2010 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2009)
2010 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2009)
CWO-2 Timothy R. Aldrich, USMC
Second Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan
Chief Warrant Officer-2 Aldrich is the Wide Area Network Engineering Officer, G-6 Second Marine Expeditionary Brigade – Afghanistan (MEB-A). He is responsible for the planning, design, engineering, implementation and operation of the MEB’s Wide Area Network (WAN) in Afghanistan. Warrant Officer Aldrich is a consummate professional who leverages every available resource to ensure the MEB’s WAN is designed, engineered and implemented to provide reliable and responsive network services for all echelons of the brigade. Due to the MEB’s location in Southern Afghanistan and the remote, vastly separated locations of many of its elements, dependable services are crucial to mission accomplishment. Without the personal efforts of Warrant Officer Aldrich, the synchronization of the MEB’s efforts would have been severely degraded and, in some areas, not mission capable. Warrant Officer Aldrich’s superior technical competence enabled the MEB to integrate seamlessly into the NATO International Security Assistance Force architecture, and to establish a robust, flexible deployed Marine Corps network. The Support Wide Area Network (SWAN) Ku band satellite network system is the primary network used as a means of providing data services to the company and platoon levels because of the remote location of many units. Warrant Officer Aldrich engineered the SWAN to use both Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) and Frequency Division Multiple Access capabilities with a proven better than 99% rate of reliability. To ensure that the SWAN network was configured to not only be reliable, but also responsive, Warrant Officer Aldrich instituted the Dynamic Multipoint Virtual Private Network (DMVPN) technologies on the TDMA portion of the SWAN network. With insight bordering on prescience, he intuitively understood the nature and requirement for SIPR down to company positions and positioned the MEB to be able to take advantage of the DMVPN solution, which was its first successful implementation in any combat theater. His insights into operational requirements and developing solutions that are quickly and reliably integrated into a widely dispersed tactical network are unparalleled. His superior technical expertise and unwavering professionalism were essential to the MEB’s effective communications support to sustained combat operations in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.
LT Marcus C. Arroyo, USN
Defense Information Systems Agency-Europe
Lieutenant Arroyo is the Operational Support Systems Project Manager of the Enterprise Services Branch, Communications Services Division, Defense Information Systems Agency-Europe (DISA-Europe). He is responsible for planning, integration, and operational support to DISA-Europe’s Theater Network Center, U.S. European Command’s Theater Network Control Center (TNCC), Africa Command’s TNCC and theater component customers for various types of OSS Information Technology Network Management Systems. Lieutenant Arroyo works closely with customers to identify and document requirements; interfaces with DISA Headquarters Program Management Offices to represent customers’ interests and ensure theater mission-essential requirements are fulfilled; and provides on-site project management support for multi-million dollar hardware and software implementations. Upon his arrival at DISA-Europe, the Network Change and Configuration Management (NCCM) project was under way. He immediately began attending after-duty-hour telephone conferences with representatives from HQ DISA Network Services project office. Lieutenant Arroyo understood that training would be critical to Field Command acceptance of the new NCCM configuration management tool. Instead of waiting for the Program Office to devise a training strategy, he took the lead by developing and proposing Field Command training scenarios and schedules. Lieutenant Arroyo displayed tremendous initiative by seeking out and promoting open, productive communications with the Global Information Grid Customizable Operational Picture (GIGCOP) Program Manager to address significant shortfalls with this network management tool. Lieutenant Arroyo’s tenacity helped to ensure GIGCOP received an objective, mission-centric evaluation leading to eventual termination of the inefficient program and re-distribution of the $6M budget to support more pertinent capabilities. He effectively coordinated system changes and led the transition of local services to Defense Enterprise Computing Center St. Louis, as well as the shut-down and removal of European Report Management System servers – both on time and with absolutely no impact on the mission. By going the extra mile and employing local resources to complete this project, he successfully avoided expenditures of approximately $125K.
