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Copernicus Awards for 2015

will be awarded at WEST 2015, San Diego, CA

Reception and Awards Presentation will be February 10, 2015 4:00pm to 6:00pm, San Diego Convention Center

or June 17, 2015 at the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium, Baltimore, MD

Winners 2015

(For accomplishments performed during FY 2014)


    CPO Emily Gray, USS SAN DIEGO (LPD 22)

    MAJ Anthony Guess-Johnson, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command

    PO2 Andrew Guthrie, U.S. Coast Guard Base, Seattle

    PO1 Fahmi Kaddour, USS CHAFEE (DDG 90)

    Mr. Patrick Kelley, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport

    PO1 Joshua Kennedy, Navy Information Operations Command, Colorado

    LT Benjamin Lamb, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE ONE TWO

    PO1 Byron Markley, Naval Special Warfare Support Activity One

    PO1 Nick Mobley, USS CARNEY (DDG 64)

    Mr. Christopher Mommaerts, U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station,
Far East

    CWO3 Adam Morrison, USS GETTYSBURG (CG 64)

    CWO2 Kelly Murphy, 9th Communication Battalion

   1stLt Taylor Paul, Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38 Detachment

    LCDR Sean Plankey, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters

    LCDR Donald Porter, U.S. Pacific Command

    PO1 Scott Rhead, Naval Special Warfare Support Activity Two

    SSgt Andres Rodriguez, 2D Marine Special Operations Support Battalion

    Sgt Jorey Salley, Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38 Detachment

    Sgt Paul Schler, Marine Special Operations Support Group

    1stLt Charlie Shaw, Marine Air Support Squadron 2

    CAPT Tara Sutcliffe, U.S. Cyber Command Cyber Support Element to USPACOM

  LCDR Vince Taylor, U.S. Coast Guard Telecommunication and Information
Systems Command

    Mr. David Vierra, Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity

    Sgt Austin Walker, 1st Intelligence Battalion

    Sgt Anthony Williams, 8th Communication Battalion


Copernicus Award - WEST 2015




The 2015 Copernicus Award winners accepting at West 2015 are (back row, l-r) Lt. Benjamin Lamb, USN, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 112; Lt. Cmdr. Sean Plankey, USCG, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters; Capt. Tara Sutcliffe, USMC, U.S. Cyber Command, Cyber Support Element to U.S. Pacific Command; Christopher Mommaerts, U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Far East; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kelly Murphy, USMC, 9th Communication Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force; Capt. Charlie Shaw, USMC, Marine Air Support Squadron 2; Sgt. Austin Walker, USMC, 1st Intelligence Battalion; Lt. Cmdr. Vince Taylor, USCG, U.S. Coast Guard Telecommunication and Information Systems Command; Sgt. Paul Schler, USMC, Marine Special Operations Support Group; (front row, l-r) Sgt. Anthony Williams, USMC, 8th Communication Battalion; Master Gunnery Sgt. Vincent Frye, USMC, accepting on behalf of Sgt. Jorey Salley, USMC, Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38, and 1st Lt. Taylor Paul, USMC, Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38; David Vierra, Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity; Petty Officer 1st Class Byron Markley, USN, Naval Special Warfare Support Activity 1; Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Kennedy, USN, Naval Information Operations Command, Colorado; Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Mobley, USN, USS Carney (DDG-64); and Petty Officer 2 Andrew Guthrie, USCG, U.S. Coast Guard Base, Seattle.

Copernicus Award - WEST 2014


The 2014 Copernicus Award winners accepting in person are (l-r) Vice Adm. Ted Branch, USN, award presenter and deputy chief of naval operations for information dominance and director of naval intelligence; Vinay Krishna, Naval Sea Systems Command; Capt. Didier A. Legoff, USN, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence and Space; Samuel C. Serman, Norfolk Ship Support Activity; Lt. Justin R. Porter, USN, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 112; Seraj Dhaliwal, Command, Control, Communications Engineering Center; Electronic Technician 2nd Class Benjamin B. Dwyer, USCG, Goast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge; Cmdr. John Debok, USCG, Coast Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology Service Center; Seth E. Erxleben, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division; Chief Warrant Officer 3 David A. Meissner II, USN, Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1; and Staff Sgt. Guillermo D. Garcia, USMC, Marine Corps Forces-Pacific.


Copernicus Award - CYBER 2014

The 2014 Copernicus Award winners at the Cyber Symposium in Baltimore, MD:

Accepting the Copernicus Award are (front row, l-r) Lt. Cmdr. Yolanda M. Tripp, USN, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic; Lt. Tracy L. Culbert, USN, U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Sicily; Susan E. Whitley, Naval Air Systems Command; Ensign Kiley D. Provenzano, USN, USS Gettysburg (CG-64); James A. Mayers, Marine Air-Ground Task Force Command, Control and Communications, Marine Corps Systems Command; IT2 Jonathan D. Martinez, USN, Coastal Riverine Squadron Four; (back row, l-r) Dale C. Linne von Berg, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory; Stephen Hoshowsky, Acquisition Directorate Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Information, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Project Office; Lt. Cmdr. Paul F. Farrell, USN, Commander Carrier Strike Group 10; Lt. Cmdr. Robert S. Bair, USN, Joint Interagency Task Force South; and ISC Lavelle Lee Council, USN, Afloat Training Group, Mayport.


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Award Overview:

The Copernicus award was established in 1997 as a result of a discussion among Lieutenant General C. Norman Wood, USAF (Ret.), then President and CEO of AFCEA International, Captain James A. Barber, USN (Ret.), then Publisher and CEO of the U.S. Naval Institute, and the late Vice Admiral Art Cebrowski, USN, who was the Navy N6 at that time. The name for the award came from the Copernicus Architecture used as the blueprint for the future C4I structure of the Navy. Recipients are selected based on their sustained superior performance in a C4I/IT-related job. The selections are made each year by Navy judges who review applications from the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, including active duty and civilians. AFCEA and the U.S. Naval Institute present the awards at their annual Western Conference held in San Diego each winter.

While the award was established in 1997, its history with AFCEA goes much farther back. The Copernicus Architecture (shifting the center of the universe) was drafted in December 1990, under the direction of the Navy’s Vice Admiral Jerry O. Tuttle. It was explained in the August 1991 Signal and in the AFCEA International Press book Naval Command and Control, Policy, Programs, People and Issues (December 1991). This revolution in post-Cold War Navy C3 thinking, but without the name Copernicus, first appeared in the August 1988 Signal, in Strategic C3 Systems for the 21st Century, by Admiral Tuttle. A review of that architecture contains issues that resonate and are unsolved today.

It predicted “prolonged regional conflicts in the Middle East and Persian Gulf...a scramble for intelligence and resultant inundation of information.” It called for a modular approach to software with data in a common binary format and open system architectures. It recommended shifting investment away from "stove-pipe, vertical, end-to-end systems, in favor of horizontal building block programs and with off-the-shelf commercial equipment. It said the requirement for joint interoperability is greatly magnified in C4I systems, especially in the contingency and low intensity conflict environments... where a joint task force commander is likely to be the tactical on-scene commander."

Vice Admiral Cebrowski (a disciple of Tuttle’s) was honored in 2003 with a special award of merit for initiating these awards. His last major address was at West 2005 after leaving as the first Director of the Office of Force Transformation. The U.S. Naval Institute and AFCEA are honored to recognize individuals who continue to demonstrate in operations that Copernicus remains relevant today. 


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2014 Copernicus Award Winners
(For accomplishments performed during FY 2013)

CTR1 (EXW/IDW) Steven M. Baglio, USN

Naval Special Warfare Support Activity (NSWSA-2), Virginia Beach

Cryptologic Technician (Collection) First Class Petty Officer Baglio serves as the Tactical Information Operations (TIO) Division Leading Petty Officer assigned to the Analysis and Targeting Department and leads a team of 23 U.S. Navy Cryptologic Technicians deployed in support of Special Operation Forces (SOF) missions worldwide. A dynamic leader with diverse expertise across the electronic and information warfare environments and an in-depth understanding of computer network operations and signals intelligence (SIGINT) disciplines, Petty Officer Baglio is a critical member of the maturing TIO capability within the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community. Recognizing the need to develop near real-time SIGINT support to deployed TIO analysts embedded with SOF, Petty Officer Baglio established the first TIO reach-back capability, significantly streamlining analytical coordination and production between deployed NSW units, interagency, and coalition partners. Petty Officer Baglio provided more than 350 hours of analytical support to combat operations directly contributing to the identification of multiple high value targets (HVTs) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Petty Officer Baglio streamlined intelligence coordination with British Government Communications Headquarters and Australian Signals Directorate SIGINT agencies, resulting in the identification of five violent extremist organizations and directly contributed to the neutralization or capture of 53 HVTs. As the TIO Leading Petty Officer, he managed the training and certification of 11 TIO analysts, devoting more than 180 hours to the development of three SIGINT training exercises to simulate real-world operations. Recognizing the need to collaborate with interagency and commercial partners, Petty Officer Baglio supported the test and evaluation of more than 30 advanced collection and analytical projects as part of two Special Operations Command technology evaluation exercises. In addition, Petty Officer Baglio was instrumental in the development and implementation of the NSW TIO Support Standard Operating Procedures for SIGINT support to deployed TIO analysts. He standardized the Request for Information (RFI) process and trained seven TIO analysts to conduct reach-back support reducing the RFI response time by 70%. He also recognized a lack of social network analysis capability, and proposed to Interagency partners a new, more robust algorithm to be incorporated into future toolsets.


LCDR Robert S. Bair, USN

Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S), Key West

Lieutenant Commander Bair, who was hand-selected from 35 04s and 05s, is the Deputy Director for Information Dominance (J2, J6, J7) and Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Information, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance assigned to the JIATF-S. Commander Bair is responsible for the oversight and performance of 162 joint Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Intelligence Community (IC), interagency and international personnel, government civilians, academia and contractors and has a fiscal responsibility for more than $20 million. Commander Bair epitomizes the blend of visionary leadership, initiative, and insight critical to the warfighting success of the Information Dominance Corps (IDC). Using these unique skills, Commander Bair operationally tested information systems and innovative sensor-to-shooter capabilities to meet the Combat Commander’s and the tactical warfighter’s targeting requirements. Quantitative and qualitative results of these tests enabled DoD, interagency, and IC decision makers to find, fix, and finish targets posing strategic threats to the United States. Commander Bair’s efforts in Southern Command (SOUTHCOM’s)/JIATF-S’s implementation of the IC DCGS-N and DCGS-A IC-ITE cloud-based architecture pilot program are a matter of record. His efforts to this Director of National Intelligence-sponsored, IC-wide, strategic implementation of the IC Information Environment quantitatively improved SOUTHCOM’s operational effectiveness; integrated two programs of record at zero cost; and enhanced IC integration, information sharing, and safeguarding. His efforts in FY13 saved the IDC $8.5 million in hardware and software through a common IC IT architecture. In addition, Commander Bair orchestrated the design, implementation and operation of the first DoD and DHS consolidated Cyber operation in the SOUTHCOM area of operations. Furthermore, his efforts were critical to the refocusing of SOUTHCOM’s operational intelligence mission to discover and map transnational criminal networks, resulting in the arrest of 346 high value targets and seizure of over $2.8 billion of illicit cargo, including contraband SA-2 parts.


Capt Martin A. Cawdery, USMC

Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Scott Air Force Base

Captain Cawdery serves as the Network Operations (NetOps) Branch Chief for the DISA Continental United States (CONUS) Field Command. He directs 24x7 global operations for more than 230 government, military, and contractor professionals operating and defending the Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN) core enterprise infrastructure. He ensures the reliability and integrity of the distributed network and service platforms spanning the globe that support the principal terrestrial and satellite infrastructure for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Information, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) operations. His leadership and technical competencies are critical in delivering Joint Enterprise services and capabilities to the President of the United States, the Joint Staff, Combatant Commands, the Armed Services, and more than 30 DoD agencies. He also spearheads multiple programs and projects that are reshaping how DISA and DoD execute NetOps in support of C4ISR operations. Captain Cawdery was the catalyst in developing and implementing a Mission Assurance Strategy for DISA. He delivered new standards of excellence across the Joint NetOps community assuring critical mission sets traverse the globe through various optimized measures. He established predefined conditions across the DoDIN core enterprise infrastructure through engineering enhancements, leveraging state-of-the-art switching schemes, and establishing predefined operational processes and procedures to reduce the risk of mission failure. The key critical mission sets under this strategy are remote piloted aircraft being controlled from CONUS sites executing missions outside CONUS in direct support of C4ISR and combat operations in the various theaters of operations. Captain Cawdery helped shape and influence the Agency’s groundbreaking Classified DoD Mobility Pilot program. He spearheaded the new mission integration within the DISA Network Operations Center CONUS construct to achieve the DoD Chief Information Officer’s strategic vision for government to adopt lighter technologies and implement converged services under a common architecture. He led a team of experts to develop and implement highly innovative processes and procedures. He was vital in the preparation and recovery efforts for Hurricane Sandy that devastated the Northeastern seaboard. Days before the storm hit, Captain Cawdery synchronized efforts with multiple internal and external organizations to assess the potential impact to the enterprise infrastructure, updated contingency plans, and developed specific mitigation strategies. These preliminary efforts were vital to DISA’s response and facilitated timely recovery actions that minimized sustained effects of the destruction. In the aftermath of the storm, he aggressively directed operations to restore hundreds of network outages, including strategic voice, data, video, and transport services with a global impact. Concurrently, he ensured the timely implementation of tactical satellite services to reserve forces deployed in support of humanitarian relief efforts in the impacted area.


ISC Lavelle Lee Council, USN

Afloat Training Group, Mayport (ATG Mayport)

Chief Intelligence Specialist Council is the Assistant Intelligence Warfare Lead at ATG Mayport. He is responsible for the Basic Phase (BP) training in support of Intelligence Warfare mission area for 14 Mayport-based ships. Shortly after reporting to ATG Mayport, Chief Council identified a BP training deficiency in the Intelligence Warfare mission area. Taking advantage of his extensive at-sea experience as an Independent Duty Intelligence Specialist and exercising excellent deckplate leadership, he developed and implemented an extensive training plan for the Visual Information (VI) skill set. His actions produced immediate positive results and ensured recent deployers had shipboard intelligence teams with the requisite knowledge and skills necessary to meet Fleet Commanders’ VI needs. In addition, the performances of recent Intermediate and Advanced phase participants have significantly improved. Recognizing ships were having difficulty completing requirements during the Integrated and Advanced training phases, Chief Council implemented a plan to improve the Monthly Inport Training Exercise format by including the VI mission as part of the curriculum. This provided individual units with a means to train and evaluate their intelligence teams in a structured environment prior to training cycle events and deployments. His efforts led to a 75% increase in VI efficiency during the Integrated and Advanced phase training events, such as Composite Training Unit Exercises and Independent Deployer Certification Exercises. Chief Council developed a Certification Exercise grading criteria as a recommended addition to the Basic Phase training cycle. In addition, he developed classroom curriculum for VI to be used in the tactical tier training events. This curriculum, which includes classroom training, software familiarization, lesson topic guides, and hands-on training, is in the process of being approved for use by both Fleets and is expected to become the Navy standard.


