Major General Alexander Platzer handed over command of EUFOR to Major General Anton Wessely during Thursday’s ceremony that was attended by Colonel General Brice Houdet and the Head of the European Union Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina Johann Sattler.
Former Commander Platzer has been in this position for 12 months, overseeing the European peacekeeping force EUFOR's tasks in the implementation of the Ammunition Master Plan, and provided €10 million in aid to the BiH Armed Forces’ Demining Battalion. Referring to the last year, Platzer said that he was welcomed in BiH by a warm reception and people who deserve a bright future.
“EUFOR is present throughout the country and is well prepared to deploy its staff, including its reserve forces from other countries, if necessary,” he said.
The newly appointed EUFOR commander Wessely was the director of training at the Austrian Ministry of Defence and the chief of staff of this country's Defence Minister. Major General Anton Wessely received the award for “Military Merit” of the United States in 2016.