Foundation Works Behind the Scenes in Preparation for West
One of the highlights of West 2008 in San Diego, which will take place February 5-7, and is co-sponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) and AFCEA, is the recognition of outstanding and deserving individuals during the event. The Educational Foundation plays a part in this process by supporting the selection process for the Copernicus Award winners and the Enlisted Superior Performer award recipients.
The late Vice Adm. Art Cebrowski, USN, who was the Navy N6 in 1997, conceived of the Copernicus Award. 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 a major accomplishment in a C4I/information technology-related job. Each year, U.S. naval personnel review applications from the Department of the Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard, including active duty and civilians, and select the award winners. The Educational Foundation works with a representative from the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to ensure timely nominations and then coordinates official notifications to the award recipients. This year, Lt. Cmdr. Erik G. Pittman, USN, a member of Vice Adm. Mark Edwards' N6 staff, played this pivotal role in the Copernicus Award process.
Winners are invited to attend West along with their commanding officers and their respective spouse or special guest. Copernicus winners receive their awards and are recognized during a special awards ceremony prior to the Awards Reception and Dinner held this year on February 5. The U.S. Naval Institute and AFCEA are honored to recognize individuals who continue to demonstrate in operations that Copernicus remains relevant today.