IT1 (SW) Jon A. Antrim, USN
PreCommissioning Unit Independence (LCS-2) Blue
Information Systems Technician First Class Antrim is the PCU Independence’s Combat Systems Department Leading Petty Officer. Because the Littoral Combat Ship is a minimally manned frigate-sized seaframe operated by 40 core hybrid sailors, many of the traditional administrative and operational requirements are expected to be accomplished through distance support efforts ashore. Currently, there exists no infrastructure or method with which to execute the LCS distance support concept of operations. To fullfill LCS support requirements, Petty Officer Antrim constructed an HTML-coded web portal with which to capture more than 900 operational and administrative requirements. Compiling requirements from each seaframe’s department, he constructed a one-stop multi-layered demonstrative webpage where Sailors would be able to provide only essential data through webforms for ship-to-shore replication transport. The HTML web model was the cornerstone of a high-level executive brief to Commander, Naval Surface Forces that sparked funding, increased technical software and systems engineering efforts, and leadership oversight with the LCS program to support commissioning and operational testing of the first LCS seaframes. In development of the distance web-portal, Petty Officer Antrim saved the Navy thousands of dollars in initial design fees and work associated with the design process. When distance support is operational, the process will streamline the Navy’s administrative support and operational reporting requirements, saving significant man-hours and dollars.
LT Brian Christopher Canuel, USN
United States Africa Command
Lieutenant Canuel is the Satellite Communications Branch Chief in the C4S Directorate and Chief of the Joint Frequency Management Office that encompasses the Africa Command’s entire area of responsibility (AOR). A key player in every aspect of the C4S support during the planning, building and establishment of the Africa Command’s Joint Operations Center (JOC), Lieutenant Canuel’s ground-breaking efforts resulted in the successful transition of vital mission sets from three combatant commands, ensuring Africa Command was ready to execute missions in its 53-country AOR. He identified more than 350 current and future satellite resource requirements supporting the command, secured $13 million to cover identified satellite communications shortfalls and oversaw the successful host-nation approval of more than 2,600 frequencies with 12 different African nations. Lieutenant Canuel was the first C4S member of the Africa Command to deploy forward and conduct military-to-military training on the continent; his expert direction and deft interpersonal skills are the reason the African Union has satellite capabilities ready to support their on-going humanitarian missions in Somalia and Darfur.
Dr. Christopher R. Ekstrom
As the Chief of the Clock Development Division at the U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO), Dr. Ekstrom supervised a team of four physicists and coordinated the efforts of a supporting cast of engineers, technicians, and contractors to design and build the world’s first rubidium fountain clock capable of sustained (24/7/365) operations. Two of these clocks were placed into operation in 2008 to undergo a test and evaluation and shakedown after which they will be placed into full operation in the USNO Master Clock ensemble, contributing directly to the time and frequency standard of the Department of Defense. Rubidium fountain clocks are state-of-the art devices that measure time and frequency to a few parts in 1016, which means that the clocks will not lose one second of accuracy in 100 million years of operation. This level of precision represents an improvement of 2-3 orders of magnitude over present-day atomic clocks, and is necessary to meet future DOD requirements for positioning, navigation, and timing which are critical components of C4I. These clocks will provide picosecond level accuracy needed to facilitate Global Positioning System III operations. As the standard for time and frequency for the DOD, USNO’s Master Clock establishes the foundational frame of reference for all C4I activities.
AET1 Tyson C. Finn, USCG
U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego
Aviation Electronics Technican First Class Finn is responsible for the maintenance and repair of avionics and communications equipment for the three MH-60J helicopters assigned to U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego. Without formal training, Petty Officer Finn exploited the full capabilities of the MH-60J RT-5000 radio and laid the foundation for standardized interagency communications practices and procedures across Coast Guard aviation. Petty Officer Finn’s work enabled the first secure VHF-FM communications between Border Patrol agents, Customs Air-Maritime Branch units and Coast Guard air assets along U.S./Mexico land and maritime border. Working independently and often on his own time, Petty Officer Finn became the Coast Guard’s subject matter expert for aerial VHF-FM secure communications. Understanding the root causes of past failures in this area, Petty Officer Finn tenaciously pursued leads and assembled the subject matter experts necessary to advance secure air-to-ground communications capabilities across regional Department of Homeland Security land, sea and air assets. Capitalizing on his expertise with the RT-5000 radio system, Petty Officer Finn also provided key suggestions and guidance to technical representatives at the Telecommunications & Information Systems Command and Aircraft Repair & Supply Center. This direction resulted in aviation-specific keying material and unprecedented breakthroughs in the areas of encryption and over-the-air rekeying (OTAR). These changes and software upgrades are being incorporated across Coast Guard aviation to meet recent VHF-FM narrownband and secure communications requirements.
Mr. Rick J. Greer
Program Executive Office
Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapon, Navy
Mr. Greer serves as the Vertical Takeoff and Landing Unmanned Air Vehicle (VTUAV) Communications Lead and the Interoperability Lead for Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Air Systems (UAS). He is also a member of the NAVAIR Tactical Common Data Link (TCDL) Special Interest Group (NATS) that focuses on joint Interoperability for payload products. Mr. Greer’s efforts laid the foundation upon which a Joint Interoperability Profile was built and subsequently mandated by the Office of the Secretary of Defense in July 2008 for all UASs more than 30 pounds. He defined a TCDL data strategy to allow information exchanges to occur between disparate systems. This included coorinating with various vendors to achieve a single, interoperable solution for information exchanges using TCDL technology. Mr. Greer created the interoperability profiles to achieve true interoperability for the Warfighters and providing major cost savings to multiple Navy and joint programs. The Unmanned Systems Interoperability Profiles allowed, for the first time, multi-vendor competition for CDL systems for several major programs (such as the Navy’s Vertical lift Tactical Unmanned Vehicle [VTUAV], Broad Area Maritime Surveillance [BAMS] Unmanned Air System [UAS], P-3 Aircraft Improvement Program [AIP], P-3 Special Projects [SP], U.S. Navy ships [CDL-S] and others) to compete the procurement of CDL systems, resulting in a multi-dollar savings. Most important, Mr. Greer's efforts resulted in providing a common mode of operation for all CDL air and ground systems by providing interoperability to the Warfighter.
