Col. Sean Stinchon, incoming commander of National Ground Intelligence Center, holds the colors during a change of command at the NGIC, while Col. Dana Rucinski, outgoing commander; Command Sgt. Maj. Rosemary Leath; and Maj. Gen. Gary W. Johnston, INSCOM commanding general, look on.

Members of the National Ground Intelligence Center, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, Army senior leaders and partner-nation representatives recently gathered for a change of command ceremony at Rivanna Station in Charlottesville, Va.

Col. Sean F. Stinchon, who previously served as the deputy director of the Combined Joint Intelligence Directorate, Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan in Kabul, assumed command of the NGIC from Col. Dana Rucinski. 

As the presiding official, Maj. Gen. Gary W. Johnston, INSCOM commanding general, spoke of the many NGIC accomplishments achieved under Rucinski and welcomed the new commander and his family to the Center.

“NGIC is extremely fortunate to have been led by Dana, a military leader whose extraordinary insight into the Army’s future requirements has established NGIC as the crown jewel of the intelligence community and we’re proud you’re a part of INSCOM,” Johnston said. 

For the last two years, Rucinski has guided NGIC through the most difficult intelligence challenges facing the Army, while setting the example of selfless service and uncompromised dedication to the mission.

 “Because of Dana’s leadership and the competent workforce charged with the Nation’s most critical missions, NGIC will not miss a beat in this transition,” Johnston said. “Dana, thank you for all you and your team have accomplished.”

In her farewell speech, Rucinski, who is moving on to the National Reconnaissance Office, thanked the NGIC team members for their support to the mission of saving Soldiers’ lives and protecting the homeland.

“General Johnston, I appreciate the trust and confidence you have in me and the mentorship and wise counsel you’ve provided during my command,” Rucinski said. “NGIC team, you all are warfighters – what you do, regardless of your role, is critical to the national intelligence missions.”

During Stinchon’s remarks, he thanked Rucinski for her service and said he looks forward to the chance of serving alongside the NGIC workforce.

“I’m proud to serve alongside each and every one of you, as we do our part to protect our homeland against emerging and prolific threats,” Stinchon said. “This mission is vital to the Army and to our national interests, and I’m confident that NGIC is the best in the business.”