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Col. Curtis O. Piontkowsky receives the Air Force Network Integration Center guidon from Gen. William Shelton as he assumed command Jan. 26. Colonel Piontkowsky previously was serving as the AFNIC's vice commander. His prior assignments include command of an Expeditionary Communications Squadron in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Director of Communications in Kabul, Afghanistan; and 375th Communications Group Commander, also at Scott AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Divine Cox)
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Command changes at AFNIC

Posted 2/3/2011   Updated 2/3/2011 Email story   Print story

    


from Air Force Network Integration Center

2/3/2011 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill.  -- Col. Curtis O. Piontkowsky assumed command of the Air Force Network Integration Center from Col. John M. Odey in a ceremony officiated by Gen. William Shelton, commander of Air Force Space Command, at Scott Jan. 26.

The center, a direct reporting unit to AFSPC, enables assured cyberspace capabilities for the Air Force through shaping, provisioning, sustaining and integrating the Air Force enterprise network.

Colonel Piontkowsky takes command after serving as AFNIC's vice commander since June 2009. During his more than 30 years in the Air Force, he has held a multitude of positions including command of an Expeditionary Communications Squadron in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Director of Communications in Kabul, Afghanistan; and 375th
Communications Group Commander, also at Scott AFB.

General Shelton began the ceremony by thanking the people of AFNIC for their contributions to the command and the Air Force. He described the incredible strides Colonel Odey made in shaping the center during his 18 months as commander and expressed his confidence in Colonel Piontkowsky to continue moving the organization forward.

"Colonel Piontkowsky knows the AFNIC mission well; in fact, he helped define it," he said. "Curt, I know you're ready to strap on the mantle of command, and I look forward to working with you as we operationalize and normalize cyberspace operations."

Colonel Odey, who is retiring after 26 years of service, praised the people of the center for their tremendous talent and the many accomplishments they have achieved in just a short time.

"You've heard me say, 'if it was easy, anybody could do it. But if it's tough or nearly impossible then AFNIC can and will get it done,'" Colonel Odey said during the ceremony. "You are so fortunate to have Colonel Piontkowsky take command. He knows the organization, he knows how to take the mission further and faster ahead, and he knows how to take care of you, the people."

After the symbolic passing of the guidon, Colonel Piontkowsky also addressed the men and women of AFNIC, acknowledging the organization's proud heritage and bright future.

"Many people who are here now or have been part of the organization in the past have been central to the major developments and changes in our Air Force communications and cyber business," he said. "[You] will continue to enable the best communications and cyber capabilities our Air Force has ever seen."

As commander, Colonel Piontkowsky will lead more than 900 military, civilian and contract employees in the development and implementation of a number of major cyber-related initiatives, including the Single Integrated Network Environment, Air Force Network migrations and Networthiness.



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