Copernicus Award Winners


The U.S. Naval Institute and AFCEA International are honored to recognize individuals each year who are selected based on their sustained superior performance in a C4I/IT-related job. A board of judges reviews applications from the departments of the Navy and Coast Guard, including active duty and civilians, and makes the selections.

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Copernicus Winners 2020 to Present
Accordion Items

2023 Copernicus Winners (accomplishments in 2022)

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OS1 Justice Batiste, USCG

C5I Service Center - Engineering Services Division


Mr. James P. Boylan

Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport


 ITSCS Brandon T. Bryant, USN

Submarine Force Atlantic


Mr. James R. Elliott

Combat National Mission Team 1, Marine Corps Cyberspace Warfare Group


LCDR Anthony J. Foss, USCG

US Coast Guard C5I Service Center - Infrastructure Services Division


ENS Nathan M. Garcia, USN

Naval Special Warfare Development Group


LT Corey O. Grey, USN

Submarine Group SEVEN


LCDR Benjamin T. Harper, USN

Joint Special Operations Command


1stLt Alexander B. Holme, USMC

4th Marine Regiment


Mr. Michael Karpawich

Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support


ITCS Taylor D. Kelley, USN

U.S. Naval Computers and Telecommunications, Station Far East Detachment Diego Garcia


LT Rooya K. Khan, USN

White House Communications Agency


CTRC Nicholas J. Korinis, USN

Naval Special Warfare Tactical Development and Evaluation Squadron ONE


CTR1 Josef E. Luedloff, USN

Navy Information Operations Command, Whidbey Island


ITC Thomas J. Maginley, USN



ET2 James R. McCreesh, USN

Special Reconnaissance Team TWO


SSgt Jonathan T. McDonnell, USMC

Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command


 LCDR Paul S. Moe, USN

Carrier Strike Group FIVE and Commander Task Force SEVEN ZERO


CWO3 Christopher M. Port, USMC

II Marine Expeditionary Force


Capt Thomas A. Schmitt, USMC

2d Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2d Marine Division


MSgt George F. Spaniel III, USMC

1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division


Mr. David C. Thomas

Marine Corps System Command


GySgt Tyler J. Truesdale, USMC

II Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group


Sgt Matthew D. Welter, USMC

5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Psychological Operations Brigade


LT Paul A. Williams, USN

Cryptologic Warfare Activity SIXTY SEVEN



2022 Copernicus Winners (accomplishments in 2021)


Maj Ryan M Ackland, USMC



CWO2 Jonathan J Anderson, USCG

Coast Guard Cyber Command


IT1 Karsten S Aurella, USN

USS Chafee (DDG 90)


IT1 Franklin T Barrett, USN



IT1 Trevor J Brammer, USN

Naval Special Warfare Development Group


ET2 Anthony T Brickey, USCG



CWO4 Bryan NMN Broussard, USN

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command


CAPT Ian A Brown, USN

Naval Special Warfare Group TWO


LCDR Mark W Burgner, USCG



CWO2  Michael D Butler, USMC

II Marine Expeditionary Force


LCDR Stephen S. Cortez, USN

Commander, Task Force SEVEN ZERO / Commander, Carrier Strike Group FIVE


Sgt Christopher J DaSilva, USMC

Battalion Landing Team 1/5


LCDR Tebin Hashio Tiltas Glebus, USN

U.S. Seventh Fleet


CWO3 Keith Patrick Jarvis, USCG

U.S. Coast Guard Yard


SSgt Randall I Kardatzke, USMC

U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command


ET1 Sean A. Larson, USCG

Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA)


LT Daniel B Miller, USN

Naval Special Warfare Development Group


CTI1 Benjamin B Miller, USN

Naval Special Warfare Special Reconnaissance Team ONE (SRT-1)


Capt Nicholle M Miller, USMC

Element - Intelligence Division


LTJG Hollie L Parrish, USCG

C5I Service Center


CWO3 Christopher M Port, USMC

II Marine Expeditionary Force


LT Scott A Pratz, USCG

C5I Service Center


CWO2 Michael W Reinke, USN

Navy Expeditionary Intelligence Command


LCDR Richard C Reyes, USN

U.S. Seventh Fleet


Maj Erik C Rye, USMC

U.S. Marine Corps Force Cyberspace Command


Mr. Edwin Sanjurjo, USN

Navy Expeditionary Intelligence Command


LT Christopher J Seedyk, USN

Amphibious Squadron ONE


IT1 Chase D Spence, USN

White House Communications Agency


1stLt Jackson T Tears, USMC

MASS-2, MACG-18, 1st MAW


ITCS Joshua H Torres, USN



ITC Alexander C Tucker, USN



Cpl Landon A Wilks, USMC

Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28


MSgt Zachary  B Williams, USMC

15th Marine Expeditionary Unit


Major Clinton L Woods, USMC

Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School


Capt Aaron E Zack, USMC

Marine Corps Cyberspace Warfare Group




2021 Copernicus Winners (accomplishments in 2020)


Major Anthony J. Ambriz, USMC
Marine Forces Cyber Command

LCDR Bruce A. Andrews, USN
Naval Special Warfare Development Group

CDR Hannah L. Beaon, USN
Carrier Strike Group ELEVEN

Captain John A. Christensen, USMC
Marine Air Control Squadron 4

ITC Anthony T. Dowden, USN

ET1 Rustian R. Dunn, USCG

Ms. Teresa S. Duvall 
U.S. Fleet Cyber Command (FLTCYBERCOM)

CDR Dennis D. Good, USCG
C5I Service Center

Mr. Stephen C. Howell 
Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division

Mr. Stephen A. Kemmer 
Naval Communications Security Material System

CTNC Peter G. Koplan, USN
Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command

LCDR Christopher B. Landis, USN
Joint Force Headquarters Department of Defense Information Network Operations Center

CTI2 Carlos F. Luna, USN
Cryptologic Warfare Activity SIX FIVE

CTT1 Nicholas A. Marteney, USN

Major Kevin W. McMullen, USMC
Marine Forces Cyber Command

IT1 James R. Neff, USN
Commander Amphibious Squadron FIVE (CPR-5)

Chief Petty Officer Andrew T. Nguyen, USN
Naval Special Warfare Development Group

LT Michael C. Overstreet, USCG
C5I Service Center

SSgt Gerad K. Patton, USMC
15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU)

Captain Juan C. Ruizvillegas, USMC
Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18

Captain Jerod D. Sausville, USMC
Marine Forces Special Operations Command

Mr. Aaron Schroeder, USMC
Marine Corps Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance Enterprise 

Mr. Todd Schuff, USN
Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic

CDR Russell G. Schuhart II, USN
Cryptologic Warfare Group SIX

GySgt Matthew D. Stallworth, USMC
Marine Corps Detachment Newport

GySgt David A. Steiner, USMC
Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Base Hawaii

CWO Pedro P. Sullivan, USCG

Major Erika M. Teichert, USMC
Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response Central Command 20.2 

CWO2 Benjamin M. Yancovich, USMC



2020 Copernicus Winners (accomplishments in 2019)


Lieutenant Junior Grade Jeffrey A. Baez, USN

USS Princeton (CG 59)


Information Systems Technician First Class Patrick J. Berger, USN

USS Somerset (LPD 25) 


Mr. Jay M. Blalock, USN

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division


Lieutenant Katherine A. Bray, USN

Navy Information Operations Command, Hawaii


Lieutenant Commander Kasey A. Brehme, USN

Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, San Diego


Lieutenant Derrick R. Campbell, USCG

USCG Telecommunication and Information Systems Command


Lieutenant Brian J. Caplan, USN

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Joint Intelligence Operations Center


Captain Victor G. Castro, USMC

Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity


Information Systems Technician Chief Jonathan E. Fehling, USN

Naval Special Warfare Development Group


Lieutenant Junior Grade Lucas R. Foppe, USN

Navy Information Operations Command, Hawaii


Information Systems Technician First Class Andrew W. Freil, USN

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)


Major Tim J. Garcia, USMC

Joint Force Headquarters, Department of Defense Information Network


Mr. Benjamin E. Haugh, USCG

USCG Telecommunication and Information Systems Command


Master Sergeant Travis E. Hollingshead, USMC

U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command


Information Systems Technician First Class Andrew L. Leaf, USN

USS Benfold (DDG 65)


Sergeant Conor T. McAuliffe, USMC

Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion


Information Systems Technician Senior Chief Zachary A. Mollette, USN

Center for Information Warfare Training


Captain Benjamin N. Opel, USMC

9th Communication Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group


Captain Michael A. Rogers, USMC

Tactical Air Control Squadron ELEVEN


Lieutenant Commandar Thomas A. Sapp, USCG

USCG Operations Systems Center


Mr. David P. Scott, USN

Naval Special Warfare Group TEN


Information Systems Technician Chief Erick L. Tiernan, USN

USS Boxer (LHD 4)


Captain Caleb Y. Wu, USMC

Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity 


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Copernicus Winners 2010-2019
Accordion Items


Copernicus Winners pose with their awards in front of a dark blue curtain with the logos of AFCEA and the U.S. Naval Institute and the American flag at WEST 2019

(Pictured, from left to right: LT Justin S. McCarthy, USN; Maj Michael D. Bishoff, USMC; LT Tricia Ghunney-Courton, USN;  CWO2 Jason A. Steele, USCG; LT Matthew S. King, USN; IT2 James T. Fitzgerald, USCG; LT Christopher R. Jennings, USN; ET2 Chrystopher L. Sapp, USCG; CTNC Thomas C. Adams, USN; IT2 Brenda C. Hansen, USN)


Award Winners 

2019 Copernicus Winners (accomplishments in 2018)

CTNC Thomas C. Adams, USN
Navy Information Operations Command Georgia

Maj Michael D. Bishoff, USMC
Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38

IT2 James T. Fitzgerald, USCG
National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center

LT Tricia Ghunney-Courton, USN
Hopper Information Services Center

LT Milton L. Gray, III, USN
U.S. Cyber Command

IT2 Brenda C. Hansen, USN
Coastal Riverine Squadron FOUR

LT William D. Henry, USN
Cyber Strike Activity SIXTY THREE

LT Christopher R. Jennings, USN
U.S. 7th Fleet

IT1 Robert D. Jones, USN
White House Communications Agency

MSgt Chad D. Kelly, USMC
2d Tank Battalion, 2d Marine Division

LT Matthew S. King, USN
Navy Information Operations Command Pensacola

LT Justin S. McCarthy, USN
Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

Mr. Steven W. McMiller
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic

Mr. Andrew D. Quill
Marine Corps Cyberspace Warfare Group

ET2 Chrystopher L. Sapp, USCG
USCGC Monomoy (WPB 1326)

Mr. Scott D. Sarama
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

CWO2 Jason A. Steele, USCG
Office of C4 & Sensors Capabilities

LCDR Jason C. Vining, USN
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Space Field Activity


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Copernicus Winners 2018


(Pictured, from left to right: LCDR Christopher A. Weis, USN; CPO Shaun J. Hoban, USN;
PO1 Eugene A Stewart, USN; Mr. Stuart L. Farlin; LT Richard G. Dobias, USN; LT Andres A. Blanco,
USN; LCDR Jacob P. Galbreath, USN; LT Gabriella M. Smyth, USCG; Maj Stephanie A. Mafrici, USMC;
GySgt Robert M. Moore, USMC; Mr. Travis D. Gibson; Mr. John C. Fincannon)


Award Winners 

2018 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2017)

Lieutenant Daniel M. Ballance, USN
Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command

Lieutenant Commander Timothy W. Bierbach, USN
Patrol Squadron Four Five

Lieutenant Andrew A. Blanco, USN
Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center

Lieutenant Richard G. Dobias, USN
Navy Information Operations Command San Diego

Mr. Stuart L. Farlin
Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR)

Mr. John C. Fincannon
Marine Corps Cyberspace Operations Group

Lieutenant Commander Jacob P. Galbreath, USN
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, San Diego

Mr. Travis D. Gibson
United States Coast Guard Command, Control, and Communications Engineering Center

Chief Petty Officer Shaun J. Hoban, USN
USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20)

Lieutenant Timothy G. Laufer, USN
U.S. Naval Forces Korea

Major Stephanie A. Mafrici, USMC
Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18

Ensign Craig L. McKnight, USN
USS Farragut (DDG-99)

Lieutenant Tyson B. Meadors, USN
National Security Council

Gunnery Sergeant Robert M. Moore, USMC
Communication Training Battalion, Marine Corps Communication-Electronic School

Petty Officer Michael R. Scarborough, USN
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)

Chief Warrant Officer Stephen J. Schmid, USCG
United States Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center

Chief Petty Offier Mitchell A. Sheppard, USN
Navy Information Operations Command Hawaii

Lieutenant Gabriella M. Smyth, USCG
United States Coast Guard Cyber Command

Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Petty Officer Eugene A. Stewart, USN
Special Reconnaissance Team One

Lieutenant Commander Christopher A. Weis, USN
U.S. Fleet Cyber Command

Chief Petty Officer Peter J. Zemore, USN
USS Sampson (DDG-102)



























Award Winners

2017 Copernicus Winners (accomplishments in 2016)

Petty Officer First Class Brandon M. Bell, USN
USS Chancellorsville (CG-62)

Gunnery Sergeant Randall H. Borland, USMC
Headquarters United States Marine Corps

Petty Officer First Class Anthony D. Brown, USN
Special Reconnaissance Team One

Lieutenant Russell J. Cook, USN
USS Nevada (SSBN-733)

Lieutenant Commander Jon R. Davis, USN
Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Command

Lieutenant Commander Brian A. Evans, USN
United States Cyber Command

Lieutenant Daniel A. Fritz, USN
U.S. Naval Forces, Korea

Lieutenant Benjamin T. Harper, USN
Defense Intelligence Agency

Mr. Michael A. Hodgkiss
Naval Sea Systems Command, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense

Mr. Dale W. Juarbe
U.S. Coast Guard Telecommunications and Information Systems Command

Petty Officer Second Class Nicholas A. Larson, USN
USS Spruance (DDG-111)

Lieutenant Christopher A. Martin, USN
U.S. Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet

Major James B. Parson, USMC
U.S. Maine Corps Forces, Europe

Lieutenant Daniel S. Rhame, USN
Navy Information Operations Command Maryland

Petty Officer First Class Justin T. Roberts, USN
Cruise Missile Support Activity, Pacific

Petty Officer First Class Jessica A. Sexton, USN
Special Reconnaissance Team Two

Captain Richard G. Sykes, USMC
U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Europe

Lieutenant Sharef H. Talbert, USN

Electronics Technician First Class Terry M. Taylor, USN
Washington Area Communications Command’s Network Systems Division

Captain Terry O. Traylor, Jr., USMC
Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School

Lieutenant Commander Chris Wolfer, USCG
U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area

First Class Petty Officer Garret B. Young, USN
Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command




The 2016 Copernicus Award winners accepting at West 2016 are (back row, l-r) Lt. Jeremy E. Blanchette, USN, USS Preble (DDG-88); Chief Electrician’s Mate Clinton Anderson, USNR (Enlisted Prize Essay Winner); Cryptologic Technician 1st Class Paul J. Langreck, USN, Special Reconnaissance Team 2; Information Systems Technician 1st Class Valentine Yurievich Votinov, USCG, U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Command; Mary Ann (Annie) Brereton, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division; Lt. Cmdr. Richard S. Slocum, USCG, U.S. Coast Guard Communications Command; Cmdr. Joseph G. Feltovic, USN, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Joseph M. Andrew, Naval Special Warfare Command; Tuan H. Nguyen, Space and Naval War Systems Center Pacific; Chief Information Systems Technician Robert A. Parthun, USN, Joint Communications Unit; Phillip. Williams, U.S. Coast Guard Telecommunication and Information Systems Command; Lance Corp. Kevin M. Murphy, USMC, Marine Wing Communications Group 28; (front row, l-r) Andrew B. Schrader Jr., Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Far East; Cmdr. George Dewey Davis III, USN, Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa; Capt. Andrew T. Rapisardo, USMC, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command; Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Andrew P. Guthrie, USCG, U.S. Coast Guard C4IT Service Center; and Information Systems Technician Blake L. Wilson, USN, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific.

The 2016 Copernicus Award winners accepting at the Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium are (l-r) Martin J. Pfeifle, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps; Lt. Kirsten M. Ambors-Casey, USCG, Coast Guard Base New Orleans; Maj. Nathan D. Faught, USMC, Marine Air-Ground Task Force; and Beth Heiner, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps.


Award Winners 

2016 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2015)

Lieutenant Kirsten M. Ambors-Casey, USCG
U.S. Coast Guard Base New Orleans

Mr. Joseph M. Andrew
Naval Special Warfare Command

Lieutenant Commander Daniel W. Berger, USN
U.S. Naval Forces Central Command

Lieutenant Jeremy E. Blanchette, USN
USS Preble (DDG-88)

Ms. Mary Ann (Annie) Brereton
Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division

Lieutenant Commander Terrell A. Burnett, USN
U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Bahrain

Captain Richard S. Clay, USMC
U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa

Lieutenant (junior grade) John J. Dannemiller, Jr., USN
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125

Commander (Captain Select) George Dewey Davis III, USN
Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa

Major Nathan D. Faught, USMC
Marine Air Ground Task Force

Commander Joseph G. Feltovic, USN
U.S. Pacific Fleet

Chief Information Systems Technician Tammy S. Fields, USN
USS Chafee (DDG-90)

Information Systems Technician Second Class Andrew P. Guthrie, USCG
U.S. Coast Guard C4IT Service Center

Ms. Anne (Beth) Heine
Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps

Cryptologic Technician (Collection) First Class Paul J. Langreck, USN
Special Reconnaissance Team 2

Lance Corporal Kevin M. Murphy, USMC
Marine Wing Communications Group 28

Mr. Tuan H. Nguyen
SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific

Chief Information Systems Technician Robert A. Parthun, USN
Joint Communications Unit

Mr. Martin J. Pfeifle
Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps

Captain Andrew T. Rapisardo, USMC
U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command

Mr. Andrew B. Schrader, Jr.
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Far East

Lieutenant Commander Richard S. Slocum, USCG
U.S. Coast Guard Communications Command

Information Systems Technician First Class Valentine Yurievich Votinov, USCG
U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Command

Mr. Phillip M. Williams
U.S. Coast Guard Telecommunication and Information Systems Command

Information Systems Technician First Class Blake L. Wilson, USN
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific




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.

Award Winners 

2015 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2014)

CPO Emily Gray, USN
USS San Diego (LPD 22)

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

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

PO1 Fahmi Kaddour, USN
USS Chafee (DDG 90)

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

PO1 Joshua Kennedy, USN
Navy Information Operations Command, Colorado

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

PO1 Byron Markley, USN
Naval Special Warfare Support Activity One

PO1 Nick Mobley, USN
USS Carney (DDG 64)

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

CWO3 Adam Morrison, USN
USS Gettysburg (CG 64)

CWO2 Kelly Murphy, USMC
9th Communication Battalion

1stLt Taylor Paul, USMC
Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38 Detachment

LCDR Sean Plankey, USCG
U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters

LCDR Donald Porter, USN
U.S. Pacific Command

PO1 Scott Rhead, USN
Naval Special Warfare Support Activity Two

SSgt Andres Rodriguez, USMC
2D Marine Special Operations Support Battalion

Sgt Jorey Salley, USMC
Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38 Detachment

Sgt Paul Schler, USMC
Marine Special Operations Support Group

1stLt Charlie Shaw, USMC
Marine Air Support Squadron 2

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

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

Mr. David Vierra, USMC
Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity

Sgt Austin Walker, USMC
1st Intelligence Battalion

Sgt Anthony Williams, USMC
8th Communication Battalion




2014 Copernicus Award Winners

Award Winners 

2014 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2013)

CTRI (EXW/IDW) Steven M. Baglio, USN
Naval Special Warfare Support Activity (NSWSA-2), Virginia Beach
Cryptologic Technician (Collection) First Class Petty Officer Steven 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 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 extremists organizations and directly contributed to the nuetralization or capture of 53 high-value targets. 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 Commmands 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 (RFIs) 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, 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 (C4ISR) assigned to the JIATF-S. Commander Bair is responsible for the oversight and performance of a 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 dollars. Commander Robert Bair epitomizes the blend of visionary leadership, initiative, and insight critical to the warfighting success of 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 Intelligence Community (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 dollars 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 is area of operations. Furthermore, his efforts were critical to the refocusing of the SOUTHCOM's operational intelligence mission to discovering and mapping transnational criminal networks, resulting in the arrest of 346 high value targets and seizure of over $2.8 Billion dollars of illicit cargo, to include 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 principle 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 transverse the globe through various optimized measures. He established predefined conditions across the DoDIN core enterprise infrastructure though 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 (RPA) 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 ground-breaking Classified DoD Mobility Pilot program. He spearheaded the new mission integration within the DISA Network Operations Center CONUS construct to achieve DoD Chief Information Officer's strategic vision for the government to adapt lighter technologies and implement converged services under a common architecture. He led a team of experts to develops 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 after-math 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 tactic all 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 lead 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 moral 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 this body of work 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 lifecycles.


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 off 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 result 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, communication, computer, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) equipment on board the 154' 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 Fast Response Cutter (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 (IA) 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 Operation Command (USSOCOM) 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, provide support to essential joint exercises, 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, mentors and 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 websites. 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 Security Agency (DISA) comprehensive Cyber Security Inspection (CSI). Commander Farrell controlled flagship C41 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 (NCE) 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 (DMZ) 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/C41 support for 1CDS operational watch standers in the Surface Warfare (SUW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) 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 RF and IP communication flow between the Strike Group and all subordinate units/squadrons to include 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 C41 afloat and ashore. A “catalyst for change and a pioneer in transformation,” Mr. Gaines led a 77% improvement in C41 support to submarines worldwide. He established a fundamental approach to dealing with challenges: providing comprehensive guidance; upgrading qualification standards; improving C41 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 C41 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 C41 support worldwide. He developed the first submarine C41 metrics in order to share with the submarine C41 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 C41 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.


Staff Sergeant Guillermo D. Garcia, USMC
U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific
Staff Sergeant Garcia, as Cyber Defense Branch (CDB) Chief, provides leadership and technical acumen that have yielded tangible benefits for Marine Corps Forces Pacific (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 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 in 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 quickly and accurately provide combatant commanders with a clear picture of the intelligence battle-space 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, the ability 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, NJ
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 an 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 $15M 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 Ohio (SSBN-726) Replacement Submarine Program. Mr. Krishna synthesizes targeted effort 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 planned for hull mechanical and electrical systems such as electronic auxiliary freshwater, ventilation, and electric power distribution. Mr. Krishna developed 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 Office, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence and Space (PEO C4I)
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 $12B Acquisition Category (ACAT) lAM Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) Program, which replaces five existing computer networks afloat, corrects otherwise immitigable cyber security 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 in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) outreach programs. Captain LeGoff manages one ACAT II, two ACAT II, three ACAT III, one AAP and one Project, comprising a portfolio of $440 annually and approximately $2.8B 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 $960M 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 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 cyber security 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 $720.8M. These cost savings accelerated Full Deployment by three years to FY23 and allowed $230M to be re-allocated to other Navy priorities. The Milestone C Service Cost Position alone approved a net total ownership cost reduction of $900M. Continuous Process Improvements he directed led to additional documented savings of $20M 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 a even greater potential for taxpayer savings.


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 principle leader, architecture designer, and facilitator in the development/fielding of advanced C4ISR systems across the Department of Defense and the intelligence communities (IC). His leadership has resulted in notable accomplishments in the technical, managerial, and financial aspects ofC4ISR capabilities for the warfighter. As a Navy working capital fund manager, he routinely provides direction and technical management of more than 40 C4lSR programs annually ($50-$200M) 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 ground station software was instrumental in the technical migration of the previous ground station programs to the current Distributed Common Ground Station (DCGS) systems. As of 2013, Vantage software is now the standard data link 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 developed government-owned Vantage software now includes support for ISR sensors that have been fielded in numerous airborne platforms. Mr. Linne von Berg has also significantly advanced C41SR with several innovative sensor technologies which have transitioned to operational use in Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Afghanistan. Specifically, his efforts include leading technical and management roles in the development of the F-14 F/A-l8 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 C41SR 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.


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's has increased the war fighting proficiency of Pacific Fleet ships in all areas of C41 to include Electronic Warfare (EW), Communications (COMMS), Cryptology (CRY), Information Systems, and Intelligence (INTEL). He guided 18 C41 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 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 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 is 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 (lAM) 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 my ships resulted in an assessment grade of "outstanding" in a subsequent EKMS inspection. Passionate about cyber security, Chief Lombardi has developed and implemented comprehensive and standardized cyber security and information assurance management policies throughout 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 in order to successfully engage a ballistic target. His tireless efforts contributed significantly to 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 ever 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 (TOC). 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 (JOC) on board Afloat Staging Base-Interim Ponce (AFSB-I 15). With no prior Integrated Shipboard Network System (ISNS) 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 Riverine Command Boat (RCB) utilizing the PUMA UAS to provide real-time ISR in support of mission tasking.


Mr. 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 which provides total Marine Corps-wide reductions of 52% in weight and in cubic feet, with a cost-of-ownership savings of $222 million over ten years. As a result, NSC was able to reprioritize portfolio resources to be able to initiate the research and 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 systems. He plays a key role in the development and integration·of aircraft Quick Reaction Capabilities which leverage 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 rapidly integrate new technologies 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 ten surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities vital to answering Combatant Commander's 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 data link 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 working with Naval Warfare Command and National Security Agency to 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 leading C4ISR trouble shooting 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 technical expertise.


LT Justin R. Porter, USN
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 112
Lieutenant Porter, as the Avionics Division Officer, 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 comprised of 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 & 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 1asting and impactful contribution to the advancement of Information Warfare. VI Division has become a critica1 enab1er and tool in the U. S. Fifth Fleet’s AOR. This Division and her work have been 1auded by Commander, Fifth F1eet, on mu1tip1e 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 (COM) 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 ten-fold! The result is a first-o£-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. ENS 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. ENS Provenzano stepped in as Signa1s Warfare Officer (a position norma11y reserved for a seasoned CW03 or CW04) on no notice and catapu1ted 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, ENS Provenzano has also 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 deployed 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 (SATCOM) 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 which 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 the ship can interface. Due to ships schedules, world events, personnel availability, etc., 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, and fails 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 computer 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 both educated the regiment (through monthly newsletters and classified briefs, which increased critical information asset protection, increased 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 has also 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, the 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 which will now enable the P-8A to meet Initial Operational Capability and deploy with a compatible instant messaging program. He was significantly responsible in 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 was also 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 was also responsible for increasing the efficiency and usage of the EMATT. Due to 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, LT 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 C4 I equipment on the P-SA. He was also 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)
Lieutenant 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 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 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.


LCDR Justin A. Ward, USN
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 117
Lieutenant 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 the 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 is heavily reliant 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 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 war fighters 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 is currently 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, series and reduces life-cycle costs by an estimated $85 million.




2013 Copernicus Winners

Award Winners 

2013 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2012)

Robert J. Beers
Hopper Information 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," meaning 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. Lieutenant 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. Lieutenant Blackwell's dedication ensured the introduction of this technology was exploited to its fullest. During the initial introduction, Lieutenant 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, and Lieutenant 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. Lieutenant 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, Commander 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 Navy’s success in future warfare engagements. Commander Brennan led the CNO-directed Cyber Manpower Strategy and Implementation Plan. Commander Brennan 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, Commander 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. Commander 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 Nl leadership and has briefed the Chief of Naval Personnel and the Director, Navy Cyber Forces, on cyber manpower strategy implementation. Commander 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 testingHe 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 Enterprise Application within the Operations Systems Center and is responsible for technical oversight of the Coast Guard Portal (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 cannot 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 is 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 Coast Guard Portal has provided immediate cost containment, improved security, enhanced user functionality, and positions the Coast Guard of additional benefits in the future.


LCDR Robert C. Cadena, USN
Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG)
Lieutenant Commander Cadena is 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. He 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. Commander 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. Commander 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. Commander 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. Commander 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% NEC (Navy Enlisted Classification 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. Commander 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. Commander 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, Commander 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. Commander 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. Commander 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 Commander Edwards’ efforts, an outdated communications system has been completely replaced, allowing the Coast Guard to save lives into 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. They include 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. Commander 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, Commander 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, Lieutenant 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, Lieutenant 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. Lieutenant 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, Lieutenant 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, Lieutenant 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’s Commanding Officer. His previous efforts of storing SigInt data allowed the SigInt community to quickly respond to the assassination of the Libyan Ambassador in September 2012. Lieutenant 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 IOWO 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 an 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, Lieutenant 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. Lieutenant 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. Lieutenant Jones defines the essence of how information warfare affects every pillar of tactical and information operations. His uses 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). Lieutenant 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 Type Commander, then-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, Lieutenant 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. Lieutenant 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. Lieutenant 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. Lieutenant 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.  Lieutenant 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 Navy Space and Warfare Command to install the new operating system on salvaged network hardware, quickly delivering critical crew connectivity while saving significant governmental funds. Lieutenant 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 (OSD) 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, Lieutenant 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. He 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. Lieutenant 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. Commander 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. Commander 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. Commander 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 Offiers Sorge epitomizes the Chief of Naval Operation (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. Commander 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. Commander 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
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 l0th 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
Lieutenant Commander Thompson, as the Operations Officer, is responsible for establishing and implementing the vision for active Computer Network Defense for Coast Guard unclassified, secret, and top secret networks. Commander 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. Commander 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, Commander 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. Commander 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, Commander 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. Commander 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. Commander Thompson has been a visionary and change agent for the Coast Guard's cyber program.


ITl (SW/IDW/AW) Kenneth D. Trosper
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 virtua!ization 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 (NSTS) Bahrain
Lieutenant Commander Yarbrough is responsible for secure command and control for operational commanders in the Commander, Fifth Fleet (ComFifthFleet) 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 leader ship, expert guidance and outstanding managerial skills. An Ordnance Limited Duty Officer by trade, Commander 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 war fighting 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, Commander Yarbrough planned and coordinated the testing and evaluation of the Defense Information Systems Agency (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. He 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.




2012 Copernicus Award winners and guests pose with Medal of Honor recipient SFC Leroy Petry, USA.


2012 Copernicus Award winners Capt Paulo Alves, USMC, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Regional Command Southwest, Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan and CWO5 Steven Kubik, USMC, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward)/ Regional Command Southwest









Award Winners 

2012 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2011)

IT1 Jermaine V. Adams, USN
The Joint Staff

Information Systems Technician First Class Adams is the Junior Emergency Actions (EA) Officer, Operations Team One, National Military Command Center (NMCC), Operations Directorate, J3, Joint Staff. He serves not only in this highly detailed nuclear command and control emergency actions environment, but serves as the subject matter expert on Operations Team One for eight communications assets. Petty Officer Adams is the only qualified E-6 sailor, across five Joint Staff NMCC Operations Teams, who is qualified as an EA Officer, a position normally held by a seasoned chief petty officer. His technical expertise was essential to his operations team’s achieving a remarkable Staff Assessment Visit (SAV) score of 99%, in the mandatory arduous battery of nuclear command and control scenarios of the 2011 SAV. After identifying significant shortfalls in standard communications procedures, Petty Officer Adams researched and initiated a new process of developing Emergency Action Messages (EAMs) on the Automated Injection (AIT) System, thus reducing the time required to transmit EAMs to nuclear forces by more than 50%. Petty Officer Adams also voluntarily took on additional duties to achieve certification as a secure console operator (SCO), responsible for not only 160 unsecure and secure network conferences over multiple communications mediums, but ensuring successful communications among the White House, the Secretary of Defense, the Combatant Commanders and other national and international leaders. Leveraging his experience and expertise in emergency action processes and procedures, Petty Officer Adams developed and implemented a revised training plan to streamline the certification of personnel assigned to Nuclear Command and Control Operations Team. His detailed training schedule resulted in a remarkable 100% pass rate during the certification assessment of seven personnel.



Capt Paulo Alves, USMC

II Marine Expeditionary Force, Regional Command Southwest, Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan

Captain Alves provides oversight on all facets of the non-secure but sensitive Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNET), Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNET), and Combined Enterprise Regional Information Exchange Systems (CENTRIX) – International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). As the senior Marine Cyber Network Operations Engineer in theater, Captain Alves drove several major improvements to the Regional Command Southwest data networks. His efforts included an in-stride migration from Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) to Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) on the SIPRNET, an upgrade to Server 2008 R2 domain controllers, and implementation of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), enabling effective command and control across the battle space. Through systematic monitoring and mapping, Captain Alves gained positive controls of three networks (with 38,000 users, 15,000 workstations, and 522 servers), which not only experienced tremendous growth over the past year, but transformed the Regional Command’s data network management from reactive to proactive, capable of heading off potential issues before they become critical situations or outages. Captain Alves also corrected a serious problem with SIPRNET network traffic routing, accomplished during the height of the Afghanistan fighting season. Simultaneously, he directed the cleanup of router configuration, which led to a dramatic decrease in routing failures that cascaded throughout the network. As a result of moving to BGP, warfighters at the forward edge of the battlefield experienced a vastly more reliable communications network.



CDR Kenneth D. Bates, USN

Naval Network Warfare Command – Virginia Beach

Commander Bates, as Deputy Director, Space Operations leads two different divisions supporting Fleet Space Operations and Fleet Satellite Communications (SATCOM) by ensuring all afloat units’ connectivity to the Global Information Grid (GIG) as well as the effective employment of myriad command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) resources. Commander Bates ensured the successful integration of the U.S. Air Force 527th Space Aggressor Squadron into strike group training events, as well as applying these efforts in authoring a “Re-energizing Navy Space” white paper for the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), identifying 11 specific actions for various echelons of command achievable within the current resource-constrained fiscal environment. The paper not only went wholly unedited to the CNO, but all 11 actions were subsequently assigned to space-related sponsors for completion. Commander Bates also authored much of the Fleet Space Effects CONOPS as well as led the Fleet Space Operations team in wholly revising the Space Operations course content and delivery. Initial offerings of the course showed a 200% increase in attendance over previous years. Capitalizing on this course work, the Fleet Space Operations division has improved their Space Effects Packages, raising the staff’s ability to understand and leverage these space products. His efforts to formalize doctrine and revitalize space training and support have ensured a broader understanding of space and the simultaneous detailed application of billions of dollars of on-orbit C4ISR assets for the Navy.



ET1 Edwin T. Benken, USN

Riverine Squadron One – Virginia Beach

Electronics Technician First Class Benken is Riverine Squadron One’s Leading Petty Officer and its Technical C4ISR Manager for Combat Craft Detachment Two. He expertly managed operations during the final Riverine deployment to U.S. Division South (Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation New Dawn), managing the detachment’s sole data and voice link to the Global Information Grid in two austere Southern Iraqi combat zones. Daily oversight of this $145K C4ISR suite facilitated the Commander Task Group’s uninterrupted coordination of critical convoy operations spanning 135 miles of insurgency-controlled roadways. Petty Officer Benken coordinated with the Echelon IV C4ISR department to complete a much needed upgrade to the Forward Looking Infrared ISR (FLIR) system. He provided exceptional systems analysis, identifying 17 critical hardware, software, and firmware discrepancies on four FLIR systems, returning $896K in assets to full mission capability in support of Riverine Warfighter requirements and littoral waterways ISR. As detachment Electronic Key Management System (EKMS) Custodian, he led 54 personnel in maintaining unsurpassed accountability of $729K of geographically dispersed secret and below keying material and controlled cryptographic items without incident. His meticulous management of EKMS across eight tactical vehicles and four combat craft resulted in 100% secure command and control of convoy and Riverine boat operations. In addition, Petty Officer Benken managed the overhaul of $880K in counter radio-controlled improvised explosive devices, electronic warfare, and vehicle receiver/jammer systems prior to urgent redistribution to deploying troops. He also de-conflicted frequency spectrum configurations, validated electronic warfare directives and refurbished $12K in spectrum analysis equipment to ensure the timely and effective reallocation of 12 receiver/jammer units to deploying Iraq U.S. Warfighters.



IT1 Tyler D. Breidenbach, USN

Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Naples

Information Systems Technician Petty Officer First Class Breidenbach had the lead in establishing a Defensive Cyberspace Operations (DOC) Center at U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Naples, Italy. He was responsible for the planning, integration and implementation of cyber incident handling for Navy networks in the European Theater. Petty Officer Breidenbach successfully trained and supervised a 24/7 watch that reduced ticket response times by 75%. In addition, with minimal assistance, he established working relationships with Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command and Navy Information Operations Command-Maryland that then provided attack sensing and warning, indication and warning, and forensic support. To ensure this endeavor’s success, Petty Officer Breidenbach instituted an innovative procedure that allowed technicians not familiar with local procedures to quickly gain proficiency and begin managing and investigating incidents with minimal training. In addition, he led a team responsible for 100% inventory of $1.6 million in ONE-NET assets, the resolution of 1,350 trouble tickets and the completion of 352 move/add/change requests on or ahead of schedule. Petty Officer Breidenbach’s mentoring activities led to: 100% retention rate; 10 Information Dominance Warfare-qualified Sailors; 1 Sailor earning her Certified Information Systems Security Professional accreditation and Bachelor’s degree; 1 Sailor earning her Associates Degree; and 7 Sailors earning their A+ certifications. Petty Officer Breindenbach’s work ethic and mentoring have led to a higher level of readiness, ensuring Fifth and Sixth Fleet Commanders were able to execute their vital warfighting missions from a technologically secure environment.



LT John M. Cady, USN

Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Zero

Lieutenant Cady led the development test of the Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system for all Navy and Marine Corps systems and platforms. His team of more than 40 Navy personnel and more than 200 military, civil service, and contractor personnel representing the Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard accomplished all test objectives on schedule and on budget. He coordinated and served as the test conductor for a highly successful multi-service Mode 5 Technical Evaluation of systems for 9 different platforms from all four services. The event included 22 aircraft, 3 guided-missile destroyers, and 3 land-based test sites. He administered a five million dollar budget and achieved all planned objectives, directly supporting critical milestone decisions for Navy and Joint acquisition. This effort culminated in the publication of the Mode 5 Operational Test Readiness Report, enabling program transition to initial operational Test and Evaluation. In response to a Central Command’s Urgent Operational Needs Statement, he led a team of 20 military, civil service, and contractor personnel to develop an Iridium-based SIPRNET chat capability for the E-2C. In less than six months, the system was fabricated, installed, and tested, culminating with a three-node operational check. He accompanied the installation team and provided training to the Fleet. As a result of his efforts as the project officer, the system received a flight clearance and was installed in four VAW-113 E-2C aircraft in time for operational deployment in January 2011.



LT John D. Ciccocioppi, USN

Patrol Squadron Eight

Lieutenant Ciccocioppi, as a P-3C Instructor Tactical Coordinator/Mission Commander/Squadron C4I Subject Matter Expert (SME), identified and resolved a long-standing software error that consistently inhibited the APS-149 Littoral Surveillance Radar System (LSRS) from integrating into the established LINK-16 architecture. This software error severely degraded the capabilities of the P-3C Block Mod Upgrade Plus (BMUP +) aircraft to provide reliable, near real-time, mission-critical sensor information to joint, multi-national and interagency decision makers engaged in combat operations as well as degraded the LSRS system’s ability to provide relevant combat information to Joint Force Commanders. Lieutenant Ciccocioppi invested countless hours of methodical trouble-shooting and conducted detailed step-by-step analysis and component-by-component diagnosis of the entire P-3C BMUP+ aircraft LINK-16 system. After isolating the software problem, Lieutenant Ciccocioppi created a software workaround that ensured the proper numerical value assignment to the affected cryptographic keys. He coordinated testing with BMUP+ hardware at multiple locations and worked with the LSRS program office for testing and coordinating on the fix. In turn, the program office codified his work and released it to the fleet for immediate implementation. The resolution of this long-standing discrepancy enabled LSRS assets to fully integrate into command and control architectures within the U.S. Central and Pacific Commands and across the Fleet. Lieutenant Ciccocioppi’s actions markedly improved battle space awareness supporting combat operations and training exercised in every theater and enabled the continued maturation of LSRS’s employment.



