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Updated: 22-Jul-2008 IMS News Release

11July 2008

Istanbul

 

Handover of chairmanship of the National Reserve Forces Committee from Canada to the Netherlands

Major General D. Tabbernor, head of the Canadian delegation passing the chairmanship of the National Reserve Forces Committee over to the Nether-lands, represented by Brigadier General H.G. Oude Lohuis.

The National Reserve Forces Committee (NRFC) held their annual summer meeting in Istanbul from 8 – 11 July 2008.  Representatives from 22 NATO member countries participated, with Australia attending as an observer.

At the end of the formal meeting on Friday July 11, 2008,  Major General D. Tabbernor, head of the Canadian delegation passed the chairmanship over to the Netherlands, represented by Brigadier General H.G. Oude Lohuis. Major General D. Tabbernor praised the delegations for their hard work and the Committee’s accomplishments during the Canadian chairmanship.  He went on to express his personal gratitude for their support and trust.  

Formally recognized by NATO’s Military Committee since 1996, the NRFC meets regularly to exchange information on reservist matters. The Committee meetings are

Chaired by a team provided by one of NATO’s member nations for the duration of two years. Committee discussions are aimed at optimising the reserves capabilities of the member countries through an exchange views on different national approaches and by reviewing the current status of the different systems for reservists. The availability of reservists to deploy effectively to NATO missions is largely influenced by their training and education efforts.  The NRFC also supports the NATO School in Oberammergau and has provided guidance in creating a new course for senior reserve officers.

Incoming Chairman, Brigadier General H.G. Oude Lohuis assured the members that the Netherlands would continue the Canadian initiative to focus on deployment support for reservists and would do its utmost to maintain and further develop the high level of cooperation, exchange of ideas and educational efforts in achieving the strategic goals of NRFC. He concluded by thanking the outgoing chair, on behalf of all delegations present, for their excellent contribution over the past two years.

Point of contact for the press:
Ltcol Richard van Eijsden
Mail: Rp.v.eijsden@mindef.nl

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