LTJG Courtney A. Harrison, USCG
U.S. Coast Guard Operations Systems Center
Lieutenant (junior grade) Harrison directs all software development and lifecycle management activities for the International Data Exchange (IDE) and U.S. National Data Center (NDC) capabilities of the Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) System, a program developed as the U.S. solution to meet Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and International Maritime Organization (IMO) international vessel position reporting requirements to support maritime safety and security operations. Lieutenant Harrison has managed the development and deployment of the IDE and NDC capabilities to provide worldwide reporting and tracking of the SOLAS-class vessels. His efforts can be directly credited for many notable accomplishments in supporting the LRIT project. He and his team authored extensive documentation for the IMO technical meetings in London, England, that helped shape international LRIT policy. Lieutenant Harrison’s active participation in these meetings has moved the United States to the forefront of international data exchange and design implementation. Lieutenant Harrison’s coordination with the Coast Guard’s Enterprise Geographic Information System team lead to the creation of custom polygons detailing international boundaries that the IMO has decided to use as the standard for the entire international LRIT community, saving $100,000 in development costs and $50,000 in recurring license and maintenance costs. Recognizing the capabilities and benefits of the emerging CG Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), Lieutenant Harrison used this enterprise service to properly architect the LRIT system for efficient and streamlined data sharing, becoming the first Coast Guard system to successfully use the CG ESB as a core capability within the enterprise system architecture.
Mr. Clifford L. Henry
Naval Communications Security Material System
Mr. Henry is the Principal Assistant for Communications Security (COMSEC) Operations. As a key member of the Joint Service COMSEC standardization initiative, he researched, developed, and implemented a solution to a long-standing problem involving the transfer of electronic COMSEC keys from local management device/key processor accounts to non-automated accounts. This capability made an immediate impact on the Warfighter by enabling the COMSEC account to transfer accountability for keying material to coalition partners and COMSEC users without electronic capability. There will no longer be a need to embed the Warfighter with Coalition Units for key transfer/keying operations in hostile environments. In addition, COMSEC accounts in all services will not have to act as a surrogate for another account in order to receive electronic key. This new capability will be fielded to NATO countries when the International Electronic Key Management System is deployed. Mr. Henry was recognized by the National Security Agency for developing and implementing the concept. Mr. Henry developed the Navy Transaction Clearing House (TCH), resulting in the total automation of COMSEC accounting transactions, a necessary step in the Navy’s transition to the Tri-Service Common Tier 1 (CT-1). The TCH eliminated the use of record messages for the submission of electronic transaction reports in use for more than 20 years. It also enabled taking off line the COMSEC Automated Reporting System Front End Processor, saving $500,000 in replacement and maintenance costs. The TCH dramatically reduced the labor-intensive manual entry of SF-153 Accounting Reports from more than 300 per day to 83 and was the single most important tool for account managers to accustom themselves to the new CT-1 paradigm. This initiative saved more than 1,000 man-hours per month.
LCDR Bertram L. Jennings, USN
Naval Network Warfare Command
Global Network Operations Center Detachment, Norfolk
Individual Augmentee to Multi-National Forces-Iraq
Lieutenant Commander Jennings is assigned as the Assistant Officer in Charge of the Global Network Operations Command Detachment, Norfolk. In 2008, Commander Jennings was assigned to the Multi-National Forces Iraq (MNF-I) CJ6 Staff in Baghdad, Iraq, as a strategic communications planner in support of the Global War on Terrorism. He was the driving force behind the strategic communications planning during the highly successful surge of an additional five combat brigades in Iraq. He executed a $2.4 million dollar project for robust terrestrial microwave links in Iraq. Interacting daily with CENTCOM, DISA, Multi-National Corps – Iraq, Commander Jennings’ efforts provided strategic and stable communications for nine operating bases in support of 180,000 Coalition warfighters supporting Wideband Global SATCOM, CENTCOM C4 Network Ops and I CORPS Transfer Authority and Theater NETOPS conferences. As the lead architect, he guided the theater communications infrastructure by managing the MNF-I Requirements Validation Board that prioritized and expedited C4I communication projects in the range of more than $25 million dollars. In addition, Commander Jennings initiated and planned for a $1.2 million dollar ATM baseband equipment upgrade for the Central Iraq Microwave System, saving more than $500,000 by streamlining the acquisition process for concrete pads and the installment of antennas by working with theater contracting firms. He saved another $300,000 through ingenious procurement of controlled cryptographic FASTLANES.
Mr. Russell S. Jones
Assistant Chief of Naval Operations, Next Generation Enterprise Networks (NO99)
Mr. Jones is the Division Director for Plans, Programming and Policy for the Next Generation Enterprise Network System Program Office (NGEN SPO). Mr. Jones was single-handedly responsible for conceiving, organizing and leading the Next Generation Enterprise Network Cross Functional Team during initial stand-up of the NGEN program. Mr. Jones integrated the diverse and often-times disparate goals and objectives of numerous organizations. He led stakeholders through development of a comprehensive, coherent and fiscally achieveable NGEN Requirements Document and associated Network Operations Concept of Operations. Despite challenging manpower shortages during the crucial initial phases of NGEN planning and development, Mr. Jones created a team that made immediate and substantive progress in meeting critical NGEN milestones and garnering key leadership support. In preparation for POM-10, Mr. Jones captured comprehensive NGEN priorities to generate operational and workforce program elements for the critical transition from NMCI to NGEN. Mr. Jones has been critical to the successful planning, preparation and communication of Next Generation Enterprise Network requirements, challenges and way ahead. His efforts have been the linchpin to NGEN transition planning, and will have operational impact for decades to come.
