NAM Programme Manager receives the Dutch Crest of Commemoration

13 September 2016

Mr. Wiek NOLDUS, Programme Manager, NATO Airlift Management Programme, was recently awarded the Dutch Crest of Commemoration. The crest was handed over to Mr Wiek Noldus by WO (Warrant Officer) Peter Alstede on behalf Mr. Mark Rutte Prime Minister of the Netherlands to thank the Strategic Airlift Capability Program for providing their logistics support in the aftermath of the MH17 disaster.

On 17 July, 2014, a Malaysian Airlines’ Boeing 777 was hit by a Russian-made Buk-missile over Eastern Ukraine. The ensuing crash resulted in the death of 298 people, 196 of whom were Dutch.

Following the crash, the Dutch government set up a large mission to recover the remains of the plane and its passengers. A C17 was used to transport a NAM-owned  K-loader to the mission area in August 2014 and the following month the K-loader was returned to Pápa, Hungary. This mission required the Strategic Airlift Capability to develop a special contractual arrangement with The Netherlands and to have the SAC-nations agree to execute this mission.

The crest reads: “With this Crest of Commemoration the Dutch Government is expressing their greatest appreciation for your efforts in the aftermath of the MH17 disaster. You did a fantastic job. Many thanks for this.”