CPL Wesley H. Blake, USMC
8th Communications Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force
Corporal Blake is serving as a Multichannel Equipment Repairer assigned as Military Occupational Skill 2831, AN/TRC-170 Technician for the 8th Communication Battalion, Service Company, Electronic Maintenance Platoon. He is also the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge for Microminiature Repairs for the platoon, repairing all circuit cards that are inducted into the maintenance cycle. He is naturally gifted in all fields of electronics. His skills as an electronics technician are beyond reproach, and he received a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his significant and meritorious achievement in this field. Corporal Blake also worked with the Test Measurement Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) Branch of Marine Corps Systems Command. While at Camp Lejeune, Corporal Blake wrote a test program for automated test equipment in order to test and troubleshoot the RF-5833H Harris Radio Amplifier. He completed this task within a two-week deadline, using only Harris Intermediate Maintenance Technical Manuals for the equipment specifications and basic programming parameters. The results of his working with the TMDE Branch created a streamlined fully automated test that could be completed in five minutes instead of the several hours it was taking prior to his work. The Marine Corps adopted his test program as the standard method of testing the RF-5833H radio amplifier and saved more than $50,000 in contracting costs. This test program currently is used by every Marine Expeditionary Force, including the Intermediate Maintenance Activity in Iraq and the Marine Expeditionary Unit in Afghanistan. Corporal Blake has also taken steps to expand his technical expertise by attending the Microminiature Repair School, where he placed first in his class. Corporal Blake’s contributions have changed maintenance concepts and ushered in the expanded use of automated test equipment in the Marine Corps. He is directly responsible for saving the government money in contracting cots, a considerable amount of time for technicians to develop this test program, and added to the overall capability and efficiency of radio maintenance in the Marine Corps.
CTRCM (SW) Steven B. Chaney, USN
Naval Information Operations Command Texas & U.S. Fourth Fleet
Master Chief Chaney currently serves as the Fleet Information Operations Center Texas (FIOC-T) Operations Master Chief/Senior Enlisted Advisor and Assistant Cryptologic and Resource Coordinator (ACRC) for Commander, U.S. Fourth Fleet. He is responsible for the leadership, training, and management of 132 Sailors, 5 Senior Chiefs, and 32 Chief Petty Officers in the FIOC departments: fleet support, analysis and production, and FIOC operations watch. As the Fourth Fleet ACRC, he performs duties as the expert in maritime cryptologic resource management for Fourth Fleet, U.S. Coast Guard, Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S), and U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM). As the FIOC Operations Leading Chief Petty Officer, Master Chief Chaney led all facets of C4ISR support to U.S. Fleet Forces Command. He deployed 238 Sailors for 14,085 days in support of JIATF-S counter-illicit trafficking, USSOUTHCOM Theater Security Cooperation, counter-insurgency operations in Colombia, and U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Individual Augmentations and Cryptologic Support teams. He is responsible for a 200% increase in qualified operators, including eight officers qualifying as Information Warfare Officers. Master Chief Chaney is recognized as the Fourth Fleet ACRC skilled virtuoso for Second and Fourth Fleet cryptologic operations in the USSOUTHCOM theater; he is routinely sought out by senior fleet staff cryptologists for his recommendations on personnel, equipment, and collection strategies. Though his FIOC and Fourth Fleet achievements are remarkable, his greatest achievement is showcased by the extraordinary support he provided to the U.S. Coast Guard in developing their Tactical Cryptologic Element and the $21M Able Lookout program where he was the “go-to” technical expert. He integrated his 40 Intelligence Specialists to train the newly established Coast Guard Cryptologic Unit Texas (CGUT). As a result of his efforts, Coast Guard operators received multiple qualifications, contributed to the seizure of 21 metric tons of contraband valued at more than $420M, and are confidently supporting U.S. Navy deployments to the Persian Gulf. Without question, Master Chief Chaney had more impact on the direction of the Coast Guard’s cryptologic program than any other single person. His groundbreaking achievements in C4ISR for both the Navy and Coast Guard truly ensure and demonstrate joint interoperability of personnel, equipment, and collection methods through the use of compatible, commercial, and modern technologies.
