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SPEECH OF THE HEAD OF MISSION AND FORCE COMMANDER
Distinguished Guests,
Fellow peacekeepers,
Ladies & Gentlemen,

Good Morning!

I am pleased and honored to address you all on this occasion today. First of all, let me congratulate all of you for well- deserved UN peacekeeping medal.

UNDOF is grateful to welcome Group Captain Tejpal Singh from the Embassy of the Republic of India for their presence in the ceremony.

On the occasion of the medal parade ceremony of the Indian Contingent along with the staff officers of the Bhutanese contingent, I would like to applaud the legacy that the Indian peacekeepers had held in its global peacekeeping endeavors. The Indian peacekeepers have continually served with unstinted resilience and unwavering mettle in UNDOF. Despite the vulnerabilities and the challenging climatic conditions in Golan, the Indian Logistics Battalion has provided a commendable influence to the mission. There are difficulties on the deployment of logistics element on the Bravo side; however I am hopeful that from the next rotations, it would be materialized and the operational troops deployed on the Bravo side will receive intimate logistics support.

It is an honor for me to award you the United Nations Peacekeeping medal on behalf of the Secretary-General Mr Ban Ki-moon at this ceremony.

I congratulate you all, and thank you for a job well done.

Aap saab log ko dher sare badhai aur ache kaam ke liye bahut bahut sukriya.
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IRISH PRIME MINISTER VISITS UNDOF
Mr. Enda Kenny T.D., An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland led an eighteen (18) member Irish delegation to visit UNDOF on the 22th of December 2015. Other members of the delegation included Mr. Simon Coveney T. D. Minister for Defence, Mr. Paul Kehoe T. D. Minister for State (Defence) and Vice Admiral Mark Mellet, Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces.

The purpose of their visit was to meet with the Irish troops stationed here in UNDOF and to gain an appreciation of the challenges faced, and the capabilities delivered by the Irish personnel.

The delegation also wanted to meet with the mission leadership in order to develop and understand of the operational challenges and opportunities for Middle East peace operations, and how Ireland’s role in UNDOF can continue into the future.
US DELEGATION VISITS UNDOF
Brigadier-General (Brig.Gen) Randell Ogden, Deputy Director Joint Staff J5 (Global Policy and Partnerships) led a six (6) member USA delegation to visit UNDOF on the 4th of November 2015.

The purpose of their visit was to engage senior leadership in order to understand operational challenges and opportunities for Middle East peace operations, foster cross talk with senior U.S and UN military leaders and also to refine understanding of regional dynamics and the role of UN operations.
VISIT OF MULTINATIONAL FORCE & OBSERVERS (MFO) DELEGATION TO UNDOF
Force Commander MFO Major General Denis Thompson led a five (5) member MFO delegation to visit UNDOF and UNTSO from the 21st to the 22nd of OCTOBER 2015. The purpose of their visit is to conduct a familiarization tour of UNDOF, and develop regional information sharing relations.

The UNDOF hosted the visit of the MFO delegation on Alpha Side in order to increase the MFO’s Situation Awareness (SA) of the UNDOF’s Area of Operation (AOR), and develop information sharing lines of communication.

Regional Force Commanders Conference
The Regional Force Commander’s Conference (RFCC) took place in Camp Ziouani (CZ) from the 19th to the 21st of October 2015. The conference was attended by the Force Commander (FC) UNDOF, COS UNTSO, FC UNIFIL and FC UNFICYP.
Additionally, representatives from the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the Office of Military Affairs as well as senior political, mission support, operations and security officers of the respective missions were in attendance. Twenty five (25) other personnel (including the visiting FCs) were also present at CZ for the duration of the conference.
UNDOF facilitated the hosting of the RFCC on Alpha Side at CZ in order to provide a platform for the exchange of information and development of relationships between the four (4) UN Middle Eastern Region Missions.
FIRE DRILL EXERCISE CONDUCTED AT DAMASCUS FOR UNDOF STAFFS
UNDOF and FAO collectively conducted the fire drill exercise on 30 July 2015 at the UNDOF HQ located at Sheraton hotel, Damascus, Syria. The entire international, national and military Staff of both organizations was activity involve in the exercise, which was formally opened by the Head of Mission/Force Commander Maj Gen. Purna Chandra Thapa by an opening address, stressing the important and requirement of such kind of exercise and his priority concern on the security and protection of all the UN personnel.

The exercise was led by UNDOF security team and assisted by FAO security team, which was divided into two phase. First phase consist of briefing done by Mr. Jose Madureira, Security Officer UNDOF, which focused mainly on the cycle of fire, immediate action during fire, utilization of fire extinguisher, prevention and precaution measures of fire, fire drill movement regulation. Second Phase followed by the conducted of controlled fire drill exercise for the all the participators. The exercise was completed with the assembly of the entire participator at the allotted Fire Assembly Point.
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