The Change of Command ceremony took place at Schill Kaserne, Wesel, in the presence of invited guests and the members of 1NSB who took part in parade. Lieutenant Colonel Torsten Peters, who had been Commander of the 1st NATO Signal Battalion since 28 September 2018, passed on the baton to his successor, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Paul.
In his farewell speech, Lieutenant Colonel Peters admitted to being sad, because he was leaving a family.
I enjoyed every single day here, I was proud to have been a Commander
He looked back on the past three years as a time that was always exciting and challenging for him; a time during which his soldiers were deployed in Kosovo and Afghanistan and, more recently, during which the pandemic had also presented unusual challenges. In conclusion, Lieutenant Colonel Peters said that everyone had done an exemplary job.
It was a difficult situation, but we managed it well. From the Lower Rhine, it is now off to the big city
Then, Major General Schlӧsser welcomed Lieutenant Colonel Michael Paul.
Major General Schlӧsser speech.
Colours being handed to Lt Col Paul.
Lieutenant Colonel Michael Paul joined the Battalion from Oldenburg. In his first speech as the Commander of 1NSB, Lieutenant Colonel Paul stated that:
I was able to choose the unit and decided on Wesel. The multinationality here in Wesel was particularly appealing to me
Lieutenant Colonel Paul wants to continue the work of his predecessor, however with his own objectives.
The solemnity of the ceremony was emphasized by the presence of The Air Force Music Corps Munster.