ETCS (SW/AW) Ralph K. Glenn, USN
USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77)
Senior Chief Electronics Technician Glenn is assigned as the Combat Systems Maintenance Manager (CSMM) for the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77). He is directly responsible for all maintenance actions, testing operational procedures on all combat system elements to ensure performance standards meet design specifications. Senior Chief Glenn played an integral role during the installation of the CVN-77’s complex combat system suite. Superb coordination by his team enabled a flawless, highly visible Combat Systems Trial Rehearsal, as well as attainment of CVN-77’s first Precision Approach Landing System (PALS) certification and Detect-to-Engage evolution. He took control of an advanced Ship’s Self-Defense System, allowing unparalleled battle space awareness to tactical watchstanders in the Combat Direction Center. Senior Chief Glenn personally established the training pipeline and qualification process for the Personnel Aloft and Combat Systems Officer of the Watch (CSOOW) programs and was directly responsible for the Aloft and CSOOW qualifications of every Sailor, Chief Petty Officer and Officer in the carrier. Senior Chief Glenn assisted in the coordination of the installation and testing of more than 250 C5I system installations valued in excess of $250M; his tenacity and absolute command of the technical and integration requirements of these complex systems, that are the most advanced C5I suite ever fielded by the U.S. Navy, were crucial to the completion of the demanding availability period. Senior Chief Glenn assisted in the establishment of a highly secure and reliable C5I architecture in CVN-77 that focuses on the warfighter from which the Naval Networking Environment (NNE) will flourish. His in-depth technical knowledge is sought out across the waterfront and by Navy civilians at such activities as SPAWAR, PEO C4I and PEO Carriers. His flawless leadership, exceptional management, and unrivaled knowledge across the broad spectrum of C5I disciplines were evident throughout C5I operations on board the newly constructed George H. W. Bush, and will ensure that this combatant will be the most efficient and state-of-the-art aircraft carrier in the fleet.
LCDR Daniel D. Imbat, USN
Naval Special Warfare Support Activity One
Lieutenant Commander Imbat, as the leading expert in small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), serves as the Troop Commander of the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) for the Naval Special Warfare Support Activity One. Commander Imbat is a well known and highly respected UAS subject matter expert whose skills are sought after at all echelons of Special Operations. He recently returned from a highly successful deployment to Iraq in which he introduced and integrated, for the first time, an organic medium-range Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Scan Eagle UAS capability to Special Operations Task Force-West. As an indispensible plank-owner of Support Activity One, he was hand-selected to create and lead NSW’s first Technical Special Reconnaissance capability, encompassing UAS, Technical Surveillance, Technical Exploitation, and Environmental Reconnaissance. He was responsible for building the first NSW UAS Squadron from the ground up. In addition, Commander Imbat manned, trained, equipped, organized and deployed the Navy’s small tactical UAS crews to support SEAL combat operations. Commander Imbat has consistently demonstrated that he is a true visionary by being at the forefront of the development of Special Operations specific to UASs. Working closely with industry, he developed the concept of operations and requirements for the first hand-launched All Environment UAS in 2005, the Aqua Puma. The Aqua Puma quickly became the UAS solution and the maritime UAS of choice. In 2008, the All Environment Capable Variant (AECV) UAS became the official program of record because of Commander Imbat’s leadership and initiative. When Defense Secretary Robert Gates established the ISR Task Force in April 2008, because of Commander Imbat’s preparation and forward leaning efforts, his UAS team was trained and poised to receive new UAS equipment, including the first Navy-procured Boeing-Insitu ScanEagle UAS System for operational deployment. As the most highly qualified UAS subject matter expert in Special Operations, he is qualified in ten Small UAS (SUAS) platforms and quickly earned U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Instructor qualification status in all ten platforms. He assisted USSOCOM’s SUAS instructor cadre in training more than 120 Army, Navy, and Marine Corps Special Operations personnel. Over the last four years, Commander Imbat’s training initiatives have saved USSOCOM more than $1.3 million in contractor training costs. The value of his contributions to the unmanned systems community simply cannot be overstated.
