Nick Ducic is the new commander of Bondsteel

Colonel Nik Ducic, an American of Serbian origin, is the new commander of the American military base Bondsteel near Ferizaj in Kosovo and the new commander of the multinational brigade KFOR East – the Kosovo media reported.

Radio and Television of Serbia (RTS) says that Ducic stated that he was “the first American officer of Serbian origin who was in command of the Multinational Battle Group East”. He added that the troops under his command would continue to support the development of a stable Kosovo.

Previously, Ducic was the Commander of the 79th Infantry Brigade of the National Guard of California and today he took over the post of the former Eastern Sector Commander, Colonel Michael Spraggins.

Nik Ducic graduated from the military college in 2014 and received his master’s degree from the University of Maryland, majoring in nuclear engineering.

RTS also says that Ducic was also engaged in a training programme for the Ukrainian army, which was designed to ensure that the Ukrainian armed forces started operating in compliance with NATO standards by 2020.

Ducic’s personal Facebook page shows that he follows the Serbian Orthodox Church’s activities in San Diego, and likes pages “Meet the Serbs” and the Serbian club “Oplenac” from Toronto.

He has three children – sons Ivan and Luke and daughter Natalia – and is married to Tia.

Camp Bondsteel is the main base of the United States Army under KFOR command in Kosovo. Located near Ferizaj in the eastern part of Kosovo, the base serves as the NATO headquarters for KFOR’s Multinational Battle Group East (MNBG-E). The base is named after Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient, Staff Sergeant James L. Bondsteel.

(Nedeljnik, Blic, 20.03.2018)

Photo credits: Blic

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