Bamako, Mali — December 31st, servicemen of EUTM celebrated the first New Year's Eve of the mission in Mali. These festivities were the occasion for the members of 23 represented European nations, in Bamako or in Koulikoro, to share a moment of good-companionship.
In Bamako where is based the general staff of the mission, General Bruno Guibert addressed the European soldiers to present them his best wishes for year to come. During his speech, the commander of the mission greeted the professionalism and the dedication which showed the servicemen in the fulfillment of their mission and reminded them the importance of EUTM to allow Mali to recover its autonomy and its full territorial sovereignty.
In Koulikoro, this last day of the year began at 7:00 in the morning with an 8 km jogging around the training camp, drew and secured by the force protection unit. Then, men and women of the European mission participated in a ceremony during which Colonel Uhrich, commanding the training camp, presented them his best wishes for New Year. Finally, the European trainers gathered around the traditional dinner of New Year's Eve, punctuated with diverse friendly activities to spend together the last hours of 2013.
January 1st, General Guibert, went to Koulikoro, to present his wishes to the European trainers and attend « military Olympiads « , organized by the German contingent. This activity, in which teams of ten people had to achieve a series of games (truck pulling, transport of a companion on a stretcher, etc.), concluded in a playful way the festivities of celebration of the New Year.
In his speech, General Guibert reminded the importance of the work accomplished by the European servicemen before encouraging them to pursue their efforts to face the challenges to come. The mission commander concluded his address by wishing a very happy New Year to the European soldiers.
SOURCE European Union Training Mission in Mali (EUTM Mali)