CDR James A. Knoll, USN
Directorate for Warfare Integrations (Communications Networks)
Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Commander Knoll is Section Head for Satellite Communications and Communications Pathways, responsible for developing of near- and far-term communication capability investment strategy for the globally deployed U.S. Navy. Commander Knoll personally led all aspects of an End-to-End Capability Based Assessment of the U.S Navy communications architecture. His assessment results directly challenged the conventional wisdom of multiple future communications architectures. His research revealed, documented, and quantified more than 15 capability gaps in the end-to-end global architecture. Commander Knoll led the effort to develop capability gap solutions in time to meet the impending Program Objective Memorandum – 2010. Commander Knoll crafted a complex portfolio of capability solutions backed by detailed technical research, and then translated it into a format that was meaningful and easily understandable by both researchers and key decision makers. Commander Knoll communicated this complex portfolio in a manner that Navy leadership clearly understood the operational impact of those gaps, the proposed solutions, and the degree to which the gaps were filled by each solution. During the program review process, Commander Knoll quickly grasped the end-to-end impact to the communications architecture of proposed program budget cuts. These proposed cuts had been made in isolation from an end-to-end vision. He then analyzed and translated the war fighting impacts of the proposed program budget cuts to the decision maker, successfully reversing the more than $1 billion of cost avoidance to Navy Program Objective Memorandum 2010.
ET1(SW/AW) Jason A. Lonsdale, USN
Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 2 (VQ-2)
Electronics Technician First Class Lonsdale is the leading Petty Officer in the Electronic Warfare, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron, Information Systems Division. As the senior electronics technician and information systems manager for a detachment deployed to the Netherlands Antilles, Petty Officer Lonsdale oversaw the set up, accreditation, and disestablishment of a Temporary Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (T-SCIF). This facility consisted of three separate networks and more than 180 individual accounts for personnel from four different commands, which enabled the successful dissemination of near real-time intelligence during a presidentially directed mission to support the Global War on Terror. Petty Officer Lonsdale spearheaded and implemented a web-based portal via EKmNet in which secure file sharing can be accomplished between homeport and forward-deployed locations. This significant development linked critical command information and numerous dynamic databases with the ability to provide real-time updates. As a result, VQ-2 developed the capability to communicate, train and share information with worldwide deployed personnel in a vastly more efficient manner. Petty Officer Lonsdale also developed a SIPR collaboration web page, ensuring that all Fleet commands have the ability to access VQ-2 current mission data from all active detachment sites. This web page enabled VQ-2 to provide the fleet with a “one stop shopping” SIPR web page, significantly improving the dissemination of critical mission reports and analysis to customers around the world. In addition, Petty Officer Lonsdale developed emergency procedures to recover failed mission laptops and lost data while airborne, there by minimizing lost systems productivity and greatly increasing mission systems reliability and effectiveness. These procedures have become the standards for EP-3E aircraft worldwide.
Mr. Kevin L. Marlowe
Joint Systems Integration Command
Mr. Marlowe is Director, Command and Control (C2) Analysis, charged with providing support to the U.S. Joint Forces Command Joint Capability Developer (JCD) on C2 systems characteristics, functionality, interoperability, suitability for specific missions, and/or lab-based quantitative and qualitative analysis. Since the designation of U.S. Joint Forces Command as a co-lead for the C2 Capability Portfolio, Mr. Marlowe has engaged with key leaders and technical stakeholders across the DOD to ensure that decisions affecting the Department’s C2 portfolio are based upon objective and defensible analysis. Mr. Marlowe conceived of, designed and/or led development of a myriad of analytic tools and concepts, including the Capability Mapping Framework, C2 Scorecard, C2 Registry, C2Pedia, and Collaborative Document Navigator. Taken together, these tools provide a formidable decision support system for the joint analyst interested in understanding what C2 systems do and where there are potential gaps and redundancies in capabilities. Developing a decision support system is only valuable if that system is proven useful for making decisions, and Mr. Marlowe’s suite of tools has been effective in several critical areas over the last 22 months. When Director, Program Analysis and Evaluation (PA&E) (in the Office of the Secretary of Defense) provided a one-time window for realignment of DOD funding program delements (PEs) to capability portfolios, Mr. Marlowe’s team was able to use the Collaborate Document Navigator to quickly review the text of several thousand PEs and link them to specific portfolios, effectively changing the DOD portfolio manager for millions of dollars of programs. Similarly, use of these tolls facilitated the objective identification of service-sponsored deployable command and control (DC2) systems into defensible variants that will provide the starting point for DC2 analysis that will impact the FY12 budget cycle.
