STAVANGER, Norway – NATO Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) bid a fond farewell to Brigadier General Douglas K. Clark during the all-hands meeting on June 23, 2022.
Brigadier General Clark, who has been the JWC’s Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff since August 30, 2020, will soon begin his new assignment as the commanding general of the 4th Marine Division, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Major General Piotr Malinowski, Commander JWC, offered words of praise to Brigadier General Clark and his wife, Valerie, for their contributions to the JWC’s wider community. Turning to Brigadier General Clark, the Commander said: “Thank you for your professionalism, excellent leadership, and commitment to the JWC to make NATO better.”
Brigadier General Clark said his tenure at the JWC was “the highlight of my career and I got to serve the strongest Alliance the world has ever known.”
“Diversity is NATO’s centre of gravity – an Alliance of 30 sovereign nations from Europe and North America, speaking in one voice, committed to protecting each other. This is the true strength of NATO,” Brigadier General Clark said.
He added: “Take a step back and think of what we do here at the JWC: Home to 17 nations, we are the premier provider of world-class command post exercises to ensure NATO readiness. This is hard stuff, and what we do together as One Team makes a difference. True warriors do not pray for war, but we don’t want to be left behind either. So, continue your great work, pursue lifelong learning, always have an opportunity to read, don’t accept substandard, make someone or something better every day, and do your physical training. I am proud of each and every person here, and I am going to miss you. Thank you for doing what you do. Semper Fidelis!”
During the event, Major General Malinowski presented Petty Officer Carwyn Lewis, the JWC’s 2021 Military Member of the Year (MMOY), with the Letter of Commendation, a MMOY plaque, and a Commander's Coin.
Major General Malinowski also recognized 16 staff members for significant accomplishments.
In addition, Colonel Darren Denning, Deputy Chief of Staff Exercises, Training and Innovation (ET&I) Directorate; Colonel Adam Lackey, Programme Director 1; Colonel Jean-Michel Millet, Head of Transformation Delivery Division, and Colonel Robert Jusinski, Programme Director 3, were presented a special Commander’s coin for their remarkable contributions to the JWC.
The event also included a comprehensive briefing on the results from the JWC’s Continuous Improvement Workshop in April, focusing on organizational climate and the Centre's future roadmap based on its four project lines: Collective Training and Exercises, Warfare Development, Organization, and Professional Development.
Photos from the All-Hands Meeting
Major General Piotr Malinowski, Commander JWC, thanked Brigadier General Clark and his wife, Valerie, for their contributions to the JWC’s wider community
Brigadier General Clark says farewell to the JWC’s One Team
Major General Malinowski, Commander JWC, and Petty Officer Carwyn Lewis, the JWC’s 2021 Military Member of the Year
The JWC staff recognized for distinctive service