LT Tracy L. Culbert, USN

U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications (NCTS) Station, Sicily

Lieutenant Culbert, as Operations Officer, is responsible for the management of more than 200 circuits and basewide network connectivity supporting more than 5,000 users in the European Command (EUCOM), Central Command (CENTCOM) and Africa Command (AFRICOM) areas of responsibility (AORs). From leading a communications team forward deployed on an Individual Augmentation at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, to running the Operations Directorate at NCTS Sicily during one of the most turbulent times in recent U.S.-Italian relations, Lieutenant Culbert’s efforts made dramatic positive impacts on communications across the AFRICOM and EUCOM AORs. On her Individual Augmentation, Lieutenant Culbert served as Deputy Commander Joint Task Force Horn of Africa J6, IA as Deputy Emergency Management Officer, and Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Stations Atlantic (NCTL) Detachment Assistant Officer in Charge. In April 2013, a massive flood of Camp Lemonnier left 11 personnel dead and devastated the surrounding area. Lieutenant Culbert immediately led her staff in a massive effort to restore communications so warfighters downrange could continue to execute their mission. She led 38 civilians to run more than 200 tactical voice and data circuits in the austere environment of Africa. She supported 27 tenant commands and more than 3,500 personnel at Camp Lemonnier with base-level infrastructure and all required communications. Faced with numerous obstacles and a limited budget, she completed more than 50 IT projects using technology to improve safety and quality of life for U.S. forces across the entire Joint Task Force. Of special note, she spearheaded the regional mobile communications plan connecting first responders and security detachment personnel. She also led the installation of reliable communications to the air traffic control tower, greatly aiding in aircraft intercommunications and the ability for controllers to better track and control both commercial and military aircraft. Lieutenant Culbert also took charge and led 70 Sailors, Civilians, and local nationals to reorganize the directorate and stand up the Command’s first Joint Fleet Telecommunications Operations Center. Her efforts increased customer service and reduced circuit downtime while increasing morale and productivity at the command. She expertly managed four Nuclear Command and Control exercises, providing critical communications among the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Airborne Nuclear Command Post, Submarines, and EUCOM headquarters. She achieved all of this during a time of intense political unrest at NRTF.


CDR John DeBok, USCG

Command, Control, Communications, Computers, & Information Technology (C4IT) Service Center

Commander DeBok is Chief of the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), Acquisition Technical Authority Branch, at the C4IT Service Center. He supervises a matrix team of military, civilian, and contractor subject matter experts that is delegated to perform technical oversight of all major acquisitions that include C4ISR capabilities, such as the National Security Cutter, Fast Response Cutter, Offshore Patrol Cutter, and other standard boat acquisitions. In addition, he coordinates C4ISR activities associated with the In-Service Vessel Sustainment Program, a major vessel overhaul initiative. Commander DeBok’s staff is responsible for the transition-to-sustainment of C4ISR systems obtained through major acquisition programs, such as systems acquired under the former Integrated Deepwater System acquisition program. Under the Coast Guard’s Deputy Commandant for Mission Support business model, it became necessary to transition the management of the sustainment of those systems from the system integrator to the Coast Guard. Commander DeBok centralized oversight of sustainment resources; arranged for a detailed logistics readiness review that focused on identifying, defining, documenting, and managing system configurations, maintenance, and sparing needs; enabled the C4IT Service Center to assume increasing management maturity and responsibility; and ensured that the command, control, and combat management system was fully sustainable. Commander DeBok also partnered with the Coast Guard’s Aviation Logistics Center to bring together C4ISR and aviation subject matter experts to optimize sustainment of acquired aviation C4ISR systems. In addition, Commander DeBok performed outstanding oversight of the newly acquired Fast Response Cutters. Working closely within the C4IT Service Center and other sustainment community partners, Commander DeBok facilitated superb negotiations with headquarters’ staffs, formulating resource proposals to provide the critical logistics resources to sustain new assets throughout their multi-decade life cycles.


Seraj Dhaliwal

Differential Global Positioning System, Nationwide Control Station (NCS)

Mr. Dhaliwal, as the Lead Engineer, is responsible for all development and sustainment activities for command and control of 85 remote Global Positioning System (GPS) broadcast sites networked across the Continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. After taking responsibility for NCS in early 2012, Mr. Dhaliwal discovered a system that did not meet information assurance criteria. Because the system provides critical GPS augmentation information for safety-of-life applications ashore and in the maritime environment and is a major component of the nation’s GPS interference and monitoring capability, Mr. Dhaliwal acted quickly to improve the system. He developed an innovative strategy to transition NCS to updated software while maintaining 100% system availability. He also spearheaded the implementation of procedures to meet security objectives of the system while reducing downtime by more than 75%, supplier costs by more than $100,000 per year, and Category 1 vulnerabilities from over 200 to fewer than five. Once the system stabilized, Mr. Dhaliwal implemented standardized control processes. During his free time, he also built a server to pull down, test, and deploy software updates automatically. He cross-trained team members to run scans, analyze the results, and mitigate vulnerabilities on the fly. He wrote procedure guides to clarify complex policy. Mr. Dhaliwal also created a process guide for a novel approach to conducting system backups in accordance with relevant security guidelines. Meanwhile, in addition to all the activities mentioned above, Mr. Dhaliwal designed a more robust and secure NCS architecture, which will use the Coast Guard’s next generation command-and-control graphical information system. He was the lead engineer on other critical projects, including Superstorm Sandy restoration efforts. His engineering expertise, innovative thinking, transformational leadership, and dogged determination resulted in secure, cost-effective, and scalable Coast Guard mission-essential systems.


ET2 Benjamin B. Dwyer, USCG

Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter (FRC)

Electronics Technician Second Class Dwyer, assigned as the Electronic Materials Officer, is responsible for configuration, operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of all classified and unclassified command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) equipment on board the 154-foot cutters. Petty Officer Dwyer is a skilled technician dedicated to amassing expert-level knowledge and applying it to ensure unit success. He was instrumental in establishing the foundation of service for the Sentinel Class FRC. He generated improvements to crew C4ISR training, playing a key role in equipment-specific training courses at Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma. Championing class-wide standardization and best practices, Petty Officer Dwyer developed procedures and processes for the vast array of FRC C4ISR equipment. He devoted significant time to training shore support personnel on FRC equipment and aided in the development and validation of hundreds of maintenance procedure cards for onboard electronics, enhancing the ability of shore-side technicians to troubleshoot FRC systems. Petty Officer Dwyer developed and championed resolutions to issues affecting the new FRC platform. For example, he developed a solution to a risky air-flow problem that was quickly implemented fleet-wide; he worked to resolve major equipment shortcomings that threatened operational testing and evaluation; and he worked with industry partners and across multiple Coast Guard units to resolve severe tracking issues with the FRC primary radar, resulting in a combined software/hardware resolution that was implemented fleet-wide. Petty Officer Dwyer has been critical to the overall success of the FRC acquisition and its recent approval for full-rate production. He was selected as the USCGC Richard Etheridge (WPC-1102) Enlisted Person of the Year in 2012.


Seth E. Erxleben

Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division

Mr. Erxleben is the Technical Administrative Lead for the Information Technology (IT)

Infrastructure Branch, providing technical leadership to Network, Windows, and UNIX Systems Administrators. Mr. Erxleben led the initiative to stand up virtual machines (VMs) versus physical machines. By using VMs, NSWC Crane IT can reduce management and operating costs while maintaining/improving reliability, providing more rapid deployment of computer systems, and improving information assurance and configuration management of IT assets. Along with server virtualization,

Mr. Erxleben led Crane’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) initiative to run desktop operating systems and applications. VDI reduces desktop administrative and management tasks. Applications can quickly be added, deleted, upgraded, and patched; security is centralized; and data is easier to safeguard and back up. Because of the VDI capability, a developer supporting an application remotely was able to save thousands of dollars and improve system effectiveness. Under Mr. Erxleben’s leadership, in Fiscal Year 2013, NSWC Crane established more than 90 Virtual Servers, 20 virtual Desktop Interfaces, 14 Zero Clients, and 25 Thinapps, significantly improving NSWC Crane’s computing effectiveness, security, and cost. Mr. Erxleben’s contributions to the NSWC Crane Live Virtual Constructive (LVC) Network and Infrastructure led to establishing the National Test Network lab that supported the U.S. Special Operations Command Emerald Warrior exercises, the Bold Quest exercise, and the Tactical Network Test Bed locations. Mr. Erxleben led and assisted development of innovative technical solutions, solved complex technical challenges, enhanced and pioneered LVC-related simulation and networking capabilities, while partnering and collaborating with the Indiana Army National Guard’s Joint Simulation Training Exercise Center at the Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, the Joint National Training Capability, Joint Mission Environment Test Capability Program and the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command’s Emerald Warrior departments and staff to provide realistic congested/contested environments and LVC content for operational training exercises, test events and engineering development. These integrated spectrum capabilities will allow NSWC Crane to advance Electro-Magnetic Battle Management and sensor fusion concepts, enhance the interoperability of system of systems architectures, and provide support to essential joint exercises and test and evaluation events.


LCDR Paul F. Farrell, USN

Commander Carrier Strike Group Ten (CCSG-10)

Lieutenant Commander Farrell, as the Communications Officer/Information Assurance Manager, controls communications via radio frequency (RF) and all Internet protocol (IP) on classified, unclassified, and coalition networks for the 80-person flag staff, two major embarked staffs, nine aircraft squadrons encompassing 75 aircraft, and five warships. He also serves as Assistant Knowledge Manager supporting operations for two unclassified, two classified, and a classified coalition Strike Group website. Commander Farrell leveraged his deep computing technical experience to create the CCSG-10’s Cyber Security Assistance Tiger Team. This team enabled the four assigned warships to succeed in all Fleet Cyber Command Cyber Security Inspections Certification Program (CSICP)/Cyber Security Inspections (CSI). Impressively, the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) was the first ship to receive a passing score on a Defense Information Systems Agency comprehensive CSI. Commander Farrell controlled flagship C4I installations and created the coalition information-sharing environment to support the newly minted United Kingdom/United States Destroyer Squadron, First Combined Destroyer Squadron (lCDS) Staff. He drove the Information Assurance (IA) validation of two newly installed networks; the Navy Unclassified Computing Environment for access to United Kingdom pay and personnel records; and the one-of-its-kind hand-crafted Secret Internet Protocol Router Network – Releasable (SIPRNET-Rel) Demilitarized Zone on board the flagship. This enabled continuous SIPRNET communications between U.K. members and U.S. flag staff members, assigned warships and other U.S. personnel. He validated proper combat system/C4I support for 1CDS operational watch standers in the Surface Warfare, Anti-Submarine Warfare and DESRON Destroyer Squadron briefing shipboard spaces while flawlessly maintaining operational security of U.S. classified information. Immediately following the creation of the 1CDS Staff, he extended his oversight to complex communications in support of U.S. Navy and Air Force commands and coalition units in Germany and Italy for Fleet Synthetic Training Group Command (FST-GC). He also enabled complex integrated qualification and certification in the June 2013 Sustainment Exercise and Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint in mid-July 2013. During these intensely complex certification events, he oversaw the RF and IP communication flow between the Strike Group and all subordinate units/squadrons, including the German frigate FGS Hamburg (F-220), multiple Canadian warships, Strike Force NATO located in Lisbon, Portugal, and on board the USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20). Instrumental to the improvement of machine-level cyber readiness, he “operationalized” force-wide cyber health through the implementation of the first-of-its-kind Operational Task Cyber Readiness. This new process vaulted cyber readiness of all Navy Central Command/Commander Fifth Fleet-deployed IT-21 networks to new performance levels.


Brian H. Gaines

Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic (COMSUBLANT)

Mr. Gaines is assigned as the Broadcast Control Authority (BAC) Officer for the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Information (C4I) Directorate. Mr. Gaines has been the driving force for improvements in almost every aspect of global submarine C4I afloat and ashore. A catalyst for change and a pioneer in transformation, Mr. Gaines led a 77% improvement in C4I support to submarines worldwide. He established a fundamental approach to dealing with challenges, providing comprehensive guidance; upgrading qualification standards; improving C4I training; enforcing accountability; establishing a drill program and quality control processes; enhancing information flow between departments and organizations; breaking down barriers to success; and driving the error rate to zero through a layered approach. He led decisive changes in the development of targeting data that improved C4I systems compatibility while implementing rigid data-handling requirements. These changes eliminated virtually all processing errors through increased focus and strict procedural compliance. He also implemented innovative techniques to optimize weather graphical data for strategic units maximizing system functionality and increased quality assurance focus. This effort resulted in dramatic improvements in meteorological and oceanographic data availability to the fleet. Mr. Gaines led and mentored the collaboration of eight disparate organizations to continuously improve submarine C4I support worldwide. He developed the first submarine C4I metrics in order to share with the submarine C4I professionals, and then used those metrics to build an extensive network to maximize a fleet training proficiency program that has resulted in remarkable improvements in fleet C4I capabilities. He established a traffic analysis (TA) supervisor for the first time at COMSUBLANT. Immediate results were seen in identification of data handling challenges and correction of errors before non-delivery situations occurred. He directed the TA supervisor and network engineer collaboration to improve data checking program profiles. This ensured data-handling error reductions through improvement in automation and resulted in a 70% improvement in data handling.


SSgt Guillermo D. Garcia, USMC

U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific (MARFORPAC)

Staff Sergeant Garcia, as Cyber Defense Branch Chief, provides leadership and technical acumen that have yielded tangible benefits for MARFORPAC and the more than 90,000 Marines of supporting/subordinate commands. Staff Sergeant Garcia has not only excelled in his duties as Branch Chief, a billet normally held by a Master Gunnery Sergeant, but also leveraged his paramount technical insights and collaborated with numerous entities to yield a Cyber Common Operational Picture (COP) tool for MARFORPAC—a first for the Marine Corps. Staff Sergeant Garcia took responsibility for the development, implementation, training, and integration of the MARFORPAC Cyber COP, which enables operationally focused cyber situational awareness, including network maps, outages, planned maintenance, security patching compliance, cyber-related intelligence, real-time network monitoring, major exercises and operations, and key unit/personnel tracking. Staff Sergeant Garcia personally developed the technical framework for this COP tool in close coordination with the MARFORPAC Information Management Office, ensuring maximum interoperability and visibility for all commands. Far beyond a simple computer network-monitoring tool, the Cyber COP integrates National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and numerous other intelligence and law enforcement reporting with network outage and maintenance reports and enables network defenders to build a profile of potential cyber adversaries and proactively defend networks against potential threats. The synergy created by Staff Sergeant Garcia’s Cyber COP enables true operationalization of cyber information and drives actionable defensive measures, and he is working toward partnerships with other Service components and the armed forces of allied nations. During this past year, Staff Sergeant Garcia has laid the groundwork for assisting allies and partners with securing their networks. His training framework will yield dividends for years to come as it is used in exercises with other allies and partners, enabling more secure networks for collaboration of exercises and operations.


CTR2 Jon T. Harperslaboszewicz, USN

Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC), Hawaii

Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Second Class Harperslaboszewicz is a Fusion Analyst/Supervisor in Subsurface Direct Support Department. He leads multiple teams of Sailors deployed on U.S. combatants conducting Chief of Naval Operations-directed missions. He directs the analysis and reporting of signals intelligence in support of national and fleet-level consumers. His recommendations to platform Commanding Officers have supported collection opportunities in sensitive areas while maintaining flawless superb situational awareness to support safety of ship. Petty Officer Harperslaboszewicz supervised 33 Sailors on three CNO-directed special operations while deployed 135 days on two Pacific Fleet combatants and one Atlantic Fleet combatant. He drove intelligence efforts on an intensive Intelligence Preparation of the Operational Environment (IPOE) mission, which increased operational knowledge for future actions in an unfamiliar mission area. His expertise is recognized throughout the cryptologic community, and he has coordinated analytic efforts and fostered transparent communication between NIOC Hawaii and national intelligence agencies. His high-value target collection on all direct-support missions is superb. Petty Officer Harperslaboszewicz also led 320 hours of advanced technical training for 67 Sailors from two countries. Through this training, 13 Sailors achieved their next-level qualifications, which doubled the mission readiness for his division. Petty Officer Harperslaboszewicz was selected by name to augment the Pacific Technical Analysis Center (PTAC) as a communication intelligence analyst during three high interest events. While at the PTAC, he successfully processed 84 first-time complex signals of interest, including emergent technologies of particular importance to the Intelligence Community. The results of his analysis provided significant insight for the future of advanced collection processing reporting. Petty Officer Harperslaboszewicz dedicated 130 off-duty hours in the development of the comprehensive area data packages that were used extensively by 78 operators on 32 sensitive missions. His singular focus to mission success enabled all 32 direct-support teams deployed in the Pacific Fleet to provide combatant commanders quickly and accurately with a clear picture of the intelligence battlespace as well as timely indications and warnings. On his initiative, he taught himself a proprietary computer language and coordinated with a specialized team at the National Security Agency (NSA) to develop and test an advanced analysis tool. He performed operability tests to ensure system functionality on both NSA and deployable systems and drafted detailed instructions for operator use. His dedication to mission success enabled direct-support collectors and analysts in every theater to identify signals of high-interest based on specific parameters.


Stephen Hoshowsky

Acquisition Directorate Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Information, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Project Office, Moorestown, New Jersey

Mr. Hoshowsky, as Technical Director, is responsible for managing the software development program for the U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC). Mr. Hoshowsky serves as the acquisition expert for the development of all NSC software and hardware system requirements, Coast Guard command and control systems integration, interface design with U.S. Navy systems, independent verification and validation testing, and the production and implementation of C4ISR systems on the NSC. Mr. Hoshowsky demonstrated highly effective leadership, guiding more than 200 military, government staff, and contractors to implement an advanced technology C4ISR afloat system called Segment 2 (S2). He forged a cohesive team that took the Navy’s architecture, tailored it to Coast Guard missions, then produced it, performed testing, and implemented it on a NSC. Mr. Hoshowsky empowered his team to analyze 271 design products and translate these into 34 contract deliverables that led to the build and delivery of a C4ISR system. Leading by example, he used his strong technical knowledge in validating 2.2 million source lines of code from Aegis tactical systems software and enabling 75% re-use. He fostered synergy between Coast Guard, Navy, and industry to provide interface designs that enabled production of a system that integrated NSC’s sensor data to increase NSC capabilities. To improve S2, Mr. Hoshowsky delivered a testing laboratory, referred to as the Coast Guard Systems Acquisition and Integration Lab, which became the linchpin for improving NSC C4ISR acquisitions. He then directed the $15 million S2 installation on an operational NSC, USCGC Waesche (WMSL-751), within an aggressive 100-day schedule. Mr. Hoshowsky inspired the S2 team to complete this major upgrade and certify this capability on time and within budget. Mr. Hoshowsky provided a compelling example of leadership guiding the NSC C4ISR system upgrade. He inspired his team to overcome obstacles, work long hours, and invent smarter ways to implement S2.


Vinay Krishna

Program Executive Officer (PEO) Submarines, Washington

Mr. Krishna is assigned as the Non-Propulsion Electronic Systems (NPES) Deputy Engineer for the USS Ohio (SSBN-726) Replacement Submarine Program. Mr. Krishna synthesizes targeted efforts from multiple organizations staffed with government service, military, and contractor personnel to advance the design and integration of command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, and intelligence (C5I) systems planned for the Ohio Replacement Submarine. Specifically, he leads the Ohio Replacement C5I Process Integration Team that oversees the sonar, exterior communications, navigation, radar, imaging, electronic surveillance, fire control, countermeasure launcher, and torpedo tube control system integration teams as part of the Ohio Replacement Design Build Sustain Team. In 2013, he established new procedures and guidance, advanced the C5I design, and set a course that will lead to NPES success throughout the design, construction, and deployment of Ohio Replacement submarines. Employing tremendous foresight, he achieved a C5I design maturity level that supported setting the length of the Command and Control Systems Module (CCSM) an unprecedented eight years ahead of construction start. This enabled the CCSM to be the first Ohio Replacement module with an established length and ultimately supports setting the overall length of the submarine. His mature design also enabled detailed planning for hull mechanical and electrical systems such as electronic auxiliary freshwater, ventilation, and electric power distribution. Mr. Krishna created a process for the development, review, and submittal of Government Furnished Information (GFI) and submitted the first Ohio Replacement GFI to the prime contractor. Under his guidance, the Navy provided all 25 scheduled GFI submittals to the prime contractor on or ahead of schedule. Mr. Krishna developed and implemented a plan to use highly permeable flexible metal conduit for government furnished electrical data cables used to connect electronic bays. He proved his concept is technically feasible by developing a test procedure and then executing the procedure at a government laboratory. His concept reduces electromagnetic interference risk, reduces installation cost, and adds the flexibility to modify government cabling without incurring an additional cost of updating shipbuilder drawings. In addition, Mr. Krishna established noise-monitoring hydrophone count and location to optimize cost and performance, modified the baseline multi-function antenna plan to improve performance while reducing cost, and gained fleet wide support of a plan to improve external communication reliability while minimizing cost to the Ohio Replacement Program. In his current position, Mr. Krishna guides the advancement of submarine C5I.


CAPT Didier A. LeGoff, USN

Program Executive Officer, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence and Space

Captain LeGoff’s guidance provides local and wide area computer network (LAN and WAN) functionality to the Navy, embarked Marine Corps forces, and Military Sealift Command. His responsibilities include leadership, management, and oversight of the $12 billion Acquisition Category (ACAT) lAM Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) Program, which replaces five existing computer networks afloat, corrects otherwise immitigable cybersecurity vulnerabilities, and provides the Navy with its first true cyber platform. Captain LeGoff is heavily involved in guiding Space and Naval Warfare Systems (SPAWAR) Information Technology (IT) efforts, acquisition mentoring, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) outreach programs. Captain LeGoff manages one ACAT IAM, two ACAT II, three ACAT III, one AAP and one project, comprising a portfolio of $440 million annually and approximately $2.8 billion across the Five-Year Defense Program, providing network functionality across the entire spectrum of operations. Captain LeGoff brought the CANES program from concept to reality while sustaining existing legacy networks and significantly improving the Automated Digital Network System (ADNS) program. CANES has an inventory objective of 192 ships, submarines and shore sites. ADNS is a $960 million ACAT II program with an inventory objective of 265 ships, aircraft and shore stations. Leading the Navy’s flagship IT acquisition, Captain LeGoff navigated CANES to achieve Milestone C in December 2012 and through its initial 2013 installations. His direction ensured that CANES provided the Fleet a cyber platform capable of hosting required warfare and business applications while providing full network functionality across all security domains. In addition, he steered CANES design efforts to regain and strengthen the Navy’s cybersecurity posture, reduce network and application variance, and drive down total ownership costs. Captain LeGoff led the competitive CANES Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase achieving cost savings of $720.8 million. These cost savings accelerated Full Deployment by three years to FY23 and allowed $230 million to be re-allocated to other Navy priorities. The Milestone C Service Cost Position resulted in a net total ownership cost reduction of $900 million. Continuous Process Improvements he directed led to additional documented savings of $20 million annually because of program efficiencies. In addition to executing a development and limited deployment production contract solicitation, CANES recently released a highly competitive production contract valued at over $2.5 billion, the largest in PEO C4I history. This multiple award contract will continue competition and has an even greater potential for taxpayer savings.


CTTC (SW) Igor Lobanov, USN

Afloat Training Group (ATG), San Diego

Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Chief Lobanov is responsible for leading 13 Chief Petty Officers and seven Petty Officers in training and assessing Combat Systems tactical and technical personnel through shipboard training evolutions. He is also a Combat Systems Training Team Leader during Surface Basic Phase training events, overseeing trainers from eight shipboard warfare mission areas. Chief Lobanov has increased the warfighting proficiency of Pacific Fleet ships in all areas of C4I to include Electronic Warfare (EW), Communications (COMMS), Cryptology (CRY), Information Systems, and Intelligence (INTEL). He guided 18 C4I trainers through the successful completion of 573 training and certification events on board 67 ships. In addition, he supervised his team’s support of three commands, ATG Pacific, ATG San Diego and Engineering Assessment Pacific, during the issuance of Fleet Cyber Command-mandated SIPRNET Tokens and the management of two Type Commander (TYCOM) accountings of more than 600 Information Technology assets with the Regional Inventory Tracking Application. As the EW Mission Area Functional Lead for all ATGs, he led a team of EW Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from eight ATGs. His team drafted the EW training and certification requirements for all surface ships. He also led this team, as well as SMEs from Electronic Warfare Tactical Guidance Unit (EWTGU) Pacific Command, in the creation and the first revision of the Surface Force Exercise Manual and the ATG Pacific User’s Guide EW Tab, which included 38 proposed amendments to grade sheets and EW Standard Operating Procedures for Basic Phase warfare certification in EW. His initiative improved the shipboard training and certification requirements as well as Navy-wide C4I combat readiness while developing a blended training approach that used the expertise not only from ATG but also from Fleet Cyber Command. Chief Lobanov developed and delivered EW training to more than 250 officers and enlisted sailors during 60 training events, resulting in the EW certification of 13 ships. He was handpicked to train 18 EWTGU Trainers and 28 Senior Information Dominance Warfare Officers, including four Deputy Information Warfare Commanders, on the Surface Warfare Readiness Manual and Basic Phase C4I warfare certification. He also oversaw the mentorship of Tactical Action Officers and the guidance of waterfront Commanding Officers on tactics in EW, CRY, INTEL and COMMS for implementation in their Battle Orders, including the tactical employment of Splitrock. He was the driving force behind a critical finding that if adequately trained and qualified Information Systems Technicians were not present in a ship’s Signal Exploitation Spaces during Condition 1 to support the SCI classified networks and communications equipment, it could result in a severe degradation of a ship’s CRY and INTEL missions as well as national tasking. Ultimately, his initiative led to a new TYCOM Warfighter Improvement Program requirement, greatly enhancing the combat readiness of the Fleet.


ITC Richard D. Lombardi, USN

Destroyer Squadron Twenty-One (COMDESRON 21)

Chief Information Systems Technician (SW/EXW/IDW) Lombardi is the Assistant Communications Officer responsible for communications training, certification and performance for the five AEGIS guided-missile destroyers assigned to the Destroyer Squadron. He serves as the Information Assurance Manager (IAM) and Electronic Key Management System (EKMS) Inspector for the squadron. Since reporting aboard, Chief Lombardi has dramatically improved communications readiness and information security in the DESRON’s destroyers. A dedicated mentor, he has spent countless hours onboard squadron ships training junior and supervisory personnel, leading to increased standards and greatly improving professional development of squadron Sailors. Outside of his inspector function, he has worked closely with the five EKMS management teams to ensure the absolute highest standards and strict accountability are maintained. Of particular note, his direct work with a struggling EKMS manager on one of the ships resulted in an assessment grade of “outstanding” in a subsequent EKMS inspection. Passionate about cybersecurity, Chief Lombardi has developed and implemented comprehensive and standardized cybersecurity and information assurance management policies throughout the squadron, which have served as a model on the San Diego waterfront. Chief Lombardi has guided the squadron’s communication teams in ensuring maximum communications readiness in support of operational tasking. He single-handedly developed a complex communication and spectrum management plan for Flight Test Operation-Ol (FTO-Ol), a high-profile ballistic missile defense testing mission executed by USS Decatur, which involved complex Joint and inter-agency coordination. His efforts ensured the Decatur’s (DDG-31) ability to fully integrate into the communication and data-sharing structures to successfully engage a ballistic target. His tireless efforts contributed significantly to the waterfront leading success in a Board of Inspection and Survey visit in the USS Kidd (DDG-993), MidCycle Inspection in the USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108), Type Commander Material Inspection in the Decatur, and several Cyber Security Inspection and Certification Program reviews.


IT2 Jonathan D. Martinez, USN

Coastal Riverine Squadron Four

Information Technician First Class Martinez administers and manages the day-to-day operations of Delta Company, Deployable Joint Command and Control (DJC2) Rapid Response Kit/Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) Enterprise Command and Control (RRK/NETC2) system in direct support of Commander, Task Unit 56.7.4 (CTU 56.7.4), providing full SIPR and NIPR command and control infrastructure and managing all aspects of communications and network operations while forward deployed to U.S. Fifth Fleet. He provides direct technical assistance and training to Commander Task Force 56, Navy Expeditionary Combat Forces Central. Petty Officer Martinez operates and maintains the Aqua Puma All Environment (PUMA) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) in support of CTU 56.7.4 tasking. In November 2012, the NECC Adaptive Force Package (AFP), Task Force 86, rapidly deployed in support of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Coastal Riverine Squadron Four was ordered to provide C2 infrastructure for all units deployed. On short notice, Petty Officer Martinez and a team of communication specialists deployed to Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst, New Jersey, and employed the DJC2 RRK/NETC2 to establish full SIPR and NIPR services, providing two weeks of uninterrupted network connectivity. The system allowed for Commander, NECC, and his staff to coordinate relief efforts and maintain command and control over seven NECC units, three Navy amphibious ships, the Marine Corps 26th MEU, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and numerous other federal, state and local officials, strengthening the joint military and civilian efforts. In June 2013, Petty Officer Martinez oversaw the first Coastal Riverine Force deployment of the DJC2 RRK/NETC2 system to Fifth Fleet in support of CTU 56.7.4. Petty Officer Martinez delivered SIPR and NIPR network accessibility to CTU 56.7.4’s Tactical Operations Center. His efforts were critical in executing 500 hours of theater and national-level tasking, allowing for rapid processing and distribution of time sensitive information. While deployed, Petty Officer Martinez was directly responsible for the initial network setup of the Joint Operations Center on board Afloat Staging Base-Interim Ponce (AFSB-I 15). With no prior Integrated Shipboard Network System experience, he engineered the network infrastructure of 29 computers, providing continuous NIPR and SIPR connectivity to 33 Joint Service Personnel in support of Fifth Fleet Focused Collection Operations. While under way, he served as embarked communication technician on board the Riverine Command Boat (RCB) for 18 missions in the Arabian Gulf. He was critical in establishing a reliable communications plan and maintaining a constant communications link between the Patrol Officer and higher headquarters. In addition to his duties as Embarked Communications Technician, he served as PUMA UAS operator. In this capacity he logged 12 flight hours from the RCB using the PUMA UAS to provide real-time ISR in support of mission tasking.


James A. Mayers

Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Command, Control, and Communications (C3), Marine Corps Systems Command

Mr. Mayers is the Lead Satellite Communications Engineer for the Product Manager, Networking and Satellite Communications (NSC) Program Manager. He has demonstrated a keen ability to execute diverse Marine Corps satellite communications (SATCOM) system requirements while continually supporting the needs of deployed Marine Corps operating forces across the globe. He reviewed new requirements to consolidate the existing Marine Corps super high-frequency wideband SATCOM terminals and served as the lead engineer of the integrated product team charged with evaluating the cost, benefits, and risks associated with SATCOM consolidation. Mr. Mayers worked diligently to develop tactical SATCOM solutions that provided increased interoperability within the MAGTF and with other services and agencies, while reducing the tactical lift footprint, lowering sustainment costs, and meeting or exceeding mission requirements. His efforts to formulate options to dramatically reduce the lift requirements for USMC tactical SATCOM equipment resulted in four courses of action, one of which was adopted and provides total Marine Corps-wide reductions of 52% in weight and in cubic feet, with a cost-of-ownership savings of $222 million over 10 years. As a result, NSC was able to reprioritize portfolio resources to be able to initiate the research, development and procurement investment actions required to implement this strategy in its entirety with no impact to any programs’ budgets or schedules. Mr. Mayers also brought attention to exciting new SATCOM technologies that have the potential to revolutionize SATCOM capabilities within the Marine Corps in the future, such as the inflatable SATCOM antenna.


CW03 David A. Meissner, II, USN

Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One

Chief Warrant Officer Meissner, Assistant Aircraft Configurations Department Head, is responsible for the management of all Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Information, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Mission Systems for 16 EP-3E aircraft and two mobile and one permanent Quick Look ground-based processing and analysis system. He plays a key role in the development and integration of aircraft Quick Reaction Capabilities, which leverage the developmental communications and surveillance technology required to prosecute emerging threats. He has played a vital role in the mission success during more than 7,500 flight hours supporting global reconnaissance operations from five different theaters of operation. His efforts ensured the squadron maintained the ability to integrate new technologies rapidly and pursue high-value targets. In close coordination with Naval Air Systems Command and reconnaissance systems development contractors, he led a team of 20 skilled workers in the design, installation, operational testing, and operator training for 10 surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities vital to answering Combatant Commanders' critical intelligence requirements worldwide. Chief Warrant Officer Meissner identified three obsolete EP-3E mission systems and developed the technical data packages, flight clearance messages, and installation procedures needed for their upgrades. His exceptional training of more than 35 junior avionics technicians guaranteed the complete integration of these PC-based capability upgrades, providing enhanced datalink and tactical mission displays at the Squadron level, which paved the way for modernization of the EP-3 fleet. In addition, Chief Warrant Officer Meissner worked with Naval Network Warfare Command and the National Security Agency to fix a lingering precision network collection system that had remained inoperative despite nine previous months of troubleshooting. He volunteered for more than 50 days of travel, deployed to various theaters on short-notice to lead C4ISR troubleshooting efforts when all other avenues failed. He single-handedly developed a systems testing annex allowing operators and maintainers to simulate aircraft on-board networks, inter-communication systems, and imagery processing systems for troubleshooting and training purposes. His ability to troubleshoot and repair aircraft components locally has already paid significant dividends in the timeliness and cost requirements associated with urgent repairs. Chief Warrant Officer Meissner shines brightest as a mentor. He has permanently changed the attitude of his department by establishing a culture of technical expertise.


LT Justin R. Porter, USN

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 112

Lieutenant Porter, as the Avionics Division Officer, is responsible for VAW-112’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Information, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems. He also is the Communications Security Material Systems (CMS) Officer for the squadron, overseeing all cryptologic requirements and serving as the unit’s expert for all Information Technology and Weapons Systems requirements. Lieutenant Porter led 17 personnel in two avionics work centers. His leadership of the division responsible for the E-2C weapons systems resulted in a 100% operational sortie completion rate of fully mission-capable aircraft during deployed combat operations from 2012 to 2013. Lieutenant Porter meticulously managed the CMS program comprising more than 100 classified line-items across four E-2C Hawkeye 2000 aircraft. He established and enforced local procedures to ensure proper use and handling of all classified material, resulting in zero CMS local element violations, while drastically decreasing workload on aircrew and maintainers. While deployed, he established an automated platform camera recording system, directly contributing to improved pilot training and operational safety by documenting eight months of carrier recoveries and enhancing three Hazard Reports. Lieutenant Porter excelled at the Advanced Mission Commander Course and was upgraded to Instructor Mission Commander within 24 months of his arrival, six months ahead of his peers. He coordinated and led a Joint Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance overwatch mission in Central Command’s area of responsibility and was hand-selected as the only community representative to attend a Joint Command & Control conference in Qatar. Lieutenant Porter’s efforts led to a new understanding of E-2C capabilities and to the publication of a daily Command and Control Theater Situation Report. In addition, he developed E-2C tactics integrating internet relay chat, Automatic Identification System, and digital products while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon returning from deployment, Lieutenant Porter used his technical expertise to create the E-2C community’s first integrated mission record and playback system, synchronizing the displays of an F/A-18, an E-2C, and the USS Mobile Bay (CG-53’s) combat information center to debrief aviators and surface warfare officers after air and surface defense exercises.


ENS Kiley D. Provenzano, USN

USS Gettysburg (CG-64)

Ensign Provenzano, an Information Warfare Officer, leads the Surface Navy’s first Visual Information Division (VI). In addition, she performed duties as Signals Intelligence Warfare Officer (SIWO) during the Gettysburg’s deployment to the Fifth Fleet’s area of responsibility (AOR). She also serves as Gettysburg’s Special Security Officer, Talent Keyhole Officer, Operations Security Officer, CRITIC Action Officer, SCI System Security Manager, Command Security Manager, and Top Secret Control Officer. Ensign Provenzano has made a lasting and impactful contribution to the advancement of Information Warfare. VI Division has become a critical enabler and tool in the U.S. Fifth Fleet’s AOR. This Division and her work have been lauded by Commander, Fifth Fleet, on multiple occasions, for their extraordinary contributions to Information Warfare. The Division conceived, designed, and integrated five disparate intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) reporting streams into a single Common Operating Medium on board the Gettysburg. Ensign Provenzano’s Division took the capability resident in the new Intelligence Carry-on Package (ICOP) and increased its utility and functionality tenfold. The result is a first-of-its-kind real-time, streaming video from a cruiser or destroyer. Visual intelligence from this medium has been pushed real-time to Commander, U.S. Fifth Fleet on multiple occasions. Ensign Provenzano and her Division have generated 107 operational VI reports, the most among Task Force 50 assets (more than the aircraft carrier). Her products have been singled out by Fifth Fleet and Carrier Strike Group Ten Commanders as the most exceptional VI products seen to date. Ensign Provenzano stepped in as Signals Warfare Officer (a position normally reserved for a seasoned CW03 or CW04) on no notice and catapulted the division to new heights. Her recommendations on the dissemination of information from a highly classified collection program were adopted as “fleet standards” within a week of her taking over. While leading her division to Fleet-level recognition, Ensign Provenzano also has managed seven of the most critical information related programs on board Gettysburg.


Capt Jeffrey M. Rohman, USMC

13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), I Marine Expeditionary Force

Captain Rohman, as Assistant Communications Officer, has led the planning, systems engineering, systems acquisitions, training, and execution for Pacific Command, Central Command, and Africa Command deployment, three coalition exercises, and five MEU certification exercises. In order to support a variety of missions, MEU communications capabilities have to range from small, highly mobile systems to fully operational joint task force headquarters that could operate at sea or deploy ashore. This task required redesigning of communications systems to make them smaller, faster, and more rapidly deployable. Using the latest technology, Captain Rohman designed systems and networks capable of transmitting tactical data from remote locations to anywhere in the world. Today, many of these innovations are being adopted throughout the Marine Corps. Captain Rohman designed a communications suite around an inflatable satellite communications antenna. The newly designed system proved to be more capable, lighter, and easier to move. The solution he created is currently supporting units in theater and is being adopted by both the 22nd MEU and Special Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response. In addition, after recent upgrades in Central Command and Africa Command, Captain Rohman coordinated directly to replace outdated terminals with current terminals for all MEUs in the Marine Corps. Captain Rohman also spearheaded an initiative to facilitate the installation of the Department of Defense’s standard situational awareness tool on all LSD- and LPD-class ships. Captain Rohman has made a tremendous impact in the command and control field by engineering smaller, more expeditious communications systems that improved capabilities for both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps.


Samuel C. Serman

Norfolk Ship Support Activity (NSSA)

Mr. Serman is a senior electronics technician for the Satellite Communications Branch within the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Information (C4I) Systems Division. He provides Distance Support, Onsite Technical Assistance, Onsite System Assessments and “over the shoulder” training to Fleet Assets within the NSSA’s area of responsibility (AOR). Mr. Serman developed a new streamlined process for testing the full functionality of the Satellite Communication Sets (AN/WSC - 6 variants) during technical assist visits, Total System Readiness Assessments (TSRA) and pier-side refurbishment efforts. This process includes the use of satellites that provide a loop-back path for the signal under test. This loop-back path allows a technician to send and receive data, testing both transmit and receive circuits, as well as the antenna functions for tracking and movement. Previously, the set-up process for obtaining satellite access was cumbersome and fraught with pitfalls. Many times, NSSA was unable to accomplish its tasking because it could not access satellites. Without this loop-back testing and connection to a satellite, there is no clear way to verify complete system operability. Previously, a ship had to request access 30 days in advance via a Satellite Access Request (SAR), which defines the period of time the access is required. In response, a Satellite Access Authorization (SAA) was returned to the requesting activity defining the parameters, time frame, and satellite with which the ship could interface. Due to variables such as ships’ schedules, world events, personnel availability, assessment event dates are fluid and change constantly unlike the SAAs. Since technical assist visits are usually unscheduled events, satellite access is, in most cases, not available, or if the TSRA schedule slips by a few days, would fail to meet the SAA timeframe. The resolution was to re-work the SAR process for NSSA and all the Regional Maintenance Centers (RMCs) worldwide. The new process provides a clear interface between the satellite controllers and the local RMC accomplishing the test, allowing access to a test channel for a specific satellite. This new process allows almost immediate access to a satellite test channel, providing the time to troubleshoot this system faster and more efficiently. This process has been in use now for almost 12 months and has proven itself for nine technical assist visits and multiple TSRAs.


Maj Jason R. Shockey, USMC

12th Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force

Major Shockey leads, trains, and mentors the Communications Platoon to facilitate planning, installing, operating, and maintaining regimental command and control systems. As the Communications Officer, he has made many specific demonstrable contributions to enhance command, control, communications, and computers capability. For example, his efforts have brought about marked improvement in all forms of communications, particularly data. He created a service desk to ensure an efficient transition to the next-generation network and updated regimental policy to reflect current U.S. government agency, academia, Department of Defense, U.S. Cyber Command, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps cyber policy, which created staff efficiencies. Demonstrating his commitment to advancing the understanding of today’s cyber environment and complex infrastructure, Major Shockey has educated the regiment through monthly newsletters and classified briefs, which increased critical information asset protection and awareness, created efficiency, and allowed the staff to more thoroughly understand today’s cyber threat environment and complex interdependent command and control infrastructure, and also educated the local community in information and online security through public speaking engagements during off-duty hours. He has assisted with investigations by taking action to detect and respond, report, isolate and contain, acquire, and preserve potential digital evidence. Major Shockey also has created an information technology business continuity/disaster recovery plan to ensure that essential, prioritized business functions can continue with minimal interruption. His specific contributions prove his expertise and have advanced the regiment to a more secure, combat ready state.


LT Charles E. Steele, II, USN

Patrol Squadron Five

Lieutenant Steele, Tactics Officer, is responsible for providing training and integration of the P-8A Poseidon's Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4I) systems across Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Eleven. He also oversees the Intelligence Department, which is responsible for all intelligence tasking operations requirements. While attached to the P-8A Fleet Integration Team, he single-handedly brought to light the incompatibility of the instant messaging program designed for the P-8A and the program used across the departments of the Navy and Defense. His insight led to a critical change in requirements that will now enable the P-8A to meet Initial Operational Capability and deploy with a compatible instant messaging program. He was responsible for the implementation and training of International Maritime Satellite (INMARSAT) capabilities on the P-8A. His forward thinking and perseverance resulted in the authorization of critical INMARSAT funding in order to properly train aircrew prior to deployment. He was hand-selected by the Maritime and Patrol Reconnaissance Weapons School to develop Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures on INMARSAT utilization. This included his ingenious method to upload images to a website while airborne. This streamlined the process of data forwarding and allowed for multiple users to have immediate access to critical intelligence data. He also was responsible for the integration of the Expendable Mobile ASN Training Target (EMATT) Portable Target Programmer. This device allows for manipulation of the pre-programmed profiles embedded in the EMATT, which enabled users to expeditiously adapt it to mimic current targets. He also was responsible for increasing the efficiency and usage of the EMATT. Because of time constraints, a normal flight consists of approximately three hours on a single EMATT. Realizing this was only approximately 35% of the EMATT’s capacity, he coordinated joint exercises across P-SA, P-3C, and MH-60R squadrons to use the EMATT to its full potential. A staunch proponent of professional development and initiative, Lieutenant Steele dedicated his time to develop the P-8A’s first Naval Aviation Technical Information Product publication. This publication contains the technical information of all of the C4I equipment on the P-8A. He also was responsible for single-handedly developing the P-8A Aircrew Pocket Checklist. During the development, he quickly recognized the inefficiencies of the current process and recommended a change to the Deputy of Airworthiness. This resulted in a significant reduction in content errors and reduced product delivery by six months.


LCDR Yolanda M. Tripp, USN

Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic (NCTAMSLANT)

Commander Tripp is the Joint Fleet Telecommunications Operations Center (JFTOC) Director, JFTOC Watch Officer, and Operations Department Training Officer. She is responsible for all communications service for Commanders in the Fleet Forces, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Fleet areas of responsibility (AORs). Commander Tripp directs and supports every major Internet protocol (IP) and Radio Frequency (RF) shift within NCTAMSLANT AOR. Her coordination with Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NAVCOMTELSTA) Naples and NAVCOMTELSTA Bahrain ensure seamless IP and RF shifts among Fleet AORs for all deploying and returning naval units, enabling them to maintain uninterrupted positive command and control (C2) throughout their deployments. She is a recognized expert throughout the Fleet in communications planning and support for U.S. Navy, Joint, and Coalition operating forces. She has played a pivotal role in the NCTAMSLANT training program. Commander Tripp expertly led five watch teams of more than 300 personnel, managed communications at the most complex communications facility in the Navy, and delivered vital command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence services to surface, subsurface, air, and ground forces in support of U.S. Naval, Joint, and Coalition operating forces worldwide. During her tenure as JFTOC Watch Officer, she led a team of 60 sailors and civilians in providing real-time management of communications within the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Middle East AORs. She expertly performed critical communications shifts for 10 Carrier and Expeditionary Strike Groups, ensuring uninterrupted C2 for operational forces, balancing limited resources with rapidly changing operational requirements. She superbly managed all technical and military training for 380 personnel in the Operations Department. Recognizing training deficiencies, she was instrumental in developing and implementing a seven-week Training Academy for command personnel. Using 21 internal subject matter experts, she led the development of 57 podium lectures tailored in three functional areas. The program achieved unprecedented results. Sailors who completed the Academy experienced a 50% reduction in watch station qualification time and were better prepared for mission success. One hundred and seven personnel qualified in their positions and 74 Sailors were promoted after completing the training. Her effort is being shared to improve Navy schoolhouses and saved the Department of Defense $200,000 in contracting costs to develop similar training. Under her leadership, the Operations Department had 85% retention, 25 Basic and Intermediate Qualified Information Professional Officers, 176 Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist qualifications, and 166 Information Assurance certifications leading to 110 Navy Enlisted Classification designations enabling her Sailors to receive significant re-enlistment bonuses.


Dale C. Linne von Berg

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Mr. Linne von Berg is the Head of the Applied Optics Branch that develops and transitions Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Infrared Counter Measures (IRCM) technologies and systems. Mr. Linne von Berg has been a principal leader, architecture designer, and facilitator in the development/fielding of advanced C4ISR systems across the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community (IC). His leadership has resulted in notable accomplishments in the technical, managerial, and financial aspects of C4ISR capabilities for the warfighter. As a Navy working capital fund manager, he routinely provides direction and technical management of more than 40 C4ISR programs annually ($50 million to $200 million), which require him to address and directly solve system design, development, integration, testing, and real-time demo/operational issues for a variety of community sponsors. Since the 1990s, Mr. Linne von Berg has spearheaded the migration of DoD tactical ground exploitation stations from hardware-unique, proprietary, UNIX-based systems to lower cost, government-owned, standards-based, cross-platform software solutions. With his industry partner, the Space Dynamics Laboratory, his efforts in designing the architecture for this approach and ultimately transitioning/fielding the developed NAVIS/Vantage groundstation software was instrumental in the technical migration of the previous groundstation programs to the current Distributed Common Ground Station (DCGS) systems. As of 2013, Vantage software is now the standard datalink interface, real-time tactical screener, and/or multi-INT database manager for DCGS systems deployed by all four DoD services. Mr. Linne von Berg continues the expansion of these capabilities with multi-DoD/IC programs for new sensor interfaces and exploitation tools supporting emerging needs. The government-owned Vantage software now includes support for ISR sensors that have been fielded in numerous airborne platforms. Mr. Linne von Berg also has significantly advanced C4ISR with several innovative sensor technologies that have transitioned to operational use in operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Specifically, his efforts include leading technical and management roles in the development of the F-14 F/A-18 reconnaissance systems, Angel Fire/Blue Devil dual-band wide area persistent surveillance sensor system and multiple MX-20SW long-range oblique gimbalized short-wave infrared hyper-spectral sensors for multiple community operational groups. When transitioned and fielded, each of these advanced C4ISR systems established a new standard in state-of-the-art, whether by providing unparalleled coverage, coverage rate, range, resolution, day/night, or material/target detection capabilities.


LCDR Justin A. Ward, USN

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 117

Commander Ward, as the Training Officer, is responsible for unit combat readiness and proficiency, technical and tactical proficiency and ensuring aircrew progression along the Fleet Air Combat Training Continuum. The E-2C Hawkeye 2000 has supported the Fifth Fleet with Airborne Early Warning and Command and Control for multiple deployments. As theater operations have matured, the increase in requirements of airborne command and control has driven tasked assets to maximize. The U.S. Air Force Central Command Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) in Southwest Asia conducts continuous intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions for theater contingency operations. The CAOC heavily relies on U.S. Air Force and shore-based Navy airborne ISR assets. In addition to the theater maturing, the E-2C Hawkeye 2000 has added capability to include an Integrated Broadcast System (IBS) receiver, Automatic Identification System receiver, a Combined Emitter Database electronic intelligence search engine and an Iridium based Internet Relay Chat system. Commander Ward was instrumental in developing and training aircrew on mission systems ensuring 100% maximization. Previous use of new systems was nonexistent across the squadron because of lack of experience and a complex interface. Commander Ward led the efforts to understand and simplify the use of these systems. His efforts provided a significant increase in the find-fix capability of the Hawkeye 2000. Operationally, the CAOC was less familiar with the E-2C Hawkeye 2000 and its Electronic Support Measures (ESM) capabilities, including the IBS receiver’s ability to collect and track commercial and military electronic emissions, than a legacy E-2C. Commander Ward helped to integrate the Hawkeye 2000 into the CAOC ISR Division. His efforts led the CAOC to add the Hawkeye to the Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition (RSTA) Schedule. This new tasking helped to build the pattern of life for the Air Component Commander during persistent flights conducted by the Hawkeye. This was in addition to the maritime surveillance support already provided to the Maritime Component Commander. Commander Ward also educated the Hawkeye community on the method to gain tasking via the RSTA providing lessons learned to the Hawkeye Weapons School and Type Wing Commander. Having a carrier asset with access to off board sensor information and local corroborating information speeds the kill chain. Using off board IBS information with correlating local detections greatly increases the number of available mission sets for the Hawkeye 2000. In addition, the access to IBS information provides enhanced situational awareness to the Hawkeye’s primary repertoire of airborne command and control, airborne early warning, maritime surveillance, and electronic support. Never before has the Hawkeye 2000 been capable of being its own ISR and Command and Control asset. The marriage of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance with trained airborne command and control warfighters is critical to the success of the Navy and its combat capabilities.


Susan E. Whitley

Naval Air Systems Command

Ms. Whitley is the Military Flight Operations Quality Assurance (MFOQA) Integrated Product Team Lead (IPTL) in the Air Combat Electronics Program Office (PMA209). The MFOQA program is a software application that provides data analysis and visualization of flight data that was initiated in 2005 by the Secretary of Defense in order to reduce aircraft mishaps. MFOQA provides a knowledge management process designed to identify potential human error and other aircraft causal factors before they lead to mishaps. Ms. Whitley is responsible for overall design, development, and deployment of the Navy MFOQA program. Ms. Whitley resurrected a program that was behind schedule, over cost, and headed for termination. The Milestone Decision Authority (MDA) described her Herculean efforts as “the most impressive program turnaround that I have seen in my career.” Determining that external requirements growth was imposing unacceptable life-cycle cost growth, Ms. Whitley led a 2011 re-baselining effort that created a foundation for success. Ms. Whitley currently is guiding MFOQA to an on-cost, on-schedule Milestone C decision followed by an Initial Operational Capability. Echoing the MDA’s comments, the Test Readiness Review (TRR) Panel members said that the MFOQA TRR was one of the best they had seen. As a result of her efforts, the MFOQA program is now positioned for true success and the Navy will save millions of dollars that would have been lost if the program had been cancelled. One of her many tasks during the re-baselining was socializing and gaining buy-in for this new methodology with the many MFOQA stakeholders. She also championed the introduction of the MFOQA Engineering Tool (MET), a prototype of the program of record, and successfully campaigned for its fielding at VAQ-129 to support the EA-18G Growler. The MET has subsequently been expanded to four additional fleet squadrons. The result has been acceleration and early development of the next phase of the program, which will provide the much-needed capabilities at an earlier date for each new type of aircraft. Ms. Whitley masterfully negotiated a contract award that secured government purpose rights to software that was $7.1 million below the originally proposed price and identified other substantial life-cycle cost reductions. One example of this was the architecting of a common data reader that eliminates the need for proprietary readers for each aircraft type, model, and series and reduces life-cycle costs by an estimated $85 million.



2013 Copernicus Award Winners
(For accomplishments performed during FY 2012)


Robert J. Beers

Hopper Services Center, Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)

Mr. Beers is Chief Architect, Service Centers and Communications, at the Hopper Information Services Center. He is responsible for the architecture and design of ONI internal networks and for data center planning. Mr. Beers is one of the key players in the Navy's "Journey to the Cloud." He was nominated by Hopper to support the Consolidated Single Network Tiger Team, and served as the team's lead technology architect. The work of Mr. Beers helped jump-start Task Force Cloud for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (OpNav N2/N6). Concurrently, he supported the first installation of a major cloud computing node at ONI, successfully relocated from the Naval Research Laboratory, where it was prototyped. In early 2012, Hopper designated Mr. Beers the Tiger Team Lead to bring the ONI cloud node to production. The task was made significantly more complex when the Navy committed to using the National Security Agency cloud computing architecture, known as the "Ghost Machine." This meant Mr. Beers could not simply advance from the previous prototype; he and his team had to start over with a totally new baseline. Under the superb technical leadership of Mr. Beers, the high-visibility transition to the ONI cloud node, now called Ghost Machine ONI, is well under way and on trajectory. Mr. Beers has built new bridges to bring ONI into the cloud and positioned ONI to be part of the broader intelligence community cloud that is rapidly taking form. Through his superior vision, extensive technical knowledge, and "no nonsense" approach to team leadership, Mr. Beers successfully broke ground to develop, demonstrate, and accelerate the adoption of cloud computing in support of maritime intelligence. His transformational work will enable ONI and the Fleet to bring the power of vast stores of cloud-based data and analytics to bear against today's most challenging threats while setting conditions for the success of tomorrow's fight in the maritime domain.


LT Charles R. Blackwell, USN

Patrol Squadron Five (VP-5), Jacksonville, FL

Lieutenant Blackwell epitomizes the best of naval aviation with his charisma, leadership ethos, technical know-how, and tactical expertise. LT Blackwell seized the initiative when VP-5 was chosen to lead the Fleet introduction of the command, control, communications, and computers for antisubmarine warfare (C4ASW) modification to P-3C aircraft. He formed a select team to test, evaluate, and develop techniques, tactics, and procedures for C4ASW tactical operation. His efforts have redefined the applicability of patrol aviation in the operational and strategic realms, adding Link-16 and international maritime satellite capabilities to P-3C aircraft. The incorporation of these technologies into the P-3 revolutionized maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft’s role with strike group and theater commanders. LT Blackwell's dedication ensured the introduction of this technology was exploited to its fullest. During the initial introduction, LT Blackwell and his team tested the user manual and technical publication's applicability in the air, providing valuable feedback that led to streamlined and corrected checklists and publications. LT Blackwell co-authored two articles about techniques and procedures for C4ASW implementation to educate the rest of the Maritime Patrol Fleet. He also forged the way in operational use of the C4ASW system in the USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) for the Composite Training Unit Exercise and Bold Alligator 2012, the largest U.S. amphibious exercise in 10 years. The pinnacle of Lieutenant Blackwell's performance has been in the introduction of C4ASW to the Pacific Command and Seventh Fleet area of responsibility. VP-5 was the first P-3C squadron to receive and use the C4ASW aircraft modification. LT Blackwell authored a tactics, techniques, and procedures report (TTP) that focused on operationalizing commercial chat technology during reconnaissance operations, providing a critical communication node that enabled missions that would have normally been aborted to continue on-station. He perfected a method to transfer and upload high-resolution handheld digital imagery of contacts of interest onto a squadron intelligence division-built webpage, which has dramatically reduced the reporting cycle and allowed Seventh Fleet headquarters immediate access to high-resolution imagery. His C4ASW TTP has provided a secure reachback communication path for aircrews on detachment to remote locations where standard classified architecture does not exist.


CDR Joseph E. Brennan, USN

Total Force Requirements Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO)

Commander Brennan is assigned as the Navy Information Dominance Enterprise Manpower Integration Requirements Officer within OpNav N122, Current Manpower Allocations Branch, and serves as a Programming and Policy Advisor to the Chief of Naval Personnel on information dominance corps manpower strategy. As a cyber strategist, CDR Brennan spearheaded the development of the Navy's first cyber warfare required operational capability document. He codified more than 20 key warfighting capabilities required to ensure the Navy’s success in future warfare engagements. CDR Brennan led the CNO-directed Cyber Manpower Strategy and Implementation Plan, and provided monumental staffing coordination, guidance, and support across the OpNav N12 organization as well as other OpNav organization codes, the Department of Defense, and federal agencies. In support of the new OpNav Resource Sponsor Construct, CDR Brennan tirelessly provided extensive manpower training and guidance. This effort ensured OpNav N2/N6 Manpower Requirements Officers were trained and capable of performing their new duties as the cyber program manpower resource sponsor. CDR Brennan is also a recognized expert frequently requested, by name, to serve as a key member of CNO executive-level working groups and planning boards. He provided support and training to the OpNav N1 leadership and has briefed the Chief of Naval Personnel and the Director, Navy Cyber Forces, on cyber manpower strategy implementation. CDR Brennan is truly making a significant difference in current and future planning, programming, and execution decisions, which are directly connected to the success of the Navy's cyber warfare mission.


ET1 Dustin J. Bruner, USN

Coastal Riverine Squadron Four

Electronics Technician First Class Bruner supervises the day-to-day responsibilities and operations for a department that supports more than 500 personnel in all aspects of communications and network operations for Coastal Riverine Squadron Four. During the merger of Riverine Squadron One and Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Four, Petty Officer Bruner fused two communications departments into one integrated department. He developed maintenance and operating procedures for the Mobile Ashore Support Terminal System, Radar Sonar and Surveillance Center System, and five Tactical Operations Centers during the first Coastal Riverine Squadron’s establishment. His plan to train current and newly reporting personnel on Coastal Riverine Force communications was adapted as the standard for all future squadrons to follow. Petty Officer Bruner was the driving force during the receipt, testing, training, and acceptance of the first four Deployable Joint Command and Control Rapid Response Kits/Network Enterprise Command and Control (RRK/NETC2) Systems within Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC), providing subordinate commands with the ability to rapidly process and distribute time-sensitive information and intelligence. Applying his technical acumen, Petty Officer Bruner directly contributed to the first successful establishment of Internet protocol connectivity using the wideband global satellite communication constellation's X-band capabilities and saved the Navy approximately $1,500/day per RRK system. Devoted to improving the Navy's command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) capabilities, Petty Officer Bruner committed more than 300 man-hours to overseeing the system operability and performance testing. He worked hand-in-hand with system engineers, leading to increased system reliability for more than 20 systems. A devoted advocate for professional development, Petty Officer Bruner has dedicated his leadership to the design and delivery of the unit-wide Tactical Communications Qualification Program. Due to the effectiveness of this program in Coastal Riverine Squadron Four, it will be fused into the merging of future Coastal Riverine Squadrons.


Joseph M. Burkot

U.S. Coast Guard Operations Systems Center

As Operations Systems Center (OSC) IT Specialist Project Officer, Mr. Burkot is in charge of the Coast Guard Portal (CG Portal) Enterprise Application within the Operations Systems Center and is responsible for technical oversight of the CG Portal. He expertly led all aspects of a complete technology upgrade from a complex suite of multiple products on more than 100 servers, to a single MS SharePoint 2010 solution hosted on 50% less hardware. In late 2011, the Coast Guard faced a recurring CG Portal budget increase of more than $600K to cover escalating vendor license fees. No funds were identified in out-year planning for the increases, and no funds were available for an acquisition project. Mr. Burkot’s meticulous fiscal planning and project execution oversight allowed the upgrade to occur under the existing budget and without additional staff. He executed the upgrade project and provided all legacy CG Portal maintenance support with no impact to operational effectiveness. Mr. Burkot also provided distribution-ready communications for sponsor dissemination to the field. These kept key stakeholders informed of any impacts to their roles and responsibilities and resulted in minimal help desk calls after the roll to production. Mr. Burkot’s leadership and focus on legacy system retirement ensured that the project was delivered on schedule to provide the cost containment required in 2013. In addition to the financial benefits, the upgrade provides easier navigation, new capabilities, increased security posture, and alignment with industry and government standards. The disparate toolsets of the legacy portal resulted in a unit’s information, documents, and collaboration activities residing in multiple locations, making it very difficult for users to locate. Users could not easily access all information from one unit home page. The upgraded portal also provides document management, a capability lacking in the legacy system that drove users to develop costly workarounds. SharePoint 2010 also provides new features “out of the box,” such as the ability to develop workflows. This functionality desired by users can now be offered without the expense of additional software products. Enhanced security was implemented through the use of a gateway appliance methodology centrally managed by an enterprise team. It also resulted in the retirement of specialized software, the associated hardware, and reduced the complexity of portal maintenance. The upgraded portal also provides the foundation for consolidation of other preexisting SharePoint sites into the governed enterprise environment. This will reduce the Coast Guard’s information assurance risk exposure, retire redundant hardware, and reduce license costs. The SharePoint CG Portal has provided immediate cost containment, improved security, enhanced user functionality, and positions the Coast Guard to gain additional benefits in the future.


LCDR Robert C. Cadena, USN

Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG)

Lieutenant Commander Cadena is the Department Head and leads a team of select U.S. Navy Cryptologist Technicians. He is the NSWDG-recognized subject matter expert on signals intelligence (SigInt), computer network operations (CNO), and electronic warfare (EW), and is responsible for the development, testing, tactics, and employment of SigInt, CNO, and EW equipment for Naval Special Warfare personnel who serve in direct support of joint task forces (JTFs) participating in Operation Enduring Freedom and other contingency operations outside the declared theaters of active armed conflict. He advises the Commander on the national SigInt system and tactical SigInt, CNO, and EW operations, and serves as the command representative to a classified JTF intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance council. LCDR Cadena exhibits phenomenal leadership in the manning, training, equipment, and deployment of 35 select Naval Special Warfare community combat enablers to JTFs in support of worldwide SigInt, CNO, and EW operations against our country’s top targets. He ensures these elements are equipped with requisite technology for critical missions, including spearheading the shift to emerging fourth-generation and Internet protocol-based technologies for precision geo-location, directional finding, forensics, and triage. LCDR Cadena creatively intermingled commercial solutions with military and information assurance training resources, developing and shaping future training requirements for combat enabler collection and CNO forensics teams. His initiative combined best solutions from all three areas for faster data download off the intended target with smaller and lighter gear. U.S. Special Operations Command has begun efforts to purchase this capability to support special operational forces.


Earl M. Connally

Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity

Mr. Connally is assigned as the Branch Head for the Interoperability Branch, Test and Certification Group. Mr. Connally is responsible for representing Marine Corps interests within the Joint and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) communities in the highly technical and critically important field of tactical data standards interoperability. Through his hands-on leadership and effective direction, he has a direct and lasting impact on systems interoperability. He represents Marine Corps equities in a broad range of interoperability working groups, panels, and committees, and was selected to chair many of these same groups. In the past year, he was the catalyst in adjudicating more than 300 joint/coalition changes to fielded tactical data link interfaces and applicable changes to military standards. Mr. Connally's involvement in configuration control boards and data management working groups ensured that data engineering development efforts will evolve to support future Marine Air-Ground Task Force information exchange requirements (IERs) and will enhance command and control systems data exchange in a net-enabled environment. Mr. Connally was a catalyst in initiating Marine Corps participation in the Tactical Edge Data Solutions Joint Capability Technology Demonstration development effort. He was similarly successful in forging Marine Corps participation in the newly formed Joint Air Operations Community of Interest, ensuring that air operations command and control systems under development will support Marine Corps requirements when fielded. He was nominated to lead the development of the NATO IER specification process, which, when ratified, will significantly improve data standardization efforts and enhance interoperability. He contributed to the development and critical review of Marine Corps Order 3090 and Marine Corps Order 3093.10, which, once approved, will significantly impact command and control systems interoperability within the Marine Corps. Mr. Connally also guided the efforts of the Marine Corps Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS) (Link-16) Network Design Team in developing, testing, maintaining, and fielding the JTIDS Network Design Library for Marine Corps and joint use. Mr. Connally has provided exceptional service to the Marine Corps in leading his team and providing expert knowledge in the area of joint technical and procedural interoperability standards.


Joshua M. Cryer

Naval Special Warfare Development Group

Mr. Cryer, an electronics technician, provides the installation, operation, maintenance, repair, testing, evaluation, research, and development of state-of-the-market systems, equipment, components and devices used by Naval Special Warfare SEAL and Explosive Ordnance Disposal operators and their supporting elements. Mr. Cryer's exceptional leadership and technical acumen have directly and significantly improved the interoperability between Navy Special Warfare, U.S. Air Force Special Warfare, U.S. Navy Air Systems Command, other government agencies, and the U.S. Central Command. Charged with providing non-standard solutions to emergent initiatives and ongoing problems that impact warfighting readiness, he was the catalyst for dynamic transformation in numerous areas. Mr. Cryer was directly responsible for the integration of mobile Link-16 and situation awareness data-link technologies into ground vehicles, aircraft, and tactical and joint operations centers. This instantaneous information-sharing provides not only a dramatic shortening of the intelligence gathering, target identification, and objective execution chain; it gives previously unparalleled clarity to decision-makers on real-time locations of both hostile and friendly forces. Mr. Cryer was integral in the design, engineering, and development of an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance suite that provides real-time, high-definition video, meta-data, and precision target data coordination on a light-attack platform. He researched commercial, off-the-shelf technologies and developed a fire-support methodology using commercial products and military radios, resulting in a low-cost, highly effective, and lethal target generation process. Mr. Cryer’s determined efforts on these programs have drastically changed the battlefield and increased mission readiness to levels our military has not seen before.


LCDR Scott James Dancer, USN

Naval Ocean Processing Facility, Whidbey Island (NOPFWI)

Lieutenant Commander Dancer, assigned as the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Combat Systems, and Intelligence (C5I) Department Head, is responsible for all external and internal communications, information systems, 67 personnel in four divisions, Integrated Undersea Surveillance (IUSS) systems maintenance, facilities maintenance, one remote site, and command and control of five forward-deployed Surveillance Towed Array Sensory System (SurTASS) ships in the Seventh Fleet’s area of responsibility. LCDR Dancer developed an ambitious program to improve communications support and connectivity for his command, deployed SurTASS ships in the Seventh Fleet, and antisubmarine warfare theater commanders. His keen insight in bandwidth management ensured that all mission-essential tactical Internet protocol (IP) connectivity via defense satellite and shore-based IP hardened systems supported mission objectives. He developed and instituted a bandwidth management plan for SurTASS ships, which resulted in the tracking of more than 16 threat subsurface contacts of interest. He planned and designed a secure and non-secure video-teleconference suite that supports task force commanders, Submarine Forces Pacific, and immediate superiors in the chains of command mission-essential conferences, as well as facilitates IUSS supporting qualification boards and meetings. LCDR Dancer's technical expertise was evident with his oversight of a SurTASS team trainer installation that provided a mock simulator of the operations center on board a SurTASS ship, resulting in "train as you fight" realism for the SurTASS crew. As the facilities manager, he was responsible for all installations and modifications for an 80,000-square-foot facility and a remote site in Coos Bay, Oregon. These projects supported C5I services for not only his command, but also other tenant commands including Trident Training Facility Learning Detachment, Navy Information Operations Command, and all SurTASS ships. LCDR Dancer dedicated time and leadership to the implementation, design, and delivery of cyber security training and procedural initiatives ensuring that command networks were secure and that all information systems were protected. He was responsible for a 100% Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) Code 2791 conversion rate for 15 Information System Technicians, making NOPFWI the only command under Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, to achieve this milestone. LCDR Dancer has made a lasting impact not only at NOPFWI, but throughout the IUSS community.


CDR Michael A. Edwards, USCG
Rescue 21 Project Resident Office, Alaska

Commander Edwards serves as lead Technical Manager of the U.S. Coast Guard’s $1B Rescue 21 Project, the largest command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) project ever executed by the Coast Guard. Currently nearing completion and monitoring more than 41,000 miles of shoreline throughout the United States and its territories, Rescue 21 has modernized the Coast Guard’s emergency distress and response communications system, taking the “search” out of search and rescue. CDR Edwards’ engineering and technical acumen have played a vital role in that process, with Rescue 21 being used to assist in more than 46,000 search-and-rescue cases. As Technical Manager, CDR Edwards oversees two integrated product teams and directly administers a $13M budget for capital systems improvements. He led development of a $184M sustainment contract package, delivering it ahead of schedule, ensuring the system can be supported and sustained into the future, and achieving sustainment savings of $22M. CDR Edwards is responsible for completing all of the non-recurring engineering trade studies for three highly significant capability improvements that ensure operational commanders, field operators, and the Coast Guard receive the maximum beneficial use of the Rescue 21 system. The first will ensure that there is no longer an inability to monitor Channel 16 communications during the monthly software patches required for information assurance and to maintain an authority to operate, saving the Coast Guard millions of dollars annually and ensuring that calls from mariners in distress always will be monitored. CDR Edwards also completed all of the non-recurring engineering for migration of the Rescue 21 system to the active directory, which will ensure the system is fully integrated into the enterprise architecture. In addition, he is responsible for the $12M engineering and deployment effort to upgrade to a new operating system and replace all servers, all while executing full rate production. Through CDR Edwards’ efforts, an outdated communications system has been completely replaced, allowing the Coast Guard more opportunity to save lives in the future.


Wajdi Fakhoury

Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems (IWS)

Mr. Fakhoury, as the Deputy Major Program Manager, leads and coordinates all of the internal and external functional support. Mr. Fakhoury is one of the Navy's experts on sensor netting and tracking, having worked in the sensor netting area since 1996. Mr. Fakhoury provides the civilian leadership and continuity that resulted in success for numerous critical Navy and Department of Defense (DoD) sensor fusion initiatives, including developing and executing a comprehensive approach to resolve the critical interoperability problem. With an understanding of the warfare needs at all levels, he implemented enhanced management and systems engineering approaches and developed metrics. His personal involvement in developing integrated process teams that crossed acquisition, technical, and operation boundaries was key to aligning these multiple groups. His drive to use modeling and simulation early in the process and involve both the certification and operational evaluation communities was integral to developing a plan that delivered capability to the Fleet 18 months ahead of schedule. The use of the Trident Warrior 12 also demonstrated significant tactical picture improvements across multiple ships and aircraft. Mr. Fakhoury was integral to the development and management of the Joint Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC)/Joint Land-Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) integration design. By combining the sea-based surveillance and weapons capability of CEC and the Aegis weapon system with JLENS, the time for detection and identification of threats has been significantly reduced. This demonstration was critical to the advancement of the Navy’s integrated fire control–counter air capability currently under development. Mr. Fakhoury has provided critical leadership to the Joint Track Management Capability, the current DoD approach to developing a joint tactical picture across services.


CTRC (SW) Brandon G. Faulkner, USN

USS Donald Cook (DDG-75)

Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Faulkner is assigned as the Afloat Cryptologic Manager and Ship's Signals Exploitation Space Leading Chief Petty Officer on board the Donald Cook, and also serves as the Operations Department Leading Chief Petty Officer, Command Fitness Leader, and Assistant Command Educational Services Officer. Chief Faulkner is a dynamic leader who has significantly and positively impacted afloat cryptologic operations. During a 2011–2012 deployment to Fifth Fleet and Sixth Fleet areas of operation, Chief Faulkner broke new ground in the collection and exploitation of signals in Commander, Sixth Fleet, Commander, Fifth Fleet, and Commander, Africa Command (AfriCom), areas of responsibility. Chief Faulkner supervised the completion of in-depth analysis reports and briefings that were passed throughout the cryptologic community and greatly improved the overall understanding and Navy-wide collection capabilities. Chief Faulkner's extraordinary efforts and phenomenal situational awareness were invaluable to the Donald Cook, providing critical operations support to joint task force commanders in support of Sixth Fleet and AfriCom counter-terrorism efforts. These efforts significantly contributed to the flawless execution of three joint missions vital to the nation's security. During two missions, the Donald Cook was the only surface Navy vessel on station, requiring his cryptologic team to often be the sole source of intelligence gathering to maintain a continuous picture. Chief Faulkner’s foresight and unsurpassed information warfare aptitude were critical to training his cryptologic team to perform at a feverish pace during counterterrorism and counter-piracy operations. As a result, his team intercepted and prosecuted an unheard-of 1,800,000-plus signals of interest in the Sixth Fleet areas of responsibility. By generating more than 1,600 time-sensitive reports, his team provided critical indications and warnings to include continuous tracking data on military and high-interest merchant vessels, which enabled warfare commanders to maintain a continuous threat warning picture. Chief Faulkner's peerless professional knowledge and remarkable leadership skills have contributed significantly to the Donald Cook's and the nation's success in the cryptologic warfare area.


LCDR Christian P. Goodman, USN

Air Land Sea Application (ALSA) Center, Langley Air Force Base

Lieutenant Commander Goodman, a Joint Action Officer in the Command and Control Branch, is also responsible for all Navy matters and is the liaison to the Commander, Navy Warfare Development Center. His development of the Maritime Air Support Operations Center (MASOC)/Dynamic Air Resource Coordination Center (DARCC) concept was vital to the success of a team that not only completely revamped the command and control structure for naval forces in the U.S. Central Command (CentCom) area of responsibility, but also developed tenets for littoral warfare doctrine across the naval, joint, and coalition services. The MASOC/DARCC concept was immediately incorporated into operational exercises conducted by Carrier Strike Group Eight with resounding success. This concept has since been briefed to theater-level component commanders within CentCom and Navy leadership in Washington, D.C. LCDR Goodman co-authored an article describing MASOC that was published in the February 2011 Naval Strike Air Warfare Center Journal and has since been referenced in numerous articles. He also edited an article authored by the Carrier Strike Group Eight Commander, the Air Wing Seven Commander, and his former commanding officer that was published in the January 2012 issue of the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings. Most recently, LCDR Goodman was requested by name by the Commander, Navy Warfare Development Center, to be a stakeholder in the development of a tactical memorandum on command and control of air operations in maritime surface warfare. His work on the Fifth Fleet MASOC (now termed the Dynamic Air Resource Coordination Center) is of vital importance to all carrier strike groups deploying to littoral environments for the foreseeable future. His ongoing work at ALSA to revise the current multi-service tactics, techniques, and procedures document on air operations in maritime surface warfare will further refine the efforts employed by joint maritime forces to respond to emerging anti-access and area-denial challenges and lay the tactical foundation for the air-sea battle concept.


LT Ryan N. Haag, USN

Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Georgia

Lieutenant Haag, as Air Operations Officer, leads a 53-person division that provides Special Evaluators, Special Signals Operators, and Special Operators for the Africa Command (AfriCom), European Command (EuCom), and Central Command (CentCom) areas of responsibility (AORs). He also manages NIOC Georgia's Information Warfare Officer/Information Dominance Warfare Officer (IWO/IDWO) training program, where he tracks the qualifications of 34 officers. From February through June 2012, LT Haag was in charge of two EP-3E aircraft crews. While deployed, he streamlined time-sensitive mission information flow, which resulted in a 400% increase in time-sensitive reports. He taught his crews to use collaboration tools on the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communication System (JWICS) network to better share and store signals intelligence (SigINT) information for customers. These efforts were praised by collection managers at Sixth Fleet, AfriCom, and various national-level divisions. In addition, despite the absence of a budget and cryptologic maintenance personnel, LT Haag led his Sailors in 40 ground hours and countless in-flight hours troubleshooting and repairing specialized geolocation equipment and SigInt reporting circuits on board his EP-3Es. His efforts contributed to more than 80 flights taking off with no equipment delays. LT Haag also re-wrote the Navy's communication requirements for the Consolidated Reconnaissance Operating Facility at Souda Bay, Greece. Working with national end-user support divisions, LT Haag directed the installation of more than $50,000 in computer and server equipment, as well as the installation of new fiber lines. He coordinated efforts of various contractors to fix connectivity and geolocation equipment issues on board his EP-3Es, saving more than $10,000 in maintenance funds. Upon returning to NIOC Georgia in June, taking charge of the Air Operations Division, LT Haag worked with subject matter experts to build seven new Joint Qualification Requirements for the AfriCom, CentCom and EuCom AORs. He simplified the data flow path from his deployed crews so that the newly created CTF-1050 Battle Watch could easily integrate EP-3E operations into the daily brief to the NIOC Georgia Commanding Officer. His previous efforts of storing SigInt data allowed the SigInt community to quickly respond to the assassination of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya in September 2012. LT Haag forwarded training materials from his deployment to the lead trainers at the Information Warfare (IW) Basic Course, ensuring future IW officers' exposure to the latest information during initial accession training. He volunteered to manage the command's IWO and Information Dominance Warfare Officer (IDWO) training program, and revitalized the program by building a collaborative web page, instituting office hours, and holding weekly 0-3 "Murder Boards" to ensure that officers meet the full requirements for IWO and IDWO qualification. In addition, he telecast weekly training sessions, which allows officers at NIOC Georgia's eight reservist units to make progress on their IWO and IDWO qualifications.


CTT2 Christopher A. Hancock, USN

Naval Special Warfare Support Activity One

Cryptologic Technician Technical Second Class Hancock deployed for 256 days to Southern Afghanistan in support of SEAL Team Three, Special Operations Task Force South, multiple task units, and Trident Teams for Operation Enduring Freedom–Afghanistan. Petty Officer Hancock managed a four-man team that implemented both National Security Agency information systems and high-profile targeting suites in support of five Special Forces Operations Detachments, numerous conventional units, and two battle space owners. Petty Officer Hancock fused intelligence collection efforts among four joint/inter-agency collection entities and refined tactics, techniques, and procedures used for geo-location of hostile communication emitters. Petty Officer Hancock successfully bridged the chasm between intelligence analysis and combat ground operations. His efforts and expertise in both realms were critical in combating anti-coalition forces in his area. Integrated with a SEAL platoon, Petty Officer Hancock participated in 45 direct action missions throughout an extremely hostile enemy stronghold of Southern Afghanistan. Enduring more than 40 hours of enemy contact, his presence on these missions directly resulted in the capture and elimination of significant numbers Taliban commanders and fighters. Petty Officer Hancock's selfless actions in six separate firefights with enemy forces were the decisive factor in each. His actions during the recovery of a downed CH-47 Chinook helicopter enabled a recovery team to successfully remove fallen American service members from the battlefield and contributed to the elimination of enemy fighters who participated in the downing. Petty Officer Hancock consistently sought new opportunities to integrate multi-discipline information systems into tactical operations in order to increase the Naval Special Warfare ability to degrade terrorist operations.


LT Kenyatta M. Jones, USN

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)

Lieutenant Jones, as the ship’s Information Warfare Officer, used a synergetic approach to tactical cryptology—fusing national technical means with conventional systems on board—to provide actionable intelligence afloat to forward-deployed warfare commanders on back-to-back arduous Fifth Fleet/Seventh Fleet eight-month deployments. His technical leadership and unparalleled foresight with regard to the Turbulent Wave and Flying Squirrel mission sets has paved the way for new tactics, training and procedures to be developed across all levels of cryptology. Leading the charge to marry near real-time (NRT) national capabilities with afloat organic collection efforts, LT Jones has initiated a paradigm shift that is redefining how information warfare afloat can be fused with other intelligence disciplines, improving the quality of actionable intelligence disseminated to national, fleet, and tactical decision-makers. Furthermore, he designed a multi-faceted advanced technology approach to providing anti-terrorism/force protection indications and warnings for strait transit and in-port periods, ensuring the safety of 6,000 deployed Sailors. LT Jones took information warfare to new heights over the past year, integrating Carrier Air Wing Nine electronic attack and electronic surveillance airframes into the information warfare network and providing national accesses and NRT cueing for tactical decision-makers. He was critical to building partnerships with air wing, destroyer squadron, and strike group staffs, ensuring cryptology was a significant contributor to strike group maritime domain awareness. In addition, as the Electronic Warfare Officer, he spearheaded the overhaul of the ship's emissions control (EmCon) plan to ensure information operations policies and directives were in full compliance across all operational departments. He crafted time-sensitive EmCon operational conditions used to mitigate a diverse range of threats while in a tactical environment. His efforts proved nuclear-powered aircraft carriers could defeat real-world threats through strict, meticulous controls set at watch positions.

LT Jones defines the essence of how information warfare affects every pillar of tactical and information operations. His use of national and organic systems in the maritime domain are groundbreaking and have been lauded at all levels.


Norman Kowalski

Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division

Mr. Kowalski is the originator and current Technical Program Manager of the Submarine Local Area Network (SubLAN) program, a key enabler in providing network-centric warfare for the submarine, network paths for command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I), administrative and tactical information distribution, and network services to on-board subsystems. He has led the SubLAN program since its inception to today's fleet-wide implementation and support, and is responsible for the development, testing, deployment, and in-service support of the SubLAN capability across the submarine fleet. In 1998, the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet, initiated the Information Technology for the 21st Century (IT-21) program to address issues in information networking/communications within Navy platforms and between platforms. At about that time, while working as technical lead and program manager, Mr. Kowalski formed a team of Division Newport engineers and support personnel to develop the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR)–sponsored SubLAN program and to meet the Tactical Integrated Digital System (TIDS)/SubLAN production requirements. Mr. Kowalski initially developed all program planning, costing, scheduling, and budgeting for the program, in addition to his technical duties. Coordinating with Program Executive Office C4I, SPAWAR, commercial product vendors, submarine shipbuilders, and planning yards, Mr. Kowalski's team was able to develop an on-board network for submarines within 15 months. From June 2000 to June 2005, more than 43 LANs were successfully installed aboard Navy submarines. In June 2005, the first of 62 successful SubLAN installation upgrades was performed. In April 2009, when the next generation of upgrades began, all active submarines successfully received the modernization. A high-availability, virtualized SubLAN was developed and initial delivery started in January 2012. Mr. Kowalski and his team consistently develop and deliver new submarine capability on schedule and within cost. They have increased the capabilities provided to submarines with the addition of a mission-critical LAN. Their hallmark is delivery of capability on schedule, within budget, and boasts a phenomenal operating tempo of 25–30 installations per year.


CW04 Scott M. LaFountain, USN

USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19)

Chief Warrant Officer 4 LaFountain is primarily assigned as the Network Security/Cyber Security Division Officer. In addition, his expertise has been extraordinarily beneficial during his assignment as the Radio Division Officer directly supporting the permanently embarked Commander, Seventh Fleet staff as the forward-deployed command ship for Seventh Fleet, CTF-76, and CTF-79. Chief Warrant Officer LaFountain leads the complex systems and networks support required to effectively operate and execute the flagship's extensive communications on board the Blue Ridge. He has forged a highly cohesive team of professionals who were instrumental in enabling Commander, Seventh Fleet, to communicate with all assigned forces. Chief Warrant Officer LaFountain meticulously planned and managed eight major command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, and intelligence (C5I) upgrades during the Blue Ridge’s eight-week 2011 selected restricted availability, all while maintaining 100% C5I connectivity to continue the Seventh Fleet flagship's operational commitments. As the ship's Information Assurance Manager (IAM), he led the team during the first ever Forward Deployed Naval Forces Command Cyber Readiness Inspection (CCRI), and he received accolades from the inspection team for having the "best Host Based Security System team in the fleet." Cyber Forces Blue Team conducted a comprehensive security inspection of the ship's networks resulting in an overall score of 96%, the highest score of 19 deployed ships. Chief Warrant Officer LaFountain developed the command's first information assurance work force program. Both Cyber Command and USS Blue Ridge's immediate superior in the chain of command (CTF-76), praised his work; CTF-76 considers his program the standard for all assigned CTF-76 ships. Chief Warrant Officer LaFountain created and implemented a cyber security work force (CSWF) program and the information assurance technician personnel qualification standards (PQS) program. Within 10 months, CSWF certifications increased from 5% to 88%. Chief Warrant Officer LaFountain's vast experience was personally sought to coauthor the Navy Networks and Navy Radio Communications Afloat Fleet-Wide PQS. Chief Warrant Officer LaFountain is a most trusted advisor on all network security and radio communications operations on board the Blue Ridge. He has provided numerous off-duty hours training and mentoring 80 personnel in two divisions to build a dynamic workforce ensuring Commander, Seventh Fleet, is able to execute the mission with flawless command, control, communications, computer, combat systems, and intelligence capabilities.


LT Christopher A. Martin, USN

Submarine Force Atlantic

Lieutenant Martin serves as the Atlantic Submarine Force Information Systems Officer and Force Information Assurance Manager under the Director for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information (C4I). LT Martin is responsible for Atlantic Submarine Force’s information assurance policies, network policy, certification and accreditation, planning and doctrinal requirements, and supporting conceptualized and emerging mission requirements. His talents were highlighted in July 2011, when the then-Type Commander, Vice Admiral John M. Richardson, introduced "The Design for Undersea Warfare" to address the submarine force vision and advance the concept of managing information resources as a combat system. In support of this initiative, LT Martin developed and wrote the Virtual Ship Handbook for Commanding Officers and the Submarine Force Cyber-Security, Network Readiness and Information Assurance Manual (CYBER-l). The Virtual Ship Handbook provides commanding officers with an overview of fundamental topics regarding the management of submarine networks and guidelines commanding officers can use in their day-to-day efforts to protect their networks, maintain the ship's mission, and resist adversaries in the virtual realm. Navy Cyber Forces Command adopted the Handbook for use on all afloat platforms. LT Martin then developed CYBER-l, a more comprehensive guide to the Handbook that prescribes the minimum policies for network readiness and information assurance of submarine force networks. LT Martin meticulously combined Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, Defense Information Systems Agency, and specific submarine force guidance into a user-friendly one-stop resource for submarine information systems management. LT Martin established a program that enabled the Atlantic Submarine Force to be the only type commander to meet the Navy goal of qualifying 100% of required Sailors with the Navy Enlisted Classification Code 2791 prior to the 1 October 2012 due date. LT Martin also saved the government more than $284,000 by identifying a gap in the modernization of the network on three submarines during long-term maintenance periods. He worked with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command to install the new operating system on salvaged network hardware, quickly delivering critical crew connectivity while saving significant governmental funds. LT Martin is a dynamic leader who continuously exceeds expectations.


Basil E. Moncrief

Marine Corps Systems Command

Mr. Moncrief is assigned as the Tier 2 Integrated Product Team Lead of the Technology Transition Office, Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Command and Control (C2) Systems (MC2S), Program Manager, MAGTF Command, Control, and Communications within Marine Corps Systems Command. Under Mr. Moncrief's inspiring leadership, the MC2S Technology Transition Team's contributions have enhanced the MAGTF’s C2 capability throughout the operating forces by substantively improving the unit commander's ability to see and control the dynamic battlefield in joint and coalition environments. Through his guidance, MC2S technology initiatives were efficiently designed and developed to modernize and sustain affordable, world-class, high performance C2 systems while focusing on reducing the weight and logistical footprint of the MAGTF. Mr. Moncrief ensured all technology transitions for tactical C2 systems were capable of operating in integrated MAGTF, joint, and coalition environments. One of the most noteworthy contributions of Mr. Moncrief to Marine Corps C2 was the rapid development of the Mobile Modular C2 (M2C2) system and its fielding into the Operation Enduring Freedom combat zone. These systems continue to support current combat operations in the Afghanistan theater today, and the Marines there consider the capability a true leap in technology. Soon after fielding the M2C2 System, Mr. Moncrief again answered the call to respond to an urgent statement of need from the Office of the Secretary of Defense requesting an on-the-move C2 capability for a Marine Expeditionary Brigade. Mr. Moncrief quickly assessed the situation and formulated an aggressive schedule, extensively leveraging the M2C2 design to develop and deliver network on-the-move Increment 1 capabilities within 18 months. He led a diverse workforce of military personnel, government civilians, and government contractors in the execution of eight additional cutting-edge MC2S technology initiatives. Mr. Moncrief also established strategic relationships with external organizations, services, industry, and academia, increasing the enterprise understanding of technological capability gaps across other program management offices, program executive offices, and warfare centers. His ability to facilitate efficient coordination and cooperation between a very diverse team of stakeholders, both internal and external to Marine Corps Systems Command, combined with a lead-from-the-front mentality, equates to unwavering support of the warfighter.


LTJG Jacob A. Rivera, USN

Patrol Squadron Eight

Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Rivera serves as the P-3C Navigator/Communicator/Squadron Link Manager and command, control, computers, communication and intelligence (C4I) subject matter expert. While deployed to U.S. Pacific Command in support of Seventh Fleet operational tasking, LT Rivera connected a U.S. Navy P-3C aircraft to the Link-16 network in the Korean Theater of Operations (KTO). He identified a need for increased situational awareness for both aircraft and ground/sea forces in this dynamic battlespace, in particular for P-3C littoral surveillance and reconnaissance (LSRS) aircraft that provided reliable, near real-time, mission-critical sensor information to joint, multi-national, and interagency decision-makers engaged in highly sensitive operations in the KTO. After finding that U.S. Navy maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft of all variants had failed to connect to the network in the past because of an inability to integrate into the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) network design load file, he worked with Link-16 technicians to write a P-3C LSRS line into the joint tactical information distribution system network file, achieving the critical first step toward connectivity. After ensuring all baseline requirements for KTO Link-16 connectivity were met, he walked the first combat aircrew through initialization procedures and use of existing checklists, ultimately resulting in LSRS Link-16 connectivity. LT Rivera then coordinated with Task Group Operations for both Task Group 72.2 and 72.4 to establish standardized procedures for future missions. Finally, he noted a Link-16 connectivity issue with nonstandard mission times resident in standard operating procedures for USFK Link-16 managers and incorporated additional coordination in the mission planning process to ensure future success. The resolution of successful KTO Link-16 connectivity had an immediate, far-reaching positive effect on the entire maritime patrol and reconnaissance force, enabling LSRS assets to fully integrate into command and control architectures within the U.S. Pacific Command. LT Rivera's actions markedly improved battlespace awareness supporting critical operations and training exercised in every theater and enabled the continued maturation of LSRS employment.


CDR Richard J. Schgallis, USN

Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)

Commander Schgallis is assigned as the Military Deputy for the Naval Center for Space Technology Directorate. He serves as the principal liaison to the OpNav N2/N6 staff and is responsible for bridging operational requirements to science and technology as well as research and development efforts occurring at the NRL. CDR Schgallis has redefined the role of military deputy. Through his initiative, vision, and innovative approach to addressing current and future naval capability gaps, he significantly advanced the relationship between the science and technology efforts and operational imperatives.

A recognized expert in the area of naval space support to Fleet operators, he routinely represents the NRL in meetings with OpNav N2/N6 staff and principals as well as with officials from the National Reconnaissance Office, Maritime Domain Awareness, Office of Naval Intelligence, and the USCG Director of Operations. He served as the chair for the sub-committee on maritime domain awareness as part of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation study on naval space capabilities and gaps in 2010. CDR Schgallis is a published author in the area of use of naval space technology to meet operational requirements. His article "Leveraging Commercial Space for the Maritime Operational Commander," published in the Geospatial Intelligence Forum, served as the catalyst for the Coalition Tactical Awareness and Response (CTAR) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) proposal. The CTAR JCTD has been strongly endorsed by OpNav N2/N6.

CDR Schgallis has served as the primary advocate for this effort from the science and technology community, and without his personal engagement at the flag level, the CTAR JCTD might have failed to gain sponsorship. He has opened the path to exploiting available nontraditional intelligence surveillance reconnaissance capacity and capability to meet current Fleet requirements in a resource-constrained environment.


ET1 (IDW/SW) Brian R. Sorge, USN

U.S. Naval Forces Europe, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, and U.S. Sixth Fleet

Electronics Technician First Class Sorge is responsible for development of command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) system capabilities for the U.S. Naval Forces operating in Europe and Africa areas of responsibility (AORs). In addition, he is assigned to U.S. European Command (EuCom)’s Joint Manning Document as a Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Communicator. Petty Officer Sorge epitomizes the Chief of Naval Operation's (CNO’s) guidance to put "warfighting first" and to "be ready." Seeking cost-saving efficiencies, he has been at the forefront of implementing innovative cloud technologies. He has dedicated his personal time and energy to the development of his peers and subordinates. As the Leading Petty Officer of the N6 Directorate's Projects and Plans Division, Petty Officer Sorge distinguished himself as a subject matter expert within and external to the Navy on joint and coalition systems. Directly contributing to improved coalition interoperability and achievement of two Combatant Commander's Theater Security Cooperation Objectives, he managed installations and upgrades associated with three mission-critical coalition networks (SEAGULL, Non-Classified Enclave, and US BICES). He was hand-selected to provide mission critical, BMD communications, deploying more than 60 days in arduous conditions. His tenacious devotion to mission contributed to the seamless coordination and execution among Coalition partners, Navy units, and Air Force units. Petty Officer Sorge was the lead action officer in the Navy's first comprehensive cloud-based, non-classified network project. The contract awarded, resulting from his efforts, will save $1.6M bi-annually, deeply reducing life-cycle maintenance costs by virtually eliminating program of record data storage hardware. In addition, this initiative expands the influence of maritime domain awareness, meets U.S. Africa Command and Coalition interoperability objectives of increased maritime security, and meets partners' requirements for anatomy of information ownership, ease of use, and reduced latency in bandwidth restrictive environments. Petty Officer Sorge also serves as the Command Career Counselor, and co-chairs the Command's Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Qualification program. His focus and dedication to deck-plate leadership continuously contributed to our Sailors' professional development and the Navy's Force-shaping efforts.