LT Sean W. Merritt, USN
Airborne Command Control and Logistics Wing
Lieutenant Merritt is assigned as the Assistant Training Officer for the Airborne Command Control and Logistics Wing that services the E-2C and C-2A communities. Lieutenant Merritt and his team crafted the E-2C/C-2A community’s Naval Aviation Simulator Master Plan (NASMP) on how best to upgrade aircraft simulators in order to migrate training from the aircraft to the simulator. This effort highlighted efficiencies for training while yielding significant cost savings for the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE). Specifically, Lieutenant Merritt developed a network of cost-effective training devices by targeting tasks that require less fidelity without compromising the overall quality of training. He cultivated a plan based on extensive community input that recommended the targeted upgrade of current simulators, the acquisition of new full-fidelity simulators developed for both E-2C and E-2D, and the procurement of a new family of part-task trainers. With the rollout of the new E-2D airframe scheduled to begin in 2011, he confirmed a community throughput problem where the number of simulators would be insufficient to handle the amount of training required during the transition to the new aircraft. Instead of upgrading all current E-2C simulators, he identified the ability to upgrade older simulators for training tasks and develop new simulators that could be procured for the E-2C and then be redressed for the E-2D for a comparatively small price tag. This shift in development will ultimately save approximately $56 million. In addition, Lieutenant Merritt defined a new requirement for part-task trainers that are capable of displaying configurations for all ten versions of E-2 and C-2 cockpits at appoximately $2 million per trainer instead of $30 million for a new single version full-fidelity trainer.
Mr. Russell K. Mukai
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific
As the lead Global Command and Control System (GCCS) Systems Administrator for Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Mr. Mukai oversees and directs the smooth operation of GCCS-Joint (GCCS-J) servers providing the fused integrated common operational picture (COP) and integrated intelligence and imagery (I3) for the two commands. Mr. Mukai's efforts directly and positively impacted the GCCS-J version 4.1.1 accreditation and fielding decision, advancing this C4I system for all services. Because of his thorough documentation of key decision points, clarification of provided steps and notation of discrepancies, the installation software and documentation were greatly improved for the subsequent fielding for 4.1.1. Mr. Mukai, building upon the success of the GCCS-J version 4.1.1. SAT and OT, is leading the effort at Pacific Command in the preparation, installation, and configuration for this latest and final release, GCCS-J 4.2. This effort extended the C4I capabilities for nine commands and coalition partners in the Pacific area of operations. Increasing availability and assuring recoverability of C4I systems across commands and services and leading the advancement of GCCS-J Systems Administration, Mr. Mukai regularly provides invaluable insight and guidance as demonstrated by his presentations at the most recent GCCS System Administration and Engineering Conference held at U.S. Central Command. His efforts in presenting briefs on COP backup snapshots and System Imaging Tool for Solaris (SITS) to a group of more than 100 individuals representing dozens of joint commands around the world greatly contributed to the advancement of the GCCS System Administration body of knowledge and provided an additional tool for system administrators to use.
ITC(SW/AW) Brian T. O'Hagen, USN
Center for Information Dominance, Corry Station
Chief Information Systems Technician O’Hagen is the Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) Phoenix VI/VII J6/Communications-Networking Automation Division Leading Chief Petty Officer, responsible for 60+ multi-service system administrators performing CJTF/J6 special operations and helpdesk functions serving 26 major forward operating bases (FOBs). While serving a 12-month individual augmentation in Afghanistan, Chief O’Hagen developed the Afghanistan primary defense microwave communication service supporting five Afghan Regional Security Integration Commands. This microwave network enabled time-sensitive, critical communications among 29 major FOBs and recently constructed hospitals throughout Afghanistan. Chief O’Hagen and his team installed 20 very small aperture terminal systems (VSAT). This VSAT array supported embedded training teams throughout Afghanistan and provided C2 data/voice grade channels to 3,500+ U.S./Coalition forces conducting critical anti-terrorism/counter-insurgency training for both the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police forces. In preparation for the initial deployment of U.S. Marine forces to Afghanistan, Chief O’Hagen initiated a communications infrastructure plan that provided for a C2 mobile NIPRNet/SIPRNet pathway to ensure strategic and theater-level capability in communications interoperability among U.S. Marine forces, CJTF Phoenix and other combined forces.
ITC(SW) David A. Pabon, USN
U.S. Pacific Fleet
Chief Information Systems Technician Pabon is Assistant Officer in Charge (AOIC), Senior Enlisted Advisor (SEA), and Operations Chief (OPS Chief) for the Pacific Command’s Contingency C4I Package (CCP). He supervised 29 personnel in the operation and maintenance of the Deployable Joint Command and Control (DJC2) system, a rapid deployable C4I package capable of establishing a forward-deployed command post for designated Joint Task Force Commanders. Chief Pabon’s efforts established the DOD standard for DJC2 concept of operations, readiness, operational procedures, training plans and manning requirements. In DJC2’s first event following delivery and testing, Exercise Terminal Fire 2008, Chief Pabon provided 100 percent realiable network, voice, and video connectivity to 120 military personnel. Maintaining strict information assurance and force protection integrity, he prevented all Red Team network and compound instrusion attemps. Chief Pabon provided uninterrupted data and voice services to 150 DOD and allied personnel, geographically dispersed throughout Thailand, enabling seamless JTF and Coalition Task Force (CTF) coordination during Exercise Cobra Gold 2008. In addition, he extended remote NIPRNET and voice equipment to facilities beyond DJC2's physical boundaries, greatly enhancing exercise success and CTF interoperability with Thailand, Japan, Korea, Australia and the Philippines. In the wake of Cyclone Nargia devastating Burma/Myanmar, Chief Pabon supported 100 JTF personnel during humanitarian assistance/disaster relief. In addition, he executed a 300-mile JTF relocation, displacing a communications infrastructure within 18 hours, enabling the execution of 156 relief sorties into Myanmar and aiding 80,000 victims. In DJC2’s most challenging exercise, Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2008 (RIMPAC), Chief Pabon oversaw an intricate 13-nation, 130 U.S. and allied personnel Maritime Operations Center. His management of all networks resulted in zero spillages, enabling seamless exercise scenario execution and live ship sinking. The DJC2 provided C2 capability to 65 ships, 200 aircraft, and 17,900 personnel from 13 nations, greatly enhancing allied sea power in the largest multi-national exercise in the world. Chief Pabon and his team have been recognized by the DJC2 Program and other DOD organizations as the best operators of the six DJC2 core units deployed worldwide.
