Guam – U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Guam held a change of command ceremony at the NCTS Guam Gym in Dededo, Guam, April 4.
Cmdr. Adam Lyons relieved Cmdr. Vincent Augelli as NCTS Guam commanding officer.
[Capt. Mark Scovill, Joint Region Marianas chief of staff, awards Cmdr. Vincent Augelli, U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Guam commanding officer with the Meritorious Service Medal during a change of command ceremony at the NCTS Guam Gym in Dededo, Guam, April 4. Cmdr. Adam Lyons relieved Augelli as commanding officer of NCTS Guam. (U.S. Navy photo by Shaina Marie Santos/Released)]
Guest speaker Capt. Mark Scovill, Joint Region Marianas chief of staff, highlighted the significance of Augelli’s accomplishments.
“(At) the typical command that I’ve commanded, I might have an operational reach of a couple hundred miles,” he said. “Coast Guard might have an operational reach of the horizon. Here’s an officer that led a command with a global operational reach, which affect(s) combat operations in a theater 10,000 miles from here. That’s no small feat and I share everyone else’s admiration for how you did it.”
[Cmdr. Vincent Augelli, U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Guam commanding officer, thanks his crew and talks about his hopes for the future during a change of command ceremony at the NCTS Guam Gym in Dededo, Guam, April 4. Cmdr. Adam Lyons relieved Augelli as commanding officer of NCTS Guam. (U.S. Navy photo by Shaina Marie Santos/Released)]
Scovill then presented Augelli with the Meritorious Service Medal for displaying inspirational leadership, resourcefulness and dedication. After receiving his award, Augelli thanked his crew for their support during his tour.
“The list of accomplishments mentioned in the award citation a few minutes ago are properly yours,” Augelli said. “You a have thrived when conditions were excellent and when times got tough. You have accomplished much in the last two years.”
Augelli reminisced about the activities he and his family enjoyed on Guam and will miss; and encouraged the Lyons family to take advantage of their tour on island.
“My family has enjoyed Guam to the fullest,” he said. “We’ve made good friends and enjoyed living in a wonderful neighborhood. Certainly, we will carry warm memories of Guam with us for the rest of our lives.”
After the reading of official orders, Lyons took the stand and thanked NCTS Guam staff for their warm welcome and said he looks forward to his tour.
“The performance and state of readiness of the command is truly impressive and I’m honored to take the reins from an officer of the highest competence and character,” he said. “As the Navy continues to blaze new trails in information dominance it is my distinct honor and privilege to be leading you in that effort while sustaining our superior communications services and cyber readiness.”
Lyons joins NCTS Guam from an operational tour at Commander, Naval Forces Europe, Commander Naval Forces Africa and Commander, 6th Fleet as the deputy director of Communications and Information Systems.
During Augelli’s tour, NCTS Guam achieved and maintained a steady 99.9 percent reliability in global and satellite paths to more than 30 tenant commands on Guam afloat, undersea and in the air.
NCTS Guam achieved the first in-port high-speed pier connection for USS George Washington (CVN 73), which enabled the ship to download necessary data and upgrades while in port on Guam; the first time the forward-deployed carrier was able to perform such tasks outside of Japan.
NCTS Guam also succeded in joint operations with the 36th Communications Support Squadron for several projects including the integration of the Navy and Air Force cable plant, funding for DSN telephone switches and support for joint allies in Cope North, Valiant Shield, Terminal Fury and Guahan Shield exercises.
NCTS Guam also excelled during the Fleet Cyber Command Cyber Security Inspection (CSI), a first for shore communication stations in the Pacific theater.