The Change of Command ceremony took place at Schill Kaserne, Wesel, in the presence of over 100 invited guests including Lieutenant General Michael Vetter, Director General Cyber/IT and Chief Information Officer for the German Ministry of Defence and Ms. Ulrike Westkmap, Mayor of Wesel. Members of 1NSB took part in the parade.
The Change of Command ceremony, Wesel, Germany, November 24, 2023; from the left to right: Lieutenant Colonel Michael Paul, outgoing 1st NSB COM; Major General Frank Schlösser, COM NCISG; Lieutenant Colonel Christian Arendt, incoming 1st NSB COM.
The ceremony included the exchange of both Bundeswehr DDO/DtA (Senior National Representative) and 1st NATO Signal Battalion colours. The 1st NSB was awarded Operational Colours for support to Operation Allied Solace and Resolute Support MISSION in Afghanistan.
The Change of Command ceremony, Wesel, Germany, November 24, 2023.
At the end of the ceremony gifts were presented to the outgoing 1st NSB Commander. The 1st NATO Signal Battalion wishes Lieutenant Colonel Michael Paul every success in his new role as a tutor at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College (Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr) in Hamburg.
The Change of Command ceremony, Wesel, Germany, November 24, 2023; from the left to right: Command Sergeant Major 1st NSB, Stephane Langevin; Lieutenant Colonel Michael Paul, outgoing 1st NSB COM.
Lieutenant Colonel Christian Arendt was warmly welcomed to the Battalion and NCISG family.