WIESBADEN, Germany (July 30, 2012) -- 5th Signal Command's 102nd Signal Battalion and 69th Signal Battalion Network Enterprise Centers (NEC) competed in the Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) NEC of the Year competition placing first in the medium category and the large category respectively.

"This worldwide competition measures the quality of service continuously provided to our customers and to our Army," said Col.(P) Bruce T. Crawford, commander, 5th Signal Command. "These winners exemplify the teamwork, leadership, and selfless service that make our Army strong," he said.

"It's definitely something that the command sergeant major and I are proud of and not because of anything we did, but what each member of the "Net Ready" battalion did. Both servicing NECs in Wiesbaden and Baumholder, to include my headquarters and headquarters detachment and supporting S1, S2, S3, and S4 staffs played a huge part in our success the past year," said Lt. Col. Nathan J. Bollinger, 102nd Signal Battalion commander.

"I'm so proud of the hard work and dedication of everyone involved from the Soldiers, Civilians, Local Nationals, tenant units, my brigade, my fellow commanders and 5th Signal Command. Together as a team, we cultivated success,"said Lt. Col. Wendy L. Rivers, 69th Signal Battalion commander.

"Despite the tough road we traveled this past year, we're extremely happy and satisfied that the efforts are recognized," she said.

The NEC performs network operations, network management, information assurance, telephone service, and sustains base information and network services in support of both military and interagency organizations.

The 102nd and 69th had to meet certain criteria to win within their perspective categories during the competition.

"NEC award selectees supported enterprise solutions and demonstrated the most innovative solutions to resource shortfalls and other specified criteria," said Bollinger.

To win this competition, each NEC had to come together as a team and work hard to beat the other competitors.

"I attribute the organization's success to the dedicated cadre of Soldiers and the U.S. and host nation employees that work throughout the entire battalion. They come to work every day with one main purpose and that is to take care of our customers," said Bollinger.

"Every individual assigned to the 69th Signal Battalion displayed dedication and perseverance. There is no one person or group of people that made this happen; it was clearly a team effort," said Rivers.

"This group of fine professionals took every project, enterprise initiative and completed it better than best. In addition, our brigade gave us all the resources, guidance and support needed to win such a prestigious award. What an honor to be titled NETCOM 'NEC of the Year,'" she said.

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