2014 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2013)

2014 Copernicus Award Winners

Award Winners 

2014 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2013)

CTRI (EXW/IDW) Steven M. Baglio, USN
Naval Special Warfare Support Activity (NSWSA-2), Virginia Beach
Cryptologic Technician (Collection) First Class Petty Officer Steven Baglio serves as the Tactical Information Operations (TIO) Division Leading Petty Officer assigned to the Analysis and Targeting Department and leads a team of 23 U.S. Navy Cryptologic Technicians deployed in support of Special Operation Forces (SOF) missions worldwide. A dynamic leader with diverse expertise across the electronic and information warfare environments and an in-depth understanding of computer network operations and signals intelligence (SIGINT) disciplines, Petty Officer Baglio is a critical member of the maturing TIO capability within the NSW community. Recognizing the need to develop near real-time SIGINT support to deployed TIO analysts embedded with SOF, Petty Officer Baglio established the first TIO reach-back capability, significantly streamlining analytical coordination and production between deployed NSW units, interagency, and coalition partners. Petty Officer Baglio provided more than 350 hours of analytical support to combat operations directly contributing to the identification of multiple high value targets (HVTs) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Petty Officer Baglio streamlined intelligence coordination with British Government Communications Headquarters and Australian Signals Directorate SIGINT agencies resulting in the identification of five violent extremists organizations and directly contributed to the nuetralization or capture of 53 high-value targets. As the TIO Leading Petty Officer, he managed the training and certification of 11 TIO analysts, devoting more than 180 hours to the development of three SIGINT training exercises to simulate real-world operations. Recognizing the need to collaborate with interagency and commercial partners, Petty Officer Baglio supported the test and evaluation of more than 30 advanced collection and analytical projects as part of two Special Operations Commmands technology evaluation exercises. In addition, Petty Officer Baglio was instrumental in the development and implementation of the NSW TIO Support Standard Operating Procedures for SIGINT support to deployed TIO analysts. He standardized the Request for Information (RFIs) process and trained seven TIO analysts to conduct reach-back support reducing the RFI response time by 70%. He also recognized a lack of social network analysis capability, and proposed to Interagency partners a new, more robust algorithm to be incorporated into future toolsets.

 

LCDR Robert S. Bair, USN
Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S), Key West
Lieutenant Commander Bair, hand selected from 35 04s and 05s, is the Deputy Director for Information Dominance (J2, J6,J7) and Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Information, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) assigned to the JIATF-S. Commander Bair is responsible for the oversight and performance of a of 162 joint Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), intelligence community (IC), interagency and international personnel, government civilians, academia and contractors and has a fiscal responsibility for more than $20+ million dollars. Commander Robert Bair epitomizes the blend of visionary leadership, initiative, and insight critical to the warfighting success of Information Dominance Corps (IDC). Using these unique skills, Commander Bair operationally tested information systems and innovative sensor-to-shooter capabilities to meet the Combat Commander’s and the tactical warfighter’s targeting requirements. Quantitative and qualitative results of these tests enabled DoD, interagency, and IC decision makers to find, fix, and finish targets posing strategic threats to the United States. Commander Bair's efforts in Southern Command (SOUTHCOM’s)/JIATF-S's implementation of the Intelligence Community (IC) DCGS-N and DCGS-A IC-ITE cloud-based architecture pilot program are a matter of record. His efforts to this Director of National Intelligence-sponsored, IC-wide, strategic implementation of the IC Information Environment quantitatively improved SOUTHCOM's operational effectiveness; integrated two programs of record at zero cost; and enhanced IC integration, information sharing and safeguarding. His efforts in FY13 saved the IDC $8.5 million dollars in hardware and software through a common IC IT architecture. In addition, Commander Bair orchestrated the design, implementation and operation of the first DoD and DHS consolidated Cyber operation in the SOUTHCOM is area of operations. Furthermore, his efforts were critical to the refocusing of the SOUTHCOM's operational intelligence mission to discovering and mapping transnational criminal networks, resulting in the arrest of 346 high value targets and seizure of over $2.8 Billion dollars of illicit cargo, to include contraband SA-2 parts.