LCDR Kambra Juve, USN
U.S. Second Fleet
Lieutenant Commander Juve is responsible for the management and delivery of all communications requirements for U.S. Second Fleet’s Maritime Headquarters and Maritime Operations Center (MOC), to include unclassified and classified networks, command and control programs of record and applications, voice and data communications, and messaging. Commander Juve increased Second Fleet’s decision superiority and cyber security by placing the command’s legacy server environment within a Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) community of interest, supporting approximately 1,000 users and protecting command-and-control assets behind NMCI security boundary. Orchestrating the entire breadth of delivery, Commander Juve ensured uninterrupted continuity on the fleet command and control systems and kept the NMCI installation on an ambitious schedule. Commander Juve also demonstrated unparalleled rigor and tenacity as she expertly led and successfully implemented the Second Fleet’s first NMCI fully supported Maritime Operations Center from inception to delivery in an unprecedented ten months. The information assurance security posture attained by the implementation of standard enterprise MOC architecture was the culmination of an $8M modernization project entailing the construction of three new server rooms, installation of a protective distribution system (PDS) and state-of-the-art server farms for three network enclaves, and elimination of legacy servers and network equipment. Commander Juve directly contributed to the Second Fleet’s overall mission readiness and decision superiority through increased cyber security and improved collaboration.
LT Sonia L. Kendall, USCG
Telecommunications Policy Division, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters
Lieutenant Kendall is the Asset Manager and Lead Program Manager’s Representative for Coast Guard Satellite Communications, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Commandant (CG-621), Telecommunications Policy Division. In this role, she directs the execution of $32M+ annually to meet the Coast Guard’s commercial satellite communication requirements for tactical voice and data connectivity to under way, deployed, and disadvantaged users. She manages space and terrestrial infrastructure to facilitate Coast Guard out-of-hemisphere voice and data communications, as well as monitors satellite communication system performance, usage, emerging requirements, and capabilities. Lieutenant Kendall greatly enhanced cutter connectivity to keep pace with growing operational requirements. A superb steward of resources, she astutely managed a fixed operating budget to sustain operation of cutter connectivity systems while also making substantial progress on aggressive efforts to recapitalize aging systems. She coordinated a complex and high risk transition requiring large cutters to transition from the global Inmarsat-B beams to the new regional beams, all but eliminating any connectivity interruptions as cutters cut over to the new service. Lieutenant Kendall leads the technical team for recapitalization of large cutter connectivity systems, an effort she initiated. When the Asset Manager for Mobile Command Center retired without relief, Lieutenant Kendall assumed the duties of this $8M effort to recapitalize the aging Transportable Communication Centrals and Mobile Incident Command Centers. Lieutenant Kendall’s efforts have a profound and positive impact on Coast Guard operations and underscore her stalwart leadership and management skills.
Naval Special Warfare’s Mission Support Center
Mr. Locke is an Information Technology (IT) Specialist with Naval Special Warfare’s Mission Support Center (MSC). He is the MSC’s subject matter expert on Blue Force Tracking (BFT) issues, and his work has directly impacted the overseas contingency operation by providing BFT support to Naval Special Warfare forces worldwide. BFT includes devices with low probability of detection and intercept that provide situational awareness to the Tactical Operational Center (TOC) for Naval Special Warfare mission tracking. Mr. Locke recently discovered that no standard operating procedure was in place for the fielded communications equipment. Mr. Locke quickly responded to this deficiency by correcting it and then drafting a standard operation procedures document. Another example of critical real-time support that Mr. Locke provided to Naval Special Warfare personnel was when he created a “layer” of BFT data on existing classified networks that provided critical, real-time situational awareness. Through his acute awareness of technological advancements, Mr. Locke realized the shortcomings with the current software capabilities and fixed the problem within 24 hours. His innovation subsequently required less training reducing to 30 minutes what previously had taken six hours. Mr. Locke also found a new way to perform BFT tracking on the new version of Falcon View within four days of hearing about a critical problem that was critical for mission tracking. Mr. Locke used the Google Earth BFT layer to allow for mission tracking. Naval Special Warfare mission trackers now are effectively tracking their missions on the new systems, due solely to Mr. Locke’s expertise. John Locke is a uniquely talented, knowledgeable, and dependable systems engineer. Without his vital contributions, the MSC would be unable to effectively answer the 20,000+ requests for information and support received from Naval Special Warfare combat forces worldwide. Mr. Locke’s unprecedented innovations and expertise directly contribute to Naval Special Warfare’s outstanding combat successes in the Global War on Terror. His direct actions have been documented to reduce fratricide and prevent potential loss of life for SEALs in combat - Naval Special Warfare’s most valuable resource.
