US Colonel Nick Ducich, of the California National Guard, took over the command of the US Army base in Kosovo – Bondsteel, GazetaExpress reports. During the handover ceremony held on Tuesday Ducich said that the role of the NATO’s peacekeeping mission in Kosovo – KFOR on offering a safe and secure environment remains the same.

After change of command ceremony within the Multinational Battle Group East (MNBG-E), Colonel Ducich assuming his duties said that this mission is of a special importance for him, because he is the first US officer of Serbian ancestry who commands the Multinational Battle Group East.

“The role of KFOR remains unchanged, contribution to a safe and secure environment for all. We will continue remaining unbiased, and continue supporting developing of a safe and stable Kosovo,” he said.

“This mission is of a special importance to me. I am the first US officer of Serbian ancestry, to command the Multinational Battle Group East. I am privileged to serve here and give my great contribution, for a safe environment for all people in Kosovo,” news agency Kosovapress quoted Ducich as saying.