LTJG Robert E. Parsons, USN
USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70)
Individual Augmentee to Multi-National Forces - Iraq
Lieutenant (junior grade) Parsons is assigned to USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) Combat Systems Department as the Communications Officer. Lieutenant Parsons’ contributions to reviving Carl Vinson’s communications center after a 32-month refueling and complex overhaul were extraordinary. He oversaw the transformation of a completely barren communication center into a reconstructed state-of-the-art shipboard communications facility capable of providing superior C4ISR support to the Carrier Strike Group. While serving as an individual augmentee, Lieutenant Parsons developed a high-speed, low-latent communication capability to extend strategic communications from Headquarters Multi-National Forces – Iraq (Camp Victory Baghdad) to Marine forces operating in Multi-National Forces West (Fallujah). By working with commercial vendors, government civilians and numerous military agencies, he engineered a commercial line-of-sight microwave communications system to connect both headquarters. This new capability greatly improved communications capabilities between the warfighter and the strategic commander by providing a high-speed circuit for video teleconferencing, VoIP, and web portal collaboration capabilities. His efforts were used as a proof of concept that changed this tactical system into a program of record and gained program management support from the Central Iraqi Microwave System. Lieutenant Parsons then leveraged this new microwave circuit to provide a strategic communications capability to Task Force 134 building a new internment facility in MNF-W (Ar Ramadi). After hearing that Camp Buca frequently experienced a loss of communications because its prisoners constantly broke fiber optic cables within the camp, Lieutenant Parsons researched a new SIPRNET wireless networking device, SECNET 54, from Harris Radio Corporation. He deployed to Camp Buca with a proof of concept that was subsequently approved. This wireless research and proof of concept went on to support Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq, Coalition Air Force Transition Team and other strategic and tactical military commands that required a wireless SIPRNET capability.
Gunnery Sergeant Raul Penton, USMC
Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38
Gunnery Sergeant Penton is assigned as Data Chief, Bravo Company, Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38. He is responsible for overseeing all data network installation, operation, and maintenance requirements on Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. Once deployed, Gunnery Sergeant Penton’s attention to training facilitated the flawless management of 92 network servers, 15 routers, and more than 500 access layer switches on a combat operations base that measures over 200 square kilometers. The value of advanced data network equipment that he is responsible for operating and maintaining is in excess of $30 million. Gunnery Sergeant Penton also planned and coordinated the installation, operation, and maintenance of expeditionary data network services for three forward-operating bases. Gunnery Sergeant Penton’s technical expertise greatly contributed to the smooth transition of the Multi-National Forces-West Command Element to Al Asad Air Base from Camp Fallujah, Iraq. He supervised the timely installation of advanced data network services for more than 1,000 Multi-National Forces-West Command Element personnel, facilitating continued C4I capabilities for the battle staff overseeing all combat operations in Al Anbar province.
Capt Jonathan J. Pfuntner, USMC
26th Expeditionary Unit
Captain Pfuntner is assigned as the Assistant Marine Expeditionary Unit Communications Officer for the 26th MEU based at Camp Lejeune, NC, responsible for planning, installation, operation and maintenance of all Marine communications architectures ashore and afloat in support of exercises and operations in garrison and aboard U.S. naval shipping. Serving as the lead Marine communications expert for LPD-17 Operational Test and Evaluation, his technical expertise was cited by Second Fleet as a primary contributor to the resolution of five major and twelve minor communications challenges faced by Marines operating from the USS San Antonio (LPD-17).
Captain Pfuntner established sound baseline SOPs using the digital modular radio for integrated UHF, VHF and HF communications. He laid out the proper cryptographic loading procedures and identified improperly constructed wiring harnesses, ensuring integration of shipboard equipment and Marine Corps hardware. Captain Pfuntner led the communications detachment aboard the San Antonio to accomplish more than 100 complex system tests during three separate sea-trial periods. He demonstrated LPD-17’s unique ability to distribute satellite services to a MEU on the ground by using a second satellite shot, enhancing the amphibious community’s interconnection to Joint Task Force-level ground stations. The practical solutions he developed with program representatives are being applied across the LPD-17 class. Captain Pfuntner saw the diamond in the rough at H-23 on Camp Lejeune and applied thrift and diligence to adapt materials on-hand into one of the most practically-designed open-storage facilities as accredited by II Marine Expeditionary Force security managers. Final accreditation was gained six weeks early, facilitating the integration of the Marine Air Ground Task Force and increasing efficiency. Co-locating SIPRNET and NIPRNET access within a single facility saves the MEU hundreds of hours of labor each month and enhances overall information security with physical safeguards.