Peter V. Marks, Ph. D
Navy Medicine Information Systems Support Activity – San Antonio
Dr. Marks executes the governance and operations required by Navy Medicine’s $55M Information Management/Information Technology (IM/IT) program that is funded by the Defense Health Program as part of the Military Health System (MHS) for the Department of Defense. In this position, Dr. Marks directly coordinates MHS-wide implementation of IM/IT products and services in coordination with the Navy, Army, and Air Force medical chief information officers and their staffs. At the world-wide enterprise level, he manages approximately 50,000 end-user devices needed to support the care for military members, their families, and DoD retirees. Under Dr. Marks’ bold direction within one year, Navy Medicine Information Systems Support Activity (NAVMISSA), previously known as the Naval Medical Information Management Center, moved services from servers located at Bethesda to a Cloud Computing model in San Antonio by partnering with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR) in New Orleans. The Cloud Computing model significantly reduced the need to directly control the technology infrastructure on site. In addition, this effort greatly augmented the Cyber Asset Reduction and Security initiative by reducing all of the servers previously located in Bethesda. The Cloud Computing model offered cost efficiencies, a robust infrastructure, and economies of scale. His accomplishments include the institution of a standardized format that enabled NAVMISSA to communicate with all internal and external stakeholders. Dr. Marks and his team successfully established a premier Program Management Office to ensure proper life cycle management of IM/IT programs, total cost of ownership, and levels of training consistent with Program Management Institute recommendations. As a superior role model, Dr. Marks focuses NAVMISSA Operations’ supervisors and leaders to a high level of performance by directing the accomplishment of strategic objectives based upon the most recent Information Technology Infrastructure Library framework and best practices. Under his decisive leadership, mission-oriented strategic planning, and innovative team building, Dr. Marks was instrumental in the successful mission of NAVMISSA. He directly impacted the delivery of premier programs and quality services to all of Navy Medicine.
IS1 Robert A. Napp, USCG
Coast Guard Cryptologic Detachment Support Element on USS New Orleans (LPD-18)/Coast Guard Cryptologic Unit Texas
Intelligence Specialist First Class Napp is a superb leader who demonstrated his abilities while deployed as the Lead Petty Officer of an all-Coast Guard Cryptologic Detachment Support Element (CDSE) on board the USS New Orleans (LPD-18). Performing in a role normally held by a Chief Petty Officer, Petty Officer Napp expertly positioned himself as the liaison between his detachment, the ship and various other agency personnel for mission support and administrative functions. During the first deployment of an all-Coast Guard CDSE on board a U.S. Navy combatant, Petty Officer Napp effectively directed the successful completion of all pre-deployment cryptologic equipment testing, ensuring the Ships Signal and Exploitation System (SSES) and the CDSE were both ready to deploy and mission capable. His leadership in this vital role enabled the Coast Guard CDSE to provide more than 750 time-sensitive reports and provided exceptional collection support to over 20 afloat assets and three fleet commanders. He also was responsible for developing the SSES standard operating procedures and baseline technical data, significantly increasing the operational readiness and effectiveness of the New Orleans. Petty Officer Napp currently is enrolled in a Navy IT course to become the Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) Networks Administrator on board the new National Security Cutter USCGC Bertholf (WMSL-750), to ensure the Coast Guard is able to meet the stringent requirements for the SCIF accreditation process of the first cutter with a SSES. Petty Officer Napp has proven to be an integral element of the planning, testing and execution of cryptologic missions on U.S. Navy and Coast Guard platforms and briefed Coast Guard flag officers of SSES operations the day after completing the New Orleans’ deployment. His performance and dedication have paved the way for Coast Guard Cryptologic Unit Texas personnel to perform CDSE missions on board Coast Guard platforms beginning in 2010 for the first time and have directly contributed to the continued success of the Coast Guard Cryptologic enterprise.
