Six NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency employees recently received recognition for their dedicated service to NATO.
They were awarded, on behalf of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, NATO's highest honour, the Meritorious Service Medal. The Agency honoured the employees in a ceremony on 16 September 2019 for going above and beyond the call of duty.
"We have a lot to be thankful for in the Agency, because we have men and women like yourselves who continue to press forward under sometimes difficult circumstances," General Manager Kevin J. Scheid said at the ceremony.
Each of these employees coordinated challenging projects, inspired effective collaboration and delivered timely results.
Above all, the six showed their commitment to the Agency's mission: to lead NATO's digital endeavour.
"Because you are really working hard and contributing to the Agency's mission and vision, we are successful not only deploying and defending the networks of NATO, but ensuring command, control and consultation," Chief of Staff Major General Göksel Sevindik said.
At the ceremony, each honouree's Service Line Chief or Director summarized their achievement to the audience.
We asked the honourees everything from what drives them to who inspires them. Some described the most rewarding projects they have been a part of. Others provided guidance for new NATO or Agency staff members. All shared compelling insight into what it is like to work for the Agency.
Here's what they had to say. Their answers have been edited for length and clarity.