LT Timothy H. Phenicie, USN
USS San Antonio (LPD-17)
Lieutenant Phenicie is assigned as ADP Systems Director for the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Information, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) in the USS San Antonio (LPD-17). The San Antonio is the first ship in the LPD-17 class delivering revolutionary C4ISR capability to the Navy and Marine Corps. Its Ship Wide Area Network (SWAN) is expansive and unlike any other integrating COTS engineering and ship’s control systems. Because of a catastrophic failure of original network servers and lack of integrated logistics support, Lieutenant Phenicie advocated for and ultimately managed the replacement of 13 servers and the migration of all user’s data, profiles, and mailboxes transforming a legacy Windows NT environment into a standard, supportable common operating personal computer environment. Simultaneously, he was the catalyst in eliminating the stove-piped Total Ships Training System and Integrated Product Data Environment. By leveraging existing transport and other hardware capability, nearly two terabytes of technical drawings, technical manuals and inter-active courseware can now be accessed by all shipboard clients instead of dedicated to workstations. This hardware and data migration saved the Navy more than $300,000 in life-cycle replacement costs, maintenance and technical support requirements. After completing this transformation, he managed a five day security, test and evaluation that ultimately resulted in SWAN receiving full System Type Authority to Operate, which now serves as the baseline security configuration for all LPD-17 class ships. In addition, with no formal training or Navy Enlisted Classification Codes for LPD-17 class systems, Lieutenant Phenicie was the driving force for establishing a Raytheon ISEA-sponsored core competency training pipeline for the maintenance and operation of SWAN. He instituted comprehensive standard operating procedures for server, network health and protocol management. Leveraging existing Navy Information/Application Product Suite Share Point portal capability, he eliminated the use of distrbuted file shares by 65 percent by creating standardized departmental web pages and collaborative work spaces, enabling quicker access to relevant content. Finally, Lieutenant Phenicie developed and implemented a robust, yet enforceable, Information Systems Security Policy conforming to all DOD and Navy requirements that has been accepted as the standard on all LPD-17 ships.
CTN1 (SW/AW) Philip R. Pugh II, USN
Navy Information Operations Command, Pensacola
Cyptologic Technician Networks First Class Pugh is a Computer Network Operations (CNO) Exercise Integration Planner. Petty Officer Pugh played a critical role in the Navy’s participation in Exercise Bulwark Defender 2008 (BDO8), the Department of Defense’s premier network defense exercise. This joint service exercise provides invaluable training to network defenders, which enhances command and control (C2) procedures, and presents an opportunity to refine tactics, techniques, and procedures. Petty Officer Pugh’s efforts enhanced the cyber network defenders’ ability to defend the Navy Joint Cyberspace Operations Range during the exercise. Petty Officer Pugh co-authored the first Navy CNO Exercise Instructor Guide for DB08 that encompassed computer network defense, exploitation and attack scenarios performed on the Navy JCOR. His efforts led to NIOC Pensacola developing the 2008 CNO Exercise Instructor Guide. Petty Officer Pugh spearheaded the initiative to provide Center for Information Dominance (CID) Corry Station access to the Navy JCOR that used a virtual private network to demonstrate simulator capabilities. Integration of the Navy JCOR into CID training evolutions will provide a computer network defense infrastructure for cryptologic techician networks and information systems technician students to execute virtual scenarios based on Joint, COCOM, CID and Fleet training requirements.
ITC Roderick K. Reed, USN
Defense Information Systems Agency - Pacific
Chief Information Systems Technician Reed, assigned as a Communication Engineering Technician, is the DISA representative and exercise planner for all long-haul communications circuits, equipment and interoperability in support of bilateral exercises throughout Japan. Chief Reed engineered and provisioned requirements for critical bilateral exercises Keen Edge, Keen Sword, and Yama Sakura. During Yama Sakura, he led a team of 28 technicians to install 1,000 computer drops that maintained an impressive 99.98 percent on-time circuit activation. This effort provided the bi-lateral warfighters mission essential communications and optimized their ability to train as they would fight. Chief Reed facilitated the installation of the Japan Next Generation Sensors. This project replaced costly legacy equipment, improved traffic security handling rates by 90 percent on critical commercial circuits, and saved the DOD $500,000 a year in leased costs. Chief Reed developed a command COMSEC training program that was recognized as one of the best in PACOM. Supporting the increasing C4I requirements of DISA Pacific Japan through the development and implementation of updated IT solutions, Chief Reed organized an enormous effort between U.S. Air Force and Adobe to implement a collaboration tool on the bi-lateral network for exercise Keen Edge 09. The tool, Adobe Connect, provided avenues for secure collaboration with coalition partners during coalition military operations. This effort also provided diverse secure communication to enable high-quality, secure, C2 communications between United States and Japan Ministry of Defense.
LCDR Robert G. Salembier, USCG
Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard
Lieutenant Commander Salembier is the Chief Information Officer’s (CIO) Command, Control, Communications, Computers & Information Technology (C4&IT) Deputy Liaison to the Coast Guard C4ISR Acquisitions Directorate. Commander Salembier has been instrumental in bridging the gap between the Coast Guard’s C4&IT Technical Authority (CG-6) and the largest air, sea and shore modernization program in the history of the Coast Guard. Commander Salelmbier was the single most critical member of the information assurance (IA) teams who was able to assess the IA posture for the first National Security Cutter, USCGC Bertholf. He closely coordinated with the sponsor to ascertain requirements for the Bertholf to transit to homeport, then worked with the DAA, the Acquisitions Directorate, SPAWAR Philadelphia, Coast Guard Centers of Excellence, and the Bertholf’s crew to ensure certification of 100 percent of C4&IT transit requirements while sustaining a rigorous information assurance posture. Through his timely and technically astute efforts, and on a dramatically accelerated delivery schedule, the Bertholf met her information assurance requirements, allowing for transit from Pascagoula, MS, to her homeport in Alameda, California, avoiding two months of delay and more than $20 million dollars in excess yard costs. Commander Salembier also spearheaded the design and certification of the first in government tactical SIPRNET system on an air platform. His keen insights were crucial to identifying numerous problems with the original design of the mission system pallet, and as a result avoided months of schedule slippage along with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cost avoidance. His early involvement and critical guidance throughout the deployment of the aircraft mission readiness pallet resulted in the approval, certification, and deployment of this new capability for our aviators to assist in homeland security and law enforcement. Furthermore, Commander Salembier introduced the “Platform IT’ concept into the Coast Guard’s certification process to realize attainable and accreditable engineering solutions, drastically streamlining the C&A timeline requirements/process, and allowing for a heavily integrated “system of systems” to function at a government leading level. The use of this concept already has saved an estimated 300 hours in paperwork and will save 25 percent of administrative C&A costs over the systems’ lifecycle. This will amount to millions of dollars in contract savings over the next decade.
