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Hungarian Troops Receive NATO Medals in Kosovo

Szöveg: Lt. Csaba Búz |  2016. augusztus 8. 5:41

The 14th rotation of the HDF KFOR Contingent (KFOR-14 HUNCON) is nearing the end of its deployment in Kosovo. In recognition of the tasks executed during the mission, the Hungarian peacekeepers were recently awarded NATO medals.

Drawn mostly from the personnel of the HDF 5th Bocskai István Infantry Brigade, the 14th rotation of the HDF KFOR Contingent was serving in two camps, therefore the medal parades were held at two locations.


In his speech delivered at Camp Novo Selo, KFOR Deputy Commander Brig.-Gen. Ferenc Korom expressed his appreciation for the Hungarian troops’ high-level task execution and professional standards that characterize the work they have done over the recent period in the area of operations. ‘"The NATO medal that you have received today is a symbol of the hard work you have been doing in the interest of the KFOR mission", the brigadier-general said.

At the other medal parade in Pristina, in his speech the DCOM KFOR praised the activities conducted by the KFOR Tactical Reserve Maneuver Battalion (KTM, based in Camp Slim Lines) in the recent period. The brigadier-general pointed out that the KTM is a subunit with a highly professional headquarters, which forms part of a significant kinetic (fighting) capability of KFOR, and its troops have proven that they are true to their motto, “Two Nations, One Force".


During the ceremonies, on behalf of the Minister of Defence of Hungary and the commander of the HDF Joint Force Command, Hungary’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Kosovo Dr. László Márkusz and KFOR-14 HUNCON Commander Lt.-Col. Ferenc Huszár presented several foreign servicemembers with Hungarian medals and certificates for their cooperation with the contingent.

At both locations, the medal parades ended with pinning the decorations on the peacekeepers, so all the Hungarian troops (and also all the Portuguese ones in Camp Slim Lines) who have completed their first tour of duty with the KFOR mission were presented with NATO Non-Article 5 medals.


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