Mogadishu – 18 December of December 2023.

On December 18, 2023, the Common Security Defence Policy (CSDP) service medal award ceremony was held inside the International campus.

At the ceremony took part, among others, the Deputy Head of Mission of the European Union Capability Building Mission in Somalia (EUCAP), Fabian Lowemberg, the Chief of Staff of the African Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), Maj Gen Kindu Gezu, the US Military Attachè, Col. Nicholas Gregoire, the UK Defence Attachè, Navy Cap. James Edwards, and representatives from missions operating in Somalia as United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS), Turkish Military Academy (TURKSOM), UK Tangham Operation and US Military Assistance Group in Somalia (MAG-S).

In his speech, Gen. Fulvio Poli, thanking the guests for their presence, recalled a memory of his grandfather, a World War I veteran, and how proud he was of his medals won in the field.

The ceremony ended with the awarding of the CSDP medal for service in the EUTM-S to 51 Italian colleagues. The Force Commander of the EUTM-Somalia mission, General Poli, the Deputy Force Commander, Colonel Karlquist and the Chief of Staff, Colonel Gonzalez Segura, pinned the well-deserved decoration.

The Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) Service Medal is an international military decoration awarded to individuals, both military and civilian, who have served in a CSDP mission such as the European Union Training Mission in Somalia. The medal’s obverse includes a circle of twelve five-pointed stars around the outside edge. The reverse contains the Latin phrase, ‘Pro Pace Unum’, meaning ‘United for Peace’. A small metal plaque, attached to the blue-yellow-blue ribbon, shows the name of the mission.

EUTM-S is strengthening its support to Somali Security Forces delivering tailored training, mentoring and specific advice.