CTR1 Monica M. Evans, USN

USS Donald Cook (DDG-75)

Petty Officer First Class Evans, as the Ship’s Signal Exploitation Space (SSES) Leading Petty Officer on board USS Donald Cook (DDG-75), is responsible for the Navy’s first Ship’s Signal Exploitation Equipment (SSEE) Increment F Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) system which she leads 5 sailors in operation. Upon the installation of the SSEE Increment F system on board the Donald Cook, she recognized a critical training gap between the fleet training school and practical afloat operational employment. Subsequently, Petty Officer Evans supervised the collaborative writing efforts of the Navy’s first Job Qualification Requirements (JQR) for SSEE Increment F. Petty Officer Evans dedicated more than 200 hours to drafting, refining, and perfecting both operator and supervisor JQRs, which laid the foundation for the Donald Cook’s SSEE Training Program. Also, as the enlisted subject matter expert, Petty Officer Evans provided invaluable input from the surface cryptology perspective during SSEE Increment F LRIP Job Duty Task Analysis and Curriculum Review working groups. She was key in establishing planning and execution guidelines, and training development to support SSEE Increment F Full Rate Protection. Petty Officer Evans also served as the Assistant Command Special Security Officer. In this position, she managed ship access for more than 5,000 contractors during a two month Selected Restricted Availability period, as well as maintaining, updating, and researching clearances for more than 250 of the Donald Cook Sailors.



LT Ervin B. Hatcher, USN

Defense Information Systems Agency Pacific

Lieutenant Hatcher is assigned as the Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services (EMSS) Gateway Deputy, where he leads a diverse collection of 42 joint service military, government civilian and contract personnel in planning, operating, and supporting the global secure mobile satellite communication requirement of combat commanders and other government agencies. He is also the Facilities Operating Officer, overseeing all aspects of Gateway operations, while serving as DISA’s foremost military expert in all facets of Iridium satellite communication. In these positions, he has managed three projects totaling $15 million: (1) replacing the aging radomes of the Gateway’s three earth terminals; (2) upgrading the message delivery service to a dramatically new database architecture; and (3) replacing the Gateway’s core 120K user, carrier class voice and data switch. The switch replacement was the most complex project accomplished by the EMSS Gateway. Lieutenant Hatcher authored the Global Distributed Tactical Communications System (DTCS) NetOps CONOPS which supported operations of 6,000+ DTCS handsets in the Central Command’s area of responsibility, and is in the process of defining the overall architecture and systems requirements for the next generation of DTCS handsets that will provide users with classified DTCS capabilities. He led his network engineering team through a rigorous certification and accreditation review, which the EMSS Gateway soared through with the best results to date. Also, his establishment of a formal Configuration Control Board (CCB) process, which he chairs as CCB president, has led to a significant improvement in configuration management controls and a 99.99% Gateway availability rating.



CAPT Cloyes R. Hoover, USN

Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems

Captain Hoover is assigned as the Major Program Manager (MPM) for the Command and Control Program Office. He is the Navy’s expert on sensor netting and tracking with extensive experience in C4I engineering, interoperability, and acquisition. As the MPM for the IWS 6.0, Captain Hoover led the initiative to conduct system interoperability testing throughout 2010 and 2011 which resulted in the collection of important interoperability related data and a subsequent three-phase solution plan. In December 2010, Captain Hoover began a cross-PEO, cross-program initiative to develop a plan to correct the Navy’s most serious interoperability issues, correcting track identification issues for the USS John C. Stennis (CVN- 74) Carrier Strike Group prior to deployment. This near-term solution was complete in just 18 months and is scheduled for installation in all carrier strike groups by March 2012. Captain Hoover and his team are also on track to deliver the first “core solution” across six programs that will correct the Fleet “Big 6” interoperability issues. The core solution will be demonstrated during the Trident Warrior Exercise in 2012, 18 months ahead of schedule. At the joint level, Captain Hoover led the Navy’s effort in developing the Joint Track Management Capability (JTMC) bridge between Navy Integrated Fire Control and Army Integrated Fire Control systems. This is the first Single Integrated Air Picture at the fused track management level for use by the joint services.



CTR1 Patrick J. Kennedy, USN

Navy Information Operations Command – Whidbey Island

Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Petty Officer First Class Kennedy, as the leading technical and operational nodal analyst for Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Whidbey Island under specific tasking from Commander Tenth Fleet, established himself as the lead instructor for the standardization of qualifications, certifications, and augmentation requirements for all Navy Enlisted Classification code (NEC) 9105s. His efforts have resulted in the initial comprehensive creation of standardized NEC 9105 personnel qualification standards to be used for all afloat and shore-based nodal analysts. He implemented a five-level progressive qualification and certification process for all commands to ensure the most qualified technicians were deployed to fulfill fleet and national augmentation requirements. Petty Officer Kennedy initiated development of an unprecedented multi-stage communications electronic attack exercise for three electronic attack squadrons (VAQs) which facilitated training events that challenged tactics, techniques, and procedures in a complex expeditionary-style deployment scenario. He also created three new expeditionary battle problems, which train and evaluate nodal analysts on real-world applicable scenarios for information operations mission planning and electronic warfare implementation. Deployed for 91 days on board USS Boxer (LHD-4) and USS George Washington (CVN-73), Petty Officer Kennedy led four sailors in cryptologic analysis support element operations, providing long-term trend analysis to the battle group. These efforts resulted in a successful pass and certification of all elements of Tier 2 Navy Mission Essential Task List. His efforts on board the George Washington identified critical communications nodes and led to the restructure of tracking adversarial primary targets of interest for a Pacific Fleet high-priority area of responsibility.



LT Ryan A. Kowalske, USCG

First Coast Guard District

Lieutenant Kowalske, the Living Marine Resource (LMR) manager, oversees the at-sea enforcement of 20 Fishery Management Plans that comprise a commercial catch value of over $1 billion and $13 billion in regional economic impacts. He single-handedly designed, fielded, and provided technical support for an automated, risk-based approach to the LMR enforcement mission through the creation of the Operational and Tactical Information Driving Enforcement (OPTIDE) program. Lieutenant Kowalske not only merged disparate Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) law enforcement data streams, but he developed fisheries experience-based screening algorithms, as well as integrated all this information into a user friendly, real-time geographic information system (GIS) display. The algorithms Lieutenant Kowalske created used a scoring matrix to prioritize all underway commercial fishing vessels, based on risk, to more effectively direct operational assets to board those fishing vessels that present the greatest threats to fisheries’ resources and safety. This allows even novice fisheries operational planners to immediately start targeting the highest profile vessels, simplifying the enforcement decision-making process for underway and shore based units, decreasing resource hours expended sorting target, and strengthening public trust by decreasing the law enforcement contact rate with routinely compliant vessels. Coast Guard units immediately benefited from OPTIDE, shifting fisheries mission paradigms from random compliance boardings to targeted LMR enforcement efforts. These efforts led to impressive results, including a focused holiday operation that yielded more than 100 boardings of high-risk commercial fishing vessels in seven days. The real-time positioning information reduced the resource hours required to locate and sort targets by more than 66% and increased the probability of detecting a violation by 191%. Since its implementation, 500% more significant fisheries violations have been detected in the First Coast Guard District by keeping focusing boarding effort on high-risk vessels.



CWO5 Steven Kubik, USMC

II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward)/ Regional Command Southwest

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Kubik is assigned as the Tactical Communications Engineering Planning Officer (TCEPO) for II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward)/Regional Command Southwest (RC[SW]), Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. As the senior Marine TCEPO in theater, he provides oversight on all facets of tactical communication planning, mentorship, leadership and direction to all subordinate Marines and contractors tasked to operate and maintain the RC(SW) tactical communication networks. His efforts have resulted in major improvements to RC(SW) including reengineered time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) and Frequency-Division Multiple Access (FDMA) satellite networks, optimization of terrestrial terminals, and commercialization of RC(SW) terminals. This provided more than 20,000 coalition forces a reliable, redundant transmission backbone to enable ground combat elements effective command and control at all levels of command and across a battle space that spans 60,000 square miles. Working with Theater Network Operations Coordination Center (TNC), CWO5 Kubik reengineered the TDMA satellite networks to simplify the mesh architecture to provide more reliable services. The result of all TDMA network improvements generated enhanced throughput and simplified network routing which greatly improved reliability. He reengineered and reused allocated bandwidth to increase throughput for more critical circuits in the FDMA network in RW(SW), creating a new 8MB satellite link. CWO5 Kubik began coordinating with United States Forces Afghanistan and Regional Command South to commercialize the RC (SW) communications network. He sourced five additional secret/unclassified access point terminals which will replace Marine Corps tactical equipment that are to be retrograded, refurbished, and redistributed to units across the Marine Corps. He also sought and obtained additional Wireless Point to Point link kits, which have allowed ten vehicle mounted digital wideband transmission systems to be retrograded.



Capt Gregory A. Lizak, USMC

13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Captain Lizak, as the Assistant Communications Officer for the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), is responsible for communication and information systems planning and engineering for shore-based, sea-based, and amphibious operations – i.e., integrating modern Marine Corps communication technologies with amphibious shipping capabilities. He was the vanguard for nonpermanent change (NPC) installations for the most modern class of amphibious shipping, the San Antonio-class amphibious transport docks (LPDs). As a result of Captain Lizak’s work prior to 13th MEU’s Western Pacific 11-1 deployment, the USS Green Bay (LPD-20) is the first LPD-17-class ship to receive approval and subsequent installation of Video Scout, Iridium phone, and two Conical Logarithmic Spiral Mobile (CLSM) antennas. Consequently, multi-thousand dollar top-side studies and ship drawings for the LPD-17 class are now complete, thus paving the way for other LPD-17s to receive the same installations. Captain Lizak led the significant expansion and increased agility of broadband data communications for 13th MEU by harnessing the advancements of other services’ Global Information Grid (GIG) reachback terrestrial nodes (such as Fixed Regional Hub Nodes) and integrating Adaptive Networking Wideband Waveform (ANW2) with current Marine Air-Ground Task Force infrastructure – pioneering the first development of ANW2 with MEU operations in the Central Command. Captain Lizak also led the operational testing and successful operational employment of two new narrowband communication technologies never before employed by a deployed MEU: Integrated Waveform (IW) and Harris Corporation’s Satellite Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) Capability (STC) tactical satellite communications.



CTR1 Vincent L. Lopez, USN

Navy Information Operations Command - Whidbey Island

Cryptologic Technician (collection) Petty Officer First Class Lopez, the signals intelligence (SIGINT) lead and senior Global Maritime Aircenter’s analyst for NIOC Whidbey Island under specific tasking from Commander Tenth Fleet, led 11 sailors and 5 civilians for 445 days deployed. During this period his team garnered a 100 % retention rate, a 100% physical fitness assessment pass rate, 76 % advancement rate, one Junior Sailor of the Quarter and two Senior Sailors of the Quarters. Petty Officer Lopez was selected as the Subject Matter Expert, from the ten highly qualified technicians across the Information Dominance Community, to work in lock step with design engineers to initiate preliminary processing capabilities and dissemination procedures for the newly established Mobile Quicklook (MQL) mission and two prototype MQL vans, the first of their kind in SIGINT support capability. In addition, he spearheaded the establishment of the initial processing, exploitation, and dissemination framework of EP-3E mission data for the MQL and organized operational support with signal analyst labs in Texas, Hawaii, and Georgia during pre-deployments workups to execute and support Fleet Airborne Reconnaissance tasking and collection. Petty Officer Lopez led seven analysts in conducting testing and evaluation of the MQL prototype providing feedback and submitted 32 systems trouble reports, resulting in maximized network communication capabilities for future MQL deployments. Petty Officer Lopez drove collection efforts for first MQL deployment to Northern Command’s (NORTHCOM) and Pacific Command’s areas of operations and led the development of signal descriptor files and coverage plans which proved vital to the identification and processing of 81 pieces of critical intelligence and satisfied NORTHCOM’s number one intelligence priority.



LCDR Kelvin B. McGhee, USN

USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77)

Lieutenant Commander McGhee, as the Combat Systems Information Officer (SCIO) in USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77), is responsible for the leadership, management, and mentorship of 308 officer and enlisted personnel as well as a multi-spectrum communications suit. As the designated Communications Control Ship for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) Two, he oversees CVN-77’s implementation of operational task communications and information systems for CSG units. Commander McGhee played a critical role during CVN-77’s first combat deployment, supporting sustained combat operations, managing the ship’s complex combat systems suite, and developing effective working relationships with the Strike Group, Carrier Air Wing Eight, Destroyer Squadron Twenty-Two, and the Sixth, Fifth, and Atlantic Fleets. Commander McGhee pursued the funding that resulted in CVN-77 receiving an ISN Tape Drive that improved reliability for backing up and restoring data. This innovation provided $36,000 in annual savings and resulted in the installation of this system in all CVNs. He established Gatekeeper registration with Hampton Roads, Virginia, from the Fifth Fleet’s area of responsibility, resulting in the first successful unclassified video teleconference between Fifth Fleet afloat units and Hampton Roads. In addition, the George H. W. BushCarrier Strike Group was the first Strike Group to establish high-frequency voice communication with the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh in support of Commander Task Force 50. During the most recent Maintenance Materials Management (3M) Inspection, he reviewed 1,300 individual maintenance actions, resulting in a less than one percent discrepancy rating. His efforts led to Combat Systems Department’s grade of 90.43 percent and CVN-77’s 3M inspection being hailed as the best administrative review in the last seven CVN inspections.



IT1 Mark H. Mercier, USN

USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43)

Information Systems Technician Petty Officer First Class Mercier became the ship’s Information Assurance Manager 1, responsible for overall network security and systems administration, as well as command training and awareness in network security, when Surface Forces Atlantic cross-decked him to Fort McHenry. Fort McHenry was removed from the Global Information Grid (GIG) for poor security posture and negative policy implementation. Petty Officer Mercier established links from the information systems to the GIG and installed a robust and comprehensive security posture and a command-wide training program to prevent further disruptions to the connections. In preparation for a command cyber security inspection, Petty Officer Mercier scanned, downloaded, and patched more than 150 Information Assurance Vulnerabilities on both classified and unclassified networks. He identified and remediated more than 50 Category I and 70 Category II vulnerabilities that were “inherent” with common operating System Environment (Compose 3.5) and the ISNS D(V) Systems. Petty Officer Mercier also implemented IEEE 802.1x (Network Access Control), a relatively new network security posture in non-wireless environments for all workstations and servers on the shipboard classified network. 802.1x had been previously thought of as an “impossible feat” in a shipboard and ISNS/COMPOSE environment. Because of Petty Officer Mercier’s work, Fort McHenry received the highest grade to date by any afloat unit on the cyber security inspection. His standard operating procedures are expected to be finalized by Naval Network Warfare Command and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command and sent out to the Fleet to enable all surface vessels to attain a much greater defense-in-defense strategy.



CDR Keith E. Patton, USN

Strategic Communications Wing 1

Commander Patton, the Deputy for Communications, Task Force 124 (TF 124), oversees all aspects of nuclear command, control, and communications for TF 124, as well as ensures continuous C4I over all nuclear forces for the Commander, U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) and three theater Combatant Commanders. He is the task force’s expert for nuclear command, control, and communications (NC3) and nuclear weapons. He was responsible for identifying a critical gap on Residual Capabilities Assessment (RECA) and Nuclear Report Back (NEREP) procedures and doctrine and for spearheading an effort to close that gap. His efforts resulted in improvements in RECA, NEREPs, Nuclear Detonation/Contamination reporting, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Critical Infrastructure reporting and high-frequency connectivity, proficiency, and readiness across the Department of Defense (DOD) and DHS. Commander Patton worked with OSD/NII, DISA, CJCS, STRATCOM, and various companies and agencies to resolve complex issues degrading STRATCOM Airborne Command Posts’ (STRAT ABNCP) ability to participate in World Wide Secure Voice Conferencing Systems. His efforts in identifying hundreds of flights and thousands of data points, and development of migration procedures, resulted in a comprehensive plan with short-, medium-, and long-term strategies to ensure STRAT ABNCP can meet its NC3 mission takings. His leadership led to the development of the first TF 124 mobility communication table of allowance list. This database inventoried more than $19.4 million in communications equipment and established a program of record for TF 124 mobile communications. Commander Patton gave TF 124 the ability to meet previously gapped capabilities and enhanced mission effectiveness. Commander Patton created and managed a concept plan for introduction of NIPR, SIPR, and DCIN-IS Gold to E-6s. This new capability provided airborne internet protocol connectivity for E-6Bs and was successfully demonstrated during Global Thunder 2011.



LCpl Chad A. Podoris, USMC

Headquarters Battalion, Communications Company, 2d Marine Division

Lance Corporal Podoris is a telephone systems personal computer repairer (2847) who also acted as an assistant section head for Wire/Data Maintenance Section, a billet normally filled by a Marine non-commissioned officer. As only one of the two Marines in the company trained in the maintenance of the Division’s Support Wide Area Network (SWAN), Lance Corporal Podoris was relied upon heavily, often after hours, to repair this critical communications component. Lance Corporal Podoris would not only fix the components but he set up classes to teach other Marines how to troubleshoot these assets. Upon the Communications Company’s receiving the new AN/MRC 142C and Tactical Elevated Antenna Masts (TEAMS), Lance Corporal Podoris sought out and arranged for instruction classes to be given by a field service representative. When a critical flaw was discovered with the storage waveguide cable, he was instrumental in resolving the problem and preventing future damage, saving the Marine Corps thousands of dollars in replacements and repairs. He also supported the TEAMS supply support. Realizing the support was not adequate, Lance Corporal Podoris fixed a critical piece of antenna which needed repair. When parts could not be located in the Marine supply system, Lance Corporal Podoris saw to it the Maintenance Company in 2d Marine Maintenance Battalion fabricated the parts. In addition, he became a proficient operator on a variety of complex pieces of communications equipment as well as took it upon himself to bring up future leaders within his MOS. His efforts have allowed Headquarters Battalion, 2d Marine Division, communications readiness to consistently stay above 97%.



SSgt Richard J. Reece, USMC

Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Reinforced)

Staff Sergeant Reece is the Spectrum Manager for the First Marine Division within the First Marine Expeditionary Force. During the Division’s last deployment to Helmand Province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, personnel constraints precluded the division from having a qualified spectrum manager assigned. Though not trained as a spectrum manager, Staff Sergeant Reece stepped in and filled the void. He quickly educated himself and coordinated more than 1,500 frequency assignments, 1,000 network identification addresses, and 70 terminal base addresses for the First Marine Division Forward Headquarters, two regimental combat teams, and ten individual infantry battalions. Staff Sergeant Reece’s troubleshooting contributed to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Regional Satellite Support Center’s (RSSC) ability to identify network programming errors in the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station-Pacific’s (NCTAMS-PAC) Demand Assigned Multiple Access (DAMA) controller in Guam. Staff Sergeant Reece was instrumental in fielding and employing more than 500 AN/PRC-117G Wideband Tactical Radios. The enhanced capability provided by these systems was crucial in extending tactical data network services to platoon and squad-levels on a scale never before seen in the Marine Corps. Staff Sergeant Reece also overcame limited spectrum availability to use broadband channels without interference throughout First Marine Division (Forward)’s area of operations - another first for Marine Corps spectrum managers. These contributions were game-changers in terms of a company’s or platoon’s ability to conduct counter-insurgency operations in a distributed environment. Staff Sergeant Reece further supported counter-insurgency operations by conducting network engineering and frequency analysis for the Afghan National Police.


LCDR Brian L. P. Schulz, USN

Joint Special Operations Command

Lieutenant Commander Schulz is the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) Deputy Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Branch Chief for Operations. He is responsible for all aspects of SIGINT/electronic warfare (EW), including system procurement, data flow, personnel augmentation, intelligence oversight, and SIGINT authorities, as well as advising the JSOC Commander on the national SIGINT system and tactical SIGINT operations. Recognized as the SIGINT subject matter expert, Commander Schulz monitored 300+ joint service personnel conducting worldwide SIGINT/EW operations against our country’s top targets. He authored two ground-breaking concepts of operation (CONOPs), both approved and implemented, for sustained SIGINT operations in support of global counter-terrorism (CT) operations. He also served as a personal representative to the JSOC Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Council, volunteered to stand JSOC Intelligence Operations watches, and managed an 85-billet special access program when serving as JSOC Naval Activities Control Officer. When Commander Schulz deployed to Afghanistan with an elite 4,500-member Joint Task Force (JTF) during the highest surge of operational tempo in Operations Enduring Freedom, he served as that JTF’s SIGINT officer in charge. His efforts while deployed enabled 900+ combat operations, resulting in the capture or killing of more than 1,500 high-value insurgents. In addition, he oversaw all JTF ground-based and airborne SIGINT operations across Afghanistan. He also served as a JTF Liaison Officer, responsible for coordinating with national-level intelligence agencies in support of ultimately successful, time-sensitive, individual targeting opportunities receiving presidential-level attention.



LCDR Daniel E. Walker, USN

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Lieutenant Commander Walker was assigned as the Combined Theater EW Coordination Cell (CTEWCC) Navy EW Staff Officer within Central Command’s (CENTCOM) Combined Air and Space Operations Center (CAOC), Al Udeid, Qatar. His responsibilities included coordination of all EW programing with various intelligence, operation, logistics, and communication agencies. At the same time, he had to interface with Counter Remote Controlled Radio Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) program managers, EW Coordination Cells (EWCC), and Information Operation cells at component command and joint task force levels. Although not required by his position, shortly after reporting to a critical Individual augmentee position, Commander Walker sought out and obtained the Army and Air Force Electronic Warfare qualifications necessary to properly manage over 20,000 pieces of counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) equipment. He then identified several redundancies in billets and inefficient practices shared with the CAOC EWCC, which created a systematic delay of critical EW information reaching the warfighter. Quickly, Commander Walker spearheaded the integration of the CTEWCC and CAOC EWCC into a single EW Coordination Cell, resulting in an annual increase in EW support by 174 sorties and 579 hours, a 23% increase in baseline efficiency for airborne electronic attach employment in support of joint and coalition forces, as well as a savings of 17,280 man-hours per year. Because of his work as a Level V Hawkeye instructor in the EWCC, CAOC requested Commander Walker by name to assist in the development of the concept of operations for the newly formed Non-Kinetic Effects Cell. His inputs led to cutting-edge processes which fused electronic attack (EA), electronic warfare support (ES), and information operations (IO) assets and information into a single cell, once again cutting the time from synthesis to support of our warfighters.






Award Winners 

2011 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2010)

STG1 Thomas R. Barbour, USN
Naval Ocean Processing Facility (NOPF), Dam Neck
Sonar Technician First Class Barbour is the Information Assurance Officer (IAO) for NOPF, Dam Neck, and leads six information system technicians. Petty Officer Barbour consistently demonstrated relentless dedication, superior technical skills and unsurpassed knowledge during the transfer of Information Assurance responsibilities to NOPF, Dam Neck. While working outside his rating, he quickly identified requirements and developed the infrastructure to create and train a new Information Systems department when Immediate Superior in Command (ISIC) relinquished responsibility due to decentralization within the Type Commander (TYCOM). Petty Officer Barbour designed and engineered a network where users access a multi-level cross-domain solution network through CITRIX, which is used to provide a virtual Windows environment. Virtualization was used to save $40,000 in additional equipment costs, and will provide immeasurable savings over the lifetime of the network. Petty Officer Barbour was assigned temporary additional duty to NOPF Whidbey Island, WA, to provide technical assistance in the creation and mitigation of their releasable-allied (REL) network. Petty Officer Barbour was able to configure, mitigate and train command personnel in one week’s time. His knowledge and expertise were vital during the creation of the command’s first Department of Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process package. This lengthy process was completed without any formal training while inheriting an extremely compressed timeline. In addition, NOPF’s REL network was the first accepted network in the Pacific Fleet claimancy to have a host based security system installed and configured in accordance with direction and policy set forth by the Defense Information Systems Agency. Lessons learned will provide invaluable knowledge and save countless time, money and additional resources for their sister command and future Navy accepted network architectures. 


1stLt Glenn W. Berdela, USMC
26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU)
Lieutenant Berdela is the Joint Task Force Enabler Officer in Charge, the Network Operations Officer, and Data Plans Officer for the 26th MEU based at Camp Lejeune, NC. In addition, as the MEU’s Information Systems Security Officer, he is responsible for directing and coordinating information assurance and security training for the 2,500 deployed Marines and Sailors of the 26th MEU on board the USS Kearsarge (LHD-3), USS Ponce (LPD-15) and USS Carter Hall (LSD-50). He served as the lead Marine communications expert for the Everything over Internet Protocol (EoIP) operational test and evaluation between Camp Lejeune, NC, and Scott Air Force Base, IL, in Dec 2009. His technical expertise was cited by the Defense Information Systems Agency and the II Marine Expeditionary Force as a key contributing factor to the successful resolution of systems integration challenges. Extending this test to the waterfront, Lieutenant Berdela successfully extended logical networks linking mobile Marine and Navy assets over an IP infrastructure, a first for the Department of Defense. This allows the Marines to support double the number of users on a footprint 15% smaller and using 10% less electrical power. Lieutenant Berdela pursued the efficient restructuring of the Landing Force’s network on the first GIG-E network upgrade on the East Coast for the Kearsarge. His architecture recommendations are now the standard for all amphibious deployed units. He drafted, tested, proposed and implemented the Navy standard for the inclusion of Voice over Secure Internet Protocol (VoSIP), thus immediately and dramatically improving coordination and support by Navy shipping and Marine air assets to Operation Enduring Freedom and other named operations and exercises. Lieutenant Berdela led the joint Navy/Marine coordinated justification to use Internet-Based Capabilities across all Navy ships. This resulted in Commander, Fleet Cyber Command, establishing Navy policy and improving relief efforts in Pakistan and capitalizing on the lessons learned from Operation Unified Response in Haiti.


LT Danny R. Bouie, USN
U.S. Second Fleet
Lieutenant Bouie is responsible for 24 military and contractor personnel in the management and delivery of communications requirements for Commander, U.S. Second Fleet’s Maritime Headquarters and Maritime Operations Center. Lieutenant Bouie increased Second Fleet’s decision superiority and cyber security through his input on the command’s first mission analysis brief that provided an in-depth view of potential cyber threats to communications systems and recommendations on how to effectively command and control in a communications-denied environment. He also expertly collaborated with the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) and the supporting defense contractors to create a database tool which provides watch standers a vital situational awareness of current and future outages. This directly improved headquarters’ ability to coordinate with units in Second Fleet’s task organization. Lieutenant Bouie successfully deployed the first-of-its-kind Maritime Afloat Deployable Joint Command and Control System (DJC2) to support the Haiti Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief efforts in January 2010. He managed ten military and nine civilian personnel in the on load, setup and operation of the communications package. His efforts enabled media personnel to cover real-time events and updates in Haiti disaster relief efforts.


CDR William M. Carter, USN
Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA)
Commander Carter is the Deputy Director CJ-6, C4 and Information Systems, CJTF-HOA. He is responsible for the operations, maintenance, and plans for C4 Information Systems in direct support of a Combined Joint Operations Area (CJOA), which encompasses 13 East African Nations. Commander Carter’s superb leadership of a 140-person joint communications team resulted in the seamless delivery of communications services to more than 3,000 personnel operating across the CJOA. He was key in the development, training and operational deployment of the African Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) data-sharing network, providing information sharing for Ugandan People’s Defense Forces operating in Somalia. His attention to detail was instrumental to MQ-1 Predator communication suite installation in Djibouti, resulting in enhanced intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations across the CJOA. In addition, he led the expansion of the Regional Maritime Awareness Capability (RMAC) for Djibouti, providing maritime domain awareness for 3,900 square miles of territorial waters. Commander Carter revamped CJTF-HOA’s Joint Network Operations Control Center, providing 24x7 situational awareness on C4 status for 15 forward-operating locations. He led CJTF-HOA in successfully completing both a Department of Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Package (DIACAP) Inspection and a Command Cyber Readiness Inspection (CCRI), the first expeditionary site worldwide to complete a CCRI. Commander Carter also led a communications detachment to Exercise Africa Endeavor 2010, serving as lead U.S. representative and Officer-in-Charge for 35 U.S. communications specialists from U.S. Africa Command and its components. Commander Carter revived a challenged Electronic Key Management System (EKMS) vault, which provided services to 42 local elements, ensuring strict compliance with all directives and instructions.


LCDR David S. Dees, USN
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 117
Lieutenant Commander Dees is the Operations Officer for the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW-117) in charge of the daily and long term operations of the squadron as well as the primary liaison to the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) and Carrier Strike Group staffs. He is responsible for the training and tactical development of 27 squadron aircrews. Commander Dees served as the lead planner for a command and control (C2) plan developed for the U.S. Fifth Fleet/Naval Forces Central Command. He developed a construct to allow the rapid reconfiguration of theater tactical assets from one mission set to another. In addition, he identified numerous deficiencies in the theater C2 structure and provided a solution to rapidly overcome these deficiencies by leveraging existing infrastructure while also providing a long term structure. The concepts developed were integrated into the Central Command Maritime Operation Center (MOC) and resulted in the re-alignment of its elements and refinement of the MOC data flow. Commander Dees validated these improvements during exercise SHAMAL 10-01. During the exercise the C4I processes were tested, allowing the evaluation of current capabilities and the exploration of new manners of employment. Commander Dees oversaw this process, coordinated the imagery and data testing, and flew as the CVW-11 strike lead for the exercise. He also proposed a new method of employing a second E-2C in strike operations that fully integrates the ALQ-217 and organic electronic support measures into the Hawkeye, allowing the E-2C to serve as a ground/early warning battle manager. This method of employment resulted in a 50% reduction in detection time during Air Wing Fallon, and the results were published in the Winter 2010 Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC) Journal tactical article. In addition, he developed a new manner of using the E-2C for both detection and C2 in antisubmarine warfare operations. The tactical outcome was evaluated as “outstanding” by Commander Destroyer Squadron 23 and the Naval Mine and AntiSubmarine Command. He authored a Spring 2010 NSAWC Journal article which outlined how to accomplish this.


Kristofor B. Gibson
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Pacific
Mr. Gibson is the Software Engineer for the Electro-Optic Surveillance Integrated Product Team (IPT) within the Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Information Operations Competency of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Pacific. Mr. Gibson is also the lead video and imaging processing expert, overseeing all filter enhancement efforts, for the IPT. Mr. Gibson has demonstrated outstanding technical leadership and expertise in the development of near real-time video enhancement filters for use by the Navy in the maritime environment. These filters are used to remove fog and haze from live video streams while increasing the visual contrast of the image. The technology is leading to better intelligence data and is of critical importance to national security. In addition to his engineering and team leadership duties, Mr. Gibson was pursuing his Ph.D. in image processing from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). During this development effort, he continued to act as the software lead and leveraged the knowledge he was learning in school to design a filter algorithm. While there are many cutting-edge techniques for performing image enhancements, they are all focused on post-processing techniques and require a significant amount of processing time. To overcome these limitations, Mr. Gibson eloquently devised a new method of processing video which took advantage of the best aspects of several different post-processing image enhancement techniques. By leveraging these techniques he designed a new algorithm which performed better enhancements at near real-time speed. Ultimately, Mr. Gibson’s algorithm resulted in a 50% decrease in processing time and improved image contrast. 


James A. Granger
Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command
Mr. Granger is the Capabilities and Readiness Director within Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (NCDOC). Mr. Granger is responsible for providing Navy enterprise computer network defense (CND) capabilities to enable NCDOC to successfully execute its mission as the Navy’s CND Service Provider (CNDSP) in support of Fleet Cyber Command/Commander 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) and United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) to operate and defend the Department of Defense (DoD) Information Network. A recognized CND expert, he is routinely sought out by the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV), FCC/ClOF, Naval Network Warfare Command (NNWC), and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) to provide corporate CND expertise on Navy networks and to provide critical input to highlevel operational plans, concept of operations, DoD instructions, national and service level directives, and planning memoranda. As a steadfast Navy representative to the DoD Information Assurance (IA)/CND Enterprise Solutions Steering Group, Mr. Granger has been a critical force in the practical implementation of the DoD Information Network IA Portfolio and the National Cyber Security Initiative. His expertise has proven invaluable to ensuring that joint initiatives seamlessly integrate into service solutions providing the most efficient return on DoD investments and making the Navy a leader in the evolution of the DoD CND mission. He spearheaded the development of a hierarchal data roll up capability to enable DoD Service Tier 2 CNDSP’s to receive Host Based Security Suite (HBSS) event and asset data and then provide that data to the Tier 1 USCYBERCOM. This Navy-driven DoD solution is being considered for implementation by the other services because of the efforts of Mr. Granger. His resource management skills were critical to the command’s success in its first Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Command Cyber Readiness Inspection (CCRI). NCDOC achieved scores of outstanding on both the Non-classified Internet Protocol Routing Network (NIPRNet) and the Secret Internet Protocol Routing Network (SIPRNet) and was documented as a benchmark for all of DoD. Mr. Granger was responsible for the Navy extended sensor grid initiative that will enable more effective and efficient Navy network defense.


LT Matthew E. Gray, USCG
Telecommunication and Information Systems Command
Lieutenant Gray is the Secure Network Services Branch Chief for Telecommunication Operations Division, Telecommunications and Information Systems Command (TISCOM). He is responsible for the testing, evaluation, and implementation of the integrated information technology (IT) systems on board the Coast Guard’s new National Security and Fast Response Cutters. He orchestrated the first underway unit Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone system, as well as the installation of the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF), the Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) and Secret Internet Protocol Routed Network (SIPRNET) computer systems. Lieutenant Gray centralized management efforts in testing, validating, and sustaining the integrated IT systems on board the Coast Guard’s newest fleet of cutters. Lieutenant Gray established the Coast Guard’s Asset IT Integration Team (TIS 421). As lead project officer, Lieutenant Gray coordinated all post-delivery IT and communications gear installations on the USCGC Bertholf (WMSL-750) and Waesche (WMSL-751). Lieutenant Gray orchestrated the installation of 100 unclassified workstations, a complete suite of SIPRNET equipment, VoIP telephones, and a record messaging solution. His approach resulted in compressing the installation timeline from 32 to 18 days, saving thousands of dollars in temporary additional duty funds, hundreds of contractor labor hours, and providing the cutters with increased capabilities needed for operations and administration work two weeks early. Lieutenant Gray was able to mitigate security vulnerabilities that resulted in swift accreditation for both the Bertholf and the Waesche. Lieutenant Gray worked with the Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Acquisitions in the development, architecture, and accreditation of the Coast Guard’s first SCIF compartment on board an afloat unit. As a result, the first National Security Cutter (Bertholf) received her SCIF outfit and accreditation in FY10, enabling the Coast Guard to communicate sensitive data over Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security intelligence SCI classified networks.


LT Adam T. Humphrey, USN
Navy Information Operations Command - San Diego
Lieutenant Humphrey is the Officer-in-Charge of the Navy Information Operations Command San Diego Information Operations (IO) Detachment in the USS Peleliu (LHA-5) Amphibious Ready Group (PELARG). He is responsible to the Information Warfare Commander (IWC) for all facets of IO to include the tactical control of assigned ships in the core competencies of electronic warfare, military information support operations, operational security, computer network defense (CND), and military deception. During a high-visibility, overseas visit by the President of the United States, Lieutenant Humphrey provided Pacific Command a comprehensive communications and radar frequency deconfliction plan. He coordinated among a multitude of commands to ensure flawless synchronization and execution across multiple Department of Defense and U.S. Government Agencies. In concert with staff and ship communication organizations, he led a coordinated effort to eliminate potentially catastrophic network casualties. Lieutenant Humphrey’s CND tactics resulted in zero network outages. Moreover, he created a CND tracking tool that captured vital data on the health of PELARG’s networks. This facilitated the management and defense of more than $4.5 million of C4I infrastructure and provided commanders a timely, clear synopsis of PELARG’s C4I systems. This method is now used to brief C4I network status on every Pacific Fleet Amphibious Ready Group and Carrier Strike Group. In addition, he ensured the early completion of all IWC administrative actions as the PELARG changed operational commanders during its transit through three areas of responsibility. During eight counter-targeting evolutions, Lieutenant Humphrey expertly maneuvered three ships into optimal battle formations. His tactical expertise was cited by Commander, Strike Force Training Pacific, as “the best ever seen.”


ET3 John B. Iams, USCG
Electronic Systems Support Detachment – Miami
Electronics Technician Third Class Iams is the Duty Electronics Technician stationed at Electronic Systems Support Detachment (ESD) Miami Beach, FL. Petty Officer Iams went beyond his normal duties to identify and engineer solutions to historical Coast Guard high frequency (HF) connectivity challenges. His work has resulted in a low-cost and field-implementable Cellular Over-The-Horizon Enforcement Network/Automatic Link Establishment (COTHEN/ALE) connectivity solution for a host of HF radios. Petty Officer Iams engineered critical upgrades to the Sunair RT-9000/B HF radio. Initially, Petty Officer Iams discovered the programming for the timing synchronization was incorrect in the HF radio and re-engineered the hardware to allow full radio functionality using ALE via COTHEN. He then installed this modification in a radio prototype used on board the USCGCSitkinak (WPB-1329) with fantastic results, increasing the operational command-and-control ability of the Sitkinak and Sector Miami. Petty Officer Iams submitted improvements to the COTHEN remote control console, including specifications that provide encrypted voice transfer and reengineering of the push-to-talk (PTT) and audio connections. Both proposals are being evaluated by Coast Guard Headquarters. In addition, Petty Officer Iams prepared and presented a brief of the chip reprogramming and cryptographic use to high-ranking personnel from various USCG centers of excellence, commercial vendors, and interagency partners to be considered for Coast Guard wide implementation. Command and Control Engineering Center is using and implementing his findings. He continued to serve the C4IT field with the development of a laptop and software application to save and program “code plugs” for the Micom-3T and Sunair RT-2400 HF radios, saving the Coast Guard hundreds of man-hours per month. Petty Officer Iams also engineered a chip upgrade on earlier model RT-2400 radios, allowing memory retention of the code plug after securing radio power. Petty Officer Iams also developed thorough operator and technician reference guides that are used throughout the fleet.


David M. Johnson
Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Mr. Johnson is assigned as the Director of the Spectrum, Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) and Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Information Dominance Directorate, within the Concepts, Strategies and Integration Division, NetCentric Capabilities Business Sector. Mr. Johnson has led the way in the formation of the X-KU bandwidth working group to enhance cross-system command interoperability in the fielding of commercial-off-the shelf command, control, communications and computer (C4I) systems, including installation, maintenance, and operational issues in coordination with Naval Sea System Command, Program Executive Office C4I, Fleet Forces Command, Numbered Fleet and Type Commander representatives. His dedication to ensure each system be thoroughly designed and tested highlighted the critical paths and enhanced underway operations. As a key action officer for the possible transition of portions of the electromagnetic spectrum from Department of Defense to civilian use he expertly briefed senior OPNAV and Fleet staffs on possible courses of action to minimize impacts on Fleet operations. In addition, he spearheaded a study on the state of Fleet EMP protection. He was a key participant in educating senior Fleet staffs on the impacts of fielding wireless technologies, impacts of topside corrosion control on antenna maintenance, and the relationship and impacts of C4I and combat systems operating in the same frequency band. He further highlighted key budget shortfalls in the electromagnetic interference area and worked to obtain the required funding. His outstanding performance as the senior U.S. representative for several international and coalition spectrum working groups has resulted in improved cooperation among participating nations. 


