For the 3rd year in a row, Headquarters Multinational Division South-East (HQ MND-SE) personnel participated in the Winter Ball, a project of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Office, organized at the Palace of the National Military Circle in Bucharest.
It was a great opportunity to celebrate all the achievements of this year and to spend some lovely time with our colleagues and families accompanied with good music and dancing all together.
The ball started with the commander’s speech. Major General Daniel Petrescu took time to congratulate his subordinates for the exceptional achievement of combat readiness at the evaluation of the “Dacian Lancer 2018” Exercise in March. “It was a great year, which taught us a lot, and we all evolved. You have to be proud of yourselves and of your achievements because now we can carry on with any mission NATO will entrust us. Also, I want to thank to your families for supporting you in your endeavors. We couldn’t have done it without their support”.
Besides the headquarters`personnel, at this ball were invited the former commander, Major General Ovidiu Uifăleanu, representatives of Romanian Defence Staff, Romanian Land Forces, Joint Logistic Command, NATO Force Integration Unit Romania and military attaches from 6 NATO countries (Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Turkey, UK and USA).
The most waited moment of the night was the raffle for baskets with traditional products from each of the 14 contributing nations within this NATO headquarters, plus Romania. There were 20 baskets in total, Romania offering 6 baskets. 3,000 LEI was raised by selling raffle tickets, money that will be used to buy gifts for the children from ”Cireșarii” Shelter from Bucharest.
From the very begining, HQ MND-SE has already a close collaboration with this shelter, in the last 3 years their children had received the visit of Santa Claus from the headquarters.
The ”Doina” band of the Romanian Army made a 2 hour artistic program. The HQ MND-SE` personnel had the oportunity to listen and dance on Romanian traditional songs and international hits.
Militaries and civilians, both Romanians and internationals, all together joined the winter celebrations mood with joy and happiness, already waiting for the next year edition of the Winter Ball.