MONS, Belgium – on 24 August 2022, Chief Master Sergeant Andreas Merz formally took over the duties and responsibilities of the NCISG Command Senior Enlisted Leader (CSEL) during a ceremony hosted by Major General Frank Schlӧsser, Commander of the NATO CIS Group (NCISG).
In attendance were also the NCISG Deputy Commander/Chief of Staff (DCOM/COS), NCISG Division Heads, NATO Signal Battalions' (NSBs) Commanders and CSELs, as well as other NCISG officials.
Speaking at the ceremony, Major General Frank Schlӧsser said:
Chief Master Sergeant Merz is perfectly prepared for the CSEL position at NCISG. He has the career background, as well as the operational experience, gained in Afghanistan and Bosnia Herzegovina, that will surely help him relate to the NCOs working in the Headquarters and in the NSBs. Additionally, he has international experience gained within the Defence Attache's Office and the German Embassy at Tel Aviv in Israel
Chief Master Sergeant Andreas Merz was assigned to NCISG from the George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
CSEL Acceptance of Duties and Responsibilities, 24 August 2022, on the left: Major General Frank Schlӧsser, COM NCISG; in the middle: Chief Master Sergeant Andreas Merz, NCISG Command Senior Enlisted Leader (CSEL); on the right: Sergeant Major Crtistina Macchiarola, Personnel Assistant to DCOM/COS NCISG.
CSEL formal acceptance of duties and responsibilities, 24 August 2022.
As CSEL, Chief Master Sergeant Andreas Merz will ensure the critical link between the NCOs and the Commander about issues or developments within the Corps. As such, the CSEL will be accountable for the good order and discipline of the Corps and will oversee the welfare, training, and morale of the NCO Corps within the NCISG. He will do so in close cooperation with the NSB Commanders and their CSELs.