Kenneth Deane, Civilian Operations Commander (CivOpsCdr) for all civilian EU CSDP missions paid a visit to EUCAP Somalia in Mogadishu on May 24th and in Nairobi (where a support office is located) on May 25th to say “au revoir” and “thank you” to the Head of Mission and personnel.
After four years in the job, Ken Deane who is also Director of the Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC is coming to his end of duty tour next month in June.
After a senior level career in the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Deane served in international policing missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine.
“Ken’s understanding of the complexity of conflict-affected countries and the considerable experience he has brought to his position has been invaluable to all civilian CSDP missions, including EUCAP Somalia” said the Head of Mission.
“I am admired by your work” said the CivOpsCdr talking to EUCAP Somalia’s international and national staff, referring in particular to the challenges posed by performing in a difficult security context such as the Somali one.
“A Mission is as good as the people working in it, and this is a very good one” added Ken Deane during a reception held at EUCAP Somalia’s HQ in Mogadishu.