Rhonda D. Maluia
Naval Special Warfare Development Group
Ms. Maluia is assigned as the Command Information Assurance Manager for Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG), Virginia Beach, VA. In this capacity, she serves as the commander’s primary advisor and subject matter expert for all matters of network security. Her comprehensive information assurance (IA) program addresses current network vulnerability and existing threats, while she provides technical and policy-based solutions solving the most challenging network security issues. Ms. Maluia identified the significant threat that web-based social networking technologies posed against the Department of Defense’s desire to allow access. Ms. Maluia first addressed the users of social networking sites by beginning a command-wide training campaign for the use of social networking sites. The campaign continues today, creating a more socially aware network capable of identifying and avoiding threats associated with social networking sites. Ms. Maluia then worked to develop a secure architecture capable of resisting unauthorized modification, infection, and compromise while providing the user with desired processing capability. She solicited the assistance of a national laboratory to develop a client capable of wireless operation in the most cyber hostile environments. This system lessens the system administration burden and fights the disease of malicious logic and intrusion by removing the ability to write or modify the operating system. Ms. Maluia then moved to the backend architecture, seeking a method to monitor and take action against operational security violations. She identified a system and vendor popular in the banking industry with extensive experience in data loss protection. The system’s capability to monitor and react to social network postings in real time provided operational security monitoring usually missing in most security architectures. The results of her extensive research and development efforts shall have far reaching impact on the future of secure client and architectural design.


James L. Matney
United States Pacific Command – Iraq
Mr. Matney is a Department of Navy civilian employee assigned to United States Pacific Command, deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. He serves as the IT Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense (IMOD). Mr. Matney confronted an assortment of problems related to the Iraqi human resources systems. He developed an immediate course of actions and convinced the IMOD not to shut down the new enterprise programs pending his continued research. Within four months, Mr. Matney assisted the Iraqis in delivering error-free payroll processing, a reliable, ministrywide human resources management system, reports management capability and, ultimately, transitioned the successful program from the Chief Information Officer (CIO) to the Director General of Programs and Budget. Mr. Matney also used his skills to transition logistics oversight from Coalition forces to Iraqi control. Demonstrating remarkable resourcefulness, Mr. Matney convinced the IMOD to adopt an Iraqi Asset Management Program (IAMP), transitioned the entire program to the Iraqi Defense Network, provided system security and required core services and then further transitioned the system to a low-cost/high capability worldwide interoperability for microwave access solution. In addition, he continued to evaluate Iraqi government-initiated asset management initiatives that waste resources or undermine asset accountability. Next, the Iraqi CIO asked Mr. Matney to negotiate an ongoing workforce development controversy between U.S. and Iraqi leaders. In a clear demonstration of Mr. Matney’s credibility, the U.S. Forces/J6 and the Iraqi Director General of Communications have engaged him to broker an agreement on signal and communications officer training, an approach that will endure following the departure of U.S. forces. Mr. Matney’s next contribution was to advocate WorldVista, an enterprise software solution to Iraqi health care. He gained CIO and IMOD support and sponsored a memorandum of agreement between the IMOD, the Minister of Health and the Kurdistan Minister of Health.


LT Harold L. McCarter, USCG
Coast Guard Cyber Command
Lieutenant McCarter is the C4ISR Advisor for Coast Guard Cyber Command (CGCYBERCOM). He is responsible for standing up all C4ISR aspects of CGCYBERCOM, including the alignment of current C4IT missions and goals, and fusing them with the operational and intelligence needs of the Coast Guard. Lieutenant McCarter was the lynchpin for programmatic and technical successes during the first year of CGCYBERCOM’s existence. He led planning and secured funding for a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) for the Coast Guard’s Computer Network Defense-Service Provider. Lieutenant McCarter handled all requests for operating, SCIF construction, and network re-architecture costs as well as establishment of military and civilian billets. In spite of the declining budget environment, he successfully obtained military billets to establish the command and secured more than $9M annually to move internet access points to a more secure configuration that leverages Department of Defense network sensors. Applying his personal experience from a recently completed post-graduate degree in information assurance (IA), Lieutenant McCarter was instrumental in the development of a new IA postgraduate program for Coast Guard officers. He developed a preliminary career path and workforce pyramid for the new specialty and was able to get a need assessment for the skill set within the Coast Guard approved for implementation in FY 2011. In addition, he coordinated the planning of a Coast Guard Internet Access Points (IAP) re-architecture with the Coast Guard’s Telecommunication and Information System Command. This change will route all internet traffic through the Non-Classified Internet Protocol Router Network, increasing the visibility of malicious traffic and adding security to the network.


LT Scott B. Mehaffey, USN
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 126
Lieutenant Mehaffey is assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 126 (VAW-126) as a naval flight officer. His primary billet for 2010 has been Aircraft Division Officer where he led the squadron’s largest division through an arduous combat deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. As the E-2C Hawkeye community wide subject matter expert on its new Organic Chat System, he has made immeasurable contributions in command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I). While the E-2C has effectively executed combat airborne command and control missions since 2001, the maturation in the theater C2 structures resulted in an inherent reliance on Internet Based Chat. Without a system capable of integrating into this network, the Hawkeye was being under used in theater. Identifying this capability gap, for the past two years, Lieutenant Mehaffey has worked to ensure operational success and integration of this most needed system. Working with Naval Test Squadrons, Naval Strike and Air Weapons Center, civilian contractors, Carrier Strike Group 10, and joint C2 experts, his vision and ability to articulate the operational user’s needs resulted in funding for custom experimentation for this community combat deficiency. Lieutenant Mehaffey was able to identify errors in the system, and after countless hours testing the system on deck, he led the first successful connection of the Organic Chat System in theater. He single-handedly trained 28 aircrew personnel on the system, and his efforts resulted in VAW-126 becoming the first carrier aviation squadron to operationally employ Chat in combat. This capability already is providing immediate effects in disseminating critical information throughout the battle space.


Maj David K. Norton, USMC
Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity
Major Norton is assigned as Branch Head, Operating Forces Tactical Systems Support Center (OFTSSC), Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity (MCTSSA). The Support Center, the Marine Corps’ 24x7 C4I Help Desk, serves as the single point of contact for technical support and troubleshooting for all Marine tactical command, control, computers, communications, intelligence (C4I) systems employed by the operating forces. Prior to his assignment as Branch Head of the Marine Corps’ 24x7 C4I Help Desk, Major Norton served as MCTSSA’s Deployed Support Branch Head from October 2009 through January 2010. Major Norton assembled and trained a team of MCTSSA technical experts, then led these experts to Afghanistan to provide support to Marine combat units in theater during the period November 2009 to January 2010. Major Norton and his team of government civilians, contractors, and active-duty Marines provided the bridge between operational requirements and technical solutions for these combat units. Major Norton led the team to austere, forward-deployed locations where the units did not have access to technical support. He ensured that tactical systems at these sites were restored to operational status and optimal condition, allowing combat units to use their C4I systems more effectively. Returning from Afghanistan, Major Norton was appointed Branch Head of the OFTSSC. He led his team of 39 C4I Analysts to provide technical expertise to operating forces worldwide. Major Norton recently served as the Forward Site Commander for Combined Endeavor 10, the world’s largest multinational interoperability and communications exercise. Because of Major Norton’s superb leadership and superior technical skills, the Marine Corps has been asked to play an increasing role in future Combined Endeavor coalition network planning and multinational interoperability testing efforts.


SSgt Juan Padilla, USMC
26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU)
Staff Sergeant Padilla is assigned as the MEU Radio Chief for the 26th MEU based at Camp Lejeune, NC. He is responsible for planning, installation, operation and maintenance of all Marine radio communications architecture ashore and afloat in support of exercises and operations in garrison, on board Navy ships, and while forward deployed. He is also the MEU Radio Frequency Hazard Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge. An innovator by nature, Staff Sergeant Padilla has broken from the ranks of more traditional radio chiefs and has pursued the extension of data over all radio frequency circuits. Neatly turning even the most current thinking on its head, he has pursued the use of Internet Protocol over Everything (IPoE) and has managed to develop robust methods of transmitting data bursts. This use of IPoE overcomes the challenges that require expensive high-quality circuits and physical links. The deployed communications network has grown to its greatest extent under Staff Sergeant Padilla, including the use of multispectral radios and lofted communications suites. Using modern waveforms such as the Harris High Performance Waveform and Satellite TDMA Capability, Staff Sergeant Padilla has made it possible to allow even the most remote forward observation base data and voice capability on one set of equipment. Staff Sergeant Padilla’s use of high-altitude ultra-high frequency retransmission balloons to support over-the-horizon reach-back is another indicator of his industriousness. The employment of lofted communications suites allows the commander to extend communication links over large expanses of unimproved terrain and holds great potential for humanitarian assistance and other operations. Staff Sergeant Padilla also spearheaded a dramatic reduction of the equipment and support footprint and significant cost-savings through the use of green technologies. His initiative to adopt rechargeable batteries has seen the command save approximately $50,000 in battery costs.


ITC Carlos A. Pelaez, USN
Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG-3)
Chief Information Systems Technician Pelaez is the Information Assurance Manager, Interim Spectrum Manager, and Communications Planner of Expeditionary Strike Group. He also is the C5I Department Leading Chief Petty Officer. He is responsible for the information security policies and practices, the management of all cryptographic material and equipment, and is the communications planner/spectrum manager during all operations and exercises of ESG-3. As the spectrum manager for ESG-3, he developed the complex communications and spectrum management plans for Exercise Dawn Blitz 2010 and was instrumental in the redevelopment of the standard amphibious communications plans used by the Navy’s Afloat Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations Program (AESOP). During the same time period, Chief Pelaez assisted eight amphibious ships in preparation for their In-Service Material Inspection, a task normally reserved for experienced ET or IT limited duty officers. His efforts were vital for ensuring that each ship was in a high state of communications readiness for deployment. Chief Pelaez’s most brilliant accomplishment was his detailed development of ESG-3’s OPTASK Network Operations (OPTASK NETOPS), the first such document used by the Navy. An OPTASK NETOPS allows a ship or embarked unit to safely and properly operate their local area network, and for Amphibious Readiness Groups to manage their wide area networks. Through his diligent studies, Chief Pelaez was able to create an overarching policy document that operationalized the arc of network operations and gave each ESG-3 unit a one stop shop for all information regarding effective network operations. This made it easy for network managers to find the information to safely operate their networks and communicate requirements back up their chains of command. The immediate impact of the OPTASK NETOPS was a significant drop in the incidence of noncompliance to network security requirements in all 12 ships of ESG-3.


SSgt James R. Rambo, USMC
1st Marine Division Forward – Delaram, Afghanistan
Staff Sergeant Rambo is serving as the Data Systems Chief, S-6 Regimental Combat Team 2 (RCT-2). He is responsible for engineering, design, planning, operation, troubleshooting, and protection of the Regiment’s information systems network. The Regimental Combat Team’s battle space is approximately the size of Vermont and contains more than 10,000 combat and support personnel with highly kinetic operations ongoing hourly. Staff Sergeant Rambo has employed every available resource to ensure his data architecture is flexible, reliable, and redundant providing overlapping coverage and connectivity throughout this extremely large area. Due to the restricted, dispersed and compartmentalized nature of the terrain in the area, the information systems network engineered by Staff Sergeant Rambo has proven crucial to the success of the Regiment in the counterinsurgency efforts. Through the diligent actions of Staff Sergeant Rambo the Commander was able to synchronize efforts in even the most remote areas, to bring maximum possible combat power to bear on the enemy. Without the personal efforts of Staff Sergeant Rambo, the Regimental Combat Team’s support of three Marine battalions and two Coalition battalions would not have been possible. Staff Sergeant Rambo integrated three separate networks into the data architecture over a variety of transmission media. Introducing new technologies into a combat environment has proven critical to the success of the network as resource shortfalls have required creative solutions to difficult challenges. Staff Sergeant Rambo is responsible for the distributed data capabilities in the subordinate battalions. Never before has the Marine Corps pushed such a wide variety of information applications and services down to the platoon level and in some cases to even lower levels.


LT Jason M. Stephens, USN
USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77)
Lieutenant Stephens is assigned as the Combat Systems Maintenance Officer (CSMO) and Systems Test Officer on board USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) and serves as the Principal Assistant to the Combat Systems Officer, a position normally held by a senior lieutenant commander. Lieutenant Stephens was the driving force behind Combat System Department’s exceptional performance during the ship’s Flight Deck Certification and Command, Control, Communication, Computers and Combat Systems and Information (C5I) as well as Combat Systems Ship’s Qualification Trials (CSSQT). His knowledge of communication, cryptological, intel, and radar systems has accelerated the transition of Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) CVN-77 to the Navy’s newest and most capable C5I platform to ever set sail. During CVN-77’s $400,000,000 post-shakedown availability, he directly managed and coordinated more than 300 C5I installations and upgrades, and approved all final system testing and diagnostics associated. In addition, he designed and implemented a comprehensive C5I system lightoff plan, invaluable to CVN-77 and Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Newport News being able to deliver a 100% operational C5I suite to Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic. As Combat Systems Training Team Technical Leader, Lieutenant Stephens developed and implemented more than 100 Combat Systems Casualty Control Evolution drill guides. His efforts directly contributed to CVN-77’s completing her basic phase of training, and the Combat Systems Technical team was recognized for superior performance and well above fleet average scores. Directly interfacing with Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme during CVN-77’s most recent CSSQT, Lieutenant Stephens’ efforts led to a perfect NATO Certification and a successful missile-firing exercise, making CVN-77 the first East Coast CVN to successfully load and launch the MK 162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile.


LTJG Sean D. Thompson, USN
U.S. Navy Information Operations Command – Whidbey Island
Lieutenant Thompson is the Air Department Operations Officer and Airborne Cryptologic Special Evaluator Weapons and Tactics Instructor (Level 5). He coordinates and manages information warfare (IW) airborne operators’ aircrew readiness program, trains and assesses Commander Tenth Fleet EP-3E aircrew, provides for Joint Common Configuration EP-3E equipment certification, and develops and validates EP-3E IW tactics techniques procedures. He drafted both the initial Cyber Forces (CYBERFOR) training manual input for airborne signals intelligence and the Tenth Fleet’s standing Airborne Operational Tasking (OPTASK) Cryptology Supplement to the Navy-wide OPTASK Cryptology. These documents established the first comprehensive certification requirements for CYBERFOR EP-3E aircrews and the baseline for Tenth Fleet’s guidance on airborne cryptological collection operations respectively. Lieutenant Thompson was hand selected for a short-notice deployment to the Central Command’s area of responsibility to test, validate, and certify emerging airborne information operations capabilities needed for immediate combat operations. His efforts improved EP-3E targeting competence and removed at least eight high-value individuals from the battle space. He is certified as a Level 5 Weapons and Tactics Instructor (the highest qualification level achievable) in the EP-3E Fleet Air Reconnaissance (VQ) community and as a Patrol Squadron (VP) 30 Fleet Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Instructor. His diligence and adherence to the aircrew Advanced Readiness Program ensured competent certification and assessment of 246 aircrew during 1,400 hours of EP-3E Special Intelligence Mission Avionics System Trainer Fleet Synthetic Training missions. Lieutenant Thompson led a CYBERFOR team through a series of operational and developmental tests and certifications on emergent EP-3E communications intelligence subsystems, enabling an earlier-than-expected system initial operating capability during the Air Force Weapons School Mission Employment Phase exercises. Lieutenant Thompson coordinated all aspects of a highly successful Tenth Fleet aircrew leadership summit, which was instrumental in articulating community shortfalls, corrective actions, and established a roadmap for the future of the Tenth Fleet airborne information operations mission.




Award Winners 

2010 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2009)

CWO-2 Timothy R. Aldrich, USMC
Second Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan

Chief Warrant Officer-2 Aldrich is the Wide Area Network Engineering Officer, G-6 Second Marine Expeditionary Brigade – Afghanistan (MEB-A). He is responsible for the planning, design, engineering, implementation and operation of the MEB’s Wide Area Network (WAN) in Afghanistan. Warrant Officer Aldrich is a consummate professional who leverages every available resource to ensure the MEB’s WAN is designed, engineered and implemented to provide reliable and responsive network services for all echelons of the brigade. Due to the MEB’s location in Southern Afghanistan and the remote, vastly separated locations of many of its elements, dependable services are crucial to mission accomplishment. Without the personal efforts of Warrant Officer Aldrich, the synchronization of the MEB’s efforts would have been severely degraded and, in some areas, not mission capable. Warrant Officer Aldrich’s superior technical competence enabled the MEB to integrate seamlessly into the NATO International Security Assistance Force architecture, and to establish a robust, flexible deployed Marine Corps network. The Support Wide Area Network (SWAN) Ku band satellite network system is the primary network used as a means of providing data services to the company and platoon levels because of the remote location of many units. Warrant Officer Aldrich engineered the SWAN to use both Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) and Frequency Division Multiple Access capabilities with a proven better than 99% rate of reliability. To ensure that the SWAN network was configured to not only be reliable, but also responsive, Warrant Officer Aldrich instituted the Dynamic Multipoint Virtual Private Network (DMVPN) technologies on the TDMA portion of the SWAN network. With insight bordering on prescience, he intuitively understood the nature and requirement for SIPR down to company positions and positioned the MEB to be able to take advantage of the DMVPN solution, which was its first successful implementation in any combat theater. His insights into operational requirements and developing solutions that are quickly and reliably integrated into a widely dispersed tactical network are unparalleled. His superior technical expertise and unwavering professionalism were essential to the MEB’s effective communications support to sustained combat operations in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.



LT Marcus C. Arroyo, USN

Defense Information Systems Agency-Europe

Lieutenant Arroyo is the Operational Support Systems Project Manager of the Enterprise Services Branch, Communications Services Division, Defense Information Systems Agency-Europe (DISA-Europe). He is responsible for planning, integration, and operational support to DISA-Europe’s Theater Network Center, U.S. European Command’s Theater Network Control Center (TNCC), Africa Command’s TNCC and theater component customers for various types of OSS Information Technology Network Management Systems. Lieutenant Arroyo works closely with customers to identify and document requirements; interfaces with DISA Headquarters Program Management Offices to represent customers’ interests and ensure theater mission-essential requirements are fulfilled; and provides on-site project management support for multi-million dollar hardware and software implementations. Upon his arrival at DISA-Europe, the Network Change and Configuration Management (NCCM) project was under way. He immediately began attending after-duty-hour telephone conferences with representatives from HQ DISA Network Services project office. Lieutenant Arroyo understood that training would be critical to Field Command acceptance of the new NCCM configuration management tool. Instead of waiting for the Program Office to devise a training strategy, he took the lead by developing and proposing Field Command training scenarios and schedules. Lieutenant Arroyo displayed tremendous initiative by seeking out and promoting open, productive communications with the Global Information Grid Customizable Operational Picture (GIGCOP) Program Manager to address significant shortfalls with this network management tool. Lieutenant Arroyo’s tenacity helped to ensure GIGCOP received an objective, mission-centric evaluation leading to eventual termination of the inefficient program and re-distribution of the $6M budget to support more pertinent capabilities. He effectively coordinated system changes and led the transition of local services to Defense Enterprise Computing Center St. Louis, as well as the shut-down and removal of European Report Management System servers – both on time and with absolutely no impact on the mission. By going the extra mile and employing local resources to complete this project, he successfully avoided expenditures of approximately $125K.



CPL Wesley H. Blake, USMC

8th Communications Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Corporal Blake is serving as a Multichannel Equipment Repairer assigned as Military Occupational Skill 2831, AN/TRC-170 Technician for the 8th Communication Battalion, Service Company, Electronic Maintenance Platoon. He is also the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge for Microminiature Repairs for the platoon, repairing all circuit cards that are inducted into the maintenance cycle. He is naturally gifted in all fields of electronics. His skills as an electronics technician are beyond reproach, and he received a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his significant and meritorious achievement in this field. Corporal Blake also worked with the Test Measurement Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) Branch of Marine Corps Systems Command. While at Camp Lejeune, Corporal Blake wrote a test program for automated test equipment in order to test and troubleshoot the RF-5833H Harris Radio Amplifier. He completed this task within a two-week deadline, using only Harris Intermediate Maintenance Technical Manuals for the equipment specifications and basic programming parameters. The results of his working with the TMDE Branch created a streamlined fully automated test that could be completed in five minutes instead of the several hours it was taking prior to his work. The Marine Corps adopted his test program as the standard method of testing the RF-5833H radio amplifier and saved more than $50,000 in contracting costs. This test program currently is used by every Marine Expeditionary Force, including the Intermediate Maintenance Activity in Iraq and the Marine Expeditionary Unit in Afghanistan. Corporal Blake has also taken steps to expand his technical expertise by attending the Microminiature Repair School, where he placed first in his class. Corporal Blake’s contributions have changed maintenance concepts and ushered in the expanded use of automated test equipment in the Marine Corps. He is directly responsible for saving the government money in contracting cots, a considerable amount of time for technicians to develop this test program, and added to the overall capability and efficiency of radio maintenance in the Marine Corps.



CTRCM (SW) Steven B. Chaney, USN

Naval Information Operations Command Texas & U.S. Fourth Fleet

Master Chief Chaney currently serves as the Fleet Information Operations Center Texas (FIOC-T) Operations Master Chief/Senior Enlisted Advisor and Assistant Cryptologic and Resource Coordinator (ACRC) for Commander, U.S. Fourth Fleet. He is responsible for the leadership, training, and management of 132 Sailors, 5 Senior Chiefs, and 32 Chief Petty Officers in the FIOC departments: fleet support, analysis and production, and FIOC operations watch. As the Fourth Fleet ACRC, he performs duties as the expert in maritime cryptologic resource management for Fourth Fleet, U.S. Coast Guard, Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S), and U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM). As the FIOC Operations Leading Chief Petty Officer, Master Chief Chaney led all facets of C4ISR support to U.S. Fleet Forces Command. He deployed 238 Sailors for 14,085 days in support of JIATF-S counter-illicit trafficking, USSOUTHCOM Theater Security Cooperation, counter-insurgency operations in Colombia, and U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Individual Augmentations and Cryptologic Support teams. He is responsible for a 200% increase in qualified operators, including eight officers qualifying as Information Warfare Officers. Master Chief Chaney is recognized as the Fourth Fleet ACRC skilled virtuoso for Second and Fourth Fleet cryptologic operations in the USSOUTHCOM theater; he is routinely sought out by senior fleet staff cryptologists for his recommendations on personnel, equipment, and collection strategies. Though his FIOC and Fourth Fleet achievements are remarkable, his greatest achievement is showcased by the extraordinary support he provided to the U.S. Coast Guard in developing their Tactical Cryptologic Element and the $21M Able Lookout program where he was the “go-to” technical expert. He integrated his 40 Intelligence Specialists to train the newly established Coast Guard Cryptologic Unit Texas (CGUT). As a result of his efforts, Coast Guard operators received multiple qualifications, contributed to the seizure of 21 metric tons of contraband valued at more than $420M, and are confidently supporting U.S. Navy deployments to the Persian Gulf. Without question, Master Chief Chaney had more impact on the direction of the Coast Guard’s cryptologic program than any other single person. His groundbreaking achievements in C4ISR for both the Navy and Coast Guard truly ensure and demonstrate joint interoperability of personnel, equipment, and collection methods through the use of compatible, commercial, and modern technologies.



ETCS (SW/AW) Ralph K. Glenn, USN

USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77)

Senior Chief Electronics Technician Glenn is assigned as the Combat Systems Maintenance Manager (CSMM) for the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77). He is directly responsible for all maintenance actions, testing operational procedures on all combat system elements to ensure performance standards meet design specifications. Senior Chief Glenn played an integral role during the installation of the CVN-77’s complex combat system suite. Superb coordination by his team enabled a flawless, highly visible Combat Systems Trial Rehearsal, as well as attainment of CVN-77’s first Precision Approach Landing System (PALS) certification and Detect-to-Engage evolution. He took control of an advanced Ship’s Self-Defense System, allowing unparalleled battle space awareness to tactical watchstanders in the Combat Direction Center. Senior Chief Glenn personally established the training pipeline and qualification process for the Personnel Aloft and Combat Systems Officer of the Watch (CSOOW) programs and was directly responsible for the Aloft and CSOOW qualifications of every Sailor, Chief Petty Officer and Officer in the carrier. Senior Chief Glenn assisted in the coordination of the installation and testing of more than 250 C5I system installations valued in excess of $250M; his tenacity and absolute command of the technical and integration requirements of these complex systems, that are the most advanced C5I suite ever fielded by the U.S. Navy, were crucial to the completion of the demanding availability period. Senior Chief Glenn assisted in the establishment of a highly secure and reliable C5I architecture in CVN-77 that focuses on the warfighter from which the Naval Networking Environment (NNE) will flourish. His in-depth technical knowledge is sought out across the waterfront and by Navy civilians at such activities as SPAWAR, PEO C4I and PEO Carriers. His flawless leadership, exceptional management, and unrivaled knowledge across the broad spectrum of C5I disciplines were evident throughout C5I operations on board the newly constructed George H. W. Bush, and will ensure that this combatant will be the most efficient and state-of-the-art aircraft carrier in the fleet.



LCDR Daniel D. Imbat, USN

Naval Special Warfare Support Activity One

Lieutenant Commander Imbat, as the leading expert in small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), serves as the Troop Commander of the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) for the Naval Special Warfare Support Activity One. Commander Imbat is a well known and highly respected UAS subject matter expert whose skills are sought after at all echelons of Special Operations. He recently returned from a highly successful deployment to Iraq in which he introduced and integrated, for the first time, an organic medium-range Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Scan Eagle UAS capability to Special Operations Task Force-West. As an indispensible plank-owner of Support Activity One, he was hand-selected to create and lead NSW’s first Technical Special Reconnaissance capability, encompassing UAS, Technical Surveillance, Technical Exploitation, and Environmental Reconnaissance. He was responsible for building the first NSW UAS Squadron from the ground up. In addition, Commander Imbat manned, trained, equipped, organized and deployed the Navy’s small tactical UAS crews to support SEAL combat operations. Commander Imbat has consistently demonstrated that he is a true visionary by being at the forefront of the development of Special Operations specific to UASs. Working closely with industry, he developed the concept of operations and requirements for the first hand-launched All Environment UAS in 2005, the Aqua Puma. The Aqua Puma quickly became the UAS solution and the maritime UAS of choice. In 2008, the All Environment Capable Variant (AECV) UAS became the official program of record because of Commander Imbat’s leadership and initiative. When Defense Secretary Robert Gates established the ISR Task Force in April 2008, because of Commander Imbat’s preparation and forward leaning efforts, his UAS team was trained and poised to receive new UAS equipment, including the first Navy-procured Boeing-Insitu ScanEagle UAS System for operational deployment. As the most highly qualified UAS subject matter expert in Special Operations, he is qualified in ten Small UAS (SUAS) platforms and quickly earned U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Instructor qualification status in all ten platforms. He assisted USSOCOM’s SUAS instructor cadre in training more than 120 Army, Navy, and Marine Corps Special Operations personnel. Over the last four years, Commander Imbat’s training initiatives have saved USSOCOM more than $1.3 million in contractor training costs. The value of his contributions to the unmanned systems community simply cannot be overstated.



LCDR Kambra Juve, USN

U.S. Second Fleet

Lieutenant Commander Juve is responsible for the management and delivery of all communications requirements for U.S. Second Fleet’s Maritime Headquarters and Maritime Operations Center (MOC), to include unclassified and classified networks, command and control programs of record and applications, voice and data communications, and messaging. Commander Juve increased Second Fleet’s decision superiority and cyber security by placing the command’s legacy server environment within a Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) community of interest, supporting approximately 1,000 users and protecting command-and-control assets behind NMCI security boundary. Orchestrating the entire breadth of delivery, Commander Juve ensured uninterrupted continuity on the fleet command and control systems and kept the NMCI installation on an ambitious schedule. Commander Juve also demonstrated unparalleled rigor and tenacity as she expertly led and successfully implemented the Second Fleet’s first NMCI fully supported Maritime Operations Center from inception to delivery in an unprecedented ten months. The information assurance security posture attained by the implementation of standard enterprise MOC architecture was the culmination of an $8M modernization project entailing the construction of three new server rooms, installation of a protective distribution system (PDS) and state-of-the-art server farms for three network enclaves, and elimination of legacy servers and network equipment. Commander Juve directly contributed to the Second Fleet’s overall mission readiness and decision superiority through increased cyber security and improved collaboration.



LT Sonia L. Kendall, USCG

Telecommunications Policy Division, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters

Lieutenant Kendall is the Asset Manager and Lead Program Manager’s Representative for Coast Guard Satellite Communications, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Commandant (CG-621), Telecommunications Policy Division. In this role, she directs the execution of $32M+ annually to meet the Coast Guard’s commercial satellite communication requirements for tactical voice and data connectivity to under way, deployed, and disadvantaged users. She manages space and terrestrial infrastructure to facilitate Coast Guard out-of-hemisphere voice and data communications, as well as monitors satellite communication system performance, usage, emerging requirements, and capabilities. Lieutenant Kendall greatly enhanced cutter connectivity to keep pace with growing operational requirements. A superb steward of resources, she astutely managed a fixed operating budget to sustain operation of cutter connectivity systems while also making substantial progress on aggressive efforts to recapitalize aging systems. She coordinated a complex and high risk transition requiring large cutters to transition from the global Inmarsat-B beams to the new regional beams, all but eliminating any connectivity interruptions as cutters cut over to the new service. Lieutenant Kendall leads the technical team for recapitalization of large cutter connectivity systems, an effort she initiated. When the Asset Manager for Mobile Command Center retired without relief, Lieutenant Kendall assumed the duties of this $8M effort to recapitalize the aging Transportable Communication Centrals and Mobile Incident Command Centers. Lieutenant Kendall’s efforts have a profound and positive impact on Coast Guard operations and underscore her stalwart leadership and management skills.



John Locke

Naval Special Warfare’s Mission Support Center

Mr. Locke is an Information Technology (IT) Specialist with Naval Special Warfare’s Mission Support Center (MSC). He is the MSC’s subject matter expert on Blue Force Tracking (BFT) issues, and his work has directly impacted the overseas contingency operation by providing BFT support to Naval Special Warfare forces worldwide. BFT includes devices with low probability of detection and intercept that provide situational awareness to the Tactical Operational Center (TOC) for Naval Special Warfare mission tracking. Mr. Locke recently discovered that no standard operating procedure was in place for the fielded communications equipment. Mr. Locke quickly responded to this deficiency by correcting it and then drafting a standard operation procedures document. Another example of critical real-time support that Mr. Locke provided to Naval Special Warfare personnel was when he created a “layer” of BFT data on existing classified networks that provided critical, real-time situational awareness. Through his acute awareness of technological advancements, Mr. Locke realized the shortcomings with the current software capabilities and fixed the problem within 24 hours. His innovation subsequently required less training reducing to 30 minutes what previously had taken six hours. Mr. Locke also found a new way to perform BFT tracking on the new version of Falcon View within four days of hearing about a critical problem that was critical for mission tracking. Mr. Locke used the Google Earth BFT layer to allow for mission tracking. Naval Special Warfare mission trackers now are effectively tracking their missions on the new systems, due solely to Mr. Locke’s expertise. John Locke is a uniquely talented, knowledgeable, and dependable systems engineer. Without his vital contributions, the MSC would be unable to effectively answer the 20,000+ requests for information and support received from Naval Special Warfare combat forces worldwide. Mr. Locke’s unprecedented innovations and expertise directly contribute to Naval Special Warfare’s outstanding combat successes in the Global War on Terror. His direct actions have been documented to reduce fratricide and prevent potential loss of life for SEALs in combat - Naval Special Warfare’s most valuable resource.



Peter V. Marks, Ph. D

Navy Medicine Information Systems Support Activity – San Antonio

Dr. Marks executes the governance and operations required by Navy Medicine’s $55M Information Management/Information Technology (IM/IT) program that is funded by the Defense Health Program as part of the Military Health System (MHS) for the Department of Defense. In this position, Dr. Marks directly coordinates MHS-wide implementation of IM/IT products and services in coordination with the Navy, Army, and Air Force medical chief information officers and their staffs. At the world-wide enterprise level, he manages approximately 50,000 end-user devices needed to support the care for military members, their families, and DoD retirees. Under Dr. Marks’ bold direction within one year, Navy Medicine Information Systems Support Activity (NAVMISSA), previously known as the Naval Medical Information Management Center, moved services from servers located at Bethesda to a Cloud Computing model in San Antonio by partnering with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR) in New Orleans. The Cloud Computing model significantly reduced the need to directly control the technology infrastructure on site. In addition, this effort greatly augmented the Cyber Asset Reduction and Security initiative by reducing all of the servers previously located in Bethesda. The Cloud Computing model offered cost efficiencies, a robust infrastructure, and economies of scale. His accomplishments include the institution of a standardized format that enabled NAVMISSA to communicate with all internal and external stakeholders. Dr. Marks and his team successfully established a premier Program Management Office to ensure proper life cycle management of IM/IT programs, total cost of ownership, and levels of training consistent with Program Management Institute recommendations. As a superior role model, Dr. Marks focuses NAVMISSA Operations’ supervisors and leaders to a high level of performance by directing the accomplishment of strategic objectives based upon the most recent Information Technology Infrastructure Library framework and best practices. Under his decisive leadership, mission-oriented strategic planning, and innovative team building, Dr. Marks was instrumental in the successful mission of NAVMISSA. He directly impacted the delivery of premier programs and quality services to all of Navy Medicine.



IS1 Robert A. Napp, USCG

Coast Guard Cryptologic Detachment Support Element on USS New Orleans (LPD-18)/Coast Guard Cryptologic Unit Texas

Intelligence Specialist First Class Napp is a superb leader who demonstrated his abilities while deployed as the Lead Petty Officer of an all-Coast Guard Cryptologic Detachment Support Element (CDSE) on board the USS New Orleans (LPD-18). Performing in a role normally held by a Chief Petty Officer, Petty Officer Napp expertly positioned himself as the liaison between his detachment, the ship and various other agency personnel for mission support and administrative functions. During the first deployment of an all-Coast Guard CDSE on board a U.S. Navy combatant, Petty Officer Napp effectively directed the successful completion of all pre-deployment cryptologic equipment testing, ensuring the Ships Signal and Exploitation System (SSES) and the CDSE were both ready to deploy and mission capable. His leadership in this vital role enabled the Coast Guard CDSE to provide more than 750 time-sensitive reports and provided exceptional collection support to over 20 afloat assets and three fleet commanders. He also was responsible for developing the SSES standard operating procedures and baseline technical data, significantly increasing the operational readiness and effectiveness of the New Orleans. Petty Officer Napp currently is enrolled in a Navy IT course to become the Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) Networks Administrator on board the new National Security Cutter USCGC Bertholf (WMSL-750), to ensure the Coast Guard is able to meet the stringent requirements for the SCIF accreditation process of the first cutter with a SSES. Petty Officer Napp has proven to be an integral element of the planning, testing and execution of cryptologic missions on U.S. Navy and Coast Guard platforms and briefed Coast Guard flag officers of SSES operations the day after completing the New Orleans’ deployment. His performance and dedication have paved the way for Coast Guard Cryptologic Unit Texas personnel to perform CDSE missions on board Coast Guard platforms beginning in 2010 for the first time and have directly contributed to the continued success of the Coast Guard Cryptologic enterprise.



IT1 Darrell R. Ottley, USN

USS Bainbridge (DDG-96)

Information Systems Technician First Class Ottley is assigned as the Bainbridge’s Leading Petty Officer (LPO) for Command, Control, Communications, and Computers. In addition, he is the Bainbridge’s Command Sponsor Coordinator, Assistant Command DAPA, Combat Systems Departmental Mentor Coordinator, and CC Division Assistant Fitness Leader. Petty Officer Ottley’s organizational and management skills are superb. As LPO he has implemented a more rapid and efficient method for transmission of naval message traffic through Super High Frequency (SHF) using Gate Guard. This method enabled Bainbridge to transmit message traffic and receive a comeback copy within minutes of transmission. Petty Officer Ottley’s dedication to mentoring and training of fellow First Class Petty Officers, Officers and junior personnel is unmatched. As Departmental Mentorship Coordinator for 68 personnel, he assigned mentors who provided self-confidence, motivation and direction to their respective protégés. During Bainbridge’s 2009 anti-piracy deployment, while the ship was in a heightened information security posture, Petty Officer Ottley managed the installation of Information Assurance Vulnerability Alerts (IAVAS) on more than ten servers, ensuring achievement of 100% compliance. Also, during this operation, he implemented a quick-reaction communications shift to ensure communications with the PRC-119 were maintained with the supported Special Operations Force Commander, providing critical command control required to execute the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips, master of the Merchant VesselMaersk Alabama. Petty Officer Ottley approaches all challenges with dedication, tenacity, and discipline. His stellar technical and professional knowledge combined with unbridled commitment to operational success, ensure all the Bainbridge networks are secure and operational circuitry are properly configured to meet all taskings.



LCDR David P. Perry, USN

Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific

Lieutenant Commander Perry is the Communications Officer and Deputy Operations Officer at the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific (NCTAMSPAC). Commander Perry advocated for the successful NCTAMSPAC Communications Assistance Team (CAT), providing hundreds of man-hours of communications support and systems training to personnel of Pacific Carrier Strike Groups/Expeditionary Strike Groups from San Diego to Yokosuka. Through his efforts to fund and coordinate, NCTAMSPAC CATs are now considered a requirement for deploying Strike Groups and an invaluable service recognized and lauded by numerous Fleet Commanders, Commander, Pacific Fleet, and Commander, Task Force-70. His superb and forward-learning management led to the complete transition of more than 1,200 Pacific Fleet customers on the Defense Messaging System (DMS) to the Navy Regional Enterprise Messaging System (NREMS) six months ahead of schedule. This accomplishment generated a savings of $4M and the opportunity for an urgent re-capitalization of scarce manpower resources. Commander Perry also was responsible for the implementation and operation of Project Dog Star (Previously Project Athena) in the Pacific Region Network Operations Center (PRNOC). This effort significantly increased the Computer Network Defense (CND) posture for fleet units in the Pacific theater through increased vigilance, real-time situational awareness, and concise decision-making of command and control of communication system networks by using multiple advanced intrusion detections systems to include Shapes Vector and the Intelligent Agent Security Manager. Commander Perry’s strong fleet reputation has been hard won through his impressive technical expertise and communications acumen. In a command where high performance expectations are the norm, he stands out among a notable field of long service civilians and operational military professionals.



