”To be a small part of NATO is a blessing of a lifetime”

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BUCHAREST, Romania – Emotional farewell ceremony for the Deputy commander of Headquarters Multinational Division South-East, Brigadier General Thomas Carden Jr., who ended his tour. In his speech, DCOM of HQ MND-SE said that it was an honor to serve in this NATO headquarters, under Major General Daniel Petrescu command. „Thank you for what you did for the Alliance, you were my great example”, said BG Carden.  

Representatives from the US Embassy to Romania together with the entire personnel of the headquarters attended this ceremony.  

"I think in NATO we've got the best people in the world. Just being in the same room with you fires me up, it gives me inspiration. To be a small part of that is a blessing of a lifetime”, said Brigadier General Carden. He confessed that he learnt more at HQ MND-SE than elsewhere in the world. “Some people read about history, some people write about history. In this headquarters, we had the honor to be a part of history", concluded BG Carden.

During the ceremony, the commander of HQ MND-SE, Major General Daniel Petrescu, offered Brigadier General Carden a special Certificate of service for his “outstanding tour of duty”, the flag of the headquarters and the official plaque of the headquarters.

”You are such a positive and inspirational leader for everybody around you. These 16 months during which we worked together in this headquarters had truly been the highlight of my career. It has been an honor and a great privilege to serve together with Brigadier General Carden, for the benefit of the entire Alliance”, said MG Daniel Petrescu. “There are 3 words which better define you: character, competence and commitment”, emphasized COM of HQ MND-SE.

Major General Daniel Petrescu also thanked his deputy for his huge contribution in the process of reaching the full operational capability by Headquarters Multinational Division South-East, the biggest NATO headquarters from the South-Eastern flank of the Alliance, and by Headquarters Multinational Brigade South-East (HQ MN BDE SE), based in Craiova, Romania.

Brigadier General Thomas Carden Jr. was assigned as the Deputy Commander of Headquarters Multinational Division South-East on October 1st, 2017. Previously, has held a number of key positions in Georgia Army National Guard, included Commanding General and Chief of staff, and he was deployed in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq.