AFCEA International and U.S. Naval Institute
Copernicus Awards for 2016
(For accomplishments performed during FY 2015)
will be awarded at WEST 2016, San Diego, CA
Reception and Awards Presentation
San Diego Convention Center
or at the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium, Baltimore, MD
Click Here for Award Nominations information
(Nominations are submitted to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations)
(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,
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
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 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.
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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