STUTTGART, Germany — The Bosnian Armed Forces' first inspector general visited U.S. European Command for an inaugural visit Feb. 8 and 9.
Bosnian Brig. Gen. Rizvo Pleh met with his EUCOM IG counterpart, Army Col. Mike Anderson, and despite neither speaking the other's language; both actually found that they did speak the same "IG language."
This was a reciprocal visit, as Anderson initially visited Pleh in September 2006, when Anderson participated in and addressed an inaugural Bosnia-Herzegovina Inspector General Conference. At that time the two IGs agreed that their two offices should work more closely together in an informal partnership. The visit this week was the second stage of that developing relationship.
"Fortunately," Anderson said, "it is a partnership with not only a common ‘IG language,' but also with the same ‘IG roots.'" In fact, the Bosnian IG system, a new institution in that country, is modeled after the U.S. military IG system.
In September 2006, Anderson attended the ceremony when the Minister of Defense administered the IG oath to Pleh and to each of his 18 inspectors general. Pleh said that was an important day for the Bosnian IG system, for their country's military, and for their country. He said he is proud of the Bosnian Armed Forces' new self-reliance and proud of the recent invitation to join NATO's Partnership for Peace.
The visit included meeting with the EUCOM leadership and directorates; briefings and discussions with the EUCOM and U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart inspector general offices; and a tour of the EUCOM Plans and Operations Center.
This visit is one in a series of military-to-military events the EUCOM IG is engaged in as part of EUCOM's theater security cooperation strategy.
"Promoting the U.S. military IG system is a natural extension of similar programs that export the foundations of our NCO corps, our military justice system, and other exemplary models of the U.S. military to our defense security cooperation partners," Anderson said. "We hope to widen our efforts to other nations in the EUCOM area of responsibility, and to offer this outreach at whatever level a nation requests."