The NATO Support & Procurement Agency (NSPA) commemorated at end of June 2018, its 60th birthday of existence and 50 years of presence in Luxembourg through an Anniversary Ceremony at its site in Capellen, Luxembourg. Luxembourg as the host nation has demonstrated, a very close and supportive bond to the Agency and its staff. The attendance by high profile guests included TRH the Grand Duke Henri and the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and public figures and dignitaries of Luxembourg, the President of the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies H.E. Mr Mars Di Bartolomeo, the Prime Minister H.E. Mr Xavier Bettel and members of his cabinet and the Mayor of Mamer Mr Gilles Roth. NATO participation at the highest level was visible through the presence of the NATO Secretary General H.E. Mr Jens Stoltenberg, the Deputy Secretary General, Mrs Rose Gottemoeller, the North Atlantic Council Ambassadors and the Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation (SACT) General Denis Mercier.
The ceremony hosted jointly by the NATO Support and Procurement Organisation (NSPO) Chair Mrs Jennifer Hubbard and the NSPA General Manager Mr. Peter Dohmen included a number of high-level speeches followed by the NSPA official sign unveiling event.
Prime Minister H.E. Mr Xavier Bettel emphasized the role of the Agency in providing valuable logistics support services for NATO and its Allies and the important task as the executing agent for NATO Trust Funds in partner countries where Luxembourg makes substantial financial contributions. The NATO Secretary General H.E. Mr Jens Stoltenberg, highlighted the backing of Luxembourg as a host nation and its active role in supporting the NSPA over the last five decades. The wide range of services provided by NSPA to its customers stretches from NATO Operations and Missions support to acquisitions of major new capabilities with global reach. NSPA underpins the NATO–EU collaboration by strengthening existing ties and by lifting this cooperation to unprecedented levels.
A long history of successful transformations along with adaptations to a changing political and security environment, has positioned NSPA as NATO’s premier logistics services provider and life cycle management Agency. This cooperative, collaborative and mutually beneficial relationship has flourished continuously and provides a confident outlook for the future of the Agency, its stakeholders and most importantly of its customers.
On the afternoon of Thursday 28th June, NSPA staff members and their families participated in the Workforce Recognition Event at NSPA Capellen. The GM officially opened the event, highlighting in particular the dedication and contribution that the staff have made to the success of NSPA.
A giant BBQ (for more than 1500 people) was run in parallel with a range of activities and attractions, including a Police dog show, World War 2 vehicles display, a French fighter plane Rafale fly-by over the Agency and a military static display provided by Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and The Netherlands. The Staff Association and the NSPA Clubs also provided impressive entertainment and a great selection of activities for all ages.
The wonderful live music and tasty food contributed to creating the perfect atmosphere for staff and their families to enjoy a relaxed afternoon and celebrate this momentous event.
An Anniversary brochure highlighting our current programme capabilities, products and services and featuring a foreword from the NATO Secretary General, and messages from the Luxembourg Minister of Defence and the NSPO Chairperson is available at the link below.
A commemorative coin (sponsored by Banque and Caisse d'Epargne de l'Etat - BCEE) and a special "stamp card" were issued to all NSPA staff members on 28th July 2018.
To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of NSPA and to specifically highlight the 50th Anniversary of NSPA in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, POST Luxembourg agreed to release an NSPA stamp.
A contest was held to select the stamp design and submissions were invited from across NSPA staff. Several designs were submitted and the stamp design proposed by Mr. Olivier Perl from NSPA’s General and Cooperative Services Programme was selected as the winner.
The stamp went into circulation across Luxembourg on 6 March.