2007 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2006)


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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.


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