Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

The year 2021 is coming to an end in a few days and it has been another special year, as the Covid-19 pandemic is still present. Moreover, these harsh times are shaping our everyday life, but also our organization and its way of working.

While digitalization has brought solutions and opportunities, it has also brought its challenges. We can stay in touch with each other, but a real face-to-face conversation is still missing. So, while we can ensure the basic work of CIOR, at the same time we are missing the essential and unique aspect of this collaboration.

Nevertheless, I remain optimistic that at least a regular summer congress will take place, as we were used to before the pandemic. Even if we can only make a small contribution to this, it is worth doing. Above all, as reservists, we are twice a citizen and therefore have a specific responsibility.

I wish you and your families all the best for Christmas and a good start into 2022!

Naval Salutes,




Jan Hörmann, President