Brunssum, the Netherlands
– On Wednesday 1 st of May, Commander of Joint Force Command
Brunssum (JFCBS) , General Riccardo Marchiò, received a gift in the form of a painting from the
Mayor of Brunssum, Gerd Leers, to celebrate NATO’s 70 th anniversary. The painting commemorates
the friendly relationship between JFCBS and the city of Brunssum.
The painting presented to General Marchiò from Mayor Leers is a digital reproduction by Ron
Slangen of an original mural by Bert van Reymersdal in 1946, which is located in the mine shafts
under the base of the JFCBS Headquarters. The mural depicts miners at work - cautioning young
miners in training to act with safety in mind and to work professionally.
Mayor Leers praised the close relationship between JFCBS and the city of Brunssum, which has been
ongoing for more than 52 years. It is a relationship which has become more than just hosting NATO,
turning into a relationship which has become more akin to neighbours, family and friends - or as
Mayor Leers also described it: "A good neighbour is better than a distant friend”.
General Marchiò thanked the city of Brunssum and Mayor Leers both for the generous gift of the
painting and for the warm relationship between JFCBS and the city of Brunssum. He thanked the city
of Brunssum for having opened their hearts to NATO and its people, and described the gratitude that
JFCBS has, of being part of the Brunssum community.
Story by JFCBS Public Affairs Office