U.S. Army Europe contributes to military exchange with Bosnia and Herzegovina

Feb. 13, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

Keeping heroes active
The U.S Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Patrick S. Moon, addresses the media during a press conference in Sarajevo, Feb. 12. The conference came after a military-to-military exchange between BiH and U.S. Forces in efforts to help citizens with severe weather, heavy snow and intense cold that have stricken the country over the last week. Coordination and support was a joint effort involving the BiH military, U. S. Army Europe Command, and the U.S. Army and Air Force in Europe. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brooks Fletcher)

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- U.S. Army Europe  and U.S. Air Force in Europe assisted the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) with the delivery of helicopter equipment, petroleum, lubricant and oil to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Feb. 12.

The joint effort was part of a military-to-military exchange agreement that came a week after the region was hit by severe weather, heavy snow and intense cold, stalling many cities’ ability to function and hampering the government’s ability to conduct relief operations. 

“[BiH] helicopters have been responding to this historic snowfall and record low temperatures by providing assistance to the citizens of the country,” said U.S Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Patrick S. Moon. “The helicopters were running very low on lubricants and spare parts needed to conduct operations.”

Moon said the helicopters have been an important factor in providing emergency supplies and assistance in many communities which were completely cut off.

“We really appreciate the work that has been done by EUCOM, USAFE, and USAREUR to provide these parts on a very urgent basis,” Moon said.

The partnership between BiH and the U.S. will continue to be essential in further enhancing the relationship between the U.S. and Europe.

“It all comes together to professionalize the government,” Moon said. “It helps the citizens realize how important the armed forces are and that they can provide service to them in a natural disaster like this one. It’s really great to be a part of this team.”

BiH’s relief efforts are ongoing and they will continue to work with the U.S. for additional disaster assistance.

For photos of the military-to-military exchange between the U.S. and Bosnia and Herzegovina, visit the U.S. Army Europe Flickr page.

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