This month was rich in things like transfer of authority,
so did happened in Danish battalion. Colonel Tom Stoltenberg
officially took command of MNB (NE) Danish component on
the 13th of August 2004. The Change of Command ceremony
took place in the Danish Battalion, located in Donje Zabare,
close to Mitrovica.
General Lafontaine handed over the command of the Danish
battalion from colonel Lawes to colonel Stoltenberg. During
his speech, Brigadier General Etienne Lafontaine expressed
his pleasure to congratulate the Danish battalion, and
in particular his commander Colonel Lawes, for the excellent
jod he had carried out. He also wished good luck to the
new commanding Officer Colonel Stoltenberg.
At the parade that day, the Danish battalion, Team 11,
took over from Team 10. Colonel Tom Stoltenberg promised
that the Team 11 would continue the good work that Team
10 had done within the last 6 month. He also added that
they would actively, and in conjunction with the Multinational
Brigade North-East, work hard to ensure a safe and secure
environment, in which the Kosovars and the international
organizations can work together, in order to find a political
solution for the future of Kosovo, where the different ethnic
groups can live together in peace.
He also emphasized on the multinationality of the Danish
Battalion because the battalion consists of soldiers from
Estonia, Lithuania, France and Denmark. This is very positive
because together they form a good mixture of military
and cultural background. Colonel Stoltenberg’s excellent
military background permits him to command the Danish
component that, as he said, would conduct its mission
in a firm, but friendly manner.
After the ceremony and press-conference for local media,
a lunch was offered by all the nations of the battalion.