Representatives of five countries participate the BMTF Event “Proof of Concept” in Belgrade, Serbia

BMTF Event “Proof of Concept” was held in the premises of the Military Medical Academy and "Banjica" Barracks from May 16th to May 19th 2016 in Belgrade, Serbia, within the framework of medical demonstration exercise "Spring 2016".

The Distinguished Visitors Day was organized on May 19th 2016 when the exercise was monitored by the Serbian Defense Minister Zoran Djordjevic, Serbian Armed Forces Chief of General Staff General Ljubisa Dikovic, Acting Head of the Military Health Department Colonel Ugljesa Jovicic, MD, US Ambassador Kyle Scott and Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway Arne Bjørnstad, foreign military diplomatic representatives, Deputy Head of the Military Medical Academy Colonel Prof. Dragan Dincic, MD, with his associates, teachers of the MMA clinics and institutes.

The exercise involved students of the 9th Class for the medical service reserve officers, cadets of the 2nd class of the MMA Faculty of Medicine, University of Defence, teachers of the MMA clinics and institute, representatives of the Balkan Medical Task Force – from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro. They demonstrated professional abilities to provide proper medical care and support to the civilian population in emergency situations.

The guests were welcomed by Acting Chief of the Military Health Department Colonel Jovicic. Commander of the exercise, Lieutenant Colonel Ivan Kovacevic spoke about the purpose of the exercise, and student, Lance Corporal Milan Stajic, in the role of a Chief of Staff and a cadet Staff Sergeant First Class Nemanja Jacimovic, in the role of a Chief Medical Officer, have introduced the audience into the situation on the ground.

Lieutenant Colonel Haris Gazic from Bosnia and Herzegovina presented the concept of the Balkan Medical Task Force. As a peculiarity of the exercise, it has been shown the work of the Patient Evacuation Coordination Center (PECC) by the representatives of Macedonia.

US Ambassador Kyle Scott, in his media statement said that the exercise was a great example of cooperation and professionalism and that joint action of the Balkan Medical Task Force was a major step forward in cooperation in the region in emergency situations.

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway Arne Bjørnstad, also pointed out an impressive example of cooperation between the military forces in the region, which will help the population affected by natural disasters.

The Balkan Medical Task Force project is ongoing for several years and the activies regarding the establishment of the unit were intensified in 2016.

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