Saint Isidore Army Cyber Award

Overview

2017 NOMINATION MEMORANDUM

The AFCEA Saint Isidore Award/Medal recognizes individuals who demonstrate exceptional initiative, leadership, insight, and cyber excellence within their area of expertise. The award consists of three levels which are described, in order of precedence below.

(1) Gold Level Medallion: Recognizes those who have rendered conspicuous, long-term service. Recipients have so singularly distinguished themselves as contributors to Army Cyber Mission that they have few peers. Recipients will be awarded a gold medallion with a ribbon, a certificate, and have their name placed on a plaque at a place to be determined at a later date.
(2) Silver Level Medallion: Recognizes senior field grade officers, Command Sergeants Major and Sergeants Major, and DA Civilians who have made significant contributions to the promotion of Army Cyber mission in ways that stand out in the eyes of the recipients, their superiors, subordinates, and peers. These individuals must also demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and moral character, display an outstanding degree of professional competence, and serve the Army Cyber mission with distinction.
(3) Bronze Level Medallion: Recognizes government civilians, or uniformed members of the armed forces who have demonstrated the highest standards of integrity, moral character, professional competence and selflessness, while contributing significantly to the promotion and betterment of the Army Cyber Command.

History

In October 2010, Major General Rhett A. Hernandez (promoted lieutenant general in March 2011) assumed command of U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER). During a previous assignment in Saudi Arabia (Chief, U.S. Military Training Mission, US Central Command) General Hernandez instituted a three-tiered award medallion, funded by the Saudis, to foster morale in his Training Mission and he desired to do the same at ARCYBER. In July 2011, he began action with the ARCYBER Command Historian, to initiate a three-tiered award medallion for the October 2011 ARCYBER Ball. The Staff Judge Advocate advised LTG Hernandez that a private organization would need to sponsor and fund such an unofficial award. The Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association (AFCEA) was a logical initial selection to support the award as it was a non-profit organization that focused on the ethical dialogue between government, industry, and academia and has strong roots to information technology, intelligence, and cyber security as a part of its organizational core values. Additionally, AFCEA hosted and sponsored numerous awards in support of leadership and volunteer support by AFCEA members, industry, government, and academia.

The concept was three categories of awards, Gold, Silver, and Bronze, each of which would be achieved through a nomination and board process to determine the levels of cyber contributions and expertise throughout Army Cyber Command initially and with a vision of a broader outreach that included the Joint Services and U.S. Cyber Command. A search for a historical figure to represent the highest ideal of the essence of cyber security and the study of the evolving world of challenges of tomorrow followed.

It did not take long to identify St. Isidore of Seville as the leading candidate. St. Isidore served as Archbishop of Seville for more than three decades and is considered as “the last scholar of the ancient world” according to the 19th-century historian Montalembert.

In 1997, Pope John Paul II decided that the internet should have a patron saint to guide Catholics in its proper use. The Church considered Saint Isidore of Seville (560-636) as a worthy candidate for the Patron Saint of the Internet, but never made a final selection. St. Isidore was the Doctor of the Church and last of the Latin Fathers. His twenty-book opus (called Etymologia, after the subject title of one of the books), made him a worthy choice. The word “etymology” was Isidore’s own coinage. It means “the study of origins.” Today, the term is limited to the history, or origin, of words. The Patron Saint Isidore of Seville is also known as the father of the encyclopedia as the twenty-book opus included a broad range of topics ranging from the study of grammar in book one to the study of domestic and agricultural tools, and furniture in book twenty.

LTG Hernandez and the ARCYBER team selected St. Isidore of Seville to be representative of the Cyber award in 2011. AFCEA International currently serves as the sponsor of the award, provides the medals, provides the award certificates, coordinates the selection process for the awards, and hosts the annual Army Cyber Ball.

