Brunssum, the Netherlands – Commander JFC Brunssum, General Salvatore Farina, addressed his staff today, prior to handing over his command to General Riccardo Marchió in a Change of Command Ceremony scheduled for Wednesday 21 February 2018.
In his speech, General Farina reflected upon the accomplishments of JFC Brunssum under his guidance. Amongst others these include: the positive and measured progress of NATO's Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan; NATO Response Force evolution; outstanding progress in the delivery of many Readiness Action Plan initiatives such as the establishment of NATO Force Integration Units, delivery of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, the developing role of Multi-National Corps North-East, the establishment of Multi-National Division North-East and the stand up of enhanced Forward Presence Battle-Groups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.
Before departing General Farina thanked his Command Group colleagues, all staff members and their families, for the outstanding support he has received and presented the following awards:
NATO Meritorious Service Medal (Non-Operations) – Group Captain Richard Grimshaw;
NATO Meritorious Service Medal (Operations) – Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Hing;
Commanders' Commendations – Colonel Giovanni Vultaggio, Lieutenant Colonel Bariş Ateş and Warrant Officer Arno Brouns.
Story by JFC Brunssum Public Affairs Office