19th March 2010 – COM EUFOR Major General Bernhard Bair presided over the Handover-Takeover (HOTO) Ceremony of Chief of Staff in Camp Butmir in front of Building 200. After serving six months as Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Gerhard Kemmler handed over responsibility to the new Chief of Staff Brigadier General Gerd Bischof. The parade consisted of troops and civilians from Headquarters EUFOR. COM EUFOR Major General Bair awarded Brigadier General Robert Kemmler with the ALTHEA Peace Mission Medal.
In his farewell speech, BG Kemmler said: “Our shared Operation ALTHEA is only as good as the people who serve in it and we all have contributed to the successful implementation of our mission to ensure a peaceful life for all the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina. I thank all the military and civil personal for your dedication, professional work ethic and personal sacrifices to the mission.”
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