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Welcome and thank you!

Welcome to our new Benelux Chapter President Wout Schalk and "Thank You" to LTC Eddy Geudens, USA (Ret.) for his dedicated service.

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Geudens, who received the US Army Meritorious Service Medal for achievements as the Belgian Ministry of Defense Liaison Officer to the US Army for all OIF/OEF port operations in Belgium from September 2004 through February 2007, was dedicated to the Association. Among the many programs the Chapter supported during his tenure are EUCOM/AFRICOM Deployment and Distribution Conference and the European Region Workshop, scheduled to take place every other summer.

WOUT SCHALK, NEW PRESIDENT FOR THE NDTA BENELUX CHAPTER

By Bram de Jong,

NDTA Benelux Chapter Editor

See more of Bram's photos of this memorable day at http://on.fb.me/Chapter_Pics

Thursday, February 24, 2011, was an important day for the NDTA Benelux Chapter. LTC Eddy Geudens, USA (Ret.) organized this Change of Command event together with board members Jeroen Schuering, Key Client Manager Government for Maersk Lines Rotterdam and LTC Bert Aben, the new commander of the Royal Netherlands Marine Command (RMLMC) Van Ghent Kaserne in Rotterdam. Of course, the major role was reserved for the incoming President of the NDTA Benelux Chapter, Wout Schalk. More than forty members of the Benelux Chapter attended the event held at the APM Terminal on the Rotterdam Maasvlakte.

During the Change of Command, Wim van der Stek, Vice President NDTA Europe, Northern Region, followed the formal process and read the oath of office. After Wout Schalk's confirmation, "I do so pledge,'' Van der Stek declared that Schalk was duly elected and installed President of the NDTA Benelux Chapter.

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Van der Stek represented Kurt Lengert, President of the NDTA Europe Region, who was not able to attend, and praised the outgoing President Eddy Geudens for his achievements over the past five years and introduced Wout Schalk, the incoming President. Schalk is no stranger to us. He has been a member of the Benelux Chapter for several decades and earlier served in the Benelux Chapter Board as the Events Coordinator for The Netherlands. Before he retired, Schalk was the Key Client Manager Government for Maersk Lines in Rotterdam.

As his last act, Benelux Chapter President Geudens thanked his board members and awarded Van der Stek with a Distinguished Service Award. Van der Stek witnessed the birth of the Benelux Chapter and served three times as Chapter President, handling the Chairman's gavel for 15 years, and he has been board member for 31 years. For his achievements, he has been declared "Honorary President NDTA Benelux Chapter."

Wout Schalk, the brand new President of the Benelux Chapter, praised Geudens and promised to consult him for advice in the future. Schalk has big plans for the chapter. He will use all of his energy to come up with a challenging program to interest new members. He recognized Vice President, NL Military Liaison, LTC RNLMC Bert Aben, who received and hosted the attendees at his barracks earlier that morning. He organized bus transportation to and from the port. Many thanks also went also to Jeroen Schuering, who arranged for our presence, presentation, luncheon, and tour at the APM Terminal.

Before the luncheon, Van der Stek introduced Stefanie Dobbert, Key Account Manager DB SCHENKER, and Jeroen Schuering as new board members to the NDTA European Region. Major John Drakeford, US Army, 598th Transportation Brigade (SDDC), was introduced as the new NDTA Benelux Chapter board member, US Military Liaison. He replaced Major Robert Park who returned to the US.

At the Maersk APM Terminal, Jeroen Schuering introduced John van Breughel, General Manager Operations, who spoke about Maersk Lines International and provided a security briefing. After the luncheon, the group boarded the bus and Van Breughel served as tour guide explaining Maersk activities and the container process at the APM Terminal on the Rotterdam Maasvlakte. We were lucky to see the MV Ebba Maersk at the quay. This Maersk container ship is a giant, carrying 13,000 TEU containers. The picture says more than a thousand words!

Jeff Campbell

Chapter Liaison
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Title Annotation:CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT
Author:Campbell, Jeff
Publication:Defense Transportation Journal
Date:Apr 1, 2011
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