2005 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2004)


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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.

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