Brunssum, the Netherlands - On the 8th September 2017, after serving as Chief of staff in Allied Headquarters Joint Force Command (JFC) Brunssum during more than three years, Polish army Lieutenant General Janusz Adamczak gave the lead to French army Lieutenant General Olivier Rittimann.
Lieutenant Genaral Janusz Adamczak, has been warmly thanked by General Salvatore Farina, for his efforts and contributions during challenging times: "You came at the right time: soon after the Wales summit and the time for preparation for exercise Trident Juncture 15, NATO's largest exercise in over a decade and the many new deliverables from the NATO summit in Warsaw".
General Salvatore Farina underlined the high quality of work of "a great professional soldier", his spirit and clear guidance as he has to deal in the frontline with many challenges. He also stressed his high capability to lead the staff in a balanced way.
Lieutenant General Janusz Adamczak expressed his gratitude to all the staff for "this memorable experience to work in an international environment and the chance to develop closer relationships to our components".
Lieutenant General Olivier Rittimann has plenty of NATO experience as he served in 2010 in the Allied Force Command in Heidelberg, in NATO HQ in Brussels and in NATO Allied Command Operations in Mons as French National Military Representative.
He was also involved in NATO operations as he was deployed one year in Afghanistan as Chief of Operations of the International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF).
Story by Public Affairs Office JFC Brunssum