On 19 November, German Army Lieutenant General Jürgen-Joachim von Sandrart relieved the Polish Army Lieutenant General Sławomir Wojciechowski as Commander Multinational Corps Northeast (MNC NE) during a change-of-command ceremony at Baltic Barracks. The Corps Commander post rotates every three years between German and Polish general officers.
Commander Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum GEN Jörg Vollmer presided over the ceremony, highlighting the critical role Multinational Corps Northeast plays in the NATO Force Structure. “Multinational Corps Northeast is our key unit in the Baltic Sea region. In peacetime, crisis and conflict, this Corps is ready. It has a command and control structure which is already in place….,” the General said.
In his final address, LTG Wojciechowski emphasized that in the last three years the Corps had remained at the centre of adaptation and change across the Alliance’s north-eastern flank:
LTG Wojciechowski underlined that Multinational Corps Northeast had grown far beyond its headquarters in Szczecin, Poland, encompassing two multinational divisions (North East in Poland and North in Latvia), four National Home Defence Brigade Headquarters in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, four multinational enhanced Forward Presence Battle Groups and six NATO Force Integration Units….
…”As the regional representatives of the Alliance, we need to advocate for a better balance between regional and expeditionary approaches so that NATO members can more effectively train together and improve the overall integration within the NATO Force Structure.”
[T]he General affirmed his commitment to the further development of NATO’s deterrence and defence posture in the region:
LTG von Sandrart, former Commander 1 Armoured Division (Oldenburg, Germany) [had] deployments to Bosnia and Herzegovina and to Afghanistan. The General has been awarded both German and NATO honours.
Headquartered in Szczecin (Poland), Multinational Corps Northeast is the only Regional Land Component Command in the NATO Force Structure,…across the Baltic Sea region. Consequently, the Corps Command has responsibility for land forces operating within the NATO framework in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. It is in charge of the NATO ground troops already deployed there. If need be, the Corps Command is ready to exercise command and control over many more forces, including land elements of the NATO Response Force together with its flagship ‘spearhead’. The Command is fully trained to react at very short notice and take charge of Allied land operations across the Baltic Sea region.