BYDGOSZCZ, Poland – Lieutenant Colonel Karel Mazanek relinquished command of the 3rd NATO Signal Battalion (3NSB) to Lieutenant Colonel Pavel Matuszek on Thursday, 27 July, 2023 during a Change of Command ceremony presided over by Major General Frank Schlösser, Commander NATO Communication and Information Systems Group (NCISG).
The ceremony has been preceded by the medal ceremony. Firstly, Lieutenant Colonel Karel Mazanek was awarded the Polish Army and Slovak Army Medals, while the 3NSB Battalion Sergeant Major (BSM), Command Sergeant Major Miroslav Ferenc was awarded the Polish Army Medal.
The Slovak Army medal ceremony, Bydgoszcz, Poland, July 27, 2023, on the left: Lieutenant Colonel Karel Mazanek.
The Polish medal ceremony, Bydgoszcz, Poland, July 27, 2023, Command Sergeant Major Miroslav Ferenc.
The awardees were recognized for their active engagement, outstanding contribution to international cooperation and promotion of common values.
Next, COM NCISG, Major General Schlösser, presented, on behalf of the NATO Secretary General, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal to Second Lieutenant Zydrune Maksimoviciute. COM NCISG mentioned that Second Lieutenant Zydrune Maksimoviciutehas upheld the finest traditions of the Alliance by exhibiting courage, outstanding leadership and through an exceptional contribution, which has brought great credit on herself and earned the respect and gratitude of everyone represented by the Alliance.
The NATO MSM is the highest international military award presented to members of NATO, who distinguished themselves by outstanding meritorious achievement of service to the Alliance.