After almost three years as commander of 1 (German/Netherlands) Corps Lieutenant General Volker Halbauer handed over his command in front of the Muenster Paulus dome to Lieutenant General Michiel van der Laan.
Many high-ranking political, military and community guests witnessed the ceremony.
After 41 years of loyal service to the army and Germany General Halbauer retires.
In his last position he prepared the Corps to take on its role as Land Component Command and led the NATO Response Force Land in 2015. Additionally he was tasked to experiment with the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) concept. Detachments of the units that were part of the VJTF paid homage to the retiring commander by being present during the ceremony.
During the ceremony, the Dutch Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Leo Beulen presented Lieutenant General Halbauer with the Medal of Merit in gold for his outstanding service as commander of 1 (German/Netherlands) Corps.
General Van der Laan is no stranger to our Corps. As Lieutenant Colonel he assumed the position of Training and Exercise staff officer and in 2013 he became the Deputy Commander. Van der Laan gained experience in various national and international staffs. In his former position as the Director at the Directorate of Operations in The Hague, Netherlands, he was responsible for all missions in which the Dutch armed forces take part. He himself was deployed to Bosnia and Afghanistan.
His focus will now be on leading our Corps to becoming a Joint Headquarters, capable to lead a Joint Task Force (Land) as of mid-2017.