2003 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2002)


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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.


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