IT1 Darrell R. Ottley, USN
USS Bainbridge (DDG-96)
Information Systems Technician First Class Ottley is assigned as the Bainbridge’s Leading Petty Officer (LPO) for Command, Control, Communications, and Computers. In addition, he is the Bainbridge’s Command Sponsor Coordinator, Assistant Command DAPA, Combat Systems Departmental Mentor Coordinator, and CC Division Assistant Fitness Leader. Petty Officer Ottley’s organizational and management skills are superb. As LPO he has implemented a more rapid and efficient method for transmission of naval message traffic through Super High Frequency (SHF) using Gate Guard. This method enabled Bainbridge to transmit message traffic and receive a comeback copy within minutes of transmission. Petty Officer Ottley’s dedication to mentoring and training of fellow First Class Petty Officers, Officers and junior personnel is unmatched. As Departmental Mentorship Coordinator for 68 personnel, he assigned mentors who provided self-confidence, motivation and direction to their respective protégés. During Bainbridge’s 2009 anti-piracy deployment, while the ship was in a heightened information security posture, Petty Officer Ottley managed the installation of Information Assurance Vulnerability Alerts (IAVAS) on more than ten servers, ensuring achievement of 100% compliance. Also, during this operation, he implemented a quick-reaction communications shift to ensure communications with the PRC-119 were maintained with the supported Special Operations Force Commander, providing critical command control required to execute the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips, master of the Merchant VesselMaersk Alabama. Petty Officer Ottley approaches all challenges with dedication, tenacity, and discipline. His stellar technical and professional knowledge combined with unbridled commitment to operational success, ensure all the Bainbridge networks are secure and operational circuitry are properly configured to meet all taskings.
LCDR David P. Perry, USN
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific
Lieutenant Commander Perry is the Communications Officer and Deputy Operations Officer at the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific (NCTAMSPAC). Commander Perry advocated for the successful NCTAMSPAC Communications Assistance Team (CAT), providing hundreds of man-hours of communications support and systems training to personnel of Pacific Carrier Strike Groups/Expeditionary Strike Groups from San Diego to Yokosuka. Through his efforts to fund and coordinate, NCTAMSPAC CATs are now considered a requirement for deploying Strike Groups and an invaluable service recognized and lauded by numerous Fleet Commanders, Commander, Pacific Fleet, and Commander, Task Force-70. His superb and forward-learning management led to the complete transition of more than 1,200 Pacific Fleet customers on the Defense Messaging System (DMS) to the Navy Regional Enterprise Messaging System (NREMS) six months ahead of schedule. This accomplishment generated a savings of $4M and the opportunity for an urgent re-capitalization of scarce manpower resources. Commander Perry also was responsible for the implementation and operation of Project Dog Star (Previously Project Athena) in the Pacific Region Network Operations Center (PRNOC). This effort significantly increased the Computer Network Defense (CND) posture for fleet units in the Pacific theater through increased vigilance, real-time situational awareness, and concise decision-making of command and control of communication system networks by using multiple advanced intrusion detections systems to include Shapes Vector and the Intelligent Agent Security Manager. Commander Perry’s strong fleet reputation has been hard won through his impressive technical expertise and communications acumen. In a command where high performance expectations are the norm, he stands out among a notable field of long service civilians and operational military professionals.
CTRC (SW/AW) Geoffrey C. Reeves, USN
USS Nitze (DDG-94)
Chief Cryptologic Technician Reeves is assigned as the Leading Chief Petty Officer for the Ship’s Signals Exploitation Space (SSES) on board the USS Nitze (DDG-94). He is also the Assistant Special Security Officer and Assistant Command Security Manager, overseeing the administration of clearance information for all hands and management of the ship’s classified information. During the Nitze’s recent seven-month deployment to Fifth Fleet, Chief Reeves demonstrated unparalleled technical skills in the exploitation of a previously undeveloped, high-interest target. Leading a team of five operators, he brilliantly analyzed the target and developed a plan to maximize collection opportunities with limited resources. His efforts, highly lauded by several national intelligence agencies, produced critical intelligence information that was briefed to key decision makers, including the President and members of the National Security Council. In addition, throughout the deployment, Chief Reeves conducted a comprehensive study of organic and cryptologic carry-on equipment that resulted in a first-of-its-kind report outlining best practices and recommendations for future system upgrades. While deployed, Chief Reeves took advantage of secure chat and e-mail to provide innovative training to operators on six other deployed units, patrolling in areas stretching from Japan to the Horn of Africa, further enhancing the mission readiness of assets across the strike group. In his role as Assistant Special Security Officer and Assistant Command Security Manager, he was responsible for managing all sensitive compartmentalized information on board the ship and maintaining clearance records for a 278-person crew. He personally processed more than 50 security clearances and managed more than 750 pieces of highly classified information with zero security incidents. Because of his diligence and meticulous attention to detail, the Nitze’s SSES achieved reaccreditation with no security discrepancies. Chief Reeves is an extraordinarily valuable cryptologic professional whose skills and talents have far-reaching impact beyond his assignment and even the Navy. He has made a major difference in the way that this nation conducts intelligence-gathering operations, and his efforts have saved countless lives and protected U.S. interests across the globe.
