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Mar 31 2022

NCISG MEMBERS RECOGNISED WITH NATO AND ACO AWARDS

MONS, Belgium – on 28 March 2022, the SHAPE Chief of Staff (COS) Admiral Joachim Rühle presented NATO Meritorious Service Medals (MSM) and Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) Recognition Awards (SRA) on behalf of the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg and the SACEUR, General Tod D. Wolters.

 In December 2021 the NATO Secretary General approved awards of the NATO MSM for three military personnel of the NCISG:

  • Colonel Egbert FIKOWSKI, DEU A
  • Lieutenant Colonel Torge BORNHOFFT, DEU A
  • Sergeant Major Christopher QUAYLE, USA A

The SHAPE COS presented NATO MSMs to Colonel Fikowski and Lieutenant Colonel Bornhofft for their outstanding performance and service to the Alliance. Sergeant Major Quayle was not able to attend the ceremony.

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NATO Meritorious Service Medals Award Ceremony, March 28, 2022, left: SHAPE Chief of Staff (COS) Admiral Joachim Rühle; right: Colonel Egbert Fikowski. 
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NATO Meritorious Service Medals Award Ceremony, March 28, 2022, left: SHAPE Chief of Staff (COS) Admiral Joachim Rühle; right: Lieutenant Colonel Torge Bornhofft. 

Admiral Joachim Rühle went on to present SRAs to the following NCISG awardees:

  • Captain Matt WOJCIK, CAN AF
  • Master Sergeant Sebastian BRANDEBURA, DEU A
  • Master Sergeant Pavel MAJERCIK, SLK A

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SACEUR Recognition Awards Ceremony, March 28, 2022, 
left: SHAPE Chief of Staff (COS) Admiral Joachim Rühle; 
right: Captain Matt Wojcik. 

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SACEUR Recognition Awards Ceremony, March 28, 2022, 
left: SHAPE Chief of Staff (COS) Admiral Joachim Rühle; 
right: Master Sergeant Sebastian Brandebura.

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SACEUR Recognition Awards Ceremony, March 28, 2022, 
left: SHAPE Chief of Staff (COS) Admiral Joachim Rühle; 
right: Master Sergeant Pavel Majercik.

Two other awardees not able to attend the ceremony were:

  • Lieutenant Mariusz OLESZCZYK, POL AF
  • Sergeant Major Michael KNOWLTON, USA A

The ceremonies took place in the SHAPE Protocol Lounge.

The NATO MSM is the highest NATO recognition and represents exceptional and remarkable service to the Alliance, while the SRA was established to recognize exceptional service and outstanding individual achievement and is the senior ACO-awarded honor.


Story by NATO Communications and Information Systems Group.

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