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Nov 13 2021

NATO Civilians' Long Service Officially Recognised

Brunssum, The Netherlands – Thursday 11 November the Brunssum Civilian Staff Association conducted its annual Long Service Awards Ceremony in the JFC Brunssum International Conference Centre. On this occasion Colonel Timotheus Beaufort, Commander of the NATO Communications and Information Agency's CIS Support Unit, based on the JFC Brunssum site, presented certificates.

In an insightful speech, Colonel Beaufort highlighted the importance of the support provided to military colleagues, both in terms of continuity and the availability of skillsets not normally found in the military, via civilian staff. Further, he stated that NATO functions 'stronger together' because of the robust bond between military and civilian personnel. On completion of his remarks, the Colonel toasted awardees and the broader civilian element present.
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The total list of Awardees follows:

15 Years of Service

  • Mr José Barrocal
  • Mr Yildirim Basoluk
  • Mr Mark Blake
  • Mr Mario Cherchi
  • Mr Roger Deckers
  • Mr Maximiano Francisco (Retired 31 Oct 21)
  • Mrs Irina van Gilst
  • Mr Marco Grissen
  • Mr Stefan Haan
  • Mr Yvo Haelewyn
  • Mr Hendrikus Hopmans
  • Mr Yves Lamaire
  • Mr David Smeeth
  • Mr Jean Pierre Vandenhove
  • Mr Vital Vossen
  • Mr Mikel Ward

35 Years of Service

  • Mrs Margaret Freeman
  • Mr Roger Hament
  • Mr Johan Van Der Kolk (Retired 31 Aug 21)

40 Years of Service

  • Mr Johannes Vliexs

Of course, some awardees were unable to attend. Separate arrangements have been made to ensure their certificates are presented in an appropriate way.

Story by JFC Brunssum Public Affairs Office

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