VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Navy Expeditionary Intelligence Command (NEIC) held a change of command ceremony aboard Dam Neck Annex June 11.
Cmdr. Laura R. Hatcher relieved Capt. John M. Dullum as commanding officer.
Rear Adm. Mike Tillotson, commander of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC), served as the guest speaker for the ceremony. He said NEIC provides human intelligence into the battle space, which is required to successfully completing missions.
"NEIC is the center of operational intelligence for the Navy," said Tillotson. "NEIC individuals are operating around the globe in support of all the numbered fleet commanders and ashore in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they are making a difference."
NEIC provides a highly trained and fully-deployable cadre of Sailors that help commanders gain greater insight into operational domains, build partnerships, increase intelligence capabilities, enhance maritime security operations and drive operational success in all phases of military operations.
During Dullum's speech, he praised NEIC personnel for their successful missions and talked about the growth of NEIC during his time in command.
"When I took command two years ago, NEIC was just 7 months old and mustered around 70 personnel working out of trailers on board Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story; and most Sailors were on back-to-back sea deployments," said Dullum. "Today we muster 266 personnel, at least half of the command right now is on deployment and one-third is conducting training."
Dullum assumed command of NEIC in June of 2008. Under his command, NEIC deployed 18 detachments throughout the world, stood up a Reserve organization, conducted 6,000 Maritime Interdiction Operations, and seized of 100 tons of extremist narcotics.
Dullum's next assignment is OPNAV N2/N6 Staff in Washington, D.C.
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