November 2012 Captain (Royal Netherland Navy) Ad van der Linde, Head of the EU Operations Centre, paid a visit to EUTM Somalia Head Quarter in Kampala and to Bihanga Training Camp, addressing EUTM personnel words of appreciation for the objectives achieved until now.
Mission Commander's briefing on the progress of the mission
Today EUTM-Somalia Mission Commander, Col. Michael BEARY, briefed a delegation of Ambassadors and Diplomatic Representatives from 11 EU Members States and EU delegation in Uganda (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, EU Delegation, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherland, Spain, Sweden, UK. ) on the progress of the mission.
New Security Forces for Somalia
The European Union Training Mission (EUTM) for Somalia successfully delivered a 3rd rotation of well trained Somali soldiers to the Somali authorities in Mogadishu. This EU program will have trained more than 3000 Somali soldiers by the end of the 4th training intake.