NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Source: Belgian Ministry of Defence

07 Jun. 2012

NATO Secretary General visits Belgian Air Force Base

The NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited the Belgian Air Force Base of Kleine Brogel on Thursday, 7 June at the invitation of the Belgian Minister of Defence Pieter De Crem. The Secretary General thanked all the service members of the air base for their significant role in NATO-led missions and operations, from the Balkans to the Baltics, from Afghanistan to Libya.

"I would like to express my gratitude to the Belgian Armed Forces for their efforts in support of ISAF operations in Afghanistan and in our recent operations in Libya. I know that all Kleine Brogel F16 pilots have operated over Afghanistan and were amongst the first NATO forces over Libya. I also appreciate your contribution to Baltic air policing", the Secretary General said. He stressed that in every mission that Kleine Brogel pilots contribute to NATO, they excel and maintain the highest standards.

During the visit, the Secretary General commended Belgium and its armed forces for their professionalism and their strong commitment to NATO.

Last updated: 07-Jun-2012 16:47

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NATO Secretary General visits Belgian Air Force Base 07. Jun. 2012 The Minister of Defence of Belgium, Pieter De Crem welcomes NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to the Belgian Air Force Base at Kleine Brogel. 
NATO Secretary General visits Belgian Air Force Base 07. Jun. 2012 Chief of Cabinet of Minister De Crem, Ludwig Van der Veken; Colonel Aviator Fred Vansina, Base Commander of the 10 Tactical Wing at Kleine Brogel; Charlotte Wetche, Military Assistant to the NATO Secretary General; NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Belgian Defence Minister Pieter De Crem at the Belgian Air Force Base at Kleine Brogel. 
NATO Secretary General visits Belgian Air Force Base 07. Jun. 2012 Lieutenant General Aviator Gerard Van Caelenberge, acting Chief of Belgian Defence (far left) talks to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Belgian Defence Minister Pieter De Crem (far right) 
NATO Secretary General visits Belgian Air Force Base 07. Jun. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Belgian Defence Minister Pieter De Crem after the visit to the Belgian Air Force Base of Kleine Brogel. 
NATO Secretary General visits Belgian Air Force Base 07. Jun. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (right) and the NATO Permanent Representative for Belgium, Rudolf Huygelen (center) after the visit to the Belgian Air Force Base of Kleine Brogel.