By Lt. Col. Jefferson Wolfe
7th Mission Support Command Public Affairs Officer
VICENZA, Italy -Col. Christopher Varhola took command of the Army Reserve's 2500th Digital Liaison Detachment from Col. David Mundfrom during a ceremony Sept. 11, 2016 at Hoekstra Field on Caserma Ederle.
Mundfrom is a Minnesota native and was commissioned through the University of Minnesota ROTC program in 1988 as a Field Artillery officer. Varhola was commissioned as an Armor officer from The Citadel in 1990.
Brig. Gen. Steven W. Ainsworth presided over the ceremony He is the commanding general of the 2500th's higher headquarters, 7th Mission Support Command.
"Our newest commander is also no stranger to commanding a 7th MSC unit in Germany, having served as the 457th Civil Affairs Battalion commander years ago," Ainsworth said. "It is great to have you back as part of the team."
Ainsworth highlighted key events during Mundfrom's tenure: The first staff exercise the DLD conducted with the Joint Multinational Training Command in Vicenza; Exercise Anakonda 16, during which the unit worked extensively with the Hungarian military; and a Medical Readiness and Training Exercise in partnership with the Burundian National Defense Force in which the DLD supported a team of U.S. Army medical Soldiers from the William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss, Texas.
"These efforts, and many others, supported 'STRONG EUROPE' tenets, but as importantly, provided opportunities for our Soldiers to engage in meaningful and valued activities that support the Total Army force in Europe as well as in Africa," Ainsworth said.
The 2500th DLD's mission is to provide coordination and communication between different battlefield elements. The Soldiers' skills help synchronize and unify strategies with different echelons of command or between the Army and foreign militaries, nongovernmental organizations and private voluntary organizations.