CTRC (SW/AW) Geoffrey C. Reeves, USN

USS Nitze (DDG-94)

Chief Cryptologic Technician Reeves is assigned as the Leading Chief Petty Officer for the Ship’s Signals Exploitation Space (SSES) on board the USS Nitze (DDG-94). He is also the Assistant Special Security Officer and Assistant Command Security Manager, overseeing the administration of clearance information for all hands and management of the ship’s classified information. During the Nitze’s recent seven-month deployment to Fifth Fleet, Chief Reeves demonstrated unparalleled technical skills in the exploitation of a previously undeveloped, high-interest target. Leading a team of five operators, he brilliantly analyzed the target and developed a plan to maximize collection opportunities with limited resources. His efforts, highly lauded by several national intelligence agencies, produced critical intelligence information that was briefed to key decision makers, including the President and members of the National Security Council. In addition, throughout the deployment, Chief Reeves conducted a comprehensive study of organic and cryptologic carry-on equipment that resulted in a first-of-its-kind report outlining best practices and recommendations for future system upgrades. While deployed, Chief Reeves took advantage of secure chat and e-mail to provide innovative training to operators on six other deployed units, patrolling in areas stretching from Japan to the Horn of Africa, further enhancing the mission readiness of assets across the strike group. In his role as Assistant Special Security Officer and Assistant Command Security Manager, he was responsible for managing all sensitive compartmentalized information on board the ship and maintaining clearance records for a 278-person crew. He personally processed more than 50 security clearances and managed more than 750 pieces of highly classified information with zero security incidents. Because of his diligence and meticulous attention to detail, the Nitze’s SSES achieved reaccreditation with no security discrepancies. Chief Reeves is an extraordinarily valuable cryptologic professional whose skills and talents have far-reaching impact beyond his assignment and even the Navy. He has made a major difference in the way that this nation conducts intelligence-gathering operations, and his efforts have saved countless lives and protected U.S. interests across the globe.



LCDR Ronald Anthony Schneider, USN

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)

Lieutenant Commander Schneider is assigned as the Combat Systems Information Officer (CSIO) on board the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) and serves as a Principle Assistant to the Combat Systems Officer. He is responsible for the leadership, management, and mentoring of 97 officer and enlisted personnel. Commander Schneider also is responsible for a multi-spectrum communications suite in support of all video, voice, and data systems; classified and non-classified network operations; information assurance; physical and network security; operations security; incoming and outgoing 'official message traffic; and electronic key management system account with more than 6,000 cryptographic line items. As the designated Communications Control Ship for Carrier Strike Group Eight, he oversees the CVN-69’s implementation of OPTASK Communications and Information Systems for CSG units. His performance as the CSIO has raised the standard of excellence and operational readiness on board the ship. Just weeks into his 2009 deployment, Commander Schneider and his team identified a fleet-wide connectivity problem for the Real-Time Automated Personal Identification System (RAPIDS). He and his team worked with network engineers to develop a fix to allow the creation of military common access cards while ships are deployed at sea. Commander Schneider implemented tools and processes to reduce system down-time to ensure embarked Warfare Commanders have immediate access to critical systems and information. He developed and implemented a root cause analysis and mean time between failure database that helps to track and predict high failure parts which is used to ensure critical parts are on board to minimize extended outages and combat systems degradations. Commander Schneider’s outstanding technical expertise and management skills ensured his Sailors were highly trained in all areas of fleet communications, information assurance, and automated data processing systems.



LT Brian Patrick Walsh, USN

Navy Information Operations Command Maryland

Lieutenant Walsh is the Support Department Head at Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Maryland. Filling the role of a seasoned lieutenant commander, Lieutenant Walsh maintains supervision and organization for a department of more than 150 officers, chiefs, and enlisted personnel assigned to NIOC Maryland. He was previously the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Expeditionary Support Team at the Meade Operations Center (MOC) for the National Security Agency (NSA) and the OIC for a Joint and Inter-agency Cryptologic Support Team (CST) forward deployed in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. As the forward OIC of CST-17 in Eastern Afghanistan, he directly supported Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) 101 and the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division with stunning success. As the MOC OIC, his creative pre-deployment training techniques and mentoring of first-time OICs set the standard for preparing teams for combat conditions. While deployed to Eastern Afghanistan, Lieutenant Walsh was the first CST OIC to regularly go forward to frontline commanders to witness conditions, terrain and troop capabilities. His battlefield philosophy and actions of fusing real-time intelligence collection with operations led to unprecedented success in find, fix, and finish operations. His innovative processes produced the following impressive statistics: capture/kill operations increased by 50% over the pervious five years; nine successful high-value individuals capture/kill operations in three months; Signals Intelligence collection increased by 100%; and, first CST to have operational command of low-level intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) assets. As the MOC OIC, Lieutenant Walsh innovatively capitalized upon his front-line experience by developing a training process for deploying OICs and CSTs that integrate Special Operations, NSA, interagency and joint forces. Lieutenant Walsh clearly demonstrates the value of streamlined C4ISR battlefield presence, real-time reach-back support, and fusing of actionable intelligence. Lieutenant Walsh’s proven battlefield practices and innovative C4ISR methods to incorporate this knowledge and experience have significantly impacted current and future information operations.


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Copernicus winners 1998-2009
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Award Winners 

2009 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2008)

IT1 (SW) Jon A. Antrim, USN
PreCommissioning Unit Independence (LCS-2) Blue

Information Systems Technician First Class Antrim is the PCU Independence’s Combat Systems Department Leading Petty Officer. Because the Littoral Combat Ship is a minimally manned frigate-sized seaframe operated by 40 core hybrid sailors, many of the traditional administrative and operational requirements are expected to be accomplished through distance support efforts ashore. Currently, there exists no infrastructure or method with which to execute the LCS distance support concept of operations. To fullfill LCS support requirements, Petty Officer Antrim constructed an HTML-coded web portal with which to capture more than 900 operational and administrative requirements. Compiling requirements from each seaframe’s department, he constructed a one-stop multi-layered demonstrative webpage where Sailors would be able to provide only essential data through webforms for ship-to-shore replication transport. The HTML web model was the cornerstone of a high-level executive brief to Commander, Naval Surface Forces that sparked funding, increased technical software and systems engineering efforts, and leadership oversight with the LCS program to support commissioning and operational testing of the first LCS seaframes. In development of the distance web-portal, Petty Officer Antrim saved the Navy thousands of dollars in initial design fees and work associated with the design process. When distance support is operational, the process will streamline the Navy’s administrative support and operational reporting requirements, saving significant man-hours and dollars.



LT Brian Christopher Canuel, USN

United States Africa Command

Lieutenant Canuel is the Satellite Communications Branch Chief in the C4S Directorate and Chief of the Joint Frequency Management Office that encompasses the Africa Command’s entire area of responsibility (AOR). A key player in every aspect of the C4S support during the planning, building and establishment of the Africa Command’s Joint Operations Center (JOC), Lieutenant Canuel’s ground-breaking efforts resulted in the successful transition of vital mission sets from three combatant commands, ensuring Africa Command was ready to execute missions in its 53-country AOR. He identified more than 350 current and future satellite resource requirements supporting the command, secured $13 million to cover identified satellite communications shortfalls and oversaw the successful host-nation approval of more than 2,600 frequencies with 12 different African nations. Lieutenant Canuel was the first C4S member of the Africa Command to deploy forward and conduct military-to-military training on the continent; his expert direction and deft interpersonal skills are the reason the African Union has satellite capabilities ready to support their on-going humanitarian missions in Somalia and Darfur.



Dr. Christopher R. Ekstrom

Naval Observatory

As the Chief of the Clock Development Division at the U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO), Dr. Ekstrom supervised a team of four physicists and coordinated the efforts of a supporting cast of engineers, technicians, and contractors to design and build the world’s first rubidium fountain clock capable of sustained (24/7/365) operations. Two of these clocks were placed into operation in 2008 to undergo a test and evaluation and shakedown after which they will be placed into full operation in the USNO Master Clock ensemble, contributing directly to the time and frequency standard of the Department of Defense. Rubidium fountain clocks are state-of-the art devices that measure time and frequency to a few parts in 1016, which means that the clocks will not lose one second of accuracy in 100 million years of operation. This level of precision represents an improvement of 2-3 orders of magnitude over present-day atomic clocks, and is necessary to meet future DOD requirements for positioning, navigation, and timing which are critical components of C4I. These clocks will provide picosecond level accuracy needed to facilitate Global Positioning System III operations. As the standard for time and frequency for the DOD, USNO’s Master Clock establishes the foundational frame of reference for all C4I activities.



AET1 Tyson C. Finn, USCG

U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego

Aviation Electronics Technican First Class Finn is responsible for the maintenance and repair of avionics and communications equipment for the three MH-60J helicopters assigned to U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego. Without formal training, Petty Officer Finn exploited the full capabilities of the MH-60J RT-5000 radio and laid the foundation for standardized interagency communications practices and procedures across Coast Guard aviation. Petty Officer Finn’s work enabled the first secure VHF-FM communications between Border Patrol agents, Customs Air-Maritime Branch units and Coast Guard air assets along U.S./Mexico land and maritime border. Working independently and often on his own time, Petty Officer Finn became the Coast Guard’s subject matter expert for aerial VHF-FM secure communications. Understanding the root causes of past failures in this area, Petty Officer Finn tenaciously pursued leads and assembled the subject matter experts necessary to advance secure air-to-ground communications capabilities across regional Department of Homeland Security land, sea and air assets. Capitalizing on his expertise with the RT-5000 radio system, Petty Officer Finn also provided key suggestions and guidance to technical representatives at the Telecommunications & Information Systems Command and Aircraft Repair & Supply Center. This direction resulted in aviation-specific keying material and unprecedented breakthroughs in the areas of encryption and over-the-air rekeying (OTAR). These changes and software upgrades are being incorporated across Coast Guard aviation to meet recent VHF-FM narrownband and secure communications requirements.



Mr. Rick J. Greer

Program Executive Office

Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapon, Navy

Mr. Greer serves as the Vertical Takeoff and Landing Unmanned Air Vehicle (VTUAV) Communications Lead and the Interoperability Lead for Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Air Systems (UAS). He is also a member of the NAVAIR Tactical Common Data Link (TCDL) Special Interest Group (NATS) that focuses on joint Interoperability for payload products. Mr. Greer’s efforts laid the foundation upon which a Joint Interoperability Profile was built and subsequently mandated by the Office of the Secretary of Defense in July 2008 for all UASs more than 30 pounds. He defined a TCDL data strategy to allow information exchanges to occur between disparate systems. This included coorinating with various vendors to achieve a single, interoperable solution for information exchanges using TCDL technology. Mr. Greer created the interoperability profiles to achieve true interoperability for the Warfighters and providing major cost savings to multiple Navy and joint programs. The Unmanned Systems Interoperability Profiles allowed, for the first time, multi-vendor competition for CDL systems for several major programs (such as the Navy’s Vertical lift Tactical Unmanned Vehicle [VTUAV], Broad Area Maritime Surveillance [BAMS] Unmanned Air System [UAS], P-3 Aircraft Improvement Program [AIP], P-3 Special Projects [SP], U.S. Navy ships [CDL-S] and others) to compete the procurement of CDL systems, resulting in a multi-dollar savings. Most important, Mr. Greer's efforts resulted in providing a common mode of operation for all CDL air and ground systems by providing interoperability to the Warfighter.



LTJG Courtney A. Harrison, USCG

U.S. Coast Guard Operations Systems Center

Lieutenant (junior grade) Harrison directs all software development and lifecycle management activities for the International Data Exchange (IDE) and U.S. National Data Center (NDC) capabilities of the Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) System, a program developed as the U.S. solution to meet Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and International Maritime Organization (IMO) international vessel position reporting requirements to support maritime safety and security operations. Lieutenant Harrison has managed the development and deployment of the IDE and NDC capabilities to provide worldwide reporting and tracking of the SOLAS-class vessels. His efforts can be directly credited for many notable accomplishments in supporting the LRIT project. He and his team authored extensive documentation for the IMO technical meetings in London, England, that helped shape international LRIT policy. Lieutenant Harrison’s active participation in these meetings has moved the United States to the forefront of international data exchange and design implementation. Lieutenant Harrison’s coordination with the Coast Guard’s Enterprise Geographic Information System team lead to the creation of custom polygons detailing international boundaries that the IMO has decided to use as the standard for the entire international LRIT community, saving $100,000 in development costs and $50,000 in recurring license and maintenance costs. Recognizing the capabilities and benefits of the emerging CG Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), Lieutenant Harrison used this enterprise service to properly architect the LRIT system for efficient and streamlined data sharing, becoming the first Coast Guard system to successfully use the CG ESB as a core capability within the enterprise system architecture.



Mr. Clifford L. Henry

Naval Communications Security Material System

Mr. Henry is the Principal Assistant for Communications Security (COMSEC) Operations. As a key member of the Joint Service COMSEC standardization initiative, he researched, developed, and implemented a solution to a long-standing problem involving the transfer of electronic COMSEC keys from local management device/key processor accounts to non-automated accounts. This capability made an immediate impact on the Warfighter by enabling the COMSEC account to transfer accountability for keying material to coalition partners and COMSEC users without electronic capability. There will no longer be a need to embed the Warfighter with Coalition Units for key transfer/keying operations in hostile environments. In addition, COMSEC accounts in all services will not have to act as a surrogate for another account in order to receive electronic key. This new capability will be fielded to NATO countries when the International Electronic Key Management System is deployed. Mr. Henry was recognized by the National Security Agency for developing and implementing the concept. Mr. Henry developed the Navy Transaction Clearing House (TCH), resulting in the total automation of COMSEC accounting transactions, a necessary step in the Navy’s transition to the Tri-Service Common Tier 1 (CT-1). The TCH eliminated the use of record messages for the submission of electronic transaction reports in use for more than 20 years. It also enabled taking off line the COMSEC Automated Reporting System Front End Processor, saving $500,000 in replacement and maintenance costs. The TCH dramatically reduced the labor-intensive manual entry of SF-153 Accounting Reports from more than 300 per day to 83 and was the single most important tool for account managers to accustom themselves to the new CT-1 paradigm. This initiative saved more than 1,000 man-hours per month.



LCDR Bertram L. Jennings, USN

Naval Network Warfare Command

Global Network Operations Center Detachment, Norfolk

Individual Augmentee to Multi-National Forces-Iraq

Lieutenant Commander Jennings is assigned as the Assistant Officer in Charge of the Global Network Operations Command Detachment, Norfolk. In 2008, Commander Jennings was assigned to the Multi-National Forces Iraq (MNF-I) CJ6 Staff in Baghdad, Iraq, as a strategic communications planner in support of the Global War on Terrorism. He was the driving force behind the strategic communications planning during the highly successful surge of an additional five combat brigades in Iraq. He executed a $2.4 million dollar project for robust terrestrial microwave links in Iraq. Interacting daily with CENTCOM, DISA, Multi-National Corps – Iraq, Commander Jennings’ efforts provided strategic and stable communications for nine operating bases in support of 180,000 Coalition warfighters supporting Wideband Global SATCOM, CENTCOM C4 Network Ops and I CORPS Transfer Authority and Theater NETOPS conferences. As the lead architect, he guided the theater communications infrastructure by managing the MNF-I Requirements Validation Board that prioritized and expedited C4I communication projects in the range of more than $25 million dollars. In addition, Commander Jennings initiated and planned for a $1.2 million dollar ATM baseband equipment upgrade for the Central Iraq Microwave System, saving more than $500,000 by streamlining the acquisition process for concrete pads and the installment of antennas by working with theater contracting firms. He saved another $300,000 through ingenious procurement of controlled cryptographic FASTLANES.



Mr. Russell S. Jones

Assistant Chief of Naval Operations, Next Generation Enterprise Networks (NO99)

Mr. Jones is the Division Director for Plans, Programming and Policy for the Next Generation Enterprise Network System Program Office (NGEN SPO). Mr. Jones was single-handedly responsible for conceiving, organizing and leading the Next Generation Enterprise Network Cross Functional Team during initial stand-up of the NGEN program. Mr. Jones integrated the diverse and often-times disparate goals and objectives of numerous organizations. He led stakeholders through development of a comprehensive, coherent and fiscally achieveable NGEN Requirements Document and associated Network Operations Concept of Operations. Despite challenging manpower shortages during the crucial initial phases of NGEN planning and development, Mr. Jones created a team that made immediate and substantive progress in meeting critical NGEN milestones and garnering key leadership support. In preparation for POM-10, Mr. Jones captured comprehensive NGEN priorities to generate operational and workforce program elements for the critical transition from NMCI to NGEN. Mr. Jones has been critical to the successful planning, preparation and communication of Next Generation Enterprise Network requirements, challenges and way ahead. His efforts have been the linchpin to NGEN transition planning, and will have operational impact for decades to come.



CDR James A. Knoll, USN

Directorate for Warfare Integrations (Communications Networks)

Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

Commander Knoll is Section Head for Satellite Communications and Communications Pathways, responsible for developing of near- and far-term communication capability investment strategy for the globally deployed U.S. Navy. Commander Knoll personally led all aspects of an End-to-End Capability Based Assessment of the U.S Navy communications architecture. His assessment results directly challenged the conventional wisdom of multiple future communications architectures. His research revealed, documented, and quantified more than 15 capability gaps in the end-to-end global architecture. Commander Knoll led the effort to develop capability gap solutions in time to meet the impending Program Objective Memorandum – 2010. Commander Knoll crafted a complex portfolio of capability solutions backed by detailed technical research, and then translated it into a format that was meaningful and easily understandable by both researchers and key decision makers. Commander Knoll communicated this complex portfolio in a manner that Navy leadership clearly understood the operational impact of those gaps, the proposed solutions, and the degree to which the gaps were filled by each solution. During the program review process, Commander Knoll quickly grasped the end-to-end impact to the communications architecture of proposed program budget cuts. These proposed cuts had been made in isolation from an end-to-end vision. He then analyzed and translated the war fighting impacts of the proposed program budget cuts to the decision maker, successfully reversing the more than $1 billion of cost avoidance to Navy Program Objective Memorandum 2010.



ET1(SW/AW) Jason A. Lonsdale, USN

Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 2 (VQ-2)

Electronics Technician First Class Lonsdale is the leading Petty Officer in the Electronic Warfare, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron, Information Systems Division. As the senior electronics technician and information systems manager for a detachment deployed to the Netherlands Antilles, Petty Officer Lonsdale oversaw the set up, accreditation, and disestablishment of a Temporary Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (T-SCIF). This facility consisted of three separate networks and more than 180 individual accounts for personnel from four different commands, which enabled the successful dissemination of near real-time intelligence during a presidentially directed mission to support the Global War on Terror. Petty Officer Lonsdale spearheaded and implemented a web-based portal via EKmNet in which secure file sharing can be accomplished between homeport and forward-deployed locations. This significant development linked critical command information and numerous dynamic databases with the ability to provide real-time updates. As a result, VQ-2 developed the capability to communicate, train and share information with worldwide deployed personnel in a vastly more efficient manner. Petty Officer Lonsdale also developed a SIPR collaboration web page, ensuring that all Fleet commands have the ability to access VQ-2 current mission data from all active detachment sites. This web page enabled VQ-2 to provide the fleet with a “one stop shopping” SIPR web page, significantly improving the dissemination of critical mission reports and analysis to customers around the world. In addition, Petty Officer Lonsdale developed emergency procedures to recover failed mission laptops and lost data while airborne, there by minimizing lost systems productivity and greatly increasing mission systems reliability and effectiveness. These procedures have become the standards for EP-3E aircraft worldwide.



Mr. Kevin L. Marlowe

Joint Systems Integration Command

Mr. Marlowe is Director, Command and Control (C2) Analysis, charged with providing support to the U.S. Joint Forces Command Joint Capability Developer (JCD) on C2 systems characteristics, functionality, interoperability, suitability for specific missions, and/or lab-based quantitative and qualitative analysis. Since the designation of U.S. Joint Forces Command as a co-lead for the C2 Capability Portfolio, Mr. Marlowe has engaged with key leaders and technical stakeholders across the DOD to ensure that decisions affecting the Department’s C2 portfolio are based upon objective and defensible analysis. Mr. Marlowe conceived of, designed and/or led development of a myriad of analytic tools and concepts, including the Capability Mapping Framework, C2 Scorecard, C2 Registry, C2Pedia, and Collaborative Document Navigator. Taken together, these tools provide a formidable decision support system for the joint analyst interested in understanding what C2 systems do and where there are potential gaps and redundancies in capabilities. Developing a decision support system is only valuable if that system is proven useful for making decisions, and Mr. Marlowe’s suite of tools has been effective in several critical areas over the last 22 months. When Director, Program Analysis and Evaluation (PA&E) (in the Office of the Secretary of Defense) provided a one-time window for realignment of DOD funding program delements (PEs) to capability portfolios, Mr. Marlowe’s team was able to use the Collaborate Document Navigator to quickly review the text of several thousand PEs and link them to specific portfolios, effectively changing the DOD portfolio manager for millions of dollars of programs. Similarly, use of these tolls facilitated the objective identification of service-sponsored deployable command and control (DC2) systems into defensible variants that will provide the starting point for DC2 analysis that will impact the FY12 budget cycle.



LT Sean W. Merritt, USN

Airborne Command Control and Logistics Wing

Lieutenant Merritt is assigned as the Assistant Training Officer for the Airborne Command Control and Logistics Wing that services the E-2C and C-2A communities. Lieutenant Merritt and his team crafted the E-2C/C-2A community’s Naval Aviation Simulator Master Plan (NASMP) on how best to upgrade aircraft simulators in order to migrate training from the aircraft to the simulator. This effort highlighted efficiencies for training while yielding significant cost savings for the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE). Specifically, Lieutenant Merritt developed a network of cost-effective training devices by targeting tasks that require less fidelity without compromising the overall quality of training. He cultivated a plan based on extensive community input that recommended the targeted upgrade of current simulators, the acquisition of new full-fidelity simulators developed for both E-2C and E-2D, and the procurement of a new family of part-task trainers. With the rollout of the new E-2D airframe scheduled to begin in 2011, he confirmed a community throughput problem where the number of simulators would be insufficient to handle the amount of training required during the transition to the new aircraft. Instead of upgrading all current E-2C simulators, he identified the ability to upgrade older simulators for training tasks and develop new simulators that could be procured for the E-2C and then be redressed for the E-2D for a comparatively small price tag. This shift in development will ultimately save approximately $56 million. In addition, Lieutenant Merritt defined a new requirement for part-task trainers that are capable of displaying configurations for all ten versions of E-2 and C-2 cockpits at appoximately $2 million per trainer instead of $30 million for a new single version full-fidelity trainer.



Mr. Russell K. Mukai

Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific

As the lead Global Command and Control System (GCCS) Systems Administrator for Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Mr. Mukai oversees and directs the smooth operation of GCCS-Joint (GCCS-J) servers providing the fused integrated common operational picture (COP) and integrated intelligence and imagery (I3) for the two commands. Mr. Mukai's efforts directly and positively impacted the GCCS-J version 4.1.1 accreditation and fielding decision, advancing this C4I system for all services. Because of his thorough documentation of key decision points, clarification of provided steps and notation of discrepancies, the installation software and documentation were greatly improved for the subsequent fielding for 4.1.1. Mr. Mukai, building upon the success of the GCCS-J version 4.1.1. SAT and OT, is leading the effort at Pacific Command in the preparation, installation, and configuration for this latest and final release, GCCS-J 4.2. This effort extended the C4I capabilities for nine commands and coalition partners in the Pacific area of operations. Increasing availability and assuring recoverability of C4I systems across commands and services and leading the advancement of GCCS-J Systems Administration, Mr. Mukai regularly provides invaluable insight and guidance as demonstrated by his presentations at the most recent GCCS System Administration and Engineering Conference held at U.S. Central Command. His efforts in presenting briefs on COP backup snapshots and System Imaging Tool for Solaris (SITS) to a group of more than 100 individuals representing dozens of joint commands around the world greatly contributed to the advancement of the GCCS System Administration body of knowledge and provided an additional tool for system administrators to use.



ITC(SW/AW) Brian T. O'Hagen, USN

Center for Information Dominance, Corry Station

Chief Information Systems Technician O’Hagen is the Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) Phoenix VI/VII J6/Communications-Networking Automation Division Leading Chief Petty Officer, responsible for 60+ multi-service system administrators performing CJTF/J6 special operations and helpdesk functions serving 26 major forward operating bases (FOBs). While serving a 12-month individual augmentation in Afghanistan, Chief O’Hagen developed the Afghanistan primary defense microwave communication service supporting five Afghan Regional Security Integration Commands. This microwave network enabled time-sensitive, critical communications among 29 major FOBs and recently constructed hospitals throughout Afghanistan. Chief O’Hagen and his team installed 20 very small aperture terminal systems (VSAT). This VSAT array supported embedded training teams throughout Afghanistan and provided C2 data/voice grade channels to 3,500+ U.S./Coalition forces conducting critical anti-terrorism/counter-insurgency training for both the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police forces. In preparation for the initial deployment of U.S. Marine forces to Afghanistan, Chief O’Hagen initiated a communications infrastructure plan that provided for a C2 mobile NIPRNet/SIPRNet pathway to ensure strategic and theater-level capability in communications interoperability among U.S. Marine forces, CJTF Phoenix and other combined forces.





ITC(SW) David A. Pabon, USN

U.S. Pacific Fleet

Chief Information Systems Technician Pabon is Assistant Officer in Charge (AOIC), Senior Enlisted Advisor (SEA), and Operations Chief (OPS Chief) for the Pacific Command’s Contingency C4I Package (CCP). He supervised 29 personnel in the operation and maintenance of the Deployable Joint Command and Control (DJC2) system, a rapid deployable C4I package capable of establishing a forward-deployed command post for designated Joint Task Force Commanders. Chief Pabon’s efforts established the DOD standard for DJC2 concept of operations, readiness, operational procedures, training plans and manning requirements. In DJC2’s first event following delivery and testing, Exercise Terminal Fire 2008, Chief Pabon provided 100 percent realiable network, voice, and video connectivity to 120 military personnel. Maintaining strict information assurance and force protection integrity, he prevented all Red Team network and compound instrusion attemps. Chief Pabon provided uninterrupted data and voice services to 150 DOD and allied personnel, geographically dispersed throughout Thailand, enabling seamless JTF and Coalition Task Force (CTF) coordination during Exercise Cobra Gold 2008. In addition, he extended remote NIPRNET and voice equipment to facilities beyond DJC2's physical boundaries, greatly enhancing exercise success and CTF interoperability with Thailand, Japan, Korea, Australia and the Philippines. In the wake of Cyclone Nargia devastating Burma/Myanmar, Chief Pabon supported 100 JTF personnel during humanitarian assistance/disaster relief. In addition, he executed a 300-mile JTF relocation, displacing a communications infrastructure within 18 hours, enabling the execution of 156 relief sorties into Myanmar and aiding 80,000 victims. In DJC2’s most challenging exercise, Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2008 (RIMPAC), Chief Pabon oversaw an intricate 13-nation, 130 U.S. and allied personnel Maritime Operations Center. His management of all networks resulted in zero spillages, enabling seamless exercise scenario execution and live ship sinking. The DJC2 provided C2 capability to 65 ships, 200 aircraft, and 17,900 personnel from 13 nations, greatly enhancing allied sea power in the largest multi-national exercise in the world. Chief Pabon and his team have been recognized by the DJC2 Program and other DOD organizations as the best operators of the six DJC2 core units deployed worldwide.



LTJG Robert E. Parsons, USN


Individual Augmentee to Multi-National Forces - Iraq

Lieutenant (junior grade) Parsons is assigned to USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) Combat Systems Department as the Communications Officer. Lieutenant Parsons’ contributions to reviving Carl Vinson’s communications center after a 32-month refueling and complex overhaul were extraordinary. He oversaw the transformation of a completely barren communication center into a reconstructed state-of-the-art shipboard communications facility capable of providing superior C4ISR support to the Carrier Strike Group. While serving as an individual augmentee, Lieutenant Parsons developed a high-speed, low-latent communication capability to extend strategic communications from Headquarters Multi-National Forces – Iraq (Camp Victory Baghdad) to Marine forces operating in Multi-National Forces West (Fallujah). By working with commercial vendors, government civilians and numerous military agencies, he engineered a commercial line-of-sight microwave communications system to connect both headquarters. This new capability greatly improved communications capabilities between the warfighter and the strategic commander by providing a high-speed circuit for video teleconferencing, VoIP, and web portal collaboration capabilities. His efforts were used as a proof of concept that changed this tactical system into a program of record and gained program management support from the Central Iraqi Microwave System. Lieutenant Parsons then leveraged this new microwave circuit to provide a strategic communications capability to Task Force 134 building a new internment facility in MNF-W (Ar Ramadi). After hearing that Camp Buca frequently experienced a loss of communications because its prisoners constantly broke fiber optic cables within the camp, Lieutenant Parsons researched a new SIPRNET wireless networking device, SECNET 54, from Harris Radio Corporation. He deployed to Camp Buca with a proof of concept that was subsequently approved. This wireless research and proof of concept went on to support Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq, Coalition Air Force Transition Team and other strategic and tactical military commands that required a wireless SIPRNET capability.



Gunnery Sergeant Raul Penton, USMC

Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38

Gunnery Sergeant Penton is assigned as Data Chief, Bravo Company, Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38. He is responsible for overseeing all data network installation, operation, and maintenance requirements on Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. Once deployed, Gunnery Sergeant Penton’s attention to training facilitated the flawless management of 92 network servers, 15 routers, and more than 500 access layer switches on a combat operations base that measures over 200 square kilometers. The value of advanced data network equipment that he is responsible for operating and maintaining is in excess of $30 million. Gunnery Sergeant Penton also planned and coordinated the installation, operation, and maintenance of expeditionary data network services for three forward-operating bases. Gunnery Sergeant Penton’s technical expertise greatly contributed to the smooth transition of the Multi-National Forces-West Command Element to Al Asad Air Base from Camp Fallujah, Iraq. He supervised the timely installation of advanced data network services for more than 1,000 Multi-National Forces-West Command Element personnel, facilitating continued C4I capabilities for the battle staff overseeing all combat operations in Al Anbar province.



Capt Jonathan J. Pfuntner, USMC

26th Expeditionary Unit

Captain Pfuntner is assigned as the Assistant Marine Expeditionary Unit Communications Officer for the 26th MEU based at Camp Lejeune, NC, responsible for planning, installation, operation and maintenance of all Marine communications architectures ashore and afloat in support of exercises and operations in garrison and aboard U.S. naval shipping. Serving as the lead Marine communications expert for LPD-17 Operational Test and Evaluation, his technical expertise was cited  by Second Fleet as a primary contributor to the resolution of five major and twelve minor communications challenges faced by Marines operating from the USS San Antonio (LPD-17).

Captain Pfuntner established sound baseline SOPs using the digital modular radio for integrated UHF, VHF and HF communications. He laid out the proper cryptographic loading procedures and identified improperly constructed wiring harnesses, ensuring integration of shipboard equipment and Marine Corps hardware. Captain Pfuntner led the communications detachment aboard the San Antonio to accomplish more than 100 complex system tests during three separate sea-trial periods. He demonstrated LPD-17’s unique ability to distribute satellite services to a MEU on the ground by using a second satellite shot, enhancing the amphibious community’s interconnection to Joint Task Force-level ground stations. The practical solutions he developed with program representatives are being applied across the LPD-17 class. Captain Pfuntner saw the diamond in the rough at H-23 on Camp Lejeune and applied thrift and diligence to adapt materials on-hand into one of the most practically-designed open-storage facilities as accredited by II Marine Expeditionary Force security managers. Final accreditation was gained six weeks early, facilitating the integration of the Marine Air Ground Task Force and increasing efficiency. Co-locating SIPRNET and NIPRNET access within a single facility saves the MEU hundreds of hours of labor each month and enhances overall information security with physical safeguards.



LT Timothy H. Phenicie, USN

USS San Antonio (LPD-17)

Lieutenant Phenicie is assigned as ADP Systems Director for the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Information, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) in the USS San Antonio (LPD-17). The San Antonio is the first ship in the LPD-17 class delivering revolutionary C4ISR capability to the Navy and Marine Corps. Its Ship Wide Area Network (SWAN) is expansive and unlike any other integrating COTS engineering and ship’s control systems. Because of a catastrophic failure of original network servers and lack of integrated logistics support, Lieutenant Phenicie advocated for and ultimately managed the replacement of 13 servers and the migration of all user’s data, profiles, and mailboxes transforming a legacy Windows NT environment into a standard, supportable common operating personal computer environment. Simultaneously, he was the catalyst in eliminating the stove-piped Total Ships Training System and Integrated Product Data Environment. By leveraging existing transport and other hardware capability, nearly two terabytes of technical drawings, technical manuals and inter-active courseware can now be accessed by all shipboard clients instead of dedicated to workstations. This hardware and data migration saved the Navy more than $300,000 in life-cycle replacement costs, maintenance and technical support requirements. After completing this transformation, he managed a five day security, test and evaluation that ultimately resulted in SWAN receiving full System Type Authority to Operate, which now serves as the baseline security configuration for all LPD-17 class ships. In addition, with no formal training or Navy Enlisted Classification Codes for LPD-17 class systems, Lieutenant Phenicie was the driving force for establishing a Raytheon ISEA-sponsored core competency training pipeline for the maintenance and operation of SWAN. He instituted comprehensive standard operating procedures for server, network health and protocol management. Leveraging existing Navy Information/Application Product Suite Share Point portal capability, he eliminated the use of distrbuted file shares by 65 percent by creating standardized departmental web pages and collaborative work spaces, enabling quicker access to relevant content. Finally, Lieutenant Phenicie developed and implemented a robust, yet enforceable, Information Systems Security Policy conforming to all DOD and Navy requirements that has been accepted as the standard on all LPD-17 ships.



CTN1 (SW/AW) Philip R. Pugh II, USN

Navy Information Operations Command, Pensacola

Cyptologic Technician Networks First Class Pugh is a Computer Network Operations (CNO) Exercise Integration Planner. Petty Officer Pugh played a critical role in the Navy’s participation in Exercise Bulwark Defender 2008 (BDO8), the Department of Defense’s premier network defense exercise. This joint service exercise provides invaluable training to network defenders, which enhances command and control (C2) procedures, and presents an opportunity to refine tactics, techniques, and procedures. Petty Officer Pugh’s efforts enhanced the cyber network defenders’ ability to defend the Navy Joint Cyberspace Operations Range during the exercise. Petty Officer Pugh co-authored the first Navy CNO Exercise Instructor Guide for DB08 that encompassed computer network defense, exploitation and attack scenarios performed on the Navy JCOR. His efforts led to NIOC Pensacola developing the 2008 CNO Exercise Instructor Guide. Petty Officer Pugh spearheaded the initiative to provide Center for Information Dominance (CID) Corry Station access to the Navy JCOR that used a virtual private network to demonstrate simulator capabilities. Integration of the Navy JCOR into CID training evolutions will provide a computer network defense infrastructure for cryptologic techician networks and information systems technician students to execute virtual scenarios based on Joint, COCOM, CID and Fleet training requirements.



ITC Roderick K. Reed, USN

Defense Information Systems Agency - Pacific

Chief Information Systems Technician Reed, assigned as a Communication Engineering Technician, is the DISA representative and exercise planner for all long-haul communications circuits, equipment and interoperability in support of bilateral exercises throughout Japan. Chief Reed engineered and provisioned requirements for critical bilateral exercises Keen Edge, Keen Sword, and Yama Sakura. During Yama Sakura, he led a team of 28 technicians to install 1,000 computer drops that maintained an impressive 99.98 percent on-time circuit activation. This effort provided the bi-lateral warfighters mission essential communications and optimized their ability to train as they would fight. Chief Reed facilitated the installation of the Japan Next Generation Sensors. This project replaced costly legacy equipment, improved traffic security handling rates by 90 percent on critical commercial circuits, and saved the DOD $500,000 a year in leased costs. Chief Reed developed a command COMSEC training program that was recognized as one of the best in PACOM. Supporting the increasing C4I requirements of DISA Pacific Japan through the development and implementation of updated IT solutions, Chief Reed organized an enormous effort between U.S. Air Force and Adobe to implement a collaboration tool on the bi-lateral network for exercise Keen Edge 09. The tool, Adobe Connect, provided avenues for secure collaboration with coalition partners during coalition military operations. This effort also provided diverse secure communication to enable high-quality, secure, C2 communications between United States and Japan Ministry of Defense.



LCDR Robert G. Salembier, USCG

Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

Lieutenant Commander Salembier is the Chief Information Officer’s (CIO) Command, Control, Communications, Computers & Information Technology (C4&IT) Deputy Liaison to the Coast Guard C4ISR Acquisitions Directorate. Commander Salembier has been instrumental in bridging the gap between the Coast Guard’s C4&IT Technical Authority (CG-6) and the largest air, sea and shore modernization program in the history of the Coast Guard. Commander Salelmbier was the single most critical member of the information assurance (IA) teams who was able to assess the IA posture for the first National Security Cutter, USCGC Bertholf. He closely coordinated with the sponsor to ascertain requirements for the Bertholf to transit to homeport, then worked with the DAA, the Acquisitions Directorate, SPAWAR Philadelphia, Coast Guard Centers of Excellence, and the Bertholf’s crew to ensure certification of 100 percent of C4&IT transit requirements while sustaining a rigorous information assurance posture. Through his timely and technically astute efforts, and on a dramatically accelerated delivery schedule, the Bertholf met her information assurance requirements, allowing for transit from Pascagoula, MS, to her homeport in Alameda, California, avoiding two months of delay and more than $20 million dollars in excess yard costs. Commander Salembier also spearheaded the design and certification of the first in government tactical SIPRNET system on an air platform. His keen insights were crucial to identifying numerous problems with the original design of the mission system pallet, and as a result avoided months of schedule slippage along with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cost avoidance. His early involvement and critical guidance throughout the deployment of the aircraft mission readiness pallet resulted in the approval, certification, and deployment of this new capability for our aviators to assist in homeland security and law enforcement. Furthermore, Commander Salembier introduced the “Platform IT’ concept into the Coast Guard’s certification process to realize attainable and accreditable engineering solutions, drastically streamlining the C&A timeline requirements/process, and allowing for a heavily integrated “system of systems” to function at a government leading level. The use of this concept already has saved an estimated 300 hours in paperwork and will save 25 percent of administrative C&A costs over the systems’ lifecycle. This will amount to millions of dollars in contract savings over the next decade.



LCDR Wesley S. Sanders, USN

Commander Task Force 70/Commander, Third Fleet

As Commander Task Force 70’s Joint Interface Control Officer (JICO), Commander Sanders made dramatic improvements to data link readiness for combat operations in support of U.S. theater operation plans, ballistic missile defense (BMD), and interoperability with the Japanese Martime Self-Defense Force. Commander Sanders identified configuration and policy errors in Link 16 networks and drove complete network rewrites that resulted in interoperability of U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force Link 16 operations that were proven in Joint Exercises Valiant Shield 2006 and 2007. In addition, he developed and implemented the concept of a Regional Interface Control Cell (RICC) to manage the massive data links supporting multiple aircraft carriers in a joint combat environment. The arrival of USS Shiloh (CG-67) to CTF 70 and installation of BMD shipalts in four CTF 70 DDGs during 2006 brought untested force ballistic missile defense capabilities to the Seventh Fleet AOR. Commander Sanders tested the ability of the new systems to share BMD track data across highly robust extremely high-frequency TDMA interface processor (EHF TIP) networks called MULTICAST TADIL J. (MTJ). MTJ requires precise configuration of common data link management system, integrated ship network system, automated digital network system, and EHF systems to function correctly and new skills for command link teams – adding information systems technicians to the mix of electronics technician and operations specialist personnel. Commander Sanders’ persistence in scheduling exercises, obtaining subject matter expert (SME) support and integrating the SME efforts across systems resulted in success of the new capability. His initiative sparked a new era of combined force interoperability with U.S. Navy and Japanese Self-Defense Force (JSDF). During Annual Exercise 18G in the fall of 2006, Commander Sanders coordinated the first bilateral BMD Link exercise, with JMSDF units successfully engaging BMD tracks injected into the Link by U.S. BMD units. With his assistance, an upwardly spiraling series of exercises resulted in the successful firing engagement of a missile off of Hawaii by a JMSDF ship.



