These were the words of Colonel Wiebe Baron during his farewell speech in Enschede on 10 June 2014.
These were the words of Colonel Wiebe Baron during his farewell speech in Enschede on 10 June 2014. After a period of 16 months the Director had to leave CCOE for his new position as the Dutch Military Attaché in Berlin, Germany. The Handover took place with cake and coffee in an informal environment on the patio of the CCOE. The Directors speech together with the sun, over 30 degree Celsius, ensured a warm atmosphere.
“I was impressed by the professionalism, outstanding enthusiasm and quality of the products“ said Baron to his staff. Baron handed over a farewell gift to the CCOE. It was a map from 1817 of the Lonneker area as memory of the pleasant time CCOE had in Enschede. “Enschede was home for the CCOE for more than six years. CCOE had a very good time. We should not forget Enschede.” Baron pointed out. The CCOE will leave Enschede end of June and will reopen in The Hague on 07 July 2014.
The new Director Colonel Roel Been thanked the outgoing Director for handing over a good running organization. He will start his duty as Director officially in The Hague on the 14 July 2014.
“I am a happy man, a happy Colonel and I am proud to become your new Director, your new team leader, new coach” said Been. He pointed out upcoming organizational and also personnel challenges for the CCOE staff. In particular he highlighted the importance of the balance between hard labour and hard relaxation. “… Happy people make the difference.” Been said goodbye assuring that he is “ready to lead this CCOE into the future.”
After the speeches the Front Office invited CCOE staff with a smile for “another cup of coffee or a cold shower”.