Bosnia and Herzegovina is seeking to enhance the public affairs capability of their Armed Forces. They will test this capability through the deployment a Media Information Centre during a large scale exercise in September. Consequently, a group of 10 officers from the Bosnia and Herzegovina Armed Forces attended the Public Affairs in Operations course as part of the preparations for the exercise. They were joined by two officers from the Georgian Armed Forces, who are a long-standing Partner for Peace nation.
This deployment offered a great opportunity to share knowledge and experience with valued Partners, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Georgia who already make important contributions to the Alliance
"This deployment offered a great opportunity to share knowledge and experience with valued Partners, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Georgia who already make important contributions to the Alliance," said Wing Commander Dawn Murty, Mobile Training Team Leader. "Cooperating with fellow communication professionals ensures we use the same language, helps develop standard procedures and builds crucial networks for future training, exercises and operations."
Students from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Georgian Armed Forces took part in the Public Affairs in Operations course held in Sarajevo. Photo by Allied Air Command.
Through the Allied Air Command Military Partnership Branch training events like this are offered to NATO Partners across the globe to build capability and strengthen existing relationships. The aim of the training was to build capability in the key area of public affairs, allowing military actions to be clearly communicated to desired audiences in support of strategic communication objectives.
Bosnia and Herzegovina was invited to join the NATO Membership Action Plan in 2010. The NATO programme of advice, assistance and practical support is tailored to the individual needs of countries wishing to join the Alliance. More training events are in the process of being scheduled for the future with Bosnia and Herzegovina which will prepare its personnel for evaluation against NATO operating standards over the coming years.