LCDR Tracie A. Severson, USN

Missile Defense Agency – Naval Sea Systems Command

Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense

Lieutenant Commander Serverson is the Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2, BM, and C) Division Head, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program. Commander Severson successfully led Aegis BMD integration efforts with the AN/TPY-2 surveillance and tracking radar system in order to provide a Launch on TADIL (LoT) capability to the BMDS. Her team of engineers executed key analysis and planning that accelerated by three years delivery of this capability to the warfighter. Her efforts included building C4I test architectures for Aegis BMD to communicate with the AN/TPY-2 both in Japan and in Israel. Commander Severson was the communications officer for Operation Burnt Frost. During this mission, she used her extensive knowledge of UHF, EHF, SHF C4I systems to engineer the communication paths that ensured critical data was available when needed by USS Lake Erie (CG-70) to successfully intercept a failing U.S. satellite. This effort required working directly with communications centers worldwide including coordinating C4I tasks at the PACOM Joint Operations Center and coordinating and monitoring the mission with both the STRATCOM and National Command Authorities. Commander Severson also was instrumental in the design of the multiple object reporting scheme of ballistic missiles for the next generation of Aegis BMD Combat Systems; currently the only tactical data link capability for sharing ballistic missile discrimination data features between two different BMDS elements. This capability supports a probability weighted discrimination matrix for ballistic objects, which allows the BMDS to better intercept complex BMD targets.



CWO4 Timothy E. Sullivan, USN

U.S. Fleet Forces Command

Chief Warrant Officer Sullivan conceived and developed the necessity for and then led the execution of several critical Sea Trial Limited Objective Experiments that are defining the Navy's future architecture to perform multi-intelligence analysis in the Global War on Terrorism and supporting Maritime Domain Awareness across the full range of military operations. His efforts have significantly impacted our nation's ability to effectively detect, identify and track high priority targets in support of world-wide deployed forces. Coordinating with key national-level intelligence commands, Chief Warrant Officer Sullivan completed a comprehensive review of multi-intelligence requirements, and then implemented a plan to vastly improve integration of national technical means data at the tactical level. He spearheaded the process to vastly improve Fleet procedures to support an improved Joint Interoperable Signals Intelligence Support Tools (JISST) process. Over a four-month period, he coordinated with NSA for the implementation of a Fleet-wide modernization procedure that ensures optimum SIGINT data connectivity to national intelligence databases that directly support maritime operations centers, strike groups, and pertinent national shore commands. Chief Warrant Officer Sullivan was hand-picked to respond to an urgent NAVCENT requirement for improved indications and warning on a high-interest target. He coordinated with COMUSNAVCENT, COMNAVSURFLANT, National Reconnaissance Office, and NIOC Georgia to obtain equipment for a tailored-access SIGINT capability that required extensive research and collaboration with national-level commands, extensive experimentation, and system compatibility tests with shipboard programs of record. This new capability proved invaluable and is now permanently installed throughout the Fifth Fleet’s area of operations.



IT2 Frank W. Swiontek, USN

USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19)

Information Systems Technician Second Class Swiontek is the Ship Wide Area Network (SWAN) Administrator and Assistant Information Systems Security Officer. The SWAN is the hub of the Mesa Verde’s C4I, weapons and engineering suites. Since reporting on board theMesa Verde, Petty Officer Swiontek aggressively gained knowledge about the SWAN through technical publications and leading civilian and military contractors. From initial installation, Petty Officer Swiontek took the lead in inspecting and assessing this vital system. This was necessary because there is no formal training for the SWAN. Petty Officer Swiontek has become the subject matter expert on all mission critical systems which interface with SWAN. Because he was so successful in learning this new system, contractors responsible for installing upgrades seek out his help to test and troubleshoot the system. His knowledge of SWAN and connected mission critical systems allowed the Mesa Verde to maintain the highest state of mission readiness. As the lead SWAN technician, he troubleshot and resolved a series of errors that stopped the intermittent connectivity issue plaguing the San Antonio-class DCAMS. As a result, the Mesa Verde was first in class to complete the System Overall Verification Test for DCAMS. Petty Officer Swiontek’s knowledge of the SWAN allowed him to identify a shortfall of related maintenance such as switch redundancy and system operability checks to ensure proper operation. His expertise was recognized by the PMS 317 Program Office. Petty Officer Swiontek has been tasked to provide these critical inputs into the development of specific SWAN preventive maintenance for the LPD-17 Class. In his systems security role, Petty Officer Swiontek was a key player in initial configuration and implementation for network security policies and testing and evaluation of Mesa Verde’s network and connected systems. This resulted in an approval of the Interim Authority to Operate (IATO) for a common operating environment for the SWANs on all San Antonio-class ships.



Mr. Wayne A. Tunick

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Space Field Activity

Mr. Tunick is the Chair of the Naval-NRO Coordination Group, chartered by the Under Secretary of the Navy and the Director, National Reconnaissance Office. Mr. Tunick examined the interdependence of naval warfare and space and the effects of space denial on naval operations in a major contingency operation. Although numerous studies have assessed the foreign counterspace threats against U.S. C4I, Mr. Tunick was the first to assess actual operational impact on naval warfare capabilities during hostilities, including anti-surface, anti-submarine and air and missile defense missions. Mr. Tunick’s work resulted in immediate actions by Navy leadership. Pacific Fleet directed fleet exercises include realistic assumptions about risks to C4I capabilities and contingency plans for operating with lost or reduced access to space be prepared and tested. Naval Network Warfare Command modified the Navy Mission-Essential Task List, ensuring that Navy will train, realistically, as it will fight. The Chief of Naval Operations directed follow-on studies on the effects of electronic attack on naval operations. The Deputy CNO for Communication Networks conducted an assessment of SATCOM vulnerabilities, the results of which confirmed Mr. Tunick’s findings. With support from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and The Aerospace Corporation, Mr. Tunick led a follow-on study to identify and prioritize mitigation options that will enable Navy to operate in a hostile space environment. The results were used to develop PR-09 and POM-10 programs. To enable Navy C4I planners to understand the effects of increased demand for protected communications, Mr. Tunick now is working with the National Security Space Office to analyze EHF loading and identify ways to increase the robustness and redundancy of our EHF SATCOM systems.



IT2 Andrea M. Vivio, USN

Patrol Squadron 9

Information Systems Technician Vivio is the Leading Petty Officer for the Squadron ADP Division. During an expeditionary deployment to Talill, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Petty Officer Vivio immediately adapted to a joint warfighting construct under a U.S. Air Force communications supporting architecture. She personally designed, created and established a C4I architecture which provided vastly improved communications and SIPR equipment, as well as a workspace with increased security and connectivity. Petty Officer Vivio managed the expeditious installation of both NIPR and SIPR lines and routers to suupport more than 20 computers, a DSN phone system, and a 512k ISDN video conferencing line. She also relocated the Digital Video Broadcasting-Return Channel via Satellite (DVB-RCS) system, which allows for real time video streaming from operational aircraft to group station personnel enabling warfighting decision makers to maintain battlespace awareness. Finally, Petty Officer Vivio was instrumental in the setup of such complex communication systems as 5k/25k voice and imagery and communications environment (ICE) circuits as well as HF and UHF circuits. These accomplishments provided the Mobile Operations Command Center with both improved working conditions and instant improvement to communication support to task Group 57.18's 10 P-3C AIP aircraft, providing real-time ISR support to Coalition ground forces.



Maj Gregory A. Wyche, USMC

Command Element, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Major Wyche led the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s effort to prepare communication systems on board the USS New Orleans (LPD-18) for the ship’s first deployment. Major Wyche engaged and worked with organizations in Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Headquarters Marine Corps, and the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations staff in order to provide the appropriate level of support to test and operate these communication systems. His efforts directly contributed to the successful embarkation of a Battalion Landing Team (BLT) on board the New Orleans and enabled the BLT’s commanding officer to command and control complex amphibious operations from this new amphibious ship. SPAWAR’s DMR office has highlighted and adopted Major Wyche’s test and evaluation methods because of their efficiency and effectiveness. As a result of Major Wyche’s efforts, the 13th MEU was able for the first time on the West Coast to move its Ground Combat Element commanding officer off the MEU flagship, allowing greater flexibility when employing forces. Major Wyche’s planning efforts allowed 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit to become the first Marine unit to use the Army Regional Hub Node in Arifjan, Kuwait, to extend strategic communication services through a Support Wide Area Network (SWAN) terminal providing unprecedented communication capabilities to Special Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF-13's) advanced party. His ingenuity was again demonstrated by the seamless integration of host-nation international phone access into the SPMAGTF-13’s tactical voice architecture, reducing the SPMAGTF-13’s reliance on expensive, unreliable cell phones and enhancing the utility of the exercise’s tactical C2 network.





Award Winners 

2008 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2007)

LT Christopher A. Armstrong, USCG

U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

Lieutenant Armstrong is Program Manager, National Security Cutter (NSC) Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Information, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), Office of C4ISR Acquisitions (CG-933). In this assignment, Lieutenant Armstrong oversees implementation of 194 command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems worth more than $300 million for the most technically complex cutter in the history of the Coast Guard. As the Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR), he is responsible for overseeing myriad technical support contracts worth more than $600,000. Because many new requirements have been put in place by the Federal Information Security Management Act and by the National Institute of Standards and Technology while the NSC has been under construction, Lieutenant Armstrong is blazing a new trail for all future NSCs and for system replacement on legacy Coast Guard cutters. The level of integration of the combat warfare systems and information technology is unprecedented, and Lieutenant Armstrong is finding ways to work within numerous contractual and certification procedures to move the C4ISR system toward accreditation. Lieutenant Armstrong leads a team that completes technical analyses of Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs) for changes to the original NSC C4ISR design. Through careful and thorough evaluations, his team saved the Coast Guard more than $22 million by identifying problems and recommending alternative solutions that best fit into the Coast Guard’s ever-changing enterprise architecture. Demonstrating outstanding program management, Lieutenant Armstrong innovatively captured the state of all NSC systems and subsystems through risk analysis, personally compiling and updating software, hardware, and doctrinal status for presentation to the Commandant of the Coast Guard. Lieutenant Armstrong also has worked with the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area Command staff to update the NSC Tactical Manual to accurately reflect the on-board C4ISR systems for the plant-owning crew. Lieutenant Armstrong’s ability to think strategically, while acting quickly and decisively, has been the single greatest asset to the NSC C4ISR effort. 


CWO3 Keith L. Denton, USN

Navy Information Operations Command Georgia

Chief Warrant Officer Denton is the Effects Cell Officer within the Fleet Information Operations Center (FIOC). In addition, he routinely serves as a subject matter expert to several information operations (IO) and computer network operations working groups within the office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and Naval Network Warfare Command (NNWC). CWO3 Denton created the initial Effects Cell he leads. This task included organizing a division of 22 Sailors responsible for conducting computer network exploitation (CNE), electronic attack (EA) planning, radio frequency propagation modeling (RFMP), and strategic communications assessments. He quickly formed a close working relationship with the National Security Agency to leverage existing national resources in CNE. His efforts led to the immediate successful prosecuting of terrorist organizations and gaining access to Digital Network Intelligence (DNI) for strategic regional intelligence objectives. He spearheaded the use of emerging technologies and toolsets to perform Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) nodal analysis and radio frequency spectrum analysis. His ingenuity created an extremely accurate and precise modeling service which is being used globally by deployed units to plan SIGINT collection and electronic attack operations. This SIGINT RF modeling is the first of its kind within the Navy using real-time meteorological data. In addition, his team produced two target packages providing information operations as a non-kinetic weapon option to Naval Forces, Control Command (NAVCENT). He also recently completed extensive research and coordination with the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and NAVCENT staff to bring a national SIGINT capability to tactical naval units. His vast experience and determination cut through the “red tape” and produced a tremendous win against an adversary of national importance and provided a promising information denial capability to tactical units. 


CTRC Jason Echevarria, USN

USS Boxer (LHD-4)

As the ship’s Signal Exploitation Space (SSES) leading chief petty officer on board USS Boxer (LHD-4), Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Echevarria is responsible for overseeing all operations within SSES, while acting as the subject matter expert and mentor for more than 15 Sailors. By fostering several relationships at the National Security Agency (NSA), Chief Echevarria obtained software critical to prosecute high-interest targets. This was the first instance NSA released this software to an afloat unit. Once Boxer demonstrated the successful use of this software, NSA authorized the use of the software for all afloat cryptologic units in the Fifth Fleet. In an effort to ensure other units were able to operate the software, Chief Echevarria visited numerous ships to assist in the installation and provide training on its operation. His actions resulted in software installation for four Strike Groups. Chief Echevarria further established a manual system to coordinate the radio direction-finding efforts of all cryptologic ships operating the new software. As a result, Boxer and USSHoward were able to geo-locate a high-value unit – a first-ever achievement. As the software was installed and coordination procedures implemented on additional ships, geo-location of the high-value units became commonplace. In an effort to automate the process, Chief Echevarria worked with the Crosshair Network Management Center and devised a process to use both afloat and ashore sensors in a manner that resulted in a quicker turn-around time on geo-location. Chief Echevarria’s efforts and performance have increased all Ship’s Signal Exploitation Spaces’ abilities to provide critical indications and warning to key decision makers. 


Mr. Anthony A. Greenhalgh

First Naval Construction Division

Mr. Greenhalgh is assigned as Force Tactical Communications and Information Systems (N61) for First Naval Construction Division (1NCD) and Naval Construction Forces Command. In this capacity, Mr. Greenhalgh is responsible for the operation and maintenance of global Communications and Information Systems (CIS) for all Naval Construction Force (NCF) Seabee units. In the tactical and operational communications arenas, Mr. Greenhalgh exercised a decisive role in shaping the tables of allowance for NCF units. Over the past three years, 1NCD has engaged in a TOA transformation effort that completely has revamped the equipment designed for Naval Mobile Construction Battalions and will continue on with other NCF units. As Seabee units have engaged in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, they have been tightly integrated with units from the Army, the Marine Corps, and Navy Special Warfare. As important as his contributions were for tactical and operational level communications, Mr. Greenhalgh made an even greater difference in the area of strategic communications. In order to perform a necessary high-speed large bandwidth, long-haul reach-back communications system – the Rugged Deployable Satellite System (RDSAT) – Mr. Greenhalgh first envisioned, then developed and acquired for the NCF. This gives Seabees the ability to tap into engineering experts from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in the United States to provide timely solutions to complex engineering problems. Mr. Greenhalgh also spearheaded the development and construction for the Expeditionary Network Operations Centers (ENOCs) to support the satellite communication system and provide training for Seabee expeditionary network operators. No other training venue exists for network operators while assigned to homeport. This critical homeport training now can be conducted at the ENOC. In addition, the need for the services and responsiveness of the ENOCs is so critical that the ENOC is now the Network Operations Center of choice for all expeditionary forces assigned to the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) and the newly formed Combined Task Force 56. The current state of the NCF’s communications suite, satellite communications and the ENOC would not exist if not for Mr. Greenhalgh’s efforts. 


CDR Steven W. Harris, USN

Multi-National Forces – Iraq

As the Branch Chief, Knowledge and Information Management, Commander Harris directed 13 officers and enlisted personnel to develop a comprehensive information management system and concept of operations that greatly improved event reporting, intelligence gathering, and analysis for both Coalition and Iraqi Combatant Commanders. By leveraging the latest technology, his efforts led to the establishment of an information-sharing platform between the Iraqi government, intelligence, military, police forces, operations, analysis, and planning communities within Iraq. The Situational Awareness Database for Iraq (SADIQ) system, which came online in January 2007, provided accurate information sharing and facilitated the fusion of Significant Activity, Engagement and Targeting reports, National Hotline Tips, and Human Intelligence information within the theater of operations. It electronically conjoined the Iraqi Prime Minister, his Ministerial staffs, the Director General for Intelligence and Security, and the Armed Forces. The system was a key enabler that permitted Iraqi commanders and staff to share timely information with their American counterparts. SADIQ represented a significant step in collaboratively supporting the ongoing counter-insurgency fight in active combat zones. Its creation and use were instrumental in transitioning the battle space to Iraqi governmental control. Through his leadership and coordinated actions, Commander Harris resolved numerous long-standing problems with disparate reports and analyses. Undaunted and at great peril to themselves, Commander Harris and his team remained committed to an information sharing process to ensure the security of Iraq.  


LCDR Herve M. Lara, USN

Special Boat Team 22

As the Department Head for the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence Department (C4I), Lieutenant Commander Lara also serves in the capacity of Electronics Warafare Officer (EWO) for the command, overseeing all areas of frequency management for Naval Special Warfare combatant forces deployed from the command in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lieutenant Commander Lara coordinated with multiple agencies to test, evaluate, and integrate the Combatant-Craft Forward Looking Infrared Radar (CCFLIR) sensor suite that provides critical situational awareness, and ultimately increased force protection, for Special Operations Forces personnel who are in direct support of highly classified Joint Special Operations combat missions in Iraq. A key part of this integration into the Special Operations Craft-Riverine (SOC-R) weapons system was the human-centered approach in the design, testing, and operation of human-machine interfaces, most notably a goggle headset and video display system that Lieutenant Commander Lara adapted so that craft crewmen could view the CCFLIR displays without night vision goggles. To further efforts to integrate technology in support of increasing the combat effectiveness of the SOC-R weapons system, Lieutenant Commander Lara spearheaded the navigation suite upgrade by introducing a laptop with GPS into the system to use existing mission planning software and commercial terrain images to increase the overall accuracy of navigation. Lieutenant Commander Lara’s training of SWCC personnel to use the AN/PRC-117F in its dual data capability, supporting High Performance Waveform and legacy data systems, allowed the SWCC personnel to easily integrate into the operational construct and established interfaces developed by the National Mission Forces in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lieutenant Commander Lara’s efforts to integrate SBT-22 into the SOCOM SCAMPI Network Design and Implementation for a DoD EOIP (Every Thing Over IP) Secure Network implementation resulted in mission essential access to classified networks within SOCOM while at the same time ensuring all classified information is protected and isolated from unauthorized users. While deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, his knowledge and technical expertise were critical in the implementation of a web-based knowledge management solution, Web Information Center (WIC). This enabled a net-centric environment ensuring interchange of information and command decisions. Lieutenant Commander Lara’s steadfast efforts to improve combat effectiveness from the C4I perspective have had direct positive impact on enhancing measures to improve communications reliability and effectiveness, resulting in the successful execution of more than 150 highly classified combat missions.


LT Henry A. Martinez II, USN

Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, San Diego

While assigned as the Commuinications Officer, C4I Plans and Projects Action Officer, Lieutenant Martinez made a 14-month deployment to Herat, Afghanistan, serving as a dual Department Head for Communications Department and Facilities Engineer for Multi-national Force – Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan (207th RCAG West HERAT). His work included developing strategic C4I plans for the Afghanistan government, Afghanistan National Army (ANA), Regional Command West Afghanistan, and NATO Coalition Forces (ISAF Operation). Lieutenant Martinez produced risk assessment and supporting documentation for initial planning of a microwave network, later approved and used by U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. His team completed the E-1 network installation, providing secure connectivity and improved operational planning for U.S. and Coalition Forces. He created the concept of operations and implementation plan for the local Tactical Operational Center (TOC) in Herat, Afghanistan, improving local and national situation awareness. The TOC decentralized command and control for the local governor, ANA General Wahizadad, Afghanistan National Police Headquarters, and Multi-national Forces. He established the first tactical communications plan within the 207th RCAG and ANA, used as a template throughout the Afghanistan military. Lieutenant Martinez also established the first Afghanistan National Army communications schoolhouse at Herat, Afghanistan, “Camp Stone.” His eagerness to teach and mentor the local ANA enlisted and officer students included creation of an 18-computer workstation classroom environment and a six-week training plan that included how-to-use computers and basic software office applications. In addition, he established a real time HF/VHF/UHF radio course. The Minister of Defense Kabul Afghanistan attended the first official communications course taught by Lieutenant Martinez. He personally trained 48 ANA officers, 100 ANA soldiers, and 22 Afghanistan National Police officers in all facets of computer communications operations. Lieutenant Martinez’s schoolhouse model has been used as a template in Kandahar and KMTC Kabul, Afghanistan. Lieutenant Martinez’s contribution to C4I efforts provided immediate and lasting strategic benefit to the Afghanistan government and coalition forces. 


ET1 Jason C. A. Mobbs, USN

USS Nashville (LPD-13)

As the Leading Petty Officer of Combat Electronics Division assigned to USS Nashville (LPD-13), Petty Officer Mobbs is the direct supervisor for ten Electronic Technicians, five Fire Controlmen, four Cryptologic Technicians, and seven work centers under his charge. Petty Officer Mobbs was directly responsible for the rapid repair and refurbishment of 17 of 18 URT-23/24 High Frequency transmitters on board Nashville in preparation for Expeditionary Strike Group work-ups. These repairs enabled Nashville to support all Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) HF requirements during all amphibious ship-to-shore movements while operating in support of Marine expeditionary operations. Assuming the guard for an entire ESG, Petty Officer Mobbs and Nashville’s entire team of operators and technicians maintained reliable and stable communications throughout ESG’s intelligence exercise, allowing the Marines to complete all training requirements, both at sea and ashore. Petty Officer Mobbs also led an electronics technician team in the troubleshooting and maintenance of 4 radars, 12 HF radios, 1 WSC-6 SHF system, 15 UHF radios, and various combat systems, maintaining them at the highest degree of material readiness in support of an arduous training cycle and deployment work-ups. His tenacity and team-building spirit led his young team of technicians through a challenging AN/SPS-67 and AN/SPS-73 phased replacement, OE-82 refurbishment, C5RA, and INSURV with outstanding results. Petty Officer Mobbs personally wrote and standardized 73 drill packages, creating a single point of reference for all combat systems training team evolutions, enabling Nashville to successfully complete all ULTRA-C requirements with high proficiency scores.  As a result of his leadership, hard work and troubleshooting efforts, Nashville completed all Communications Readiness Certification requirements with an overall grade of 92.6%. A clear professional who has no equal in the enlisted ranks, Petty Officer Mobbs continually has proven he is an expert in all areas of C5I. 


Mr. Stephen L. Oakley

Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity, Camp Pendleton

As an Information Technology specialist within the Operational Forces Tactical System Support Center, Mr. Oakley deployed to the Iraqi Theater of Operations from 12 September to 20 November 2007 with the Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity (MCTSSA) OIF 08-06.2 Deployed Support Team and represented the command as the subject matter expert in the area of tactical computer networks. During the support window, he worked closely with the 2D Marine Logistics Group, Communication Company, Tech-Con Facility in their efforts to restore a Secret Network Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNET) Satellite Wide Area Network (SWAN) tunnel between Al Taqaddum and Al Asad Iraq. Mr. Oakley also updated the Inter-network Operating System on several battalion-level Non-Classified Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNET) switches throughout the theater enabling higher agencies to monitor and manage subordinate unit network assets via Solarwinds network toolsets. The scope of Mr. Oakley’s expertise extends beyond tactical network administration. He led the team’s efforts in advising on issues related to Secure Network 11 (SECNET-11), Enhanced Position Location Reporting System (EPLRS) and the Mounted Data Automated Communications Terminal (M-DACT). Mr. Oakley provided Marines at various battalion-level commands with SECNET-11 instruction and practical application training. He developed a plan to connect two Command Operations Centers (COCs) together in the Haditha Triad area by means of a SECNET-11 network. The network provided a directly connected 11mb wireless connection for SIPRNET traffic between the two COCs which served as a back-up path should primary means fail. Mr. Oakley also provided EPLRS Radio, EPLRS Network Management (ENM) application training and network design consultation to four Marine battalions. He optimized the EPLRS network of one particular battalion by recommending an additional gateway radio be included on their network plan in order to reduce the number of hops/relays required for data transmission, effectively increasing the overall data throughput capacity by approximately 20k – a significant gain for the EPLRS system. Mr. Oakley’s global knowledge of a multitude of C4I systems was instrumental in the Deployed Support Team’s efforts in providing in-theater C4I system technical support to numerous II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWED) units engaged in nation building and counter-insurgency operations. 


LT Michael L. South II, USN

Naval Special Warfare Group One

Lieutenant South volunteered for Individual Augmentation assignment as the N6 Department Head, Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Information Systems Department (C4I), Special Operations Task Force West (SOTF-W), Fallujah, Iraq from December 2006 to June 2007. Since his return, he has served as the Assistant Operations Officer and the lead Watch Officer for the Global SATCOM Support Center (GSDC) for Joint Task Force Global Network Operations (JTF-GNO), U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM). In support of combat operations in al Anbar Province, Lieutenant South planned, participated, implemented and/or completed multiple C4I projects with great success. He installed, configured and supported a high performing $500K computer network for SOFT-W headquarters of NIPR, SIPR and JWICS networks. He expertly designed and built a Microsoft SharePoint Portal server to support mission tracking and mission planning collaboration and overcame countless technical and other challenges to install tactical communications equipment in new combat vehicles, improving communications reliability for special operators in combat. Lieutenant South also planned and installed satellite communications (SATCOM) dishes and wireless access points at six NSW forward-operating sites across al Anbar Province to provide internet services and adjusted configurations to increase the bandwidth for the SOTF-W headquarters and subordinate Task Units by 300% to 500%, accelerating information flow to better match the speed of war. His work with Intelligence, Tribal Engagement, Civil Affairs and other lines of operation led to the development of an Information Operations Plan. Lieutenant South now leads a watch team of Navy contractors, Air Force Enlisted, Army Civil Service and DISA contractors providing highly reliable SATCOM communications worldwide for the DoD, White House, and other government agencies. In addition to these accomplishments, Lieutenant South is contributing to the Information Professional (IP) community by taking the lead in the collaborative development of an Intermediate Qualification Study Guide intended to improve the knowledge of the IP community. 


Mr. Joseph W. Spalding III

U.S. Coast Guard, Research and Development Center

Mr. Spalding is assigned as the Lead Research Scientist for the Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) – Data Sharing – Community of Interest (MDA-DS-COI) – research effort in the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Information, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Branch, U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center (USCG-RDC). He has taken the global vision of an all data, all sources, available to all personnel architecture, and has fashioned a strategy that takes the challenges of dissimilar and distinct databases, data formats, transmission protocols, privacy/security issues, and has identified a vision of how to accomplish the ultimate goal of a multi-tiered data dissemination enterprise. With information residing in multiple different databases with various formats, access guards, and other limitations/restrictions, Mr. Spalding is creating a service-oriented architecture (SOA) or virtual window allowing credentialed users access to all the information available and necessary to perform mission objectives. Designing and implementing an SOA to meet Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Department of Defense (DoD), needs, Mr. Spalding works to provision the IT infrastructure to allow different appplications and/or databases to exchange data and participate in business processes regardless of the operating systems or programming languages underlying those applications. The MDA-DS-COI research effort will significantly further the capabilities of the Coast Guard and DoD in receiving all source MDA information, including but not limited to information on vessels, cargo, crew and passengers inbound to U.S. ports or other high interest areas. Having this all-encompassing source of information will also improve the knowledge of command center personnel enhancing their operational efficacy. In addition, Mr. Spalding was the key DHS technical leader in the joint development of a common data representation for unclassified Automatic Identification System (AIS) information. This allowed four separate publishers from DoD, DHS, and DOT to publish their AIS information on the Net-Centric Enterprise Services (NCES) enterprise service bus and allowed authorized subscribers from four different programs of record to subscribe to this AIS data. Mr. Spalding was one of the publishers of AIS data from Coast Guard R&D AIS Network. The architecture was demonstrated to an audience of flag officers and executives from across government including the Honorable John Grimes, DoD CIO, on several occasions. Mr. Spalding installed this technology at the SeaHawk interagency operations center in Charleston, SC, and gained a successful operational utility assessment as part of the Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID 07). 


Mr. Thomas A. Stewart

U.S. Coast Guard, Telecommunication and Information Systems Command

As the systems development agent for small cutter connectivity, large cutter connectivity, and mobile command center in the Commercial Satellite Communications Branch Chief, Radio Systems Division, Mr. Stewart leads his team of engineers and technicians to deliver successful C4IT solutions. In the area of small cutter connectivity, Mr. Stewart took over as on-site Project Lead at the mid-point of the 36-day migration for all six cutters in the Arabian Gulf. Mr. Stewart rescued the project, resulting in a coordinated installation of underway IP connectivity, SIPRNET capability, and an upgrade to the cutter’s information systems architecture. Less than a month after returning from Bahrain, Mr. Stewart successfully deployed the Coast Guard enterprise satellite IP connectivity solution on six Island-class patrol boats home ported in Puerto Rico. The patrol boats were part of a Coast Guard research and development effort that was testing the use of biometric data in the processing of alien interdiction efforts. The IP connectivity was a critical piece of the effort allowing the cutters access to shore-side fingerprint data. For large cutter connectivity, Mr. Stewart upgraded the power supplies for the Inmarsat satellite systems to improve reliability; developed a terrestrial connectivity architecture that will allow for Continuity of Operation (COOP) and simplify support for the cutter fleet; ensured all cutters received the Satellite Availability Analyst tool set that allows them to avoid antenna blockage issues; and prototyped data accelerators to enhance satellite system performance. For the Mobile Command Center, Mr. Stewart served as the project lead for Mobile Communication Vehicles (MCVs), enhanced Mobile Incident Command Post (eMICP) and several other tools being developed to enhance the Coast Guard’s first response capabilities. Mr. Stewart drove the eMICP effort through the design phase and completed the fabrication and roll-out of the first mobile command post. In addition, Mr. Stewart was able to complete the critical design for MCV and contract for fabrication of first MCV. 


CTR1 (AW/NAC) Zachary P. Urban, USN

U.S. Navy Information Operations Command, Misawa

As Airborne Cryptologic Direct Support Special Signals Analyst and Joint Signals Processor (JSP) Operator for Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One (VQ-1) and Two (VQ-2), Sensor System Improvement Program (SSIP), and Joint Common Configuration (JCC) EP-3E aircraft, Petty Officer Urban provides time-sensitive indications and warnings and threat assessments of perishable tactical intelligence to coalition forces engaged in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Valiant Shield, Copper Dragon and Maritime Interdiction Operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism. After recognizing deficiencies in training and equipment limitations, Petty Officer Urban’s corrective actions directly resulted in a fully operational Special Signals mission on more than 50 flights in the Pacific Command area of responsibility (AOR) and an additional 20 flights in the Central Command’s AOR that would otherwise have had no Special Signals capability. He developed loadable mission software and authored a new standard operating procedure regarding the proper installation of JSP operating system software and patch upgrades for the EP-3E platforms. He also aided in the certification process to allow the software to be installed on all EP-3E aircraft deployed worldwide. Petty Officer Urban redesigned mission systems by reconfiguring JSP receivers to use alternative antenna sources, which allowed operators to work with new frequency levels thought to be impossible. The redesigned system provided a signficant increase in the Special Signals mission capability, thus allowing unique and sensitive priority target collection which was previously unattainable. Petty Officer Urban also tested and installed next generation cryptologic equipment, new to the EP-3E platform. He reconfigured the system’s OS and radio frequency distribution to achieve its full operational capabilities in spite of aircraft limitations. Upon achieving operational capabilities, he authored a step by step SOP to rebuild the system’s core OS and all Space and Naval Warfare signal analysis software in the event of a system crash. He then provided training to VQ-1’s in-flight technicians and Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Misawa’s Special Signals operators. On numerous occasions, Petty Officer Urban has been called upon to correct deficiencies in the EP-3E’s Special Signals Mission across the Naval Network Warfare Command Enterprise. His expert opinion is often sought from aircraft commanders, fellow operators and equipment engineers. Petty Officer Urban continues to keep the Special Signals mission ready for any challenges it may face. 


Ms. Carol L. Williams

Navy Information Operations Command

As Team Leader and Technical Advisor for the Computer Network Defense (CND) Division, Ms. Williams oversees all actions necessary to perform network vulnerability assessments in the protection of Department of Defense (DoD) computer systems and networks from unauthorized activities that may degrade mission performance. Ms. Williams led nine Sailors and deployed in excess of 110 days conducting on-site vulnerability assessments at 55 sites supporting 47 different Navy commands. She and her team identified and provided remediation for more than 730,000 critical system vulnerabilities. She developed site specific security training which assisted local security officers and system administrators to provide greater security for their information and networks. She drafted and released 190 after-action reports and mitigation plans within 48 hours of completing the assessments. Under her leadership, her team was the first to develop and implement a remote vulnerability assessment scanning methodology using Virtual Private Network technology, enabling the team to use cryptographic tunneling protocols to access a remote site’s existing infrastructure. Perfecting the use of this technology enabled her security analysts to access Navy commands remotely which allowed the team to simultaneously conduct four times more scans in the same allotted time as one on-site assessment. Ms. Williams employed this technology for 38 remote vulnerability assessments and saved the claimancy over $25,000 in excess operational costs and the DoD over $450,000 in travel costs. Through site feedback, Ms. Williams’s efforts in training and educating site Information Assurance (IA) and systems and administration personnel has made a lasting impact on the Navy’s modern network defense policies and has strengthened the IA and CND posture for the Global Information Grid.





Award Winners 

2007 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2006)

Lt Christopher W. Anderson, USN
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)

As the CS3 Division Officer on board the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), LT Anderson single-handedly managed five post Navy Tactical Command and Control Support System and C4I installations just prior to the ship's first maiden deployment. He ensured proper system operation and verification testing and training were performed. He pioneered the use of the Air Defense System Integrator to relay LINK 16 tracks to the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) and USS Enterprise (CVN-65) via Internet Protocol. His efforts have proved new concepts of operations to better share the recognized air picture during multi-carrier operations and dispersed forces. In addition, he led the installation and first-ever use of the F/A-18 Shared Reconnaissance Pod Display System, resulting in near real-time imagery for intelligence analysis in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.


LCDR Jeffrey A. Bayless, USN
U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Sicily

As Executive Officer for Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Sicily and Deputy Chief Information Officer for Naval Air Station Sigonella, LCDR Bayless identified the need to push the Global War on Terrorism maritime efforts to the littorals through innovative psychological operations. His concept of operations brought together elements of Naval Central Command, the State Department, and foreign military representatives to advance the focus on mariner convergence zones in Arabian Gulf ports to identify and eliminate terrorist-related activity. LCDR Bayless directed the analysis of RF propagation effectiveness of the broadcast resulting in the identification of key weaknesses in broadcast coverage in the Arabian Gulf. Once mapped through propagation modeling, he designed experiments to mitigate the weaknesses in propagation leading to alterations in broadcast locations, signal strength, and broadcast equipment resulting in significant improvement in broadcast propagation. LCDR Bayless also conceived and operationalized a classified electronic warfare rapid-response counter-surveillance tactic, now in use by Third Fleet, which increases force defense posture and protects high-value units of Expeditionary and Carrier Strike Groups.


Mr. Thomas E. Berry
Missile Defense Agency – Naval Sea Systems Command

As an Electronics Technician in the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) - Naval Sea Systems Command's Naval Surface Warfare Division in Port Hueneme, Mr. Berry served as the Mission Interoperability Lead during the planning and execution phases of the Stellar Predator (FTM-10) Campaign in Spring/Summer 2006. He led the implementation of a robust data architecture which was historic in its scope and ingenuity by simultaneously supporting the largest tactical intelligence overlay conducted during a live Standard Missile-3 firing and integrating theater and homeland defense architecture requirements into one campaign. Mr. Berry's technical expertise was critical to constructing and implementing innovative pre-mission tests necessary to verify the connectivity of all systems involved in the campaign to include the first use of extra-high frequency as a data path for forwarding Aegis ballistic missile defense (BMD) engagement information. His work during the campaign also set the stage for future missions requiring an interface with Japanese BMD-capable destroyers, and various MDA forward-based X-Band radars and C4I systems. Because of his direct support, these Aegis BMD ships were successfully integrated into the BMDS providing a live long-range surveillance and track function for the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense System.


CTM1 Clifford R. Brown, USN
Submarine Group Seven

As the Sensitive Compartmented Intelligence Information Systems Security Manager (SCI-ISSM) for Submarine Group Seven, CTM1 Brown identified a need to improve connectivity and information resources for the command';s operations and intelligence departments. His solution to this under-performing resource was to break the current paradigm and create a two-way transitive trust between Submarine Group Seven and the Office of Naval Intelligence. He planned a total upgrade of the command's primary SCI intelligence network, significantly increasing service for one of the command's top three mission areas. CTM1 Brown developed a one-of-a-kind Internet Protocol solution. He redesigned the network architecture from simple Category 5 ring topology to fiber-optical mixed mode media connectivity through a gigabit back-bone, increasing internal processing speeds by 600%. This groundwork provides for possible future expansion of special access program level intelligence sharing with continued layers of security throughout the Department of Defense.


IT1 Ryan L. Broyles, U.S. Navy
Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One

As C4I Leading Petty Officer, Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One (MDSU One), IT1 Broyles created the command's custom Expandable Light Air Mobile System (ELAMS) design by combining assets previously maintained by MDSU One to bring about an amazing array of capabilities previously unachieved in a single mobile platform. This robust, mobile C4I system includes real-time SIPRNET, NIPRNET, GCCS-M, C2PC and an increased network capacity with high-speed data access through INMARSAT B. Commander, Naval Expeditionary Combat Command, and Commander, Explosive Ordinance Disposal Group One, were so impressed by this configuration that they requested system specifications be forwarded to address the possibility of procuring his configuration as the standard for all NECC subordinate units. Furthermore, his mobile C4I system dramatically decreased the operating costs associated with deploying the command and control cell while considerably increasing the communication capability.


LT John V. Chang, USCG
U.S. Coast Guard Command & Control Engineering Center

As the Lead Software Engineer for Project Hawkeye, a $25M port and coastal surveillance system, LT Chang is responsible for all software development on the Hawkeye system used by Sector Command Centers in five major ports. Organizational requirements to install systems quickly, coupled with the rapid introduction of new system requirements, resulted in a system that suffered from slow updates, unpredictable system crashes, and frequent server reboots. Faced with the daunting task of restoring faith in the Hawkeye system, LT Chang and his team identified more than 55 system problems and developed 18 improvements to address shortcomings. Database failures were corrected by developing a new, relational database which provided operators an efficient method to obtain and sort data. New chart and radar draw modules, culled from other Coast Guard projects and customized to meet Hawkeye requirements, eliminated performance problems and provided new capabilities, including support for mulitple chart formats and manipulation of all chart layers. Auto-acquisition and alarm zones were rewritten and perfected, allowing the operator to concentrate on the maritime situation rather than manipulating the system. LT Chang also addressed the need for better documentation and testing. Operational testing validated eight months of dedicated and exceptionally productive work, putting Hawkeye back in the forefront of providing maritime security.