LCDR Wesley S. Sanders, USN
Commander Task Force 70/Commander, Third Fleet
As Commander Task Force 70’s Joint Interface Control Officer (JICO), Commander Sanders made dramatic improvements to data link readiness for combat operations in support of U.S. theater operation plans, ballistic missile defense (BMD), and interoperability with the Japanese Martime Self-Defense Force. Commander Sanders identified configuration and policy errors in Link 16 networks and drove complete network rewrites that resulted in interoperability of U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force Link 16 operations that were proven in Joint Exercises Valiant Shield 2006 and 2007. In addition, he developed and implemented the concept of a Regional Interface Control Cell (RICC) to manage the massive data links supporting multiple aircraft carriers in a joint combat environment. The arrival of USS Shiloh (CG-67) to CTF 70 and installation of BMD shipalts in four CTF 70 DDGs during 2006 brought untested force ballistic missile defense capabilities to the Seventh Fleet AOR. Commander Sanders tested the ability of the new systems to share BMD track data across highly robust extremely high-frequency TDMA interface processor (EHF TIP) networks called MULTICAST TADIL J. (MTJ). MTJ requires precise configuration of common data link management system, integrated ship network system, automated digital network system, and EHF systems to function correctly and new skills for command link teams – adding information systems technicians to the mix of electronics technician and operations specialist personnel. Commander Sanders’ persistence in scheduling exercises, obtaining subject matter expert (SME) support and integrating the SME efforts across systems resulted in success of the new capability. His initiative sparked a new era of combined force interoperability with U.S. Navy and Japanese Self-Defense Force (JSDF). During Annual Exercise 18G in the fall of 2006, Commander Sanders coordinated the first bilateral BMD Link exercise, with JMSDF units successfully engaging BMD tracks injected into the Link by U.S. BMD units. With his assistance, an upwardly spiraling series of exercises resulted in the successful firing engagement of a missile off of Hawaii by a JMSDF ship.
LCDR Tracie A. Severson, USN
Missile Defense Agency – Naval Sea Systems Command
Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense
Lieutenant Commander Serverson is the Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2, BM, and C) Division Head, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program. Commander Severson successfully led Aegis BMD integration efforts with the AN/TPY-2 surveillance and tracking radar system in order to provide a Launch on TADIL (LoT) capability to the BMDS. Her team of engineers executed key analysis and planning that accelerated by three years delivery of this capability to the warfighter. Her efforts included building C4I test architectures for Aegis BMD to communicate with the AN/TPY-2 both in Japan and in Israel. Commander Severson was the communications officer for Operation Burnt Frost. During this mission, she used her extensive knowledge of UHF, EHF, SHF C4I systems to engineer the communication paths that ensured critical data was available when needed by USS Lake Erie (CG-70) to successfully intercept a failing U.S. satellite. This effort required working directly with communications centers worldwide including coordinating C4I tasks at the PACOM Joint Operations Center and coordinating and monitoring the mission with both the STRATCOM and National Command Authorities. Commander Severson also was instrumental in the design of the multiple object reporting scheme of ballistic missiles for the next generation of Aegis BMD Combat Systems; currently the only tactical data link capability for sharing ballistic missile discrimination data features between two different BMDS elements. This capability supports a probability weighted discrimination matrix for ballistic objects, which allows the BMDS to better intercept complex BMD targets.
CWO4 Timothy E. Sullivan, USN
U.S. Fleet Forces Command
Chief Warrant Officer Sullivan conceived and developed the necessity for and then led the execution of several critical Sea Trial Limited Objective Experiments that are defining the Navy's future architecture to perform multi-intelligence analysis in the Global War on Terrorism and supporting Maritime Domain Awareness across the full range of military operations. His efforts have significantly impacted our nation's ability to effectively detect, identify and track high priority targets in support of world-wide deployed forces. Coordinating with key national-level intelligence commands, Chief Warrant Officer Sullivan completed a comprehensive review of multi-intelligence requirements, and then implemented a plan to vastly improve integration of national technical means data at the tactical level. He spearheaded the process to vastly improve Fleet procedures to support an improved Joint Interoperable Signals Intelligence Support Tools (JISST) process. Over a four-month period, he coordinated with NSA for the implementation of a Fleet-wide modernization procedure that ensures optimum SIGINT data connectivity to national intelligence databases that directly support maritime operations centers, strike groups, and pertinent national shore commands. Chief Warrant Officer Sullivan was hand-picked to respond to an urgent NAVCENT requirement for improved indications and warning on a high-interest target. He coordinated with COMUSNAVCENT, COMNAVSURFLANT, National Reconnaissance Office, and NIOC Georgia to obtain equipment for a tailored-access SIGINT capability that required extensive research and collaboration with national-level commands, extensive experimentation, and system compatibility tests with shipboard programs of record. This new capability proved invaluable and is now permanently installed throughout the Fifth Fleet’s area of operations.
