Navy Expeditionary Combat Command has new CO

The Navy Expeditionary Intelligence Command had 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, according to a Navy news release.

NEIC provides the 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.”

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, Navy officials said.

“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,” Lukich said. “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.”

While Lukich and Borngen served in the command’s top positions, the officers’ similarities extend beyond NEIC, according to the news release.

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.

. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alan Lewis)
Cmdr. Danielle Lukich, a Cleveland native and outgoing Navy Expeditionary Intelligence Command (NEIC) commanding officer, left, and Cmdr. Amanda Borngen, a native of North Olmsted, Ohio, cut the ceremonial cake after NEIC’s change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station Oceana.

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,” Borngen said. “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.”

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