CWO4 William H. Dunn, Jr., USN
Navy Information Operations Command

As the Computer Network Operations (CNO) Exercise Integration Division Officer, Navy Information Operations Command, CWO4 Dunn played a critical role in the Navy's first participation in the Department of Defense's (DoD) premier network defense joint exercise Bulwark Defender 2006. Bulwark Defender is an annual exercise that provides invaluable training to network defenders, enhances command-and-control processes, and presents an opportunity to refine existing tactics, techniques, and procedures for all aspects of CNO. CWO4 Dunn also spearheaded the initiative to integrate full-spectrum CNO operations into the Pacific Command's Exercise Valiant Shield 2006, which led to 25 ground-breaking intelligence reports supporting information operations requirements for Joint Task Force Commanders. Collaborating with joint forces, he developed the Navy's only Simulation Network (SIMNET) range. The SIMNET range provides a safe environment to test detection capabilities, exercise tactics and procedures, evaluate CNO courses of action, and implement exercise decision making. This superior network centric warfare training aid has been approved for inclusion into the DoD's Joint Cyberspace Operations Range in Fiscal Year 2008.


LCDR Kenneth F. Elkern, Jr., USN
Naval Special Warfare Group One

As the Department Head of the Communications and Information Technology Department within Naval Special Warfare Group One (NSWG-1), LCDR Elkern developed and implemented an elegant and user-friendly solution for the Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in support of U.S. Special Operations Command's (USSOCOM) High Speed Vessel (HSV) proof-of-concept deployment. He scoured the government and commercial landscape for a cost-effective approach compatible with information assurance requirements. His system was implemented and operational in a matter of weeks and for less than $100,000, and dramatically multiplied the return on investment of the $6,000,000 UAV contract and the $60,000,000 USSOCOM HSV proof-of-concept deployment. This system has worked so well that Boeing and the U.S. Navy have implemented this solution in conjunction with Scan Eagle installation on other Navy vessels.


LCDR Brian H. Gaines, USN
Commander, Submarine Group Eight

As the Communications Officer for Commander, Task Force Six Nine (CTF-69), in support of the CNO's 1,000-Ship Navy initiative, LCDR Gaines single-handedly drove the Sixth Fleet's validation of the first Combined Regional Enterprise Information Exchange System requirement for forward-deployed U.S. submarines in CTF-69's operating area. He was the architect of an innovative C4I plan combining a new Secret e-mail system, an imaginative message delivery methodology and a first-ever Secure Allied VTC capability to create the most robust Allied submarine shore C4I infrastructure ever established.


CWO3 William E. Gregor, USN
Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet

As Assistant FORCEnet Officer/Information Assurance Officer assigned to Commander, Naval Submarine Forces, CWO3 Gregor managed, coached and pushed the transition from "stovepipe" legacy systems to network-based information exchange systems in support of FORCEnet for the entire Submarine Force. His efforts are leading the charge to bring the Submarine Force information management systems into the Internet Protocol age in support of FORCEnet objectives. He managed and coordinated the first platform-level accreditation of the Submarine Warfare Federated Tactical System, a fully integrated and networked combat system that includes fire control, sonar, ESM, radar and navigations systems. The system is capable of transitioning between Genser Secret and Top Secret/Special Compartmental Information (SCI) based on mission while at-sea and with minimal impact to tactical and operational capability. CWO3 Gregor also organized and led a team of engineers and technicians that identified and corrected a problem with pier connectivity that existed for more than three years and affected all of the fleet piers in Norfolk, VA. In leading the charge to identify a risk mitigation solution for sensitive information stored on hard drives of legacy combat systems equipment, he coordinated with staffs of the Systems Commands, CNO, and NSA in development of and certification of the Information Assurance Disk Washer, a tool that "washes" hard drives of sensitive information so that they can be reused in their respective systems. The results of his efforts are significant risk mitigation and a potential cost savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars for replacement of the potentially contaminated hard drives.


Mr. William D. Kautz
U.S. Coast Guard Spectrum Management Division

As radio spectrum manager for the U.S. Coast Guard, Mr. Kautz led the development of a field spectrum management team of six contract personnel funded annually by fallout money plus whatever could be scrounged from Coast Guard financial staff. That field spectrum team, in close cooperation with the Areas, Maintenance and Logistics Commands (MLCs), Electronic Support Units (ESUs) and Districts has been crucial to getting Coast Guard radio spectrum resources back under control since the downsizing experiences in the 1990s and the loss of telecommunications professionals. In addition, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the 9-11 Commission gave federal agencies a failing grade in meeting the needs of first responders' emergency communications. On his own initiative and through his own hard work, Mr. Kautz led the spectrum management team and his own headquarters-based team to develop a common code plug, a detailed and complex interoperable radio spectrum plan embedded in software used by a wide array of Coast Guard portable handheld, mobile and fixed-base station radios Coast Guard-wide. Through his initiative, innovation, team building, leadership and hard work, that code plug has been implemented Coast Guard-wide, giving Coast Guard personnel the means to interoperate in both a secure and open environment with their own units in different sectors, as well as with federal, state and local law enforcement, public safety, first responders and other partners. These Coast Guard code plug-enabled radios also will allow continued inter-agency mobile-to-mobile interoperability even when agency-trunked radio systems to which they are dependent go down, as occurred both in New York City during 9-11 and at New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina.


CDR John L. MacMichael, Jr., USN
USS Nimitz(CVN-68)

As Deputy Operations Officer, Navy Information Operations Command, Norfolk, CDR MacMichael had purview over the Navy's Red and Blue Teams and Web Risk Assessment Cell. He devised and executed broad-ranging operational assessments of the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) by the Navy Red Team that resulted in significant changes to information assurance methodology, identified critical network vulnerabilities and re-engineered enterprise security. The preeminent authority in Red Team operations and vulnerability assessments, he proved network vulnerabilities within sensitive essential command-and-control systems; his efforts highlighted and laid the basis for preventing possible wartime catastrophic failures. In his position as the Combat Systems Officer, USS Nimitz (CVN-68), CDR MacMichael has led 250 personnel in developing a scheme of maneuver for improved use of the Global Broadcast System, methods to improve shipboard bandwidth use and partnered with Commander, Strike Group Eleven, Deputy Information Warfare Commander, to mitigate on-board systems risks while reducing off-ship network threat vectors.


IT1 Joseph B. Marsh, USN
Naval Special Warfare Group One Logistics Support Unit

Serving in a dual role as deployed Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Communications Manager and Advanced NSW Communications Training Officer for Naval Special Warfare Group One Logistics Support Unit, IT1 Marsh led 20 personnel in three classified locations in an austere and potentially hostile environment. He provided operational awareness and insight for 12 complex Special Operation C4I voice, video and data National Security Agency certified network systems and technology applications supporting over 350 NSW deployers. He enhanced communication measures to improve speed-of-command reporting of key strategic objectives, resulting in the successful capture of high-valued targets and execution of more than 90 combat missions. He was recognized by Naval Special Warfare Squadron Commanders as a "Proven Combat Professional." In addition, Petty Officer Marsh developed and implemented the first Mobile Training Team that afforded frontline training to deployed NSW forces.


Mr. Adam J. McCann
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Charleston, SC

As a scientist working for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Mr. McCann's efforts in modeling shipboard networks for the Network Consolidation Study Integrated Product Team have advanced the Navy's capability to effectively evaluate on-board network performance. At the May 2005 FORCEnet EXCOMM, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), Office of the Chief Engineer, specifically focused on the results of Mr. McCann's modeling efforts, which analyzed the transition of AEGIS Weapon System from the ISNS LAN on the Baseline 6 Phase I afloat platforms to the new AEGIS LAN Interconnect System on the Baseline 6 Phase III ships. The study was well received by the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition John Young, who directed SPAWAR to initiate a new study, this time on amphibious ships. Mr. McCann built and used the model to investigate several excursions or "what-if" conditions relevant to key areas and parameters, and generated decision-making data that can affect acquisition of new platforms. His efforts in modeling the networks on board USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) broke new ground in performance analysis of on-board shipboard networks.


CTTSN Patrick E. McCourt, USN
USS Russell (DDG-59)

As Electronic Warfare Operator/SENTINEL Collection System Operator on board USS Russell (DDG-59), CTTSN McCourt took an off-the-shelf test program called SENTINEL and turned it into a national asset for collection of vital intelligence against potential adversaries. With almost no on-the-job training, CTTSN McCourt gained the expertise required to independently operate SENTINEL. His hard work and initiative allowed Russell to continue collecting over-the-horizon-radar (OTH-R) signals throughout the deployment, even after the departure of the system's direct support technician. In just two months, he collected more than 740 signals and completed direction finding on more than 520 signals of interest. His in-depth analysis was disseminated daily to several intelligence agencies and senior intelligence officers, including the National Security Agency, Naval Intelligence Operational Center, Pacific Signals Analysis Laboratory, Commander Seventh Fleet's Cryptologic Resource Coordinator, Assistant Fleet Cryptologist, and the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group. CTTSN McCourt's outstanding efforts have provided the intelligence community with a greater understanding of OTH-R capabilities, limitations, and employment techniques. The insights gained from the SENTINEL project will shape future Carrier Strike Group deployments and tactics in the Seventh Fleet area of operations.


LCDR Jacqueline V. McElhannon, USN
Naval Network Warfare Command

The Deputy Director, Current Year Experimentation Division, Innovation and Experimentation Directorate, Naval Network Warfare Command, and Deputy Officer in Charge, FORCEnet Execution Center, LCDR McElhannon deployed to Iraq in August 2006 to serve in a joint billet as Director, Networks Operations Center. She currently is spearheading efforts to implement the first high-speed wireless communications circuit connecting Gulf Region Division Headquarters to Gulf Region Central Headquarters with a relay site. This circuit will provide high-speed computer connections and high-quality VOIP telephones, ensuring soldiers receive the most advanced combat information technology support possible. The speed of wireless networks allows work that used to take hours to be accomplished in minutes.


Mr. Steven A. Munson
U.S. Coast Guard Operations Systems Center

As an Information Technology Specialist in the U.S. Coast Guard's Operations Systems Center, Mr. Munson is the lead on all projects investigating emerging technologies. He has spearheaded efforts to establish Enterprise Architecture as a discipline within the organization. His efforts have included providing significant input and strategy into Financial Systems transition analysis, delivering a white paper with several prescient recommendations. Mr. Munson proposed a draft Cargo Screening Conceptual Architecture, which was subsequently reviewed and endorsed by the subcommittee and forwarded for recommendation to a new consolidated working group focused solely on Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) implementation for further development and formal validation. He led a pilot effort to establish the first prototype SOA service implementation based on a reliable messaging infrastructure, combined with web services to provide on-demand, real-time up-to-date analysis of inventories reported to Coast Guard logistics applications. This SOA prototype is also the first delivered capability to support the logistics transformation initiative. Mr. Munson also directed a team responsible for the Coast Guard Net Centric Enterprise Services (NCES) prototype to demonstrate the utility of SOA in sharing Maritime Domain Awareness data.


CDR Joseph A. Parrillo, USN
Naval Network Warfare Command

As Director, Current Year Experimentation Division, Innovation and Experimentation Directorate, Naval Network Warfare Command, and Officer in Charge, FORCEnet Execution Center, CDR Parillo also serves as Director of Trident Warrior, Navy's major annual operational FORCEnet Sea Trial event providing speed-to-capability and rapid fielding of improved command-and-control warfighting capability to the fleet. During Trident Warrior '06, he directed the development and fleet introduction of an unclassified Crisis Preparedness and Response Network to include a collaborative common operational picture with static infrastructure data, dynamic Automated Identification System tracks, real-time weather, national imagery, and vital emergency response data. This network is now the primary unclassified response network for the U.S. Northern Command and Commander, Second Fleet. During this event, CDR Parillo also led ship-to-ship laser network capability testing, successfully passing data at 300 Mbps while automatically maintaining ship-to-ship lock-on. This experimentation resulted in increased funding and accelerated testing that significantly contributed to global maritime awareness.


LT Paul L. Patillo, USN
U.S. Fleet Forces Command

As the Medical Chief Information Officer, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, LT Patillo led a data mapping initiative from SNAP Automated Medical System (SAMS) stand alone databases to Navy Medicine Online (NMO) to reduce reporting burdens on Fleet Providers. He provided the interface to the Medical Readiness Independent Process Team (IPT) to ensure all of the work performed was continued and not duplicated by the Individual Medical Readiness (IMR) IPT. He had software modified to mine data from NMO and moved it to Joint Medical Workstation-II (JMeWs-II). LT Patillo then led the cross-functional team to map the process, schedule the receipt and outline the process and procedures needed for mission accomplishment. This data source at NMO provides a venue for medical department leaders to apply changing business rules and support new methods for obtaining and reporting medical information. Ultimately, reporting Disease Non-Battle Injuries (DNBI) through this process instead of having to report using spreadsheets, will eliminate more than 400 Excel spreadsheets and provide for a single source data portal. Once DoD AHLTA data mapping and JMeWs-II data mapping initiatives are complete, Navy medical data will be available in the Central Data Repository (CDR) to all levels of care across all health services. To date more than 500,000 data records have been moved into NMO from SAMS. This initiative also resulted in consolidating 515 out of 661 medical databases in the Fleet, providing the Fleet with the ability to report IMR data, giving the Commander a macro view of Fleet readiness for all units.


LT Thomas S. Philbrick, USCG
U.S. Coast Guard Operations Systems Center

As Information Technology Systems Engineer and Business Manager, USCG Operations Systems Center's OPS-2 Division, LT Philbrick directs all software development and lifecycle management activities of the Ship Arrival Notification System (SANS). Recognizing that widespread use of the electronic Notice of Arrival/Departure application was hindered by limited underway connectivity, LT Philbrick researched off-line electronic submission options, ultimately selecting the Microsoft InfoPath. The InfoPath solution provides underway vessels with a downloadable, locally stored form that can be completed electronically and then submitted either by e-mail using the "burst e-mail" capability available to most underway vessels or directly on-line to the National Vessel Movement Center’s website. LT Philbrick also created a powerful backend system architecture to support the SANS on-line and off-line reporting enhancements, as well as a massive expansion of the CBP cruise line data submission requirement to include reporting of the hundreds of thousands of cruise ship passengers. In advance of Hurricane Katrina's landfall, LT Philbrick directed the adaptation of SANS internet access for Federal Emergency Management Agency commands, Northern Command, and displaced Coast Guard units, allowing for continuous screening of vessels transiting the affected Gulf Coast area and ensuring that no vessels were denied port entry because of an absence of arrival information in SANS.


Mr. Robert W. Poor
Program Executive Officer, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence

As Deputy Assistant Program Manager for Global War on Terrorism implementation strategy for the Automatic Identification System (AIS), Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Information Operations (ISR and IO) Program Management Office (PMW 180), Program Executive Office, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I), Mr. Poor developed and fielded a rapid deployment capability version of AIS that allows Navy vessels to collect all AIS data in their local area, automatically compare the raw AIS data to the Office of Naval Intelligence's merchant shipping database, and send the pre-processed track information directly into Global Command and Control System - Maritime without any additional workload for afloat sailors.


LCDR Kari A. Premus, USN
USS Peleliu (LHA 5)

As the C5I Department Head on board USS Peleliu (LHA-5), LCDR Premus also is the ship's Electronic Maintenance Officer. A meticulous technician, she identified a software error in the program that operates the ship's weapons program and worked with the software provider to develop a patch that restored system validity and& Peleliu's self-defense capability. Recognizing the inherent risks and hazards of maritime aviation and navigation, she spearheaded the acquisition, installation, testing, and operational use of an adaptation to Peleliu's primary air search radar that enabled this system to be used as a weather radar, significantly improving flight safety. Similarly, she incorporated an Automated Identification System into an existing surface radar system, which resulted immediately and greatly improved maritime awareness.


LCDR Clifford S. Rader, USN
Naval Communications Security Material System

As the Operations Officer, Naval Communications Security Material System (NCMS), LCDR Rader identified significant operational issues and weaknesses with the existing transition plans from the Navy Key Distribution System (NKDS) to the Tri-Service Common Tier 1 (CT-1). LCDR Rader developed several initiatives to better prepare commands for transition to CT-1. He created a transition script for Electronic Key Management System (EKMS) accounts to significantly reduce database errors detected between the EKMS accounts and CT-1 databases. This process has enabled accounts a means to electronically report Communications Security transactions, reducing potential administrative errors and the workload of NCMS staff as well as provided accounts an introductory process for future interface within CT-1.


LCDR Danny M. Rieken, USN
Office of the Under Secretary of the Navy

Working in the Office of the Under Secretary of the Navy as the Navy's Enterprise Networks Operations Officer and Operation Cyber Condition Zebra Engineering Team Lead, LCDR Rieken led significant global information operations in support of ongoing operations by formulating the initial Navy-wide Network Enterprise Operations Concept, resulting in the standup of the Navy's Global Network and Operations Security Center as well as two regional Network Operations and Security Centers. LCDR Rieken oversaw three NMCI Military Detachments as well as Navy network operations for NMCI, OCONUS Navy Enterprise Networks (ONE-NET) and afloat Integrated Shipboard Network System networks. LCDR Rieken also led the Operation Cyber Condition Zebra Engineering Team responsible for strengthening the network defense posture of legacy networks throughout CONUS. In this precedent-setting endeavor, LCDR Rieken applied Crisis Action Planning within the Joint Operations Planning and Execution System process to cyber war fighting resulting in a Navy-specific, deliberate network war fighting operations campaign to deny network intrusions and reestablish an adequate computer network defense posture on CONUS legacy networks in Norfolk, Jacksonville, New Orleans, San Diego, Pacific Northwest, Hawaii and National Capital Regions.


MSgt Ronald J. Salyer, USMC
Headquarters, II Marine Expeditionary Force
As Electronic Key Management System (EKMS) Inspector, and Operations Chief, II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Communications Security (COMSEC) Management Office (MCMO), MSgt Salyer regionalized II MEF Forward's deployed EKMS accounts. Regionalization went from concept to policy during his watch. Under his tutelage, it is now required of all Marine Corps EKMS accounts operating in Iraq. This policy was realized when II MEF Forward relieved I MEF Forward for 04-06, and the number of Marine Corps EKMS accounts was reduced from 19 to 10. Under regionalization, the senior EKMS accounts at each camp would support any unit that arrived without an EKMS account, regardless of the command relationship. This policy further required units deploying to Iraq to transfer their COMSEC Controlled Cryptographic Items (CCI) to the regional EKMS account in the area in which they would be operating, prior to departing CONUS. This concept proved highly successful, did not affect COMSEC support to the user, allowed commanding officers to still maintain supply control of their CCI equipment, placed accounting and control of all CCI in Iraq under a regional EKMS account, and most important, saved lives of Marines by reducing the number of times Marines would have to be on the road in convoys to pick up or drop off COMSEC material.


LT Michael R. Stephen, USN
Carrier Airbone Early Warning Squadron 113

As the Avionics Division Officer for Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 113, LT Stephen led Carrier Strike Group Seven's (CSG-7) efforts to acquire, install, and tactically employ for the first time the Automatic Identification System (AIS) in the E-2C aircraft. He spearheaded the implementation of AIS by first overcoming numerous bureaucratic, technical and software hurdles and then leading the charge in developing tactics, techniques and procedures for its employment. His efforts provided the Strike Group with the unprecedented ability to execute Sea Dragon III missions by correlating AIS tracks with active sensors, increasing surface search and coordination (SSC) efficiencies by an order of magnitude. The software tools developed during this effort provided near real-time updates of hundreds of tracks into GCCS-M several times daily, providing information on high-interest shipping throughout the fleet. More efficient surface searches allowed the CSG Commander to put more strike fighters in-country, providing needed close-air support for soldiers and Marines in Iraq. As a result of these efforts, the squadron simultaneously could provide convoy support within both the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps areas of operations, a capability unprecedented for E-2C aircraft. The squadron's mission success proved the E-2Cs were capable of independently executing convoy support, allowing JSTARS to increase coverage at the Iraqi border by several hours every day. This effort saved American lives.




Award Winners 

2006 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2005)


CDR Danelle M. Barrett is assigned as the Communications Officer and Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Command, Control, and Communications Computers and Combat Systems at COMCARSTRKGRU Twelve. She was also the Deputy Knowledge Manager at Multi-National Forces Iraq from October 2004 to March 2005. As a volunteer for duty at Multi-National Forces-Iraq (MNF-I), she helped transform the force into a free-flowing, knowledge-enabled organization. CDR Barrett developed and executed an assessment of MNF-I knowledge management state of affairs. She devised and executed a fleet test of an open standard chat capability on NIPRNet that included JFCOM, PACOM, DISA, NATO, Air Force, Naval Postgraduate School, SPAWAR, and afloat units. CDR Barrett recommended drastic changes to improve Strike Group Command and Control, including alternatives to single-ship satellite reach back, enterprise services, and use of open-standard solutions. A leader in knowledge/information management (KM/IM), she wrote the COMCARSTRKGRU Twelve KM/IM Plan, which improves shared situational awareness and speed of command among units. CDR Barrett was the first IP in the Navy to complete the Intermediate and Advanced Qualifications.


IT3 Berkley is assigned as Coalitions Network Administrator for Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander, Central Command (CFMCC CENT), U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and U.S. Fifth Fleet. He also serves as the Collaboration at Sea (CAS) Web Administrator. IT3 Berkley is at the forefront of the Navy's net-centric warfighting effort. He is the cornerstone of the Fleet Commander's force, which encompasses 16 Coalition navies supporting operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and Maritime Security Operations. His involvement in the planning and deployment of the Coalition Enterprise Network Information Exchange System (CENTRIXS) to Kuwait, Pakistan, Oman, Egypt, and other Coalition partners had a direct effect on the enhanced command and control of Combined Maritime Forces protecting critical economic infrastructure in the region. IT3 Berkley's knowledge of network architectures and hardware and software interoperability has been invaluable in transitioning his division from a network support service to a rapidly deployable network development and deployment team. His knowledge of regional information technology requirements and trends allowed NAVCENT to develop network deployment plans that improved information sharing and C4I capabilities of Coalition partners through the area of responsibility. IT3 Berkley was at the forefront of the deployment of the Joint Mobile Ashore Terminal in response to the Pakistan earthquake disaster. He has demonstrated a level of technical acumen and managerial finesse that have quickly earned him the trust and admiration of subordinates and superiors within the chain of command.


LCDR BryerJoyner is assigned as Flag Communications Officer/Information Systems Security Manager for Commander, Carrier Strike Group Eight (CCSG8)/Commander, Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group. LCDR BryerJoyner leads a 15-person division in meeting the communications needs of the Commander. After the Strike Group returned from a combat deployment to the U.S. Central Command supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, LCDR BryerJoyner's communications team supported critical communications taskings. In October 2004, she orchestrated a transition of staff computer networks ashore, as the group staff debarked the flagship. Afterward, LCDR BryerJoyner prepared for a transition to the Navy and Marine Corps Intranet. Simultaneously, she prepared a communications plan for the Admiral's assignment as Commander, New York City Fleet Week 2005. LCDR BryerJoyner planned for Extra High Frequency Time Division Multiple Access Interface Processor and Automatic Identification System—two CNO special-interest projects. Her leadership produced two staff Sailors of the Year, two Junior Sailors of the year, and a Chief Petty Officer selectee. In 2005, she was nominated for the Vice Admiral Richard W. Mayo Award and the CAPT Joy Bright Hancock Leadership Award.


LT Campen is assigned as Satellite Communications and DoD Interoperability Program Manager, USCG Headquarters, Commandant (CG-621), Telecommunications Policy Division. LT Campen directs execution of more than $20M to meet Coast Guard military and commercial requirements for tactical voice and data connectivity to underway, deployed, and disadvantaged users. He is the primary liaison for Coast Guard and Homeland Security use of DoD Military Satellite Communication assets. LT Campen manages space and terrestrial infrastructure to facilitate Coast Guard Out of Hemisphere voice and data communications and monitors satellite communication system performance, usage, emerging requirements, and capabilities.  He consults with the Integrated Coast Guard’s Systems Deepwater team on the design and implementation of satellite communications systems. LT Campen has enhanced Coast Guard operations by advancing the service's satellite communications initiatives and leading a program to upgrade cutter communications capabilities.  Through his efforts, the Coast Guard is positioned to accommodate bandwidth requirements and transition critical communications services to space-based systems. Also, he exercises stalwart leadership as he manages satellite communications engineering and support teams at the Coast Guard's Telecommunication and Information Systems Command (TISCOM).


Senior Chief David Carona is assigned as the Technical Control Operations Leading Chief Petty Officer for Naval Computers and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific (NCTAMS PAC). Senior Chief Carona leads a team of 66 military and contractor personnel, while adeptly managing responsibility for the technical control of over 8,000 communication circuits at NCTAMS PAC. He positively influences a significant watch standing team to forge a cohesive and knowledgeable operational watch organization. Because of his outstanding work as a troubleshooter, he was hand selected to lead a Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command groom team for USS RONALD REAGAN. Senior Chief Carona coordinated and achieved a 100% increase in communication bandwidth to support Operation UNIFIED ASSISTANCE. This effort resulted in significant enhancements to NCTAMS PAC support of Tsunami Relief operations by providing C4I connectivity.  In addition, he led NCTAMS PAC through five major system upgrades and installations. As a Command Readiness Training Team member, he trained watch personnel to test equipment operating and communications restoral procedures led to a 99.5% completion rate, contributing to high levels of watch standing readiness. Senior Chief Carona displays extraordinary ability to manage complex technical systems, foresee challenges, and implement innovative solutions in the IT/C4I arena.


CWO2 Childs is assigned as Technical Control Officer, 7th Communication Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan. His job demands the ability to process vast amounts of information, make sound decisions, and deliver essential communication services. During Operation Unified Assistance '05 (Tsunami Relief), CWO Childs and his team were instrumental to the Command Element. Through video teleconferencing, CWO Childs enabled information sharing between the Combined Support Forces-536 (CSF) Commander and the President of the United States. In Utapao, Thailand (CSF Headquarters), CWO Childs helped the Air Force weave its USC-60-based transmission systems with Lightweight Multi-band Satellite Terminals, thereby providing a more robust command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) architecture. During Reception, Staging, Onward Movement, and Integration '05 and Ulchi Focus Lens '05, CWO Childs integrated the Korean Spider switch with the U.S. voice architecture, a first in combined operations with Korea. CWO Childs pioneered the development of Digital Technical Control Van, the primary interface for voice, video, and data services to the deployed warfighter. Whether in a tactical or garrison environment, CWO Childs combines experience, independent thought, and collaboration into a formidable leadership style.


Petty Officer Culbert is assigned as Information Systems Technician First Class for USS Mount Whitney, USS LaSalle, and USS Theodore Roosevelt. In the last 12 months, Petty Officer Culbert was assigned as the Leading Petty Officer in Charge of the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Combat System and Intelligence, (C5I) Technical Control for three advanced C4I platforms. Petty Officer Culbert has served as a Leading Tech Controller and Communications Watch Officer. She has been committed to the design and delivery of unit-wide training initiatives. Her technical leadership ensured the success of four C4I fast cruises for TR Strike Group in support of a Joint Task Force Exercise. She guided her division aboard the USS Mount Whitney through Communications Readiness Certification, earning a 96.1 grade. Petty Officer Culbert's technical competence, leadership, and motivation for improving C4I systems and network-centric warfare is noted and respected on the waterfront.


LCDR James Darenkamp is assigned as the Coalition Communications Office for Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander, Central Command (CFMCC CENT), U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and U.S. Fifth Fleet. He also serves as the Fleet Information Management Officer and was previously a Joint warfighter C4I Officer at the Joint Interoperability Test Center (JITC). As Coalition Communications officer, LCDR Darenkamp is at the forefront of the Navy's net-centric warfighing effort. His personal involvement in the planning and deployment of the Coalition Enterprise Network Information Exchange System (CENTRIXS) to Kuwait, Pakistan, Oman, Egypt, and other coalition partners has had a dramatic and positive effect on command and control of Coalition Naval Forces protecting critical economic infrastructure in the region. He has also succeeded in shifting the C4 and operational planning mindset to integrate coalition forces in the architecture at the outset, greatly enhancing interoperability. His strong initiative has brought improvements to coalition collaborative tools, such as CENTRIXS chat and a more robust Global Command and Control System (GCCS)-CENTRIXS interface. His action-oriented leadership style was instrumental in focusing the Information Management Working Group's (IMWG) energy on developing a coalition-centric IM capability to include Collaboration at Sea (CAS) for Combined Naval Forces Coaltion (CNFC). While assigned to JITC, LCDR Darenkamp was aggressively engaged in ensuring Navy C4ISR concerns were addressed in several programs. He has earned a positive reputation for his technical expertise and understanding of both joint and coalition C4I capabilities and requirements.


Petty Officer Dewitt is assigned as Leading Information Systems Technician onboard USS Milius. His superior technical skills and knowledge contributed to significant enhancements to C4I capabilities. He expertly drafted, organized, and implemented the ship's Network Defense Plan that significantly enhanced Milius' network-centric capability. USS Harry S. Truman Strike Group Commander praised his efforts as the best ever seen network defense plan afloat. During Milius' Western Pacific deployment, Petty Officer Dewitt guided Sailors through network and security operations in three AORs. As Communications Watch Officer, his attention to detail and technical expertise provided continuous C4I connectivity between coalition forces and ESG units and successful communications for a live ASW exercise with the USS Albuquerque. As the Senior LAN Administrator, he was the driving force behind numerous installations and upgrades. Because of his innovative ideas and outstanding dedication, Petty Officer Dewitt ensured USS Milius' C4I suites were readily available to support the warfighter.


LT Jonathan Durham is assigned as a Plans and Policy Action Officer at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NAVCOMTELSTA), San Diego. He recently returned from a deployment in Baghdad, Iraq where he was assigned to Multinational Force-Iraq (MNF-I) Computer and Information Systems (CIS) as a LTJG.; The main thrust of LT Durham's work are included in the following areas: plans for the Iraqi Military and specifically, a strategic plan for the Iraqi Navy, where he coordinated with Multinational Security Transition Corps-Iraq (MNSTC-I) to produce a plan to provide Iraq with C4I systems that are robust, secure, and interoperable with the rest of their armed forces in order to protect their national interests in the Northern Arabian Gulf; development of a wireless network plan for the 86th Combat Support Hospital (CSH), where he produced risk assessment and supporting documentation for the initial planning of the first approved wireless network to be used by coalition forces in Iraq; Prime Minister Situation Room (PMSR), where he created the Concept of Operations and Implementation Plan for the Iraqi Prime Minister Situation Room (similar to the White House Situation Room); and CIS Requirements Processing, where he created a system of spreadsheets that enabled the rapid creation of funding documentation in support of acquiring communications and information systems for coalition forces. LT Durham's technical accomplishments will have a lasting impact on coalition forces'; ability to fight the war on terrorism in Iraq.


Sgt Eunice is assigned as the Network Operations Center Chief and Data Network Planner for a Regimental Combat Team that exceeds 4200 personnel and is one of two Marine Regiments fighting in Iraq. He is responsible for the daily operation and maintenance of the Secure Internet Protocol Routing Network, Non-secure Internet Protocol Routing Network and Combined Enterprise Regional Information Exchange System. This includes the physical maintenance of servers, routers, and switches; implementation of software upgrades; and updates of virus definitions and software. He is tasked with designing and implementing system upgrades, modifying architectures, and engineering and implementing network additions. In preparation for deployment to Iraq, Sgt Eunice helped develop the Enhanced Position Location Reporting System plan for the Second Marine Division. Sgt Eunice is the epitome of a Marine NCO and has established himself as the go-to individual within the Regiment for data-related problems and questions.


LtCol Fritz is assigned as Assistant Chief of Staff (AC/S) G-6, First Marine Logistics Group (MLG). As the senior Communications Officer within the MLG, LtCol Fritz serves on the Commanding General's staff as the AC/S G-6. He has been deployed as an individual augment in a joint billet as Deputy J-6, Multi National Security Transition Command-Iraq (MNSTC-I) since June 2005. LtCol Fritz deployed to Iraq in February 2004. For the first MLG deployed to Iraq, LtCol Fritz helped establish an extensive communications architecture. After LtCol Fritz returned from Iraq in September 2004, developed a communications architecture and equipment/personnel allowances that were incorporated into the reorganization package that was forwarded to Headquarters Marine Corps, Installation and Logistics, in April 2005. LtCol Fritz deployed again to Iraq in June 2005 as the Deputy Director for the Communications and Information Systems Directorate, MNSTC-I. He designed and implemented a telecommunications network to connect the Iraqi Army Divisions to the Iraqi Army Headquarters. LtCol Fritz' efforts prove critical to the development of Iraqi Security Forces, support the U.S. exit strategy, and ensure a free and independent Iraq.


Petty Officer Green is assigned as Satellite Communications Maintenance Technician onboard USS Carl Vinson. He is an outstanding junior technician with remarkably advanced technical skills. He is the recognized expert on AN/SCC-12 Shipboard Air Traffic Control Communications (SATCC), AN/WSC-8 (V) 1 Commercial Wideband Satellite Program (CWSP) Super High Frequency (SHF) and AN/WSC-6 (V) 5 SHF communication systems. Petty Officer Green ensured continuous high-bandwidth communications connectivity in the USS Carl Vinson's extensive CSI suite through the extended Global Combat Deployment. During Joint Tactical Fleet Exercise in January 2005, he volunteered to help USS Antietam correct multiple casualties to its UHF Demand Assigned Multiple Access system. As the Senior SATCC Technician during USS Carl Vinson's deployment, Petty Officer Green conducted all preventive and corrective maintenance. As the Battle Group Intermediate Maintenance Activity Technical Representative for satellite communications, he provided timely technical support throughout the Strike Group. Throughout USS Carl Vinson's Global Combat Deployment, Petty Officer Green served as the lead satellite communications technician. His actions ensure continuous satellite coverage during deployment.


Mr. Gross is assigned as EA-6B Prowler Weapons System Integrator (WSI) and Supervisor for Naval Air Technical Data and Engineering Service Command (NATEC), Detachment Whidbey Island. His service has had a significant impact on electronic warfare mission readiness and the success of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. His innovation, engineering expertise, and vast experience with the EA-6B Prowler and the ALQ-99 band 2/3 Tactical Jamming System (TJS) were key to the success of the system. Mr. Gross is directly responsible for the successful adaptation of the band 2/3 pods for new mission in the Global War on Terrorism. He adapted F/A-18 Hornet Radar servicing equipment to service 2/3 TJS pods, developed procedures and parameters to test the RF Transmission Line and Antenna using commonly available test equipment, adapted a one-of-a-kind Test and Verification Box originally used with the first variant of the band 2/3 pod and developed procedures and troubleshooting trees to perform on aircraft triage. Mr. Gross has distinguished himself as a superior electronics technician and has demonstrated unparalleled dedication to duty.


Mr. Hale is assigned as Assistant Program Manager for Commercial Satellite Communications (SATCOM) programs and Joint Integrated System Technology for Advanced Digital Network Systems (JIST-NET) project within the Communications Program Management Office, Program Executive Office, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence and Space (PEO C4I and Space, PMW 170). Mr. Hale currently serves the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt lead in PEO C4I and Space. He has distinguished himself as a technical leader, acquisition expert, and manager of the Commercial SATCOM programs within PEO C4I and Space (PMW 170) over the course of the past year. His leadership has built the Navy's Commercial SATCOM program of Record as the only DoD model that defines a way ahead for a similar Joint Commercial SATCOM Program of Record. During the past year, Mr. Hale has led, or continued innovations and projects to increase delivery of communications services to the fleet. He is the architect of the Navy Commercial SATCOM Program of Record. Mr. Hale's service to the Navy has positively impacted the Navy commercial satellite communications and has spearheaded its use in theaters globally.


Chief Horner is assigned as the Officer in Charge for the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group ONE (EODGRU ONE) Mobile Ashore Support Terminal (MAST). He also is the Assistant Communications Officer for COMEODGRU One, ensuring that the eight subordinate units have the communications equipment required to complete mission tasking worldwide. He is directly responsible for more than $3M in communications equipment. Chief Horner brought the Explosive Ordnance Disposal communications community into the 21st century with his extensive C4I knowledge. Upon taking control of COMEODGRU One communications, he established the first active Mobile Ashore Support Terminal in EOD. He planned and supervised renovation of the MAST facilities, saving more than $150K in contractor costs and transforming an underutilized building into a state-of-the-art facility. Chief Horner is an advocate for professional development in each of his subordinates. He dedicates the time to train his personnel and conduct unit-level training initiatives. An authority on expeditionary communications, Chief Horner is an invaluable member of COMEODGRU One.


CDR Kolackovsky is assigned as the Deputy J9, Innovations and Experimentation, for Commander, U.S. Third Fleet. Additionally, he is the Third Fleet FORCEnet representative, serving as the command's expert for Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) issues. CDR Kolackovsky played a key role in integrating SCAN EAGLE Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, SEA FOX Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV), and biometrics into strike group operations, each of which is deployed in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). His vision played a key role in establishing a command and control architecture for Scan Eagle aboard USS Cleveland. CDR Kolackovsky initiated a wireless biometrics proof-of-concept reach-back capability demonstration to support Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP). Additionally, he initiated the paring of the SEA FOX USV with the USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) to support an assessment of the force protection capabilities of SEA FOX as part of an Expeditionary Strike Group. CDR Kolackovsky supports the GWOT today to affect the Navy's future of tomorrow.


Capt Komnick is assigned as the Communications and Information Systems Officer for 1st Force Reconnaissance Company within I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Capt Komnick has exhibited boundless initiative and superb leadership throughout the year. After returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom II (OIF II), Capt Komnick acted on lessons learned that would enhance capabilities for the Company's upcoming deployment to support OIF III. Capt Komnick helped revolutionize the 1st Force Reconnaissance Company's C4 capability to move across the battlefield and tie in with supported commanders, with zero encroachment on those commanders' communication architecture. He conducted initial operational testing of High Performance Waveform (HPW) over Tactical Satellite (TacSat) circuits during a month-long Company exercise, proving that the new data protocol and waveform of HPW significantly outperforms the currently utilized MIL-STD-188-181B and MIL-STD-188-184. Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) selected Capt Komnick to consult on their Manpower and Training Division's development of a formal USMC AN/PRC-1S0 Radio Operators Course. Earlier this year Capt Komnick prepared and trained his Marines for deployment to OIF III.


LT Lambert is assigned as E-2C Instructor Combat Information Center Officer (ICICO-ACTC Level IV). LT Lambert is a warfare qualified E-2C NavaI FIight Officer in the E-2C Hawkeye 2000 aircraft. He executes the missions of overland strike, surface surveillance and control, maritime strike, airborne battlefield command and control, and other assigned missions. LT Lambert organizes and plans Hawkeye aircraft integration into Carrier Air Wing Eleven (CVW-11) and Carrier Strike Group Eleven (CCSG-11) operations, and he trains junior aircrew in air control and mission commander functions. He is Aircraft Division Officer for 31 maintenance personnel. LT Lambert helped ensure VAW-117, CVW-11, and CCSG-11 successfully supported Fifth Fleet's Maritime Security Operations in the Arabian Gulf. He was central to the incorporation of airborne Automatic Identification System capability into Maritime Security Operations and the Global War on Terrorism. LT Lambert served as primary liaison to CDS-23, where he developed tactics, planned missions, and prepared new tools for effective execution of Maritime Security Operations. LT Lambert helped draft a new OPGEN, which enhanced the synchronization, effectiveness, command, and control of air power in the Arabian Gulf.