IT2 Frank W. Swiontek, USN
USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19)
Information Systems Technician Second Class Swiontek is the Ship Wide Area Network (SWAN) Administrator and Assistant Information Systems Security Officer. The SWAN is the hub of the Mesa Verde’s C4I, weapons and engineering suites. Since reporting on board the Mesa Verde, Petty Officer Swiontek aggressively gained knowledge about the SWAN through technical publications and leading civilian and military contractors. From initial installation, Petty Officer Swiontek took the lead in inspecting and assessing this vital system. This was necessary because there is no formal training for the SWAN. Petty Officer Swiontek has become the subject matter expert on all mission critical systems which interface with SWAN. Because he was so successful in learning this new system, contractors responsible for installing upgrades seek out his help to test and troubleshoot the system. His knowledge of SWAN and connected mission critical systems allowed the Mesa Verde to maintain the highest state of mission readiness. As the lead SWAN technician, he troubleshot and resolved a series of errors that stopped the intermittent connectivity issue plaguing the San Antonio-class DCAMS. As a result, the Mesa Verde was first in class to complete the System Overall Verification Test for DCAMS. Petty Officer Swiontek’s knowledge of the SWAN allowed him to identify a shortfall of related maintenance such as switch redundancy and system operability checks to ensure proper operation. His expertise was recognized by the PMS 317 Program Office. Petty Officer Swiontek has been tasked to provide these critical inputs into the development of specific SWAN preventive maintenance for the LPD-17 Class. In his systems security role, Petty Officer Swiontek was a key player in initial configuration and implementation for network security policies and testing and evaluation of Mesa Verde’s network and connected systems. This resulted in an approval of the Interim Authority to Operate (IATO) for a common operating environment for the SWANs on all San Antonio-class ships.
Mr. Wayne A. Tunick
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Space Field Activity
Mr. Tunick is the Chair of the Naval-NRO Coordination Group, chartered by the Under Secretary of the Navy and the Director, National Reconnaissance Office. Mr. Tunick examined the interdependence of naval warfare and space and the effects of space denial on naval operations in a major contingency operation. Although numerous studies have assessed the foreign counterspace threats against U.S. C4I, Mr. Tunick was the first to assess actual operational impact on naval warfare capabilities during hostilities, including anti-surface, anti-submarine and air and missile defense missions. Mr. Tunick’s work resulted in immediate actions by Navy leadership. Pacific Fleet directed fleet exercises include realistic assumptions about risks to C4I capabilities and contingency plans for operating with lost or reduced access to space be prepared and tested. Naval Network Warfare Command modified the Navy Mission-Essential Task List, ensuring that Navy will train, realistically, as it will fight. The Chief of Naval Operations directed follow-on studies on the effects of electronic attack on naval operations. The Deputy CNO for Communication Networks conducted an assessment of SATCOM vulnerabilities, the results of which confirmed Mr. Tunick’s findings. With support from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and The Aerospace Corporation, Mr. Tunick led a follow-on study to identify and prioritize mitigation options that will enable Navy to operate in a hostile space environment. The results were used to develop PR-09 and POM-10 programs. To enable Navy C4I planners to understand the effects of increased demand for protected communications, Mr. Tunick now is working with the National Security Space Office to analyze EHF loading and identify ways to increase the robustness and redundancy of our EHF SATCOM systems.
IT2 Andrea M. Vivio, USN
Patrol Squadron 9
Information Systems Technician Vivio is the Leading Petty Officer for the Squadron ADP Division. During an expeditionary deployment to Talill, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Petty Officer Vivio immediately adapted to a joint warfighting construct under a U.S. Air Force communications supporting architecture. She personally designed, created and established a C4I architecture which provided vastly improved communications and SIPR equipment, as well as a workspace with increased security and connectivity. Petty Officer Vivio managed the expeditious installation of both NIPR and SIPR lines and routers to suupport more than 20 computers, a DSN phone system, and a 512k ISDN video conferencing line. She also relocated the Digital Video Broadcasting-Return Channel via Satellite (DVB-RCS) system, which allows for real time video streaming from operational aircraft to group station personnel enabling warfighting decision makers to maintain battlespace awareness. Finally, Petty Officer Vivio was instrumental in the setup of such complex communication systems as 5k/25k voice and imagery and communications environment (ICE) circuits as well as HF and UHF circuits. These accomplishments provided the Mobile Operations Command Center with both improved working conditions and instant improvement to communication support to task Group 57.18's 10 P-3C AIP aircraft, providing real-time ISR support to Coalition ground forces.
Maj Gregory A. Wyche, USMC
Command Element, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit
Major Wyche led the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s effort to prepare communication systems on board the USS New Orleans (LPD-18) for the ship’s first deployment. Major Wyche engaged and worked with organizations in Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Headquarters Marine Corps, and the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations staff in order to provide the appropriate level of support to test and operate these communication systems. His efforts directly contributed to the successful embarkation of a Battalion Landing Team (BLT) on board the New Orleans and enabled the BLT’s commanding officer to command and control complex amphibious operations from this new amphibious ship. SPAWAR’s DMR office has highlighted and adopted Major Wyche’s test and evaluation methods because of their efficiency and effectiveness. As a result of Major Wyche’s efforts, the 13th MEU was able for the first time on the West Coast to move its Ground Combat Element commanding officer off the MEU flagship, allowing greater flexibility when employing forces. Major Wyche’s planning efforts allowed 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit to become the first Marine unit to use the Army Regional Hub Node in Arifjan, Kuwait, to extend strategic communication services through a Support Wide Area Network (SWAN) terminal providing unprecedented communication capabilities to Special Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF-13's) advanced party. His ingenuity was again demonstrated by the seamless integration of host-nation international phone access into the SPMAGTF-13’s tactical voice architecture, reducing the SPMAGTF-13’s reliance on expensive, unreliable cell phones and enhancing the utility of the exercise’s tactical C2 network.
Sign up for SIGNAL Connections
|[Back to Top]|
Board of Directors
Corporate Membership Member Portal
List of Chapters
Find a Chapter
Course Catalog Leadership Forum
Listing of Events
AFCEA in the News