2006 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2005)

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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.

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