RIGA, Latvia – The Latvian Chief of Staff presented a senior American non-commissioned officer with a certificate of recognition for his work as an assistant staff of the operational communications and information systems branch (D-6) for network support and management.
sergeant. 1st Class Terrence Williams, an information technology specialist assigned to Allied Forces North Battalion, serving with the NATO Force Integration Unit Latvia in Riga, was assigned to the unit in 2019 and immediately began to impact the unit’s capabilities.
According to Lt. Col. Janet Phillips, the NFIU’s US National Representative in Latvia, Williams is the first US Army NCO to receive a certificate of recognition from the Latvian Chief of Defense.
“He approaches his duties with high professionalism and precision,” Phillips said. “In a short time, he has created excellent cooperation with colleagues, counterparts from other NFIUs and the Northeast Multinational Corps.”
Phillips said when Williams first came to the unit, he was the CIS lead for the redesign of the unit’s SharePoint website, dramatically improving the ability to share and transfer files by 30% while simultaneously establishing a comprehensive SharePoint training program that enabled the unit to work more efficiently. use the functions and tools of the website.
“Most recently, despite travel restrictions, he continued to proactively coordinate mission requirements with higher headquarters and presented solutions to tactical communication issues by streamlining the configuration of virtual meeting rooms at the help from Skype for Business during COVID-19,” Phillips said. “His initiative resulted in no disruption in communication and identified a solution for presenting slides in videoconference meetings.”
“I guess you could say I’m quite useful. Sometimes I go out of my way to make sure everyone is taken care of,” said Sgt. 1st Class Williams.
Williams attributes his work ethic to his upbringing combined with a desire to see his unit excel.
“I’ve never been comfortable with the bare minimum,” said Williams of Baltimore, Maryland. “I prefer to go above and beyond if I can when it comes to my work, helping, helping people. If I can make it better, I will do it better.
Williams said he was grateful to be able to “stay healthy and happy while serving his country for the past 22 years.” He advises young soldiers to always look for the best in every mission and take advantage of any downtime to work toward career development goals.
NATO Force Integration Units are part of the NATO Force Structure under the primary responsibility of the Supreme Allied Commander Europe. The Latvian NFIU is one of eight NFIUs along with those of Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
The mission of NATO Force Integration Units is to help facilitate rapid deployments, support collective defense planning and help coordinate training and exercises.
About half of NFIU Latvia’s personnel come from Latvia, the rest from NATO allies, Belgium, Denmark, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The U.S. Army NATO Brigade provides support to soldiers and their families to provide ready and resilient soldiers to the NATO alliance, maintain our joint and multinational partnerships, and strengthen the alliance. The Brigade is the U.S. Army’s support element for units at 81 locations in 22 countries.