Members of the 15th SAF contingent in EUTM Mali in the last month of their deployment
In the last month of their deployment, three members of the 15th Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF) contingent in the European Union Training Mission in Mali (EUTM Mali) continue to perform their duties. Their deployment was also marked by measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus and the consequent hibernation period of the mission.
Contingent members took part in the mission's accelerated preparations to start an extensive training of the Malian Armed Forces. In the most demanding part of the preparations, namely the Angel Wings exercise, they worked together with members of partner armed forces in EUTM Mali in verifying the adequacy of the procedures and air support in the event of an improvised explosive device (IED) attack targeting a convoy vehicle. Slovenian military instructors demonstrated their skill and competence through military professional tasks.
In addition to their internal training and maintaining of firearms competence, members of the Slovenian contingent also participated in a charity run, which raised funds for the local school in Koulikoro.
Due to the turbulent and unstable environment, 27 European countries are contributing a total of about 750 members to the mission's area of responsibility. The Slovenian military contingent includes three members who work in the Educational and Training Task Force in Koulikoro, and the Mission Force Headquarters in Bamako. The mission focuses on rebuilding the capabilities of the local armed forces and security forces, who will in the future independently preserve the territorial integrity of Mali, and protect its population.