Royal Norwegian Navy Commander Senior Grade Svein-Inge Soendergaard assumed command of NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency's CIS Support Unit Stavanger (CSU Stavanger) from Norwegian Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Atle Kjosnes during a ceremony held at the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) on 10 June 2016.
The ceremony was presided over by U.S. Army Colonel Earl Nakata, representing NCI Agency Directorate of Service Operations. In his remarks, Colonel Nakata praised Lieutenant Colonel Kjosnes' leadership, contribution and dedicated commitment to both CSU Stavanger and the JWC since 2012. Colonel Nakata said: "On behalf of the Agency's leadership, I would like to express their sincere appreciation for your strong commitment, the continual display of your can-do attitude, your consistent demonstration of your broad professional knowledge and exceptional support to the Agency's mission."
Before assuming the duties and responsibilities of commanding officer for the CSU Stavanger, Commander Senior Grade Soendergaard served at NATO's Allied Command Transformation (ACT) in Norfolk, Virginia, United States, from 2010 to 2014. After returning from the United States, he served as a military liaison officer with the UN Mission in South Sudan in 2015.
"I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead and serve with you, all the talented people that make up CSU Stavanger," Soendergaard said, adding: "I consider it a privilege to be allowed to support JWC and their continuing efforts to train and prepare the operational level of NATO."
Addressing the continuing re-organization process within the NCIA, Commander Senior Grade Soendergaard said: "The Unit has managed to transform itself; while at the same time it not only delivered excellent support to the JWC, but also took on additional tasks. This is an impressive accomplishment that both Atle Kjosnes and the team should take pride in."
The ceremony was attended by JWC and CSU Stavanger's international civilian and military staff and family members and guests from the local community.
About CSU Stavanger
CSU Stavanger, previously known as Squadron Stavanger, stood up in 2004 under the NATO CIS Services Agency (NCSA) and are today a CSU in NATO Communication and Information Agency.
Today, CSU Stavanger, as part of the NCI Agency Service Operation Directorate, is responsible to the General Manager for delivery of Communications and Information Systems (CIS) services to customers in Stavanger and Norway.
Its main customer, Joint Warfare Centre, receives a series of services both as static service delivery to permanent staff as well as dynamic and flexible event services in support of the ACT Programme of Work for exercises. The CSU delivers on multiple platforms, advanced, simulated and modulated exercises to the local warfare facility and remote locations, supporting the Education, Training, Experimentation and Exercise (ETEE) environment in NATO.
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