LCDR Michael L. South, USN

U.S. Seventh Fleet

Lieutenant Commander South, as the Information Assurance Manager and Information Management Officer, leads all information assurance (IA) and information management activities for Seventh Fleet across six task forces in support of daily operations and the execution of multiple major exercises supporting theater operational plans. LCDR South displayed superior leadership, vision, and dedication in establishing cyber as a warfighting focus area in Seventh Fleet. He spearheaded the development of a new Fleet IA/computer network defense (CND) policy that formalized procedures, reporting requirements and tracking metrics for all Seventh Fleet IA/CND activities. As a visionary and vocal proponent for Fleet cyber operations, he fostered collaboration and cooperation between the cyber stakeholders in N2, N6 and N39, breaking down boundaries inherent to the traditional staff structure to most effectively support the Fleet Maritime Operations Center (MOC). His enthusiastic efforts increased teamwork and ultimately led to improved cyber readiness for the Fleet and enhanced cyber situational awareness for the Fleet Commander. LCDR South also led an initiative to develop cyber-focused commander's critical information requirements (CCIR) for inclusion into Seventh Fleet MOC reporting procedures. These "Cyber CCIRs" are now firmly integrated into MOC watch reporting processes, and the Fleet commander routinely receives updates on critical cyber events on an equal footing with operational events occurring in the physical warfighting domains.


Vincent A. Squitieri

Program Executive Office, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I)

Mr. Squitieri is Major Program Manager for the Communications and Global Positioning System (GPS) Navigation Program Office, with dual reporting to the Naval Air Systems Command for GPS navigation systems on aircraft. Mr. Squitieri’s responsibilities include execution and oversight of Navy communications systems such as military and commercial satellite communications terminals, tactical radio systems, and GPS navigation systems for ships, submarines, and aircraft. Mr. Squitieri has performed outstandingly as an acquisition expert and program manager. Delivering affordable and transformational military satellite, commercial satellite communication, and GPS navigation systems, he led the team to build the Navy’s multiband terminal (NMT) program of record and also the commercial broadband satellite program (CBSP), both recognized by Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition as programs that define the way ahead for Navy satellite communications. NMT will provide deployed naval commanders with assured access to secure, protected, command and control, communication capabilities. CBSP significantly increases throughput of data and voice via leased end-to-end services by augmenting bandwidth provided by military satellite communication sources. Mr. Squitieri has ensured that the Fleet has the communications capabilities it needs to fight and win. His skillful leadership on the NMT program enabled the on-schedule installation of the first production terminals. Praised by Fleet warfighters for its increased capacity, usability and reliability, NMT delivers four times more protected bandwidth and 10 times more bandwidth than current Navy systems. Mr. Squitieri led the NMT team to complete the first ever Expanded Data Rate (XDR) log-on and communications with an on-orbit satellite, enabling XDR testing over two years ahead of on-orbit capability and significantly lowering technical and schedule risk. By combining NMT and other customer procurements, Mr. Squitieri saved approximately 16.5% ($22.7M) on procurement costs for all NMT users over the first two production years. He managed the space services lease contract, a five-year contract valued at $542M, acquiring the ability to use 22 new orbital satellite assets and eight new commercial teleports under one management team and delivering to Navy forces an unprecedented flexibility, agility and bandwidth capacity in critical X, Ku, and C frequency bands.


CTR1 (IDW/NAC) Matthew James Strauss, USN

Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC), Whidbey Island

Cryptologic Technician (Collection) First Class Strauss is assigned as the Leading Petty Officer of the Global Signals Analysis Laboratory Maritime Air Center Department and Lead Weapons and Tactics Instructor of Commander 10th Fleet Weapons and Tactics Unit. Petty Officer Strauss is routinely requested by commanders to assist in the operational testing and development of collection suites for Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron and Naval Air Systems Command system upgrades. He led a team of weapons and tactics instructors in the initial operational test and evaluation of the EP-3E Tactical Operational Readiness Trainer, providing crucia1 feedback to program managers and engineers. Petty Officer Strauss conducted mission training and oversaw the updates of three mission scenarios, providing a robust training environment for Tenth Fleet combat reconnaissance crews. He conducted airborne Maritime Cryptologic System-21 (MCS-21)/Banshee System training for NIOC Bahrain and NIOC Misawa aircrew operators in addition to Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit students, fulfilling all operational training requirements and supplementing the Advanced Readiness Program and Operational Readiness Evaluation for combat reconnaissance crews. As a result, the initial cadre of MCS-21 airborne operators were equipped with the knowledge, tools and skills that enabled them to exceed expectations and fully meet theater and national tasking direction. Petty Officer Strauss’s introductory instruction to Tenth Fleet aircrews was crucial to the successful execution of 65 missions, increasing the collection of signals of interest by unprecedented numbers. A stalwart in the Information Dominance Warfare community, Petty Officer Strauss implemented airborne MCS-21 signal descriptor file feedback and performance tracking tools. His expertise was essential to the integration of joint signals processor (JSP) V3 on the MCS-21 aircraft. He generated two standard operating procedures and solved critical mission shortcomings with the system integration, identifying alternate courses of action to sustain operations at forward deployed locations. He worked closely with Naval Air Systems Command engineers and drafted system functionality requirements for all current and future software releases. In addition, he produced a JSP check-out checklist to ensure standardization for testing and operations. Petty Officer Strauss's accomplishments, technical prowess, resourcefulness and productivity are a driving force behind NIOC Whidbey Island's success in meeting mission requirements in support of information operations worldwide.


LCDR Patrick M. Thompson, USCG

Coast Guard Cyber Command

As the Operations Officer Lieutenant Commander Thompson is responsible for establishing and implementing the vision for active Computer Network Defense for Coast Guard unclassified, secret, and top secret networks. LCDR Thompson has been pivotal in revolutionizing the Coast Guard's computer network defense posture. He qualified as a Battle Watch Captain at U.S. Cyber Command's Joint Operation Center, directing 64 combatant command, service, and agency network operations centers. LCDR Thompson leveraged lessons learned from this experience and devised a plan for the Coast Guard to dramatically improve its computer network defense by building out a real-time Coast Guard cyber watch. Fusing intelligence, operational situational awareness, and cyber expertise, LCDR Thompson developed and led the Coast Guard's first Cyber Security Operations Center (CSOC) to initial operational capability. His vision of the CSOC builds upon the former Coast Guard Computer Incident Response Team and improves operational relevance by leveraging Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) intelligence reports, cyber battle rhythms, and operational reporting processes both within the Coast Guard and across DHS and DoD. LCDR Thompson also planned and led all activities for establishing the CSOC's sensitive compartmented information facility and network re-architecture. He coordinated across directorates to acquire resources, purchased classified computer processing equipment and videoteleconferences (SIPRNET/JWICS), and drove installation schedules. In spite of the declining budget environment, he also successfully obtained military billets to establish the command's inaugural 24/7 watch. During this period, LCDR Thompson was cited for his extraordinary efforts deploying to Southern Command in support of Joint Cyber International Exercise Panamex, where he provided subject matter expertise on cyber vulnerabilities. LCDR Thompson also represented the Coast Guard in cyber planning working groups for National Level Exercise 2012, the most expansive exercise in government. He served as Command Duty Officer for the Coast Guard's cyber cell during Phase Three, coordinating intra-Coast Guard responses and cyber intelligence efforts with DHS's National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center and executing continuity of operations plans. LCDR Thompson has been a visionary and change agent for the Coast Guard's cyber program.


IT1 (SW/IDW/AW) Kenneth D. Trosper, USN

USS Kearsarge (LHD-3)

As the Combat Systems Automated Data Processing Division Leading Petty Officer, Information Systems Technician First Class Trosper is responsible for the maintenance, operation, and administration of the entire automated data processing (ADP) network for the Kearsarge. Petty Officer Trosper's leadership was evident during Exercise Bold Alligator 2012 and the first "Big Deck Amphib" cyber security inspection. He led a team that coordinated with the Network Information Operations Center (NIOC) to send daily reports that were instrumental in determining how the host-based security system (HBSS) functions during actual operations. He enabled the Kearsarge to become the first ship to implement the firewall capability function of HBSS to block cyber attacks from outside sources. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force, and Norfolk Ship Support Activity acknowledged his technical acumen with the HBSS and actively seek his advice on Fleet-wide network implementation issues. In response to Fragmentary Order (FraGo) 13, which mandates the installation of the HBSS in all Department of Defense networks, Petty Officer Trosper re-imaged workstations on the Non-Secure Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet) and Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) enclaves and created batch files that enabled HBSS to install on all shipboard workstations. As a result, the Kearsarge became the first (and to date only) afloat command to be in compliance with FraGo 13. Petty Officer Trosper revamped the SIPR Intranet into a useful tool for users to navigate the SIPRNet. He also created a sophisticated trouble call log on NIPRNet, greatly simplifying the ability of the Kearsarge sailors to report ship's materiel discrepancies. Petty Officer Trosper's expert management of the Navy Information Application Product Suite server has ensured flawless ship-to-shore data exchanges. Petty Officer Trosper's dedicated efforts and diligence will leave a lasting impact on the Kearsarge and her relationship with the broader information professional community. His accomplishments have also enabled the Kearsarge to remain compliant with all computer tasking orders and information assurance vulnerability alerts.


Frank O. Watson III

Fleet Intelligence Training Center (FITC), Pacific

Mr. Watson, assigned as the Department Head for the Systems Department and as the command's Chief Information Officer, is responsible for all command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) required for operations and the acquisition, installation, integration, and maintenance of technical training equipment (TTE) required in servicing Fleet intelligence training. He led a command transition to a cloud/virtual machine architecture. Using available equipment and modest investment, Mr. Watson orchestrated transition of FITC's training network across three security domains. This new structure, the virtual desktop environment (VDE), proved to be a far more operationally available training platform with increased training flexibility, removing the need for "special purpose" classrooms. VDE also enables forward-based training elements, ashore and afloat, to access training applications hosted locally at FITC. The operational improvement in training and cost efficiencies introduced by VDE were recognized with the civilian award of Excellence in Practice from the American Society for Training and Development. Mr. Watson is also an innovation leader in application virtualization. Using internal resources, he directed the virtualization of Global Command and Control System (GCCS) – Integrated Imagery and Intelligence (GCCS-I3). This work resulted in fleet training and operational enhancement. Based on this success, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command personally requested Mr. Watson's assistance to virtualize the GCCS-Maritime Common Operational Picture (COP). His work with GCCS-M will impact training and operational communities and apply to a broader spectrum of remote users, as this application is the primary COP management tool afloat. His expertise was specifically requested by OpNav N2/N6 to evaluate potential cloud transition strategies based on his simultaneous hands-on and theoretical understanding of thin-client architectures. Mr. Watson’s work to assist the Knowledge Discovery and Dissemination project for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity and his effort to help U.S. Central Command establish a West Coast foreign dissemination training infrastructure have resulted in success for each agency’s project and captured letters of appreciation to FITC.


IT2 Anthony Michael Wild, USN

USS McCampbell (DDG-85)

Information Systems Technician Second Class Wild, as the leading Communications Watch Officer in the McCampbell, is responsible for the overall operation and sustainment of all exterior communications and networking. He is also the Work Center Supervisor, overseeing the maintenance of all shipboard antennas and serving as an Underway Combat Systems Officer of the Watch. During the McCampbell's dry dock availability period, Petty Officer Wild oversaw 12 junior and three senior personnel in implementing a flawless migration of all local area network (LAN) hardware and peripheral equipment off ship in less than six hours. This included the reconfiguration of 70 unclassified computers, 30 classified computers and 9 network servers. He was instrumental in the superb planning and coordination of a full network groom, which delivered unsurpassed reliability and availability. As the ship's lead Fiber Optic Technician, he dedicated 500 hours to repairing 45 Non-Secure Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet) and Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) network fiber drops, dramatically increasing network capacity by more than 35 percent. His actions contributed to a 95 percent system availability for McCampbell's LAN, the oldest LAN currently in service, Navy-wide. Exercising forethought and planning, Petty Officer Wild expertly directed the activation of 80 HF/VHF/UHF/SHF/EHF communication circuits for type command material inspection, Board of Inspection and Survey, and training cycle inspections, resulting in scores higher than 80 percent in communications and 90 percent in information systems, well beyond Fleet averages. Operationally, this was validated by sustaining a complex communications plan in support of George Washington (CVN-73) Strike Group operations, multi-national exercises, and national-level tasking while deployed. In response to exercises operating in a degraded communications environment, Petty Officer Wild brilliantly developed a fully integrated bandwidth management doctrine. This, coupled with his EHF trend analysis, was quickly adopted as the standard for Commander Task Force-70 (CTF-70), and proved instrumental in the tremendous upswing in the communications agility of the strike group during Exercise Valiant Shield 2012. Petty Officer Wild consistently executes with expertise, foresight and maturity.


LCDR Gilbert A. Yarbrough, USN

U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Bahrain

Lieutenant Commander Yarbrough is responsible for secure command and control for operational commanders in the Commander, Fifth Fleet (ComFifthFlt) area of operations by ensuring reliable and resilient operations of all network operations and communications capabilities at NCTS Bahrain. As the cornerstone of innovation and operations in supporting fleet, special missions, and shore communications, he demonstrated superb leadership, expert guidance and outstanding managerial skills. An Ordnance Limited Duty Officer by trade, LCDR Yarbrough led 130 military, civilian, and contractor personnel in providing vital command, control, computer, communications and information (C4I) services to the Central Command (CentCom), Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (ComUSNavCent)/ComFifthFlt, Naval Support Activity Bahrain, 72 regional commands, and more than 40 deployed ships, air squadrons, and joint forces operating in the CentCom area of responsibility (AOR). As a result of his exceptional work, NCTS Bahrain achieved the highest level of communications support, providing premier customer service, responsiveness and flexibility in supporting naval, joint and coalition missions, directly supporting warfighting efforts in the region. By anticipating fleet communications and subsequent requirements, he has been pivotal in exceeding mission objectives.

A forward-thinker focused on efficient and effective use of resources, LCDR Yarbrough planned and coordinated the testing and evaluation of the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) newest Wide Global Satellite (WGS), optimizing satellite communication resources while simultaneously providing area-wide coverage for the units operating from the Pacific Rim to the Mediterranean Sea.

He executed the successful cross-connect of Commercial Broadband Satellite Program and DISA services to three carrier strike groups (CSGs) and two amphibious readiness groups. His efforts provided CSGs with the ability to allocate more bandwidth across their Non-Classified Internet Protocol Router Network enclaves, which directly improved mission performance, logistics readiness, and crew morale. LCDR Yarbrough also coordinated with ComUSNavCent, DISA, and Regional Satellite Support Center to identify and correct a timing configuration conflict in the Defense Satellite Communications System and WGS system architecture, which stabilized connectivity for aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, and amphibious ships in the AOR.


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