As we reflect on this CIOR/CIOMR/CISOR 2023 Helsinki Summer Congress (SC23), a message to our Hosts:
Finland support to SC23 a “Thank you!”
To Our Dear Finnish Colleagues,
On behalf of the CIOMR Presidency, our Board and the Executive Committee of CIOMR (our Delegations), a very large and heartfelt thank you for your incredible and amazing team effort you showed in hosting the Joint Summer Congress 2023. The support given to the many hundreds of attendees was simply fantastic.
As FROF, as a group, and as individuals, we have never seen such a ‘well oiled’ machine that delivered to the highest of professional standards. You did your Nation, so very proud. NATO has gained greatly from embracing and have had join, Finland.
CIOMR must highlight the high standard of effective planning and logistics you displayed. They say that “flexibility is the key to adversity”, and you showed that clearly; nothing was too much trouble.
In regard to the sad loss of Col Walter Henny of CIOMR, this obviously cast a long shadow over what was a very successful Congress. But even during this tragedy and the terrible outcome, the Finnish response (and afterwards) was the epitome of professionalism. Even now Finnish personnel continue to support the Netherlands, the various systems and processes and, most importantly, Walters’ family. Your commitment to this fallen soldier is so deeply appreciated.
Again, our formal and sincere thanks for a job well done and a very successful Congress of 2023
We all look forward to continuing to working with FROF and the Finnish Reserves.
Wg Cdr (OF4) MBE MStJ RAuxAF (Ret’d)
(Past Secretary General)