New Commander at the 2nd NATO Signal Battalion
Commander NATO CIS Group General Walter Huhn, (centre) with Lieutenant Colonel James Dooley (right), accepting command from Lieutenant Colonel John Hinkel (left). Photo by 9 Stormo Wing Public Affairs Office
GRAZZANISE, Italy - A Change of
Command ceremony was held on Tuesday, Apr. 4, 2017 at the 2nd NATO
Signal Battalion in Grazzanise, Italy.
Colonel John Hinkel handed over command to his successor, Lieutenant Colonel James
Dooley, following a three year tenure.
CIS Group General Walter Huhn, in his remarks, commended Lieutenant Colonel
Hinkel for his personal commitment to NATO and outstanding leadership as well
as for having "forged the Gladiators of 2nd NSB into a great team, a
strong team" and for "leaving a legacy of improvements" to them.
In his speech,
Hinkel emphasised the achievements in the last three years, which deserve more
recognition than he can express. "It has
been my privilege to command 2nd NATO Signal Battalion for nearly three years”,
he said. The Lieutenant Colonel went on
to say he wished he was better able to verbalize the outstanding commitment and
professionalism of the members of the battalion.
Battalion Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Dooley will have to face several
challenges in his tenure to fulfill the demanding tasks assigned, to begin with
the preparation for CIS support to the eNRF 2018 to demonstrate, one more time,
NATO's resolve to defend its Allies.
The NATO CIS Group,
established in 2012, is the largest organisation within ACO and provides all
NATO deployable CIS capabilities during operations and exercises.
It is structured
in the HQ, located at SHAPE, and three NATO Signal Battalions, which in turn encompass six Deployable
CIS Modules each, located in 14 European Countries.
Story by NATO CIS Group