Raising Flag ceremony at HQ MND-SE

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BUCHAREST, Romania  - ”We are stronger together. We are Allies and we work together to face the new security challenges, regional and global as well”, said Romanian minister of Defence, Mihai Fifor, at the Raising Flag ceremony, hosted by Headquarters Multinational Division South-East. ”You, the true professionals of this headquarters are making everything seem so simple by the way you work together and this is the proof that ”WeAreNATO” is not just a simple slogan, but a daily reality”, added Mihai Fifor. Romanian minister of Defence considers that HQ MND-SE is a ”mature and a robuste” NATO headquarters.

The event was organized to celebrate 3 years of existence of HQ MND-SE and to thank the contributing nations for their commitment to NATO values and principles.

At the ceremony participated NATO officials, ambassadors of NATO countries, Chief of the General Staff, GEN Nicolae Ciucă, Chief of Land Forces, MG Ovidiu Uifăleanu, Chief of Air Forces, BG Viorel Pană and deputy Chief of Naval Forces, rear admiral Mihai Panait. Beside MG Ovidiu Uifăleanu, two other ”founding fathers” of the headquarters, BG ( r ) Gheorghe Vișan and COL Cristian Dan, now commander of Multinational Brigade in Craiova, have been invited.

As a sign of appreciation of their contribution, dedication and professionalism, the Senior National Representatives of NATO countries participating with personnel within HQ MND-SE were awarded the Emblem ”Partner for Defence”. The medals were presented at the end of the ceremony. 30th Guard Brigade and Ministry of Defence Representative Music Orchestra contributed to the success of Raising Flag event.