LCDR Ronald Anthony Schneider, USN
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
Lieutenant Commander Schneider is assigned as the Combat Systems Information Officer (CSIO) on board the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) and serves as a Principle Assistant to the Combat Systems Officer. He is responsible for the leadership, management, and mentoring of 97 officer and enlisted personnel. Commander Schneider also is responsible for a multi-spectrum communications suite in support of all video, voice, and data systems; classified and non-classified network operations; information assurance; physical and network security; operations security; incoming and outgoing 'official message traffic; and electronic key management system account with more than 6,000 cryptographic line items. As the designated Communications Control Ship for Carrier Strike Group Eight, he oversees the CVN-69’s implementation of OPTASK Communications and Information Systems for CSG units. His performance as the CSIO has raised the standard of excellence and operational readiness on board the ship. Just weeks into his 2009 deployment, Commander Schneider and his team identified a fleet-wide connectivity problem for the Real-Time Automated Personal Identification System (RAPIDS). He and his team worked with network engineers to develop a fix to allow the creation of military common access cards while ships are deployed at sea. Commander Schneider implemented tools and processes to reduce system down-time to ensure embarked Warfare Commanders have immediate access to critical systems and information. He developed and implemented a root cause analysis and mean time between failure database that helps to track and predict high failure parts which is used to ensure critical parts are on board to minimize extended outages and combat systems degradations. Commander Schneider’s outstanding technical expertise and management skills ensured his Sailors were highly trained in all areas of fleet communications, information assurance, and automated data processing systems.
LT Brian Patrick Walsh, USN
Navy Information Operations Command Maryland
Lieutenant Walsh is the Support Department Head at Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Maryland. Filling the role of a seasoned lieutenant commander, Lieutenant Walsh maintains supervision and organization for a department of more than 150 officers, chiefs, and enlisted personnel assigned to NIOC Maryland. He was previously the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Expeditionary Support Team at the Meade Operations Center (MOC) for the National Security Agency (NSA) and the OIC for a Joint and Inter-agency Cryptologic Support Team (CST) forward deployed in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. As the forward OIC of CST-17 in Eastern Afghanistan, he directly supported Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) 101 and the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division with stunning success. As the MOC OIC, his creative pre-deployment training techniques and mentoring of first-time OICs set the standard for preparing teams for combat conditions. While deployed to Eastern Afghanistan, Lieutenant Walsh was the first CST OIC to regularly go forward to frontline commanders to witness conditions, terrain and troop capabilities. His battlefield philosophy and actions of fusing real-time intelligence collection with operations led to unprecedented success in find, fix, and finish operations. His innovative processes produced the following impressive statistics: capture/kill operations increased by 50% over the pervious five years; nine successful high-value individuals capture/kill operations in three months; Signals Intelligence collection increased by 100%; and, first CST to have operational command of low-level intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) assets. As the MOC OIC, Lieutenant Walsh innovatively capitalized upon his front-line experience by developing a training process for deploying OICs and CSTs that integrate Special Operations, NSA, interagency and joint forces. Lieutenant Walsh clearly demonstrates the value of streamlined C4ISR battlefield presence, real-time reach-back support, and fusing of actionable intelligence. Lieutenant Walsh’s proven battlefield practices and innovative C4ISR methods to incorporate this knowledge and experience have significantly impacted current and future information operations.