JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (NNS) -- Cmdr. Donald V. Wilson relieved Cmdr. James A. LeCounte as Commanding Officer of Naval Communications Security Material System (NCMS) during a change of command ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, May 19.
"I led an exceptionally talented diverse team of military personnel, US Civil Service, and contractors to continually achieve the mission at NCMS," said the LeCounte who commented that his greatest accomplishment was increasing efficiency at the command.
He will now transfer to the U.S. Forces Japan as the J6 Director of C4I systems.
Wilson has served as Operations Officer, USNS SPICA (T-AFS 9), Operations Officer & Military Detachment Assistant Officer-in-Charge, USNS CONCORD (T-AFS 5), Combat Information Systems Officer and C4I Principle Assistant, USS NASSAU (LHA 4), and Information Systems Officer/Assistant Combat Systems Officer (Plankowner), USS NEW YORK (LPD 21).
His ashore tours included assignments in Virginia as Information Technology Training Officer and an Instructor at Fleet Combat Training Center Atlantic, Officer-in-Charge of Center for Information Technology Learning Site Hampton Roads, Deputy Director for Exercise Planning & Support at Naval Network Warfare Command, and Deputy N6 & Force Combat Systems Information Officer on the staff of Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic. He also served at Naval Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee as the Information Professional Limited Duty Officer/Chief Warrant Officer, Lateral Transfer and New Accessions Detailer.
He also volunteered to serve in three Global Support/Individual Augmentation Assignments. In 2007-2008, he was the CJ6 Operations Officer & Knowledge Management Officer for Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, and in 2010 was assigned as the CJ6 Current Operations Officer for NATO's International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Afghanistan. In 2012, he served as the C5ISR Advisor to the Iraqi Navy assigned to the US State Department's Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq, and the Combat Systems Officer aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73).
"There are many different aspects of leadership in the military; the command is where the buck stops. I look forward to inspiring and empowering my crew," said Wilson. "I will provide them with a clear vision of where NCMS will go in the future to ensure secure communications for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard."
Wilson enlisted in the Navy on June 19, 1987. He rose through the ranks to earn a commission as a Limited Duty Officer.
His message to all Sailors is "You can be an E1 in the Navy, and devote hard work, dedication, and initiative which can lead you to become a Commanding Officer. The military provides you with a means to go from the worker to the leader."
NCMS administers the Department of the Navy Communications Security (COMSEC) program and serves as the central office of records for accounts and COMSEC material throughout Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command and the national COMSEC community. The command provides leadership, guidance and support to the Navy's information assurance program as the Navy's leading authority on public key infrastructure for unclassified and classified networks.
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