Petty Officer Larsen is assigned as Network System Administrator for the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C41) Department onboard the USS Mount Whitneyin support of Commander Sixth Fleet, Commander Joint Lisbon, Commander Destroyer Squadron Six-Zero, and Commander Striking Forces NATO. She also serves as the division Training Petty Officer, scheduling training and maintaining records for a division of 35 Sailors. Since reporting aboard USS Mount Whitney in February 2005, Petty Officer Larsen has demonstrated the aptitude to adapt to the ship's fast-paced and ever-changing environment. Following the Commander, Sixth Fleet flagship turnover from USS LaSalle to USS Mount Whitney, she led the team through a smooth integration of Sailors from the two organizations. Petty Officer Larsen uses every available resource to achieve and maintain the highest state of operational readiness. Additionally, Petty Officer Larsen's dedication and fantastic customer support were pivotal to the phenomenal success of the JFMCC Embarkation I/II, and Exercises "LOYAL DIGILIGENCY," "MOVING STAR 05," "ALLIED WARRIOR 05," and "LOYAL MIDAS 05." For these exercises, she installed over 145 computers, created 850 user accounts and resolved over 204 trouble calls Petty Officer Larsen's expertise in telecommunications, messaging, and computer networking have made her an invaluable asset to the training program aboard.


Mr. Miller is assigned as Technical Director and Director of Modernization, Program Executive Office, Command Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence and Space (PEO C4I and Space). He has established himself as a major force in the drive to achieve the DoN's Network-Centric Warfare (NCW) vision. As Technical Director, Mr. Miller's leadership and vision drove the establishment of the PEO C4I and Space Integrated Roadmap, a tool being used to guide C4I product evolution to achieve the end-state goals articulated in SeaPower 21 and associated Department of Defense capstone documents. As Director of Modernization, he represents the C4I community in the development and maintenance of fleet modernization programs, such as SHIPMAIN and Command and Control, Communications, Computers, and Combat Systems Installation Master Plan (C5IMP). Mr. Miller serves as the C4I Domain lead to the ASN RD&A-directed Open Architecture Enterprise Team. He led the team developing the Net-centric Enterprise Solutions for Interoperability (NESI) guidance for PEO C4I and Space. Also, Mr. Miller initiated an effort to provide guidance to PEO C4I and Space Program Managers on how to effectively develop Systems Engineering Plans and Information Support Plans.


Petty Officer Peters is assigned as Information Systems Technician First Class for the Automated Information System (AIS) Division onboard USS Carl Vinson. His technical capabilities and initiative ensure successful operation and maintenance of Carl Vinson's computer networks throughout Battle "E" winning workups and a global combat deployment. He led the ship's Information Systems Technicians and managed the maintenance of an extensive C5I suite, providing exceptional network support for more than 5,000 LAN users. Petty Officer Peters led the ship's information systems team of technicians in the assessment, response, technician tasking, monitoring, and completion of more than 1,000 AIS-related trouble calls. He coordinated all facets of Automated Data Processing support requirements for the embarkation of Commander, Carrier Strike Group Three; Commander, Carrier Air Wing Nine; and all embarked units. During the USS Carl Vinson's 2005 Global Combat Deployment, he ensured continuous in-rate training, and deck plate mentoring was provided to all embarked Information Systems Technicians. Petty Officer Peters developed and updated the Automated Data Processing Standard Operating Procedures, which ensured operations and maintenance were performed correctly. He also led the transition of 1,200 workstations to a shipyard environment.


Senior Chief Sonya Rivera is assigned as the Acting Strike Gourp Communications Officer, the C4 and Combat Systems Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO), and a Senior Enlisted Advisor (SEA). Senior Chief Rivera's performance over the last year has set the standard for fleet excellence in fleet communications and improved operational efficacy. Her vision for coalition interoperability and communications planning expertise were directly responsible for the success achieved during BALTOPS 2005. She was the impetus for many key communications initiatives for the staff and Strike Group, including NMCI cutover and Basic Phase Certification of all Group TWELVE units. Her diligence and leadership has made all Carrier Strike Group communicators and equipment deployable. During Basic Phase preparations, Senior Chief Rivera devised an aggressive testing and assessment process for preparing Strike Group ships to operate in an integrated environment. She also planned and managed all C4 for BALTOPS 2005, including hundreds of communications circuits for 40 ships and 11 NATO and Partnership for Peace nations with varying C4 capabilities. Her proof-of-concept testing to the establishment of an alternate command center for contingency management during split staff operations has become a model for other Strike Groups. Senior Chief Rivera has committed herself and staff to the concept of network-centric technologies as an enabler for the warfighter for mission excellence.


CTN1 Rosado is one of the National Security Agency (NSA) Information Assurance Directorate's (IAD) premier technical leaders and computer networking operations (CNO) experts. He consistently provided decisive direction and in-depth training while leading more than 20 joint-military/civilian members during the successful completion of three major Combatant Commander (COCOM) network security vulnerability assessments that resulted in significant and tangible increases in the security of the Department of Defense networks, ultimately improving national security. His expertise spans all aspects of networking, including hardware maintenance, network software evaluations, and security solution implementation. Under his leadership, his team sought to identify potential weaknesses in DoD network defenses.


CWO4 Danzie Ruffin is a assigned as the Officer-in-Charge for U.S. Naval Communications Detachment, Chinhae, Korea. He is also the Director of the Information Technology Operations (ITOC) in Chinhae. CWO4 Ruffin is a dynamic leader, and his mentorship of his Sailors and technical training initiatives extends his impact to the entire U.S. Navy. He directly contributed to Allied interoperability by engineering the setup and installation of the Navy Order Wire (NOW) between the U.S. Navy Communication Detachment, Chinhae and CINCROKFLT Communications Center. His assumption of the management, operation, and maintenance of Chinhae base's legacy network resulted in significantly improved network reliability, speed of service, customer support, and compliance with Naval networking certification requirements. CWO4 Ruffin's research and ingenuity made possible the first U.S. only video teleconferencing (VTC) capability for Chinhae. He was responsible for 100% Navy DMS implementation throughout Korea by directing upgrade efforts while overcoming training shortfalls. CWO4 Ruffin's technical contributions have made specific, demonstrable contributions in the disciplines of C4I, information systems, and in support of information warfare.


GySgt Eulalio Ruiz is assigned as 7th Communication Battalion, Battle Staff Training Facility, Staff Non-Commissioned Officer-In-Charge of Tactical Networking Division. GySgt Ruiz drafted and executed the deployed Command and Control (C2) concept in the Battle Staff Training Facility (BSTF) in support of III Marine Expeditionary Force's (III MEF) Strategic plan. This plan is a roadmap for how III MEF will establish C2 and information superiority to support the five capability enhancements defined as a part of Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare (EMW). His expertise, experience, and professionalism contributed to developing effective C2 standards, training, certification, and management processes. He is a key network trainer for III MEF forces. Additionally, GySgt Ruiz was the Data Chief for the Headquarters Combined Support Force (CSF)-536 during Operation Unified Assistance. He rapidly deployed his strategic data node with less then 24 hours notice from Okinawa to Utapao, Thailand. His actions directly contributed to CSF-536 receiving first place at the Fifth Annual DoD CIO Team Awards. GySgt Ruiz's foresight and drive helped improve III MEF's Warfighting capabilities through information agility.


Mr. Stepp is assigned as the Assistant Operations Department Head within the Navy Computer Incident Response Team (NAVCIRT). He provides critical trend, threat, and technical analysis of network activity that affects the Navy portion of the Department of Defense (DoD) Global Information Grid. Mr. Stepp represents the Navy in all intelligence analysis support to Computer Network Defense (CND). He developed and established a robust CND analysis capability that capitalizes on the use of the latest network analysis tools and techniques, intelligence sharing, and timely reporting. Mr. Stepp is key to solidifying NAVCIRT's presence as a leader in CND analysis within the DoD and Department of Homeland Security. His leadership directly affected Navy policy by requiring commands to adhere to an aggressive Internet Protocol blocking policy, significantly improving the process through which NAVCIRT responds to threats and preventing 755 network attacks. Mr. Stepp provided law enforcement officials with credible evidence used to prosecute two high-profile computer intrusion cases targeted against DoD assets. He epitomizes the Information Operations leader and expert. His understanding and execution of Computer Network Operations concepts has positively affected Navy CND efforts.


Mr. Thomas is assigned as the Technical Advisor for the Unified Atlantic Fleet Network Operations Center (UARNOC) and acts as the operations officer in the absence of the incumbent. He displayed unparalleled leadership skills as Technical Advisor. His keen insight, management skills, and effective use of resources resulted in the successful planning and implementation of three major UARNOC upgrades. Working with Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) personnel, these upgrades were accomplished without interruption in services provided to the supported underway commanders and fleet units in the Persian Gulf and the Atlantic operating area. These upgrades improved network security and increased operational efficiencies of network services. In support of the CNO initiative to streamline operations and reduce manpower, Mr. Thomas has been actively sought to sit on numerous working groups, and is a member of the SPAWAR Tactical Switching and NCTAMS Consolidation Working Groups. Mr. Thomas is a major contributor to the operational readiness and success of the Atlantic fleet, NCTAMS LANT, and Naval C4I needs throughout the world.


LCDR Wojcik is assisgned as the lead for Net-Centric Warfare (NCW) Integrated Product Team (IPT). He has distinguished himself by his ability to bring leading edge technology to the Fleet. Under his leadership, developmental work on the ACAT ID E-2D Radar Modernization Program (RMP)-one a risk item for the E-2D aircraft- was extremely successful. He has also demonstrated the ability to take current systems and make minimal modifications to bring about new capabilities at a minimal cost. Some of LCDR Wojcik's successes include his work with the HF SIPRnet and the introduction of Multi-Source Integration (MSI), Phase One. In his efforts to be a leader in the continued development of the Navy services FORCEnet architecture, he has been involved in the development of a common operational tactical picture and the use of IP to shorten kill chains. LCDR Wojcik has shown uncommon ability and breadth of knowledge in taking concepts from "good ideas" to fleet-ready products. He has also demonstrated the intellectual prowess to lay the command and control foundations for future warfighting capabilities that will be fundamental to the Naval and Joint forces.





Award Winners 

2005 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2004)

LT Claude Arnold, USN
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Iceland

LT Arnold is assigned as the Operations Officer, Local Network Operations and Security Center Department Head at U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Keflavik, Iceland. He is responsible for the operation of all long haul communications circuits to Iceland, 35 C4I circuits in the North Atlantic, submarine broadcast, TSCOM Keflavik, and operation of the base wide computer network. He successfully leads and manages four divisions: the Local Network Operations and Security Center, Technical Control Facility, Defense message System, and TSCOMM (consisting of 79 military and nine civilian personnel). He lead the way in the network consolidation and FORCEnet implementation for NAS Keflavik. As the only Navy base outside of either the NMCI or ONE-NET claimancies, he spearheaded the consolidation of four separate computer networks into one centrally managed location and implemented GIG backbone connectivity to over 100 buildings without the aid of contractors or large budgets. Recognizing the fragmented and inefficient infrastructure developed over the past fifteen years, LT Arnold proposed a complete ground up consolidation of the seven separate SIPRNET entities on the base. A strong proponent of training, he established a training room and VTC capability.

CTTI Kelly Blackman, USN
Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center

Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Petty Officer First Class Blackman is assigned as the Fleet Liaison Technical Advisor for the Surface Electronic Warfare Division of Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane) in direct support of the Navy's SLQ-32 program. She was an instrumental force in the success of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program Block 1A and 1B upgrade. Her technical knowledge and operator skills within the Electronic Support, Electronic Attack, and Electronic Protect realms of Information Warfare were the key influences of her selection as NSWC Crane's single military representative in the Developmental Testing phase of Electronic Surveillance Enhancement (ESE). Petty Officer Blackman's exceptional technical ability was a determining factor in her being hand picked to install several Small Ship Electronic Support Measures systems as part of the Office of Naval Research Battle Group Distributed Specific Emitter Identification experiment. She has proven to be a major influence in the sustained improvement efforts for the Electronic Warfare community, as well as a key player in advancing the C4I system into the 21st century.

LT David Boner, USN
Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet

LT Boner is assigned as the Submarine Force FORCEnet Officer and Command, Control, Communications, and Computers Readiness and Training Officer at Naval Submarine Forces U.S. Atlantic Fleet. He is responsible for the management of all C4-related policy and training, the identification and validation of C4 requirements and the oversight of current and future C4 systems development on Submarine Broadcast Control Authority ashore commands. He is the co-lead for the technical team that addressed the technical issues with transition to IP. The Internet Protocol Architecture will support strategic and tactical operations, training, and military exercises, special operations weapons targeting and intelligence. LT Boner's efforts are leading the charge with Allied nations to bring their information management systems into the IP age of communications. His team also produced two key documents: the final force IP Concept of Operations and the IP Employment Guideline for operators. His efforts have catalyzed the rapid fleet acceptance of new processes and, more importantly, the embracing of a new information culture.

IT2 James Brown, USN
USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

Information Systems Technician Second Class Petty Officer Brown is assigned as the Network Administrator onboard the USS CARL VINSON CVN-70. He is responsible for providing systems support to over 5,000 LAN users (comprising of 17 departments), Commander Carrier Strike Group Three, Commander Destroyer Squadron Three One, Commander Carrier Air Wing Nine and nine aviation squadrons. He expertly managed an already aging LAN system through the ship's deployment and Board of Inspection (INSURV) visit. His thorough troubleshooting ability and exceptional foresight was paramount in the fulfillment of all ADP requirements for the CARL VINSON Integrated Exercise. IT2 Brown established the network connections and communications between CARL VINSON and the Tactical Training Group, Pacific, including the configuration of the training group's laptops and Internet Protocol phones for exercise mentors to access their remote systems via CARL VINSON's LAN. During COMPTUEX, CARL VINSON received outstanding "B1" grades in 19 of 21 C5I categories; the remaining 2 categories were graded with satisfactorily demonstrated "B2" ratings.

LT Brian Burrow, USN
Defense Information Systems Agency Europe

LT Burrow is assigned as the Defense Switched Network Telemetry Systems Team Leader at the Defense Information Systems Agency Europe.; He is responsible for 174 network management platforms and 90 circuits for the DSN Europe. He deployed to DISA CENTCOM's Theater Network Operations Center and provided top notch strategic management of communications nodes, switches, and circuits-many of which were in direct support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. LT Burrow also led a highly successful Information Assurance team, coordinating with system administrators, database managers and other IA officers.& As as direct results of his leadership his team eliminated all 48 category I vulnerability assessment findings plus 215 category II, III and IV findings, significantly reducing the risk of intrusion to both the DSN network management systems and their switches. As the contract task monitor, his team successfully integrated 14 new switches into the DSN's Advanced Defense Switched Network Integrated Management Support System, reducing management cost by $65 thousand dollars annually and providing a means to quickly identify existing and potential problems at those sites.

LT Kevin Carroll, USCG
Loran Support Unit, Wildwood New Jersey

LT Carroll is assigned as the Development Branch Chief in the Loran Support Unit's engineering division. He is responsible for developing radio navigation systems for the Coast Guard. To improve the accuracy of the LORAN for maritime and timing users, LT Carroll pioneered the development and proof of concept for the Differential-LORAN technique—a means of improving the accuracy of LORAN 25 fold. This real-time demonstration proved that LORAN could meet the 20 meter accuracy requirements for maritime harbor entrance and approach navigation. He also directed the development of several suites of new generation equipment, including the new Timing and Frequency Equipment. This work was crucial to improving the performance of all 29 LORAN stations and to increasing the maintainability of 14 stations. LT Carroll has co-authored and/or presented sixteen technical papers at several national and international forums, receiving a "Best Paper" award at the Institute of Navigation GPS conference.

ET2 Colleen Colver, USN
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Bahrain

Electronic Technician Second Class Colver is assigned as the Network Engineer for U.S. Naval Computer Telecommunications Station Bahrain. She is responsible for the management and upkeep of six unclassified and classified local area networks comprising of 120 servers, 2,000+ computers, and 3,000 users in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, SOUTHERN WATCH, and Maritime Interception Operations in the Southwest Asia area of responsibility (AOR). She played a vital role in the design and implementation of the first operational site of the CONUS Naval Enterprise Network (ONE-NET). Her exceptional skill and superior technical acumen was needed while the station migrated U.S. Naval Central Command, Naval Support Activity Bahrain and 70 tenant commands from legacy networks to the ONE-NET infrastructure. She expertly trained 40 technicians into a cohesive team servicing the newly formed ITSC help desk, immediately improving customer service and IT support for NAVCENT and the FIFTHFLT AOR. To improve the efficiency of trouble call technicians and standardize solutions for common problems, she authored numerous Standard Operating Procedures for network management and operations. Her unmatched technical expertise is widely known in the areas of networks, system administration, and migration.

LTJG Travis Dawson, USN
USS Shreveport (LPD-12)

LT Dawson is assigned as the C4I Officer onboard the USS SHREVEPORT LPD-12. He manages 25 sailors and a $45 million dollar C4I suite that controls voice, video, and data communications through the Top Secret, SCI security level. He also serves as the Information Systems Security Officer, Electronic Key Management System Manager. During SHREVEPORT's demanding deployment LT Dawson developed and executed tactical communications plans between Second, Sixth and Fifth fleet areas of responsibility (AOR), comprising of hundreds of voice, video and data circuits for embarked Staff, Marines, Squadrons and Naval Special Warfare units deployed. SHEVREPORT was tasked as the Global Command and Control System Force over the Horizon Track Coordinator for USCENTCOM and USEUCOM AOR's. Under LT Dawson's supervision the ship maintained a 98% connectivity rate, providing the Warfare Commanders a complete real-time tactical picture. LTJG Dawson's leadership, initiative and superior management skills were key reasons to the successful use of the coalition network Combined Enterprise Regional Exchange Information System, sharing time critical tactical information through email, chat and web replication with allied and coalition partners.

CWO3 David Dillard, USCG
Command and Control Center, Chesapeake Virginia

CWO3 Dillard is assigned as the lead Support Engineer and supervisor responsible for System Management and Engineering Facility support for electronic command, control, and surveillance equipment and systems at USCG Command and Control Engineering Center Portsmouth, Va. He is responsible for equipment installed as part of the Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service, Sector Command Centers, and District Command Centers. After three years of planning the Hampton Roads Sector Command Center-J (SCC-J), CWO3 Dillard was set to relocate from Navy property to a refurbished facility on the Coast Guards Integrated Support Command in Portsmouth, Va. Three weeks prior to relocation, it was discovered that the proposed communications system could not take place due to funding issues, placing the SCC-J relocation at risk. CWO3 Dillard quickly researched alternatives and offered an innovative and technologically advanced Voice Over Internet Protocol ethernet-based solution using the existing Local Area Network and VHF-FM radios. In six short weeks, the C2CEN was tasked to design, procure and install Sector Command Center functionality in Boston and New York in support of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. He worked closely with property owners, Coast Guard commands, and other government agencies to rapidly secure leases, install remote sensors, and provide T1 connectivity between a variety of remote sites and the Sector Command Center host server. His quick and thorough planning resulted in an unprecedented security for the port and waterways for the DNC and RNC.

Mr. Douglas Graves
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic

Mr. Graves is assigned as the Technical Director (TD)/Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) at the Navy Satellite Communications Facility (NAVSATCOMMFAC) Northwest. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects concerning the technical operations and maintenance of NAVSATCOMMFAC Northwest, as well as ensuring the government contractors adhere to all proscribed contractual agreements. In addition, Mr. Graves serve as the single government site representative for the facility's transition from a traditional standard tactical entry point facility to a Department of Defense (DoD) teleport facility. While overseeing all aspects of the installation of Generation 1, he personally tackled a number of potential problems and issues at the Teleport Program Office to ensure the best possible installation was achieved. As a member of the Teleport Operations Working Group, Mr. Graves has been instrumental in the development of the the forthcoming USSSTRATCOM concept of operations, operational reporting standards, maintenance standards, standard operating procedures, and future teleport projects including EHF, KA-BAND Satellite Systems, and TMCS upgrades.

LtCol Ronald Hahn, USMC
Joint Information Operations Center

LtCol Hahn is assigned as an Operations Liaison to U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), providing information operations planning support to various special operations units. He was responsible for supporting numerous operations in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He organized and supervised seven different deployments to Afghanistan supporting the Global War on Terrorism. LtCol Hahn also successfully led a team supporting special operations support to Task Force Philippines in the South Pacific. His organization of the Red Cell was instrumental in producing a successful offensive information operations command and control capability able to replicate terrorist organizations.

CDR John Hearne, USN
Carrier Strike Group Ten

CDR Hearne is assigned as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) for Carrier Strike Group Ten. The strike group is composed of one aircraft carrier, two cruisers, four destroyers, one frigate, over 100 aircraft and approximately 7000 sailors and marines. CDR Hearne's systematic approach to information sharing has ensured that proper Information Management techniques were common level knowledge through the strike group. He incorporated the C4I systems, addressed doctrinal issues, and improved processes which resulted in a more network-centric strike group. CDR Hearne developed taxonomies on public folders to remove duplicate and non critical information, therefore reducing the storage requirements and improving the commands ability to quickly retrieve the necessary information. His use of the Knowledge Web and Collaboration at Sea tools provided a higher productivity when producing flag level briefings and allowed replication at sea and shore. CDR Hearne authored a very comprehensive OPTASK Information Management document for CAS II. It detailed the Harry S. Truman's Strike Groups policy on how information was to be presented in order to maximize the use of CAS replication features.The Strike groups CAS site techniques, procedures and user-friendly features were adopted as best of the breed and are being taught at Afloat Training Group- Atlantic.

LCDR Gregory Lunsford, USN
First Naval Construction Division, Naval Construction Forces Command

LCDR Lunsford is assigned as Assistant Chief of Staff, Force Communications and Information Systems, First Naval Construction Division and Naval Construction Forces Command. He is responsible for operating and maintaining global Communications and Information Systems for all Naval Construction Force (SEABEE) units. LCDR Lunsford's expert planning and fielding of Comm/IT systems was significant to the success of the THIRTIETH Naval Construction Regiments performance in Operations BEARING DUEL and DESERT SPEAR. He also provided direct technical support and operational tactical communications equipment to SEABEEs deployed to the Philippines, Afghanistan, and Iraq to support the Global War on Terrorism. He directed the development for a ruggedized TDN server and tactical LAN. After the field and acceptance testing, LCDR Lunsford's efforts were instrumental in deploying the first field utilization of live SIPRNET and secure telephone systems in NCF operations. He also developed the Concept of Operations for a light, deployable satellite base station architecture/design with SPAWAR and Harris Corp. Through his efforts, SEABEE Engineer Reconnaissance teams forward deployed with U.S. Marine Ground Combat Units have reach back links to engineers in the rear and logistics cells in the middle.

LCDR Patrick McGillvray, USCG
Command and Control Center, Chesapeake, Virginia

LCDR McGillvray is assigned as the Afloat Systems Engineering Branch Chief within the Engineering Division of Command and Control Engineering Center, Portsmouth. His technical knowledge of navigation systems was instrumental in the USS RONALD REAGAN clearing casualties to the ships navigation system. Under his leadership the new Shipboard Command and Control Systems (SCCS) suite provides a single hardware and software architecture for all Coast Guard ships. This suite provides a state of the art architecture that is rapidly replacing 3 separate hardware and software baselines while ensuring greater interoperability with the Coast Guard Common Operational Picture. LCDR McGillvray was instrumental in the C2CEN development of COMDAC-INS—an integrated electronic navigation system that is a major SCCS component. This project meets a number of electronic integrated navigation standards including the Coast Guard's strict Electronic Charting and Integrated Navigation Systems standard which eliminates the requirement to keep up to date paper charts. Through his efforts COMDAC-INS has been installed on ten 378 class ships, eight 270 class ships, six 210 class ships, thirteen 110 class ships and is being installed on thirty seven Navy vessels providing enhanced operational benefits.

LCDR James Mills, USN
Carrier Strike Group Ten

LCDR Mills is assigned as the Flag Communications Officer for Carrier Strike Group Ten. He is responsible for all communications, communications security, information assurance, and computer network defense issues for Commander Carrier Strike Group (COMCARSTRKGRU) TEN and subordinate commands. COMCARSTRKGRU TEN served as the Atlantic Fleet Executive Agent for NMCI deployables and the first afloat command to fully cutover to NMCI. LCDR Mills personally carried out all required duties of Fleet Executive Agent in addition to overseeing Flag Staff's highly successful transition from legacy networks to NMCI, taking this initiative from concept and test to full implementation. He also developed an intensive CND training program that included five varsity level CND Red Team underway exercises, enhanced tracking of Information Assurance Vulnerability Alerts and an improved Information Assurance training program for Strike Group ships. His efforts resulted in not only the highest CND assessment provided to date by the Fleet Information Warfare Command, but also resulted in zero real-world compromises to Strike Group networks.

OSC James Otten, USN
U.S. Naval Forces Europe

Operations Specialist Chief Otten is assigned as the Joint Information Control Officer at the Theater Maritime Fusion Center at U.S. Naval Forces Europe, U.S. SIXTH Fleet in Naples, Italy. Operating under an extremely limited budget, he successfully led the network design, support equipment installation, personnel and space allocation, and stand-up of a new division that is now the operational centerpiece of the Theater Maritime Fusion Center. Additionally, Chief Otten developed a new Operation Tasking Order Fleet Over-the-Horizon Coordinator Supplement that provided theater C4I operational managers an essential tool to effectively utilize theater assets. OSC Otten also developed an architecture using multiple transmission paths during exercise Majestic Eagle, enabling three separate Carrier Strike Groups to participate as opposing forces. His savvy technical expertise and operational prowess ensured flawless data connectivity.

IT1 David Pabon, USN
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific

Information Systems Technician First Class Petty Officer Pabon is assigned as the Defense Information System Agency and Defense Information Systems Node Coordinator for NCTAMS PAC Det Oahu. He is responsible for the coordination, activation, and deactivation of DII trunks. Petty Officer Pabon organized and managed a team of eighteen sailors and twelve civilian contractors during the four-month transition of one hundred twenty C4I circuits into the new Nimitz-MacArthur Pacific Command Center. He spearheaded the commissioning of the Camp Smith Automated Tech Control Facility, ensuring personnel were fully trained and developed a detailed matrix switch connectivity architecture design layout, which enabled watch standers to quickly locate and troubleshoot equipment. IT1 Pabon's successful leadership led to the conversion of one of the three EAM circuits from an analog line to a fully digital solution, dramatically improving circuit performance. He took the initiative to personally revive the Technical Control Facility's aging Facility Circuit Information Tracking (FaCIT) System database. This database now encompasses up-to-date information for all communications equipment traversing Camp Smith Tech Control, circuit layout information, outage and restoration tracking, quality control test history, and worldwide coordination data for over 200 facilities.

CDR Robert Parker, USN
Program Executive Officer C4I

CDR Parker is assigned as the Deputy Program Manager, Naval Networks, Information Assurance, and Enterprise Services Program Management Office, Program Executive Office, Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence and Space. He has consistently distinguished himself through his brilliant C4I technical and acquisition management skills. His contributions during this period strengthened the Navy's ability to meet increased C4I demands through technological innovation. He developed the Common PC Operating System Environment, the first fleet wide operating system release in four years, replacing Windows NT. He also spearheaded efforts in the delivery of the first supportable Multi-level Security coalition network, CENTRIXS block II, using thin client workstations. CDR Parker delivered an afloat networks Defense Messaging System solution that makes Assured IP a reality. His expertise in this area made him a key player in delivering IP compression technology to better utilize constrained RF links.

Mr. Jimmy Rackley
Electronic Systems Support Unit, Kodiak, Alaska

Mr. Rackley is assigned as the Telecommunications Manager for the ESU Kodiak/D17 Area of Responsibility (AOR). He is responsible for the development of requirements and the execution of telecommunications initiatives in support of Coast Guard forces assigned to or visiting Alaska. Mr. Rackley coordinated with the FAA to provide shelter and power to their new Remote Control Air-to-Ground equipment at the Mount Robert Barron National Distress System high site. He led the design and implementation of a new network interface between the D17 VHF-FM radio system and the Alaska Land Mobile Radio network. Under his leadership, the final phase of the multi-year partnership between NOAA's National Weather Service and D17 to improve the dissemination of local weather forecasts and warnings was implemented. Not only was Mr. Rackley responsible for the design and implementation of a solution that provided the LORAN Station Shoal Cove with high-speed access to the CG data network and enhanced telephone service, but he also designed a solution to upgrade connectivity at the even more remote LORAN Station Attu. These changes significantly improved station operation and the overall quality of life for 24 crewmembers serving a tour of duty.

Ms. Nancy Rantanen
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic

Ms. Rantanen is assigned as the Fleet Operations Division Head, which consists of the Joint Fleet Telecommunications Operations Center, Fleet Relay, Tactical Planning, Satellite Management Center, and the Navy Global Defense Message System (DMS) Consolidated Help Desk. She is the only certified help desk director within the Naval Network and Space Command claimancy. Ms. Rantanen was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Joint Coalition Task Force exercise that impacted over 10,000 troops during the month of June 2004. The development and implementation of the C4 Information Management System (C4 IMS) was a product of Ms. Rantanen's innovativeness and vision. Using her experience with C4 IMS, she serves as an integral team member of the Naval Sea Systems Command Distance Support Effort. Additionally, Ms. Rantanen is the president of the Hampton Roads Chapter of AFCEA. Her expertise at the forefront of Naval communications will be instrumental to the coming transformation in Navy and DoD C4I.

LTJG Thomas Ryan, USN
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific

LTJG Ryan is assigned as the Joint Fleet Telecommunications Operations Division Officer for Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific. He is responsible for providing hands-on communications instruction and training to all deploying fleet units in the Pacific. He coordinates the actions of five work centers consisting of 60 watchstanders, five regional communications stations and two detachments. He led the NCTAMS PAC participation in the Exercise Rim of the Pacific 04. He coordinated control and communications services and systems with Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Commander Third Fleet; the Japanese and Korean Maritime Self Defense Forces; and Canadian, Australian, and Chilean Navies, supporting 40 surface ships and seven submarines. He also led the NCTAMS PAC Communications Assistance Team which conducted training on 60 ships providing extensive assessment of the individuals training requirements for each unit. LTJG Ryan was hand-selected based on his technical expertise and innovative training style the Pacific fleet Deploying Group Systems Integration Testing (DGSIT) team. He serves as a liaison between the DGSIT team and the ship's communications personnel to ensure all communications systems are fully tested and are in proper working condition in order to effectively operate in the tactical environment.

Mr. Robert Stephenson
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

Mr. Stephenson is assigned as the senior technical advisor to the Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT), and the government senior technical lead of the Fleet Systems Engineering Team (FSET) for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). While working for both SPAWAR and COMPACFLT, Mr. Stephenson successfully leveraged his government and contractor resources to ensure Expeditionary Strike Group and Carrier Strike Group C4ISR systems were maintained at peak readiness, enabling fleet units to meet all operational requirements. As the Lead Engineer for FSET, he managed a $19 million dollar budget for a staff of 112 engineers providing afloat and ashore field support for all C4ISR systems. Under Mr. Stephenson's leadership, the FSET Program has been instrumental in conducting the war on terrorism. Some of Mr. Stephenson's other numerous accomplishments include the development of the design and acquisition strategy for the Information Technology for the 21st Century, providing the design and systems engineering support to the White House Communications Agency during the President's visit to the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-71), and developing the C4ISR requirements model that determines Naval Forces SATCOM bandwidth for various PACOM warplanes.

Mr. Michael Sullivan
Special Projects Patrol, Squadron One

Mr. Sullivan is assigned as the Naval Air Technical Data and Engineering Service Command (NATEC) representative at Special Projects Patrol Squadron One, Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine and is the command expert on C4I systems. As the C4I manager for six highly complex special project aircraft in two different Squadrons. (VPU-1, NAS Brunswick and VPU-2, Kaneohe MCAS), Mr. Sullivan rapidly prototyped and installed a revolutionary aircraft LAN system that provided much needed situational awareness and intelligence fusion plot for mission aircrews. He continues to build upon that success though C4I enhancements that are in direct response to changing mission needs. In carrying out his duties, Mr. Sullivan manages the associated flight clearance process and testing for the addition of new hardware, physical configuration changes, software upgrades and standardization among program aircraft. Additionally, Mr. Sullivan conducts weekly training on these C4I systems for the aircrew that he supports.

LCDR John Troyanos, USN
Navy Center for Tactical Systems Interoperability

LCDR Troyanos is assigned as Officer-in-Charge, Navy Center for Tactical Systems Interoperability Detachment FOUR, Sigonella, Italy. He is responsible for providing tactical data link support to forces of the U.S. European Command and North Atlantic Treaty Organization during exercises, operations and contingencies. While serving as the Joint Interface Control Officer for Commander, Second Fleet he established the C2 information exchange structure needed to support joint and multi-national force integration in a very complex information sharing environment. LCDR Troyanos planned and led the framework for establishing Commander, Second Fleet/Commander Navy North Fleet East Maritime Regional Interface Control Officer Cell. The cell maintains and operates a 24/7 real-time multi-TDL network to provide the maritime tactical picture to the common tactical picture and to improve surveillance information sharing in support of Homeland Defense.

IT3 Stewart Vinson, USN
USS Enterprise CVN-65

Information Systems Technician Third Class Petty Officer Vinson is assigned as the Classified Networks System Administrator onboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65). He is responsible for providing customer service and system administration for the Combined Enterprise Regional Information Exchange System (CENTRIXS), NATO Initial Data Transfer System (NIDTS), SCI, GENSER Integrated Ship's Network System (ISNS) and the Global Command and Control System - Maritime (GCCS-M) networks. He was integral to SPAWAR's development and testing of a new address book replication scheme for the NIDTS system. His efforts resulted in a Navy-wide configuration change that greatly reduces email transfer times for coalition email exchanges. Petty Officer Vinson worked hand in hand with the FIFTHFLT's Fleet Support Engineering Team, playing a vital role in the installation of the Multi-National Coalition Forces network in ENTERPRISE. In preparation for Summer Pulse 04, IT3 Vinson was the linchpin to installing and configuring the ICC-LITE system on the NIDTS network to support Air Tasking Order generation and distribution. He spent countless days working with programmers and fleet support activities to configure NIDTS to support ICC-LITE information transfer protocols.

LT Bryan Wade, USN
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Puget Sound

LT Wade is assigned as the Officer in Charge for the NAVTELCOMSTA Puget Sound Tactical Support Communications Center Detachment, Whidbey Island. His persistent efforts and technical know how enabled him to solve a long standing high frequency LINK eleven and high frequency secure voice connectivity problems. The current architecture limited the commands ability to effectively communicate whenever assets were operating off the coast of Washington. Initial proposals were quite expensive and would severely impact the command's budget. LT Wade identified a solution using an Army Near-Vertical Incident Skywave (NVIS) antenna. After the testing and installation of these antennas, LINK eleven and voice connectivity with regional C2 nodes ashore improved 100%. LT Wade's solution saved the command $484,000 dollars of procurement and installation costs and annual phone line connectivity. He also provided his technical expertise to co-author an article published in the Summer of 2004 issue of Domain magazine, in which he detailed the NVIS concepts and described the installation and testing process. Due to LT Wade's refusal to except substandard communications, the Tactical Support Center has significantly increased the commands mission capability.




2004 Copernicus Winners


Award Winners 

2004 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2003)

Mr. Donald Allen 
U.S. Coast Guard Command and Control Engineering Center 
Mr. Allen is assigned as a Computer Specialist at the Engineering Center in Portsmouth. As the Senior Test Director for Shipboard Command and Control systems, Mr. Allen provides critical technical expertise for the Coast Guard in C2. The Shipboard Command and Control System (SCCS) deployed aboard Coast Guard cutters combines navigation and tactical operations under the Common Operating Environment. Mr. Allen has significantly enhanced the development and testing of the SCCS across all afloat platforms. Working in conjunction with SPAWAR and NAVSEA he identified a multitude of software problems with the Command Display and Control Integrated Navigation System (COMDAC INS). Mr. Allen's critical finding resulted in a high priority advisory transmitted to the fleet and influenced the manufacturer to modify their production process.

LCDR Stanley Balint, USCG 
U.S. Coast Guard Telecommunications and Information Systems Command 
LCDR Balint is responsible for the implementation of the Coast Guard's plans to stand-up a SIPRNET Management Office and serves as the first manager of that office. The SMO centralizes the management of all efforts to deploy, manage, and support Coast Guard connectivity to DoD's classified network; connectivity that has proven to be operationally critical in the post 9-11 environment. He has expanded the network to 30 crucial new locations and continues to deploy SIPRNET classified systems to new sites at a rate of five locations a month. Every new site has connectivity established, workstations and servers built and installed, and certification accreditation completed.

ITCS Jeffery Barlow, USN 
USS Carney DDG 64 
Senior Chief Barlow is assigned as the OC Division LCPO, Information Systems Security Manager and LCPO for Information Division C4I. ITCS Barlow has created an aggressive C4I training program for the division that focuses on all aspects of ship wide communication, from the patching of circuits to the trouble shooting of personal computers and routers. He has been instrumental in the C4I training of the JOHN F KENNEDY Strike Group during the Inter-Deployment Training Cycle and Middle Eastern Forces Deployment. He aggressively identified shortfalls and implemented measures to enhance Strike Group interoperability. As Information Systems Security Manager he has implemented all COMNAVNETWARCOM's policies and directives command wide, ensuring that Carney's LAN is secure and unassailable to outside members.

CAPT Mark Bock, USN
Sea Systems Command, Submarines
Capt Bock is assigned as the Assistant Program Manager for Strike Warfare responsible for all aspects of STRIKE system development, testing, performance and reliability of Submarines; and Assistant Program Manager for C4I Information Assurance responsible for Submarine modernization and systems engineering for PEO Subs. As the NAVSEA lead for Information Assurance operational requirements for the Submarine LAN (Tactical Information Distribution System), he was responsible for incorporating operational requirements into the design. He created solutions to SUBLAN modernization to reduce simultaneous mission tasking, correct IP addressing problems and enhance processor security transitions.

IT1 Jason Bougetz, USN
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, San Diego
IT1 Bougetz is assigned as the Leading Petty Officer for Technical Control Facility, Operations Department within Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, San Diego. The Advanced Digital Multiplexing System (ADMS) at NTCS suffered a catastrophic global outage rendering the Commerical Wideband Satellite Program, JSIPS-N and Plain Old Telephone Systems (POTS) inoperative. Twelve forward deployed ships were affected by this failure as well as 24 inter-nodal links which connect NCTAMS LANT and PAC. IT1 Bougetz's extensive knowledge of the ADMS and ability to conceptualize architecture problems enabled him to restore this casualty in less than 13 hours. The manual reprogramming of 3 ST-1000 nodes, 2 Link-2+ nodes, two SNMS platforms and 562 POTS lines were required to provide reliable and effective communications to the deployed units participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom.His ability to train and lead led to his selection to the NCTAMS PAC Communications Assistance Team. He provided onsite classroom training in CWSP, JCA, Shipboard Timeplex, Video Teleconferencing and POTS for 14 afloat units, including one Battle/Amphious Ready Group preparing for deployment.

