On February 19, shortly before 11 o'clock, the French elements consist of a section of paratroopers, backed by a forward air controller and an armored patrol on a reconnaissance mission in the massif of Adrar fifty kms South Tessalit were attacked by terrorist groups.
During the clash, Sergeant-Chef VORMEZEELE, NCO Group paratroopers of the 2nd REP in Calvi, was fatally wounded. It is the second French soldier to be killed in combat since the launch of Operation Serval Mali.
Born 24 July 1979 in Belgium, Sergeant Harold VORMEZEELE
At age 19, February 24, 1999, he enlisted for five years in the Foreign Legion as a committed volunteer. After his initial training at the 4th Foreign Regiment of Castelnaudary, he joined July 22, 1999 the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment as grenadier voltigeur ( Infantry Riflemen).
As of 19 August 2000, he was led, in the same regiment, to exercise the responsibilities of radiographiste operator. Legionnaire serious and motivated, it appears appropriate and effective, being particularly rigorous in the execution of assignments. February 1, 2002, he was elevated to the distinction Legionnaire first class.
Appointed to the rank of corporal, Attended CME Basic NCO Course, This course is the NCO academy and resembles Ranger School energetic and determined, it is distinguished by its remarkable investment and excellent physical condition. Showing great potential, he then joined the paratroopers section is then naturally oriented body of NCOs and was appointed to the Attended CM1 Advanced NCO school Resembles BNOC and a combination of Ranger school rank of sergeant July 1, 2005. He then perfected in the third dimension and obtained his patent upper technician Army (BSTAT). His deep attachment to France made him file a naturalization he gets 7 May 2010. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant 1st July of the same year.
Always showing a remarkable dedication to his craft and availability flawless Sergeant VORMEZEELE conducted several field missions: Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2000, Gabon in 2001, Djibouti in 2001 and 2011, New Caledonia in 2003, the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire in 2006, the Central African Republic in 2007 and Afghanistan in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
January 23, 2013, in the "CHEETAH", it is intended in the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire. On the night of January 27 to 28, during Operation "Serval" he parachutes with his unit in the city of Timbuktu in Mali. Paratrooper commando particularly competent and experienced, it proves once again to pitch in this crisis.
Sergeant-chef VORMEZEELE held four three quotes with attribution of the Cross of Military Valour and one with awarding the gold medal to national defense.
Sergeant -Chef VORMEZEELE was also holder of French commemorative medal with clasps "former Yugoslavia" and "Afghanistan," Medal with Overseas staples "Republic of Côte d'Ivoire" and "Central African Republic" Cross the fighter and national defense medal - gold level.
Harold VORMEZEELE soldier, a hero, an example, rest in peace.
Official French link: [In memoriam] Mali : décès du sergent-chef Harold Vormezeele