 

Recent Recipients

2016

Gold Recipients:

Brigadier General Patricia Frost
Colonel Jon N. Leonard II
Mr. James J. Dillon
Admiral Michael S. Rogers, USN
Lieutenant General Edward C. Cardon

Silver Awards

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Kendal V. Polk
Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Longo
Lieutenant Colonel Brady Stout
Major Johanna Franco
Major Harold D. Rouse
Sergeant First Class Jere K. Jaillite
Mr. James Wasson

Bronze Awards

Colonel James H. Adams III
Colonel Michael R. Eastman
Colonel Mark A. Thomson
Colonel Alexis M. Wells
Lieutenant Colonel James L. Browning
Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan A. Campbell
Lieutenant Colonel Aaron Gould
Lieutenant Colonel John Hosey
Lieutenant Colonel Justine S. Krumm
Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Lennox
Lieutenant Colonel Joseph E. O’Hanlon III
Lieutenant Colonel John P. Rotier
Lieutenant Colonel Richard D. Snowdall
Lieutenant Colonel Ronald D. Wilkes
Major Cleo Brown
Major Pete DiGiorgio
Major Adam Dykstra
Major Wilfredo Franceschini
Major Walter R. Harrison
Major Michael D. Lass
Major Dustin W. Lenz
Major Darien M. Pitts
Major Wayne Sanders
Captain Jung Oh
Chief Warrant Officer Three Jason Brown
Command Sergeant Major James Krog
First Sergeant Kelly J. Barnes
First Sergeant Alexander Perea Mr. Robert Brickey
Mr. William I. Brown
Mr. Francis Fischer
Mr. Brian Foster
Mr. Fernando L. Perez
Mr. Jonathan Perham
Mr. Pedro Santiago-Gonzalez
Brigadier General Christopher R. Kemp

2015

Gold Recipients:

Mr. Guy Filippelli, President & CEO, RedOwl Analytics LLC
LTG (Retired) Rhett A. Hernandez, former CG ARCYBER/2A
CSM (Retired) Roger P. Blackwood, former CSM ARCYBER/2A
COL David May, JFHQ-C, ARCYBER/2A
COL Maureen O’Connor, ARCYBER/2A
LTC Alan Quattrin, 782 MI BN
CSM Rodney Harris, ARCYBER/2A
CSM (Retired) Dave Roper, USCC
CMC (Retired) Danny Miller, USCC
MSG Jennifer Segovia, 782nd MI BN

2014

Gold Recipients:

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Rhett A. Hernandez, U.S. Army Cyber Command
Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) Roger P. Blackwood, U.S. Army Cyber Command
Mr. William Thompkins, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command

Silver Recipients:

Lieutenant Colonel Damon Becknel, U.S. Army Cyber Command
Colonel Jennifer Buckner, 780th Military Intelligence Brigade
Lieutenant Colonel Stanley Malloy, U.S. Army Cyber Command
Chief Warrant Officer Four Ronald Nixon, U.S. Army Cyber Command
Colonel Eugene Ressler, West Point Military Academy
Colonel Martha VanDriel, U.S. Army Cyber Command

Bronze Recipients:

Lieutenant Colonel Jason Bender-U.S. Army Cyber Command
Lieutenant Colonel Eric Bjorklund-U.S. Army Cyber Command

2013

Gold Recipient:

Mr. Anthony Portare, 1st IO

Silver Recipients:

Colonel Thomas Goss, U.S. Army Cyber Command
Chief Warrant Officer Four Mark Mollenkopf, 780th MI
Mr. James Hillman, U.S. Army Cyber Command

Bronze Recipients:

Colonel John Diaz, HQ USAR
Command Sergeant Major Francis Olmstead, HQ USAR
Lieutenant Colonel Mario Torres, U.S. Army Cyber Command
Lieutenant Colonel Curtis Tygart, U.S. Army Cyber Command
Lieutenant Colonel Brady Stout, 780th MI
Chief Warrant Officer Two Walter Schell, 780th MI
Ms. Gail Brooks, 1st IO
Mr. John Mense, 1st IO

2012

Gold Recipients:

General Keith Alexander, U.S. Cyber Command
Brigadier General Jeffrey Smith, U.S. Army Cyber Command

Silver Recipient:

Colonel (Retired) Jeffery Schilling, NETCOM

Bronze Recipients:

Chief Warrant Officer Four John O'Reilly, U.S. Army Cyber Command
Mr. Jack Dillion, U.S. Army Cyber Command

 

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