LT Jason Davis, USN 
Seal Delivery Vehicle Team One
LT Davis serves as the C4I Department Head at SVDT-1. He expertly led a 15-man department managing a diverse $4.5 million inventory of specialized equipment used to support and conduct Naval Special Warfare operations. LT Davis oversaw the flawless implementation of the C4I plan for the advanced SEAL delivery system, a $350 million SOCOM Flagship program during its successful operational evaluation. He coordinated efforts with COMSUBPAC, COMSUBSQD ONE, NSWG ONE and ONI, allowing real time tracking of SDV's during real world and training operations - a critical player in the improved communication ability between SOF and SSN forces aboard 688 class SSN's.

ITC Angel Diaz-Pellot, USN 
Amphibious Group Three
ITC Diaz-Pellot is assigned as the N62 Network Manager/ADP training and support for Commander Amphibious Group 3. He is responsible for the administration and maintenance of the command classified and unclassified Local Area Network. He is also responsible for the ADP support and guidance to 4 Amphibious Squadrons, 17 Amphibious Ships, 8 Amphibious Active Duty shore commands, 59 Reserve shore commands and Maritime Prepositioning Force operations for Commanders 3rd, 5th and 7th Fleets. ITC Diaz-Pellot developed several Preliminary Site Questionnaires for the Commander in preparation of Group 3's transition to the Navy and Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI ), ensuring flawless transition. Chief Diaz-Pellot coordinated the transition of 149 computer seats into the NMCI environment while simultaneously removing 120 legacy computers. Through his vast insight the command experienced zero down time.

LtCol (sel.) John Esquivel, USMC 
Joint Information Operations Center (Navy Element)
LtCol (sel.) Esquivel served as Combined Joint Task Force 11 Information Operations Chief in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During his deployment, as the sole planner he was responsible for all phases of planning and execution for highly classified Special Operations units under the most demanding combat conditions in support of national level objectives. As Assistant Team Chief at SOCOM, he provides special operations guidance and technical advice to theater combatant commander operations staffs to deployed Joint Task Force Information Operations Staffs.

FC3 Stephen Fleming, USN 
USS Port Royal CG 73
FC3 Fleming is assigned as the Work Center Supervisor for CF04 Division. He is responsible for the AEGIS Display system onboard Port Royal . He is also in charge of the ship's Battle Room, which hosts a new C4I capability that enables information fusion and real-time collaborative planning from the sea. FC3 brought together 16 different inputs, to include multiple live video feeds, helicopter-provided FLIR imagery, multiple Combat System displays, NIPRNET/SIPRNET LAN feeds, and Navigation displays into a single matrix. This saved the Navy thousands of dollars required to hire civilian experts to design such a matrix. Using Video Tele-conferencing technology FC3 designed a switching system that can take any information displayed in the Battle Room and send it live to other units via the SHF communication path.

LTJG Roussell Gober, USN 
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic
LTJG Gober serves as the primary liaison to the fleet, shore and staff customers providing around-the-clock telecommunications support. She has hosted C4I syndicate meetings for deploying Atlantic Fleet Strike Force Groups and Expeditionary Strike Groups, sponsored two C4I conferences hosting over 200 communicators and provides daily information to more than 126 fleet, staff, air and shore based units. She led technical teams providing unprecedented customer assistance for T-1 connectivity to 23 ships, including HARRY S TRUMAN and THEODORE ROOSEVELT Strike groups and Expeditionary Strike groups. With meticulous advance planning she ensured seamless connection of vital C4I services for the returning fleet resolving 25 problems quickly in a 24 hour period upon their return. Her in-depth training program was proved successful during BALTIC operations with U.S. participants communicating with Coalition forces. CCG-8 staff, USS Ross , USS Vella Gulf , and USS Bulkeley received extensive training on set-up, activation and troubleshooting for critical systems.

IT1 Robert Gonzalez, USN 
Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific
Petty Officer Gonzalez is assigned to the Expeditionary Warfare Training Group as the Laboratory Leading Petty Officer. He meticulously tracked a $730 thousand budget for equipment and facilities upgrades. He conducted in-depth research on system and facilities requirements and arranged for four different civilian companies to support the overall plan.   IT1 Gonzalez was directly responsible for the planning, coordinating and execution of EWTGPAC's changeover to the NMCI network. He worked countless off-duty hours to ensure the seamless transition of over 400 workstations in five different buildings while simultaneously maintaining a firm grasp on the day-to -day command operations. IT1 Gonzalez also conducted over 20 COMTHIRDFLT sponsored war game scenarios this year, managing war-gaming facility upgrades and systems acquisitions, and providing sound IT guidance and support.

LT Jody Grady, USN 
U.S. Naval Forces Central Command
LT Grady serves as the Network Plans Officer responsible for the technical direction, expansion and upgrades for NIPRNET, SIPRNET, and Coalition networks for NAVCENT headquarters. He is responsible for implementing a SIPRNET chat solution in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Using a LINUX operating system and Microsoft Internet Relay Chat he served a user base that grew from 600 to over 3600 users. Other significant improvements spearheaded by LT Grady were: 30 percent expansion of SIPRNET/NIPRNET networks in Bahrain; installation of the Legato cluster system providing redundant MS Exchange capability for email and message traffic distribution; new System Management Server for broadcast of IAVA information to over 1000 workstations; and new Defense Message Dissemination System servers.

LCDR Richard Grimes, USN 
Joint Information Operations Center (Navy Element)
LCDR Grimes is responsible for coordinating full spectrum Information Operations support requirements for U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and the daily operations of the CENTCOM support team, consisting of 14 multi-service Officers, contractors, and civilian government personnel. He developed a IO synchronization matrix to determine and define specific IO objectives and tasks required to support CENTCOM's strategy for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He organized, coordinated and moderated online collaborative meetings between CENTCOM's IO staff and IO staffs of all Component Commands located in various areas around the globe.

Mr. David Huff 
Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center
Mr. Huff serves as the Director, Science and Technology Advancement Team (STAT). He is charged with exploring the application of disruptive information technologies to Navy Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) problems. Early work of the STAT resulted in the operational implementation of a "Beowulf Cluster". Many Fleet Numerical's customers do not require access to the actual data representing the state of the environment; instead they only need customized images of standard METOC charts. The solution supports a web interface that connects to a cluster that can scale up incrementally and dynamically, driven only by user demand. By adopting this technology and designing the controlling software system in a web services framework, FNMOC was able to meet all requirements at one-tenth the costs of more traditional solutions.

CAPT Speros Koumparakis, USN 
Amphibious Group Three
CAPT Koumparakis served as the Amphibious Group Three Landing Force C4 Officer and in preparation for possible offensive operations in Iraq he served as the N6 on the Maritime Prepositioning Force. His mission was to form, organize and deploy a C4 organization for forces located at Kuwait Naval Base with an anticipated force of 3,000 and that could support the Admiral's command and control needs. He coordinated and directed the offload of two Maritime Prepositioning Squadrons, fourteen ships and two Marine Expeditionary units. This would account for over 50 percent of the U.S. Marine Corps' combat power in theater. While working on the establishment of data, voice and message capability CAPT Koumparakis assembled a fly away kit that could support the Admiral and his key staff during their initial days in theater before a reliable C4 Node could be established. Working with commercial vendors he procured a secure voice and secure data capability.

IT2 Aaron Martin, USN 
Submarine Group 8
IT2(SW) Martin is assigned to SUBGRU 8 as the Intranet Administrator. IT2 Martin has developed a robust Intranet driven by a Microsoft SQL relational database containing over one hundred ninety separate tables with user interfaces spanning seven distinct computer languages which total approximately five million lines of code on 570 MB of disk space. SIPRNET access was built in and a robust search engine created in-house provides search capabilities that span not only internal, but also external sources to provide excellent results. All departments and work centers are integrated into the Intranet. Equally impressive is the Admiral's Brief, which builds morning brief for the Admiral with minimum human interaction, dramatically reducing the number of man-hours historically spent to produce a cumbersome Powerpoint presentation.

CWO3 Tajuana Martin, USN 
USS Kearsarge LHD 3
CWO3 Martin is assigned as the Communications Officer onboard Kearsarge . She has demonstrated outstanding meritorious service and deft leadership while leading 26 personnel in the daily operations and technical control of C5I systems. Her division has consistently received outstanding grades on pre-deployment exercises and on CART II exams. During the surge deployment Kearsarge maintained 100 percent connectivity throughout combat operations in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, POTUS Summit Mission and Operation Shining Express. As Flagship for COMPHIBGRU TWO, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade and PHIBRON EIGHT she ensured all Command and Control communications systems were operational and met connectivity requirements. She also provided training to other afloat units for reception and transmission procedures, initiated and perfected Operation Orders and Standard Operating Procedures for dissemination to all Amphibious Ready Group units during OEF and OIF.

Ms. Joyce McClenney 
Navy Component Task Force-Computer Network Defense
Ms. McClenney is assigned to the NCTF-CND as the Incident Response Coordinator. She is also the assistant to the NAVCIRT Officer, overseeing all production tasking, while serving as the unit's subject matter expert for all Navy Computer Network Defense matters. She supervised the investigation and resolution of 1,268 reported network incidents Navy-wide in 2003. She directly ensured the timely and accurate reporting of all Navy computer incidents and security events to the Joint Task Force Computer Network Operations (JTF-CNO). She also spearheaded the transition to elevate the NAVCIRT to the position of primary interface to the JTF-CNO for all Navy computer network defense issues. Her work with the global outbreak of the "Blaster" worm clearly showed her ability to maintain a team focus on high levels of production and quality even during the most severe crisis.

LT Mark Mhley, USN 
Strike Fighter Weapons School, Atlantic
LT Mhley is assigned as a Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor at the Strike Fighter Weapons School. His investigation of interoperability limitations between the F-14D and RC-135 Rivet Joint revealed a need for a software patch to be installed and subsequently was sent out to the fleet in thirty days. LT Mhley traveled to the Middle East with an engineering team to liaison with three deployed F-14D squadrons in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and while there he addressed a multitude of interoperability issues prior to hostilities breaking out. He identified a critical limitation in F-14Ds and provided excellent insight to the Rivet Joint operators, AWACS Mission Commanders, and the Combined Air Operations Center.

ET3 Sean Mott, USN 
USS Milius DDG 69
ET3 Mott is assigned as the Leading Information Systems Maintenance Technician onboard Milius . He was instrumental in the installation of over 57 computers and access points critical to the participation of Miliusin Operation Iraqi Freedom. A portion of the installation afforded the embarked Australian Navy Staff the capability to access the Coalition Wide Area Network and Battle Force Email. ET3 Mott was a key member of the Milius team which developed and installed a computer system which interfaced with AEGIS Anti-Submarine Tactical Air Control System. This COTS technology created a system which afforded embarked staff and Miilus Commanding Officer the ability to view Anti-Submarine helicopters infra-red video streaming directly from airborne helicopters to their shipboard quarters.

CWO2 Manuel Pena, USN 
U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Sicily
CWO2 Pena is assigned as the Operations Officer responsible to Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Sicily (NCTS), for providing LF, HF, SHF, EHF, GBS, DMS, COMSEC and organizational traffic to the warfighters in the Southern European Theater. Under his leadership NCTS has supported fleet units with over 43,000 hours of HF, EHF, Fleet broadcast and Global Broadcast System satellite communications. He ensured outstanding support was provided for more than 23 real-world operations, 55 major fleet, joint and NATO exercises including Operation Enduring Freedom and EUCOM Airborne Nuclear Command Post exercises. CWO2 Pena has also directed several high level upgrades from legacy systems to state of the art communications systems.

IT2 Mark Porcelli, USN
USS Blue Ridge LCC-19
IT2 Porcelli is assigned to the USS Blue Ridge LCC 19 as the Network Control Watch Supervisor. He is responsible for the operations, maintenance and restoration of all satellite, HF, UHF, and VHF LOS telephone circuits in direct support of the embarked Seventh Fleet Commander. During a major fleet exercise IT2 Porcelli developed a plan to enable Blue Ridge to serve as a Gateway site, connecting an operational aircraft carrier to the Army's GMF site in South Korea. His initiative demonstrated the ability for an afloat platform to serve in a role normally associated with a major DISA shore site. During exercise TERMINAL FURY 03 with 500 joint officers, enlisted and civilian contractors he programmed and activated 65 additional KY-68 TRITAC phones, which were needed to offset the already saturated SHF POTS lines. The training and proficiency of IT2 Porcelli was evident in his watch section score of 98 percent during the Communications Readiness Assessment.

LCDR Sandra Schiavo, USN 
Carrier Group One
LCDR Schiavo's personal efforts, exceptional thoughts and tenacity were critical contributors to the Fleet sustaining vital capabilities during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Prior to deployment, she gathered analysis on chat use in PACFLT, C5FLT and LANTFLT to improve readiness and identify potential dangerous trends. She further recommended the immediate upgrade of servers in the 5thFlt AOR to handle the increase of OIF users in all branches of the military. The need to establish and train the Strike Group in contingency communications methods in case of primary chat server casualty led her to develop a new Warfare Commander Navy Mission Essential Task (NMET) to switch to a secondary chat server. She assisted three PACFLT strike groups in setting up this secondary chat servers aboard flagships. NMET was adopted by CCG-1 and CCG-4 and will now be used in all future Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) C4I training evolutions.

ETCS Tony Smith, USN
Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet
ETCS(SS) Smith is assigned as the Submarine Pacific Fleet Force Radioman. He is responsible for the planning, supervision, and execution of all submarine C4I systems modernization installations. He resolves technical issues that affect C4I system operations and maintenance. Senior Chief Smith coordinated and directed off site voyage repairs for deployed submarines in foreign ports as well as upgrading submarines with the latest technology. The submarine fleet communication and combat systems suites have been upgraded with Automated Digital Network Systems, EHF high and medium Data Rate systems, and the Fire Control systems. These installations represent an investment of more than $15 million per submarine and required extensive coordination with CNO, SPAWARSYSCOM, NAVSEASYSCOM and other laboratories and engineering centers resulting in a seamless transition from legacy communications to TCP/IP connectivity for submarines.

YNC David Sparks, USN
Carrier Air Wing NINE
YNC Sparks is assigned as the Automated Data Processing Officer for Air Wing Nine. He maintains staff communications, computer systems and associated software and supervises nine squadron Information Technicians in providing technical support to over 1,800 Air Wing personnel. Air Wing Nine's challenging deployment schedule consisted of two surge deployments resulting in 17 months of deployment over a 23 month period. Chief Sparks' personal initiative and dedication were essential ingredients in successfully meeting the challenges that lay ahead. He led the transition team of Air Wing Nine staff and three Navy squadrons to the flawless migration to Navy and Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI). Over 400 workstations were migrated with 100% accuracy and zero data loss. He acquired and installed over $150,000 dollars in new computer assets prior to deployment. YNC Sparks organized and executed the "first ever" deployment of NMCI Embarkables onboard a Navy vessel. He authored "lessons learned" that garnered personal praise from the Commander, U.S. Naval Air Force, Pacific Fleet.

CDR John Steiner, USN 
Carrier Group Two
CDR Steiner is assigned as Communications Officer for Commander, Carrier Group Two. While serving as Communications Officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom, CDR Steiner established the first successful tactical use of the Global Broadcast System. This link enabled the Group to view large bandwidths of imagery products via GBS. He developed and managed three separate communication architectures supporting Amphibious Ready Groups, Mine Warfare Groups and ashore staff commands. His bandwidth management plan enabled Commander Task Force 60 to successfully coordinate combat operations while simultaneously supporting embarked media and administrative functions.

LCDR Andrew Stewart, USN 
Naval Information Warfare Activity
LCDR Stewart serves as Naval Information Warfare Activity (NIWA) Action Officer responsible for Information Warfare integrated Electronic Attack systems research, development and Fleet insertion, satisfying Combatant Commander requirements for organic communications. He led programmatic efforts to integrate EA capability with the Ship's Signal Exploitation Equipment (SSSE) - Increment E system. This merger of two separate but related programs will terminate existing stovepipes in favor of an integrated solution. This optimizes nearly $100 million dollars in funding and provides a solution for many years ahead of the stated POM-06 requirements. From experience gained as a Surface Warfare Officer and Naval Aviation Observer, LCDR Stewart provided valuable insight into systems performance allocation, systems engineering, performance trade-offs, classification guidance, implementation, testing, training and fleet delivery options.

ET1 Richard Stover, USN
USS George Washington CVN 7
ET1 Stover is assigned onboard USS George Washington as the Electronic Data Processing Division Leading Petty Officer. He is responsible for the supervision of 20 Information Technology personnel and 15 classified networks including Integrated Shipboard Network System, Global Command and Control System -Maritime, Coalition Networks, Meteorological, Special Intelligence and Imagery. Petty Officer Stover has superbly directed and motivated his team of administrators to successfully ensure seamless connectivity and capability during Joint and Multi-national operations throughout the Arabian and Mediterranean seas. His oversight and quality control enabled the successful installation and configuration of 6 major network enhancements to support National and Coalition tasking. He coordinated the extensive installation of the GOTS-D software load to over 280 workstations which resulted in improved mission planning and C2 resources for decision makers.

LT Peter Van Ness, USCG 
U.S. Coast Guard Telecommunications and Information Systems Command
LT Van Ness serves as the C4ISR lead engineer, Radio Systems Division at the Telecommunications and Information Systems Command (TISCOM). Under his direction 25 Coast Guard cutters have received the High Frequency Data Exchange system providing substantially more reliable record message delivery at nearly 700 times the speed of the system it replaced. His efforts enabled critical message delivery to four Coast Guard patrol boats operating in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. To enhance the cutters' capabilities a hybrid commercial SATCOM/HF network that used Coast Guard capital cutters in theatre as a relay and acceleration of the Satellite Data Exchange system being developed at TISCOM were created. LT Van Ness traveled to the Middle East with a five-man team and successfully completed 7 installations improving critical secure message delivery times to the patrol boats from the 6 plus hours to near real time. He also developed an innovative solution to establish SIPRNET email capability on the patrol boats and at CG Patrol Force Southwest Asia, dramatically improving coordination capabilities.





Award Winners 

2003 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2002)

Information Systems Technician First Class James Arthur, III, USN
Naval Special Warfare Unit Three
Built and operated a secure information network from scratch that ensured vital classified command and control information was available. Upgraded existing 2 server 40 laptop, 80 user network to a network that included 90 computers 1,500 users. Provided training and maintained communications connectivity for U.S. and Coalition Units during Operation Enduring Freedom.


Major William Berris, USMC
22d Marine Expeditionary Unit

Responsible for the successful employment of all information systems that supported over 2,200 Marines and Sailors within this Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF). Major Berris initiated several innovative technologies within the MEU that were tested and proven while underway and during operations in the Horn of Africa. Researched, acquired funding and employed "On the Move" SATCOM antennas that were used by all ground elements of the WASP/ARG. Was driving force behind MEU's employment of VIASAT data controllers.


Lieutenant Commander Edward Bryant, USN
Defense Information Systems Agency

Took a DISA multiple security level (MSL) lab pilot and integrated it into a Joint Task Force Headquarters on USS Mount Whitney as the Multi-Level Thin Client in less than none months. LCDR Bryant's initiative included producing all software, hardware, training, and concept of operations documentation, completing certification and evaluation testing to satisfy the National Security Agency requirements. Mount Whitney's architecture links NATO Secret, Coalition Wide Area Network (for NATO) and NATO initial Data Transfer Systems on one workstation.


Mr. Andrew Cox
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

Lead technical engineer for developing the technical architecture for a Naval Fires Network. Led the integration efforts of NAVSEA, SPAWAR and NAVAIR programs to create a Time Critical Strike capability. Provided the vision for the architecture and spearheaded the successful effort to tie together the capabilities of SPAWAR's Global Command and Control System—Maritime, NAVSEA's Tactical Exploitation System—Navy, and NAVAIR's Joint Service Imagery Processing System—Navy into a single integrated architecture.


Master Chief Information Technician Starr Deuel, USN
Naval Special Warfare Command

Instrumental in the tremendous growth and modernization of the Naval Special Warfare community C4IAIS capabilities, particularly in tactical deployed communication and advance Blue Force Tracker and Tactical Imagery Transfer systems. Directly responsible for deployment and sustainment of 1,000 NSW SEAL operators during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Supervised the installation of 38 DMS sites and 10 DMS Groupware Servers via DII Guard worldwide while managing 39 Joint Base Station systems valued in excess of $44M.


Cryptologic Technician Communications First Class Michael Franklin, USN
Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific

Instrumental in the planning and modernization of the command modeling and simulation wargaming facility to support pre-deployment Battle Groups, Amphibious Ready Groups and Marine Expeditionary Unit staffs. Petty Officer Franklin has saved the command $540,000 dollars with in-depth research for each system and facilities requirements. Deploying Battle Groups will have state-of-the-art wargaming modules and a C4I architecture that replicates at-sea functionality.


Lieutenant Thomas Harrison, USCG
U.S. Coast Guard


Commander Susan Higgins, USN
Naval Network Warfare Command

Catalyst for developing innovative learning and community cohesion for the IP community for the Information Professional (IP) Community. Orchestrated the stand-up of the IP community virtual workplace, a web-based learning and information exchange tool for the exclusive use of IP's. Single-handedly responsible for producing the Information Power Advantage Summit 2002. Developed course content and method and identified funding for 25 IP's per quarter to participate in four Distance Learning courses relevant to the community.


Electronics Technician First Class Todd Hillis, USN
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Jacksonville

Personally commended by the Inspector General during the triennial command inspection for maintaining the Command's Local Area Network. Re-engineered the command's Secret Internet Protocol Network (SIPRnet) Domain Name Service resulting in a more robust and reliable network for ten customer commands. Developed a streamlined process to ensure Information Assurance Vulnerability Alert compliance process. His IAVA compliance update tool provides system administrators with a reliable method to apply patches and updates immediately, allowing them to report IAVA compliance with expedience and confidence.


Mr. Joshua Homan
Naval Security Group Activity

Provided critical information in establishment of the Naval Center for Cryptology, Corry Station's initial curriculum on Digital Network Operations. This gap-filling course of instruction solidified emergent needs and currently has an annual throughput of 75 Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, Airman and Civilian personnel. He personally wrote and modified a Password Assessment Tool, entitled NuTCracker which was recently placed on the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Preferred Products List for use by the Fleet.


Cryptologic Technician Maintenance First Class Maria Christina Horan, USN
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Detachment Hampton Roads

Developed the Unified Atlantic Region Network Operations Center (UARNOC) into the global model for network centric-based communications centers. Instrumental in the enhanced support provided to afloat and shore units services by UARNOC, the Pacific Region Network Operations Center (PRNOC), and the European Central Region Network Operations Center (ECRNOC). Trained network operators from all NOC's, at times days working 18 hour days to provide technical advice and mentoring. Developed a standardized baseline training program for all operators to qualify on SCI networks.


Chief Information Technician Scott LaFountain, USN
USS Underwood (FFG-36)

As Information Systems Security Officer and Network Security Officer, drafted and implemented three security instructions all designed to focus Underwood's compliance on current Navy-wide standards. Only qualified Network Security Vulnerability Technician and Advanced Network Analyst, he conducts daily audits and security checks on the LAN. Responsible for 250 unclassified and 80 secure accounts. Maintenance of the network allowed for optimal performance resulting in the LAN being up a combined 356 days out of 368.


Mr. David Magrogan
U.S. Coast Guard


Chief Warrant Officer Jeffrey McKennie, USN
USS George Washington (CVN-73)

Cornerstone of C4I excellence while leading George Washington through a compressed, high-tempo Inter-Deployment Training Cycle, Operation NOBLE EAGLE, and an arduous deployment. In the wake of the September 11 attacks he coordinated the installation of 60 computers to provide full secure integration of key 2nd Fleet staff members. Under his direction the customer support help desk has cleared over 2,000 trouble tickets and repaired 580 of 610 hardware trouble calls, while saving thousands of dollars in contract hardware repairs and repair part procurement. He expertly planned 10 critical network alterations, greatly increasing the operational readiness of 40 network servers and 1,500 workstations. Spearheaded the refresh of 400 workstations and oversaw the installation of a Wireless LAN to support AIMD and Air Wing crewmembers.


Commander Dennis Mikeska, USN
Carrier Air Wing Seventeen

Plank owner and contributor to the Rapid Prototyping cell (RPC) concept at Naval Strike Warfare Center (NSAWC), NAS Fallon. Led fleet testing of Naval Strike and Warfare Planning Center's Strike Planning Folder software. Identified and guided CVW-17 and GWBATGRU's hardware and software integration needs in order to optimize time sensitive information flow in operations (real-time, command/control, air tasking, mission planning) and Intelligence.


Master Chief Torpedoman Mark Nelson, USN
Explosive Ordinance Disposal Group Two

Directly responsible for project conception and gaining approval of the Joint Explosive Ordnance Disposal Knowledge Technology Operational Demonstration (JEOD-KTOD) Advanced Concepts Technology Demonstration (ACTD). This system will provide an integrated capability for Joint and Coalition EOD forces to meet evolving, asymmetrical, and sophisticated Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high yield explosive terrorists threats. This capability includes collaborative mission support tool that provides real time reach-back capability that enhances the common relevant operational picture by allowing EOD forces to communicate through digital, voice and video media.


Chief Information Technician Jerry Patterson, USN
U.S. European Command, Joint Analysis Center

Saved USEUCOM $260,000 during the implementation of a classified data backup solution. Project manager for a major upgrade to the JAC's backbone network. Increased network capacity from 10 to 100 megabytes and replacement of 587 workstations on two separate classified networks within fourteen dispersed controlled access areas. This $2.3 million dollar project will greatly improve the center's capability to provide image-enhanced, fused, all-source intelligence products to decision makers and operators.


Lieutenant William Perkins, USN
Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance Force, U.S. Sixth Fleet Detachment Sigonella

Weapons/Tactics instructor for the Orion aircraft, C4I Officer, EER Projects Officer. Completed rigorous test plan for data transfer via DAMA SATCOM from airborne AIP Orion aircraft to the TSC for the first echelon intelligence. Implemented second DAMA circuit in theater to support a 45% increase in all flight missions. Near real-time transfer was crucial to supported commanders in both tracking and monitoring potentially hostile shipping. Responsible for Extended Echo Ranging, Webcentric ASW data transfer, and OTCIXS training for both aircrew and Operations Specialists assigned to TSC.


Mr. Daniel Porter
Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer

Created the vision and provided leadership for the development and successful contract award of NMCI. Led the DoD-wide implementation of the Common Access Card, with over one million cards issued to date. Provided policy guidance, management direction, and oversight to the DON eBusiness Operations Office, recognized by the OMB Associate Director for Information Technology and E-Government as "a benchmark for the Federal Government". Recognized by Congress for setting the standard for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) resulting in DON receiving and additional $9.1 million for CIP.


Ms. Ingrid Radar
Fleet Information Warfare Center

Provided essential support, research and expertise in the development and implementation of an extensive Battle Group/Amphibious Ready Group (BG/ARG) Information Warfare (IW) training course of instruction for deploying IW staffs. Innovative training support included IW doctrine, lessons learned, IW tactics, and IW tools instruction in direct support of the fleet. Directly enhanced the knowledge level of seven BG's/ARG's, 3 Joint Task Forces, in addition to 2ndFlt, 3rdflt and COMPHIBGRU 2 staffs.


Mr. Dennis Rice
Naval Construction Battalion Center

Developed Naval Construction Force deployable implementation plan for tactical voice and data communications plan. Successfully tested and implemented a fully functional High Frequency secure data system, a Tactical Data Network, VHF data, Iridium phones, environmentally controlled communications shelters and a Saber radio replacement. While TAD developed a radio communications network to support the Point Mugu Air show that proved vital to emergency response efforts when an aircraft crash occurred during the air show.


Chief Electronics Technician Debra Roetzer, USN
Joint Communications Support Element

Chief Roetzer provided outstanding management, leadership and direction to 894 active-duty and Guard joint service personnel in the performance of maintenance actions for over 350 million dollars of Joint Staff controlled tactical communications equipment. Responsible for 8 geographically deployed sites, in support of five Combatant Commander's in the war on terrorism. She led 32 joint service personnel through successful fielding, acceptance inspections, and training for 8 newly purchased tactical C4I systems valued in excess of 10 million dollars.


Lieutenant Markiest Sanders, USN
Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Planned and executed numerous initiatives that have provided critical pier-side and afloat C4I connectivity to Pacifc Fleet surface ships. Planned and managed implementation of Type Commander's INMARSAT A/B and dial up systems. Key representative for the transformational Navy Tool for Interoperability (NTIRA), laying the foundation to ensure C5I systems are available to support Navy missions. Coordinated the redistribution of 3,000 Dell leased computers, correcting shipboard computer shortfalls.


Commander Raymond Starsman, USN
Task Force Web (OPNAV 09W)

Key innovator responsible for developing the "shared infrastructure" initiative, a shipboard architecture that will greatly ease the process accessing software applications aboard ships by allowing multiple system commands and other software providers to use a common, robust architecture. Dedicated countless hours programming web services and integrating collaborative tools into the Navy Enterprise Portal (NEP). Engineered an interim portal solution allowing shore users immediate portal access when it became evident NEP availability would preempt NCMI seat roll-outs.


Lieutenant Commander Mark Thompson, USN
U.S. Strategic Command

Hand selected to head the Command, Control, Communications, and Computer Systems Directorate Implementation Team for new command USSSTRATCOM. Developed the C4 concept of operations, establishing connectivity between three command centers and National Reconnaissance Organization. Three command centers were reconfigured with the rapid installations of key communications systems, implementing mobile connectivity to decision makers, and establishing more sophisticated collaborative capabilities between the two large headquarters. He developed new procedures and processes to support the merged command, such as development of Integrated Priority Lists, Joint Monthly Readiness Reviews, and financial and execution planning.


Commander Richard Weathers, USN
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 115

Developed and implemented Department of Defense policy as it pertains to tactical data links. Laid the foundation for future interoperability and ensured that procedures for use of current architectures were optimized. Created joint message standards and waveforms for data link implementation including Link-16, Variable Message Format, Link-22 and the Integrated Broadcast Service. Worked with FAA to certify new Link-16 terminals Multi-Functional Information Distribution System compliance with stringent requirements for interference protection.







Award Winners 

2002 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2001)

Gunnery Sergeant Bernard Ayran, USMC
Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38

Lieutenant Johnathan Bartel, USN
Navy Component Task Force—Computer Network Defense

Chief Warrant Officer Frank Basaca, USN
Patrol Squadron Forty

Information Systems Technician Second Class Louis Behar, USN
U.S. 7th Fleet

Lieutenant Kevin Christie, USN
U.S. Naval Forces Europe

Lieutenant Matthew Daniels, USN
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Lieutenant Paul Dickson, USN
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station

Commander Dennis Diunizio, USN
USS George Washington (CVN-73)

Information Systems Technician Second Class Carlos Faison, USN
USS Bataan (LHD-5)

Mr. Thomas Jenkins
Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Shawn Jirka, USN
Naval Security Group Activity

Captain Dean Jones, USMC
Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support

Yeoman Second Class James Kinney, USN
Naval Reserve Center

Lieutenant Commander Didier Legoff, USN
Naval Space and Warfare Systems

Lieutenant Commander Jeffrey Little, USN
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Jacksonville

Chief Warrant Officer Burke Manuel, USMC
U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Atlantic

Chief Electricians Mate Anthony Marzarella, USN
USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75)

Lance Corporal Robert Mathieson, USMC
8th Communications Battalion, 2d Marine Expeditionary Force

Operations Specialist First Class Richard Mitts, USN
Fleet Combat Training Center Pacific

Ms. Monica Shephard
Commander, Task Force Web

Information Systems Technician Second Class Wyatt Simpson, USN
USS Peleliu (LHA-5)

Chief Warrant Officer Warren Sproul, USCG
U.S. Coast Guard Telecommunication & Information Systems Command

Lieutenant Commander Peter Stamatopoulos, USN
Logistics Forces, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command

Lieutenant Timothy Strickland, USCG
Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

Lieutenant Commander Jessica Szemkow, USN
U.S. Pacific Fleet

Commander Eric Westreich, USN
Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Center




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Award Winners 

2001 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2000)

Lieutenant Commander Danelle Barrett, USN
U.S. Navy

Information Systems Technician First Class Barry Basselgia, USN
U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Diego Garcia

Chief Information Systems Technician Kimberly Bolen, USN
U.S. 2nd Fleet

Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician (Communications) Robert Bradley, USN
Naval Security Group, Atlantic

Chief Warrant Officer Gregory Brindley, USN
Commander, Amphibious Group Two

Lieutenant Susan BryerJoyner, USN
U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Far East

Lieutenant Linda Ciambor, USN
Naval Security Group Command

Chief Warrant Officer Todd Conley, USN
Naval Space Command

Lieutenant Commander Timothy Costello, USN
Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe

Major David Dean, USMC
Marine Corps Information Technology & Network Operation Center

Dr. Gerard M. Exley
Naval Undersea Warfare Center

Information Systems Technician First Class Roberto Febus, USN
USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75)

Lieutenant John Goodpaster, III, USN
Seal Delivery Team One

Lieutenant Commander Matthew Gunthorpe, USN
USS George Washington (CVN-73)

Lieutenant Commander Gina Hawkins, USN
Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Pacific

Captain Francis Hiser, III, USN
USS George Washington (CVN-73)

Lieutenant Josef Horak, USN
Office of Naval Intelligence

Chief Fire Control Technician Timothy Jones, USN
Submarine Squadron Seven

Fire Controlman Second Class Kevin Kirkland, USN
USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)

Lieutenant Commander Jeffrey Lessie, USN
U.S. Central Command

Senior Chief Electronics Technician Brian Mathis, USN
Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet

Chief Engineering Aide Michael Saunders, USN
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133

Mr. David Wheeler
Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren

Mr. William Wilder
Program Executive Office, Expeditionary Warfare

Electronics Technician Third Class Nathaniel Williams, USN
U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Atlantic Detachment Hampton Roads

Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Paul Wilt, USN
U.S. European Commande Joint Analysis Center Joint Operational Intelligence Center





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Award Winners 

2000 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 1999)

Lieutenant Commander Mickey S. Batson, USN
Naval Security Group Sctivity Corry Station

Construction Electrician First Class Richard L. Beasley, USN
U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Diego Garcia

Major John S. Bennet, USMC
Progream Executive Office, Tactical Aircraft Program

Lieutenant Commander Michael T. Borque, USN
Commander, Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance Forces Sixth Fleet

Ensign James S. Brady, USN
Naval Copmuter and Telecommunications Station Diego Garcia

Lieutenant Commander Wendy R. Bransom, USN
Commander, U.S. Atlantic Fleet

Mr. Thomas L. Bunch
Ships Intermediate Maintenance Activity

Corporal William P. Burns, USMC
Marine Forces Pacific

Lieutenant Commander John D. Day, USN
Commander, Amphibious Group Three

Lieutenant Commander Karen J. Edwards, USN
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Far East

Lieutenant Commmander Peter R. Falk, USN
Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic

Mr. David G. Huff
Fleet Numericl Meterology & Oceanography Center

Commander Jack E. Joynson, USN
Program Executive Office, Theater Surface Combatants

Captain Thomas F. Keeley, USN
Armed Forces Staff College

Senior Chief Utilitiesman Rodney L. Milstead, USN
Third Naval Construction Battalion

Ms. Julie O'Dell
U.S. Naval Academy

Master Chief Information Systems Technician Terry H. Parham, USN
U.S. 2nd Fleet

Chief Electronics Technician Richard S. Richard, USN
Assault Craft Unit Four

Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Cheryl L. Shrey USN
Commander, Naval Special Warfare Development Group

Commander David G. Simpson, USN
USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)

Commander Steven Swicegood, USN
Chief of Naval Operations

Information Systems Technician Second Class Peter D. Walker, USN
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Bahrain

Ensign Caroline D. Welborn, USN
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe

Sonar Technician Second Class Craig L. Werley, USN
USS William H. Bates (SSN-680)

Captain John M. Yurchak, USN
Chief of Naval Operations





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Award Winners 

1999 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 1998)

Captain James P. Adams, USN
Commander, Second Fleet

Mr. John J. Barkley
Naval Undersea Warfare Division, Newport

Senior Chief Electronic Warfare Technician David M. Beard, USN
Commander, Second Fleet

Mr. Norman L. Beebe
Naval Security Group Activity Pensacola

Lieutenant Christopher A. Chrislip, USN
Naval Security Group Activity Pensacola

Commander Martin S. Cohen, USN
Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group Five

First Lieutenant Michael D. Dunbar, USMC
Marine Corps Computer and Telecommunications Activity, Quantico

Fire Controlman First Class John R. Eastwood, USN
USS San Jacinto (CG-56)

Electronics Technician Second Class Gary E. Fletcher, USN
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Europe Central Detachment London

Mr. Jerry W. Hagler
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Atlantic Detachment Hampton Roads

Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Charles W. Hall, USN
Naval Information Warfare Activity

Lieutenant Thomas M. Keefer, USN
USS Saipan (LHA-2)

Chief Radioman Elroy K. Kihano, USN
Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Captain John Kohut, USN
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition)

Chief Electronics Technician Bernard J. Kress, USN
Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group Five

Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Milton J. Lockley, USN
U.S. Naval Forces Central Command

Lieutenant John D. McCann, USN
Navy Center for Tactical Systems Interoperability

Ms. Heidi L. Mohlenbrok
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

Mr. Roger Ogden
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, San Diego

Radioman Second Class James M. Olson, USN
USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)

Radioman Second Class Richard G.T. Pott, USN
USS Peleliu (LHA-5)

First Lieutenant Sabre Schnitzer, USMC
2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Gunnery Sergeant Rick A. Tyrell, USMC
3rd Marine Division

Master Chief Cryptologic Technician (Comminications) Glenn D. Voliva, USN
Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet

Radioman Second Class David M. White, USN
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Communications Unit Oklahoma City




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1998 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 1997)

Mr. Chuck A. Aunchman 
U.S. Atlantic Command Missile Support Activity

Lieutenant Danelle M. Barrett, USN
U.S. Naval Force Central Command

Commander Austin W. Boyd, USN
Naval Space Command

Mr. David L. Brittain
Commander, Third Fleet

Ensign Anthony Brock, USN
Seal Delivery Vehicle Team Two

Mr. Randall C. Cieslak
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center

Ensign Regina M. Cox, USN
Commander, Sixth Fleet

Sergeant Christopher P. Edwards, USMC
Marine Aircraft Group Forty-Two

Radioman Third Class Jason A. Fisher, USN
USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)

Lieutenant Commander William Flynn, USN
Chief of Naval Operations

Lieutenant Commander Darlene Gunter, USN
USS Peleliu (LHA-5)

Chief Fire Control Technician John D. Jones, USN
USS Montpelier (SSN-765)

Lieutenant Commander Charles Kasinger, USN
Fleet Information Warfare Center

Mr. Gordon Mattis
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center

Mr. Robert V. Robert V. McGlothlin
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center

Senior Chief Utilitiesman Rodney L. Milstead, USN
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Forty

Lieutenant Scott Miserendino, USN
Military Sealift Command

Naval Aircrewman Second Class Richard F. Moore, USN
Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Ten

Lieutenant Commander Nancy A. Norton, USN
Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet

Lieutenant Grace L. Protzman, USN
Fleet Information Warfare Center

Radioman Third Class Michael A. Sprayberry, USN
USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)

Signalman Second Class John H. St. John, USN
Navy/Marine Corps Reserve Center, Indianapolis

Mr. Wing Tsang
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific

Radioman Second Class John R. Weidley, USN
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific

Commander Robert N. Whitkop, USN
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Jacksonville

Senior Chief Electronics Technician Michael D. Yelanjian, USN
Amphibious Group Three