Balkan Medical Task Force (BMTF) is multinational medical military unit composed of medical modules formed by contribution of the participating nations: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia.
In order to identify, enhance and facilitate the medical operational capabilities of the West Balkan region, the purpose of BMTF is to provide medical support at the Role 2 level on Crisis Response Operations (CRO) in a sustainable manner and rapidly respond to a broad spectrum of regional disaster relief operations.
The goal is to enable the participating nations to provide vital capabilities to international operations, enhance national medical service capacities, and to achieve national, NATO and Partnership for Peace (PfP) force / partnership goals (capability targets).
In order to fulfill the above mentioned goals, BMTF is able to:
– plan, conduct and participate in multinational training activities aimed at reaching and maintaining appropriate readiness, capabilities and operational effectiveness, as well as contributing to the improvement of interoperability;
– participate in UN mandated missions within the agreed area of responsibility;
– conduct other commonly agreed activities by the parties.
BMTF operational capability
First international activity where BMTF was present was exercise “Spring 2016” in Belgrade, Serbia and it served as proof for the Concept.
During May 2017, in Full Operational Capability Belgrade, Serbia, Self Medical evaluation (Self-MEDEVAL) was made as preparation for participation to the US EUCOM Exercise “Saber Guardian 2017”.
On the above mentioned Exercise “Saber Guardian 2017”, that was held in Constanta, Romania, BMTF participated with 2/3 of its capacity and during this exercise, MEDEVAL was conducted by the NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine (NATO MILMED COE) and Initial Operational Capability (IOC) was achieved.
During NATO Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre Exercise “Srbija 2018” held in Mladenovac, Serbia, Command (C4I) and Patient Evacuation Coordination Cell (PECC) achieved Full Operational Capability (FOC).
On the NATO MILMED COE Exercise “Vigorous Warrior 2019”, MEDEVAL was conducted on the rest of the modules and result of this evaluation was achieving Full Operational Capability for whole BMTF.
Since July 2019, BMTF is fully capable for deployment in Crisis Response Operations in the Balkan region.