26 août 2013 eutmmali.eu
On 25 August 2013, in Bamako Main Headquarters, took place the medal parade for the staff of European Union Training Mission in Mali. On this occasion, General Guibert, mission commander, paid tribute to the 40 soldiers arrived at the end of their term:
« In front of you, I bear witness of the quality of their commitment, of their professionalism as well as of their excellent human qualities in this complex environment. This European medal for the security and defense policy highlights the extent of the achieved work, their involvement in the success of this mission and the constant state of mind which drives them. »
After General Guibert has decorated Colonel Stefano Di Sarra, deputy commander, the 40 recipients were also awarded with the Medal of the European Security and Defence Policy. Among them, 30 Czech soldiers of the MHQ Force Protection Unit have been especially honored. On duty since March 16th, the Czech force protection unit comes from the 43rd Airborne Battalion, based in the city of Chrudim, in eastern Bohemia. Its mission consists in ensuring the protection of the staff and the facilities of EUTM Mali MHQ.