Brunssum, The Netherlands – Thursday 11 November the Brunssum Civilian Staff Association conducted its annual Long Service Awards Ceremony in the JFC Brunssum International Conference Centre. On this occasion Colonel Timotheus Beaufort, Commander of the NATO Communications and Information Agency's CIS Support Unit, based on the JFC Brunssum site, presented certificates.
In an insightful speech, Colonel Beaufort highlighted the importance of the support provided to military colleagues, both in terms of continuity and the availability of skillsets not normally found in the military, via civilian staff. Further, he stated that NATO functions 'stronger together' because of the robust bond between military and civilian personnel. On completion of his remarks, the Colonel toasted awardees and the broader civilian element present.