Samuel Schmid ... Print comment Samuel Schmid in his office in Bern in 2004.(Keystone/ Monika Flückiger) Getting some fresh air in 2000, before beginning his cabinet career, near his home in Rüti bei Büren.(Keystone/ Alessandro della Valle) Swearing in the new minister in 2000. Moustaches not optional.(Keystone/ Pool/ VBF/ Ruben Sprich) Greeting a military helicopter in 2005.(Keystone/Pool/Alessandro della Valle) Last man standing: at the Spengler Cup ice hockey tournament in Davos in 2001.(Keystone/Michele Limina) Fulfilling his duties as minister responsible for sport in 2007.(Keystone/ Peter Klaunzer) Taking a stroll with Japanese officials in 2005.(Keystone/ Yoshiko Kusano) Flooding in canton Obwalden in 2005 kept the defence minister busy.(Keystone/ Pool/ Alessandro della Valle) A boatload of fun: taking a ride with the Indian president in Interlaken in 2005.(Keystone/ Yoshiko Kusano) Mourning six soldiers after an accident on the Jungfrau in 2007.(Keystone/ Urs Flüeler) The Swiss Guards enjoyed a visit in 2007.(Keystone/ Monika Flückiger) Schmid, a former army officer, visited Kosovo in 2003.(Keystone/ Yoshiko Kusano) Coffee break with former army chief Roland Nef in June 2008.(Keystone/ Alessandro della Valle) The defence minister had much to answer for in the summer of 2008 with the resignations of two top army officials.(Keystone/ Peter Schneider) Schmid was in the media glare when army chief Roland Nef resigned in July 2008.(Keystone/ Lukas Lehmann) A look back at the ex-defence minister's career. Neuer Inhalt Horizontal Line subscription form Form for signing up for free newsletter. Sign up for our free newsletters and get the top stories delivered to your inbox. Email address Top stories (weekly) Latest news (daily) Business (weekly) Politics (weekly) Society (weekly) Fintech (monthly) Click here to see more newsletters swissinfo EN The following content is sourced from external partners. We cannot guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired. swissinfo.ch Join us on Facebook!