1e CSDP Medal for Extraordinary Meritorious Service uitgereikt

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1e CSDP Medal for Extraordinary Meritorious Service uitgereikt

Berichtdoor Alex » 25 Jan 2017, 17:24

The CSDP Medal for Extraordinary Meritorious Service was presented to Czech Soldier H. who prevented an attack, where his reaction was deemed courageous and exemplary in preventing attackers successfully striking the Mission HQ and causing casualties among the civilians and the personnel of EU Training Mission (EUTM) Mali in Bamako. A special parade was held with the attendance of Chairman EU Military Committee (EUMC) General Kostarakos and EUMC MILREPs of the 28 member states. The medal was presented by the Director General EU Military Staff Lt General Esa Pulkkinen on behalf of the High Representative / Vice President (HRVP) Federica Mogherini.
The HRVP Federica Mogherini is the sole authority for the award of this decoration. It is the highest level of recognition for distinguished achievement and service, or for deeds of outstanding gallantry. It can be awarded to either military or civilian personnel for their service to an Operation / Mission conducted under the CSDP, who have demonstrated outstanding valour or have provided extraordinary meritorious service with significant positive impact in the interest of the Operation / Mission.

Description of Action
On the evening of 21 March 2016 the Mission HQ of the EUTM in Mali (Bamako) came under a sustained terrorist attack with AK 47 and hand grenades by more than one attacker. On guard at the hotel where the EUTM Mali HQ is located, Soldier H. reacted promptly to the assault and with his brave and audacious behaviour; he terminated the terrorist attack that potentially could have caused several casualties. In particular, when the attackers opened fire in the direction of the Mission HQ where Force Protection elements were stationed and on personnel of the EUTM Mali that were present in front of the Hotel, Soldier H. responded instantly and effectively with his weapon, returning fire, and was able to neutralise one of the terrorists before the attacker could injure or kill the civilian staff of the hotel or the military personnel of the Mission present in the area. Lt General Esa Pulkkinen stated that 'his actions demonstrate that our soldiers who are deployed to operations and missions are well trained and capable to take the necessary action to protect their fellow members'.

This is the first occasion for the award of the CSDP Medal for Extraordinary Meritorious Service.

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