VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Navy Expeditionary Intelligence Command (NEIC) held a change of command ceremony April 5 at Naval Air Station Oceana.
Cmdr. Danielle Lukich, NEIC commanding officer, was relieved by NEIC executive officer Cmdr. Amanda Borngen.
Lukich served as NEIC’s commanding officer from June 2016 to April 2018 and oversaw the manning, training, and equipping of more than 300 active-duty and reserve Sailors, civilians, and contractors during her tenure.
“It was a great honor to be the commanding officer, because I was given a chance to mold a command the way I sought fit,” said Lukich. “Naturally, NEIC did not evolve into the command it is today without a team of like-minded individuals dedicated to improving our capabilities and honing our skill sets, but I remain humbled because together we made it work.”
Rear Adm. Robert Sharp, commander, Office of Naval Intelligence and director, National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office, served as the ceremony’s keynote speaker. Sharp served with both Lukich and Borngen during multiple joint special operation task force missions. He acknowledged the hard work and impact that Lukich has had on the intelligence community during her tenure in the Navy.
“Over the last two years, I’ve watched Cmdr. Lukich take a great command and proceed to make it better,” said Sharp. “She has always had the right approach to command because she made people her priority. She concentrated on figuring out what they needed to be successful and spent her time removing the barriers to their success.”
While Lukich and Borngen served in the command’s top positions, the officers’ similarities extend beyond NEIC. Both Lukich and Borngen hail from Ohio. Lukich, a native of Cleveland, and Borngen, a native of North Olmsted, both graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1999 with bachelor’s degrees in political science. Both officers serve in the Navy’s intelligence community and hold master’s degrees in National Security and Strategic Studies.
“My second executive officer, on the stage with me today, has been my battle axe for 19 years,” said Lukich. “I am certain none of our academy classmates would have predicted the two of us would be turning over command… Amanda [Borngen], I am certain you will take NEIC in exciting new directions, and I can’t wait to hear all about it.”
Borngen has been serving as executive officer at NEIC since July 2017. She is the first executive officer to “fleet up” in NEIC history.
“Fleeting up is a great way to help with the command transition,” said Borngen. “As the XO, I’ve had an opportunity to meet the sailors, the chief’s mess and the officers. As we look toward where we are going with the command mission, I have had time to integrate and workout ideas with the CO. Now that I am the CO, I have a much better understanding of where we want to go with the command.”
NEIC provides Navy and Joint commanders with tactical indications and warning, force protection intelligence, sensitive site exploitation, and intelligence preparation of the operational environment required to win decisively in major combat operations.