Mogadishu, 17th January 2019 –The first Medals Parade of 2019 took place on 15th January inside the European Union Training Mission Somalia’s (EUTM-S) compound in Mogadishu. Lt. Gen. Esa PULKKINEN, who is Director of the European Military Planning and Conduct Capability (MPCC) and EUTM-S Mission Commander, chaired the ceremony.

During the joint ceremony, EUTM-S, EUCAP and EUNAVFOR “Atalanta” members were awarded with the Common Security and Defense Policy Service Medal (CSDP).

Lt. Gen. Esa PULKKINEN seized the opportunity to award, on behalf of the Chairman of the European Union Military Committee, General Claudio GRAZIANO, two EUTM-S members with Certificates of Commendation for their exceptional performance during, and in the aftermaths of, the terrorist attack experienced by the Mission on the 1st of October 2018.

In his remarks Lt. Gen. PULKKINEN thanked all the personnel for their service and commended all the Missions for their great efforts to make a united and consistent European presence in Somalia.

EUTM Somalia directly supports the build-up of the Somali National Army (SNA) through training, advising and mentoring activities.

Mogadishu, 17th January 2019