 

CAPT Martin A. Cawdery, USMC
Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Scott Air Force Base
Captain Cawdery serves as the Network Operations (NetOps) Branch Chief for the DISA Continental United States (CONUS) Field Command. He directs 24x7 global operations for more than 230 government, military, and contractor professionals operating and defending the Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN) core enterprise infrastructure. He ensures the reliability and integrity of the distributed network and service platforms spanning the globe that support the principle terrestrial and satellite infrastructure for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Information, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) operations. His leadership and technical competencies are critical in delivering Joint Enterprise services and capabilities to the President of the United States, the Joint Staff, Combatant Commands, the Armed Services, and more than 30 DoD agencies. He also spearheads multiple programs and projects that are reshaping how DISA and DoD execute NetOps in support of C4ISR operations. Captain Cawdery was the catalyst in developing and implementing a Mission Assurance Strategy for DISA. He delivered new standards of excellence across the Joint NetOps community assuring critical mission sets transverse the globe through various optimized measures. He established predefined conditions across the DoDIN core enterprise infrastructure though engineering enhancements, leveraging state-of-the-art switching schemes, and establishing predefined operational processes and procedures to reduce the risk of mission failure. The key critical mission sets under this strategy are remote piloted aircraft (RPA) being controlled from CONUS sites executing missions outside CONUS in direct support of C4ISR and combat operations in the various theaters of operations. Captain Cawdery helped shape and influence the Agency's ground-breaking Classified DoD Mobility Pilot program. He spearheaded the new mission integration within the DISA Network Operations Center CONUS construct to achieve DoD Chief Information Officer's strategic vision for the government to adapt lighter technologies and implement converged services under a common architecture. He led a team of experts to develops and implement highly innovative processes and procedures. He was vital in the preparation and recovery efforts for Hurricane Sandy that devastated the Northeastern seaboard. Days before the storm hit, Captain Cawdery synchronized efforts with multiple internal and external organizations to assess the potential impact to the enterprise infrastructure, updated contingency plans, and developed specific mitigation strategies. These preliminary efforts were vital to DISA's response and facilitated timely recovery actions that minimized sustained effects of the destruction. In the after-math of the storm, he aggressively directed operations to restore hundreds of network outages, including strategic voice, data, video, and transport services with a global impact. Concurrently, he ensured the timely implementation of tactic all satellite services to reserve forces deployed in support of humanitarian relief efforts in the impacted area.

 

ISC Lavelle Lee Council, USN
Afloat Training Group, Mayport (ATG Mayport)
Chief Intelligence Specialist Council is the Assistant Intelligence Warfare Lead at ATG Mayport. He is responsible for the Basic Phase (BP) training in support of Intelligence Warfare mission area for 14 Mayport-based ships. Shortly after reporting to ATG Mayport, Chief Council identified a BP training deficiency in the Intelligence Warfare mission area. Taking advantage of his extensive at-sea experience as an Independent Duty Intelligence Specialist and exercising excellent deckplate leadership, he developed and implemented an extensive training plan for the Visual Information (VI) skill set. His actions produced immediate positive results and ensured recent deployers had shipboard intelligence teams with the requisite knowledge and skills necessary to meet Fleet Commanders' VI needs. In addition, the performances of recent Intermediate and Advanced phase participants have significantly improved. Recognizing ships were having difficulty completing requirements during the Integrated and Advanced training phases, Chief Council implemented a plan to improve the Monthly Inport Training Exercise format by including the VI mission as part of the curriculum. This provided individual units with a means to train and evaluate their intelligence teams in a structured environment prior to training cycle events and deployments. His efforts led to a 75% increase in VI efficiency during the Integrated and Advanced phase training events, such as Composite Training Unit Exercises and Independent Deployer Certification Exercises. Chief Council developed a Certification Exercise grading criteria as a recommended addition to the Basic Phase training cycle. In addition, he developed classroom curriculum for VI to be used in the tactical tier training events. This curriculum, which includes classroom training, software familiarization, lesson topic guides, and hands-on training, is in the process of being approved for use by both Fleets and is expected to become the Navy standard.

 

LT Tracy L. Culbert, USN
U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications (NCTS) Station, Sicily
Lieutenant Culbert, as Operations Officer, is responsible for the management of more than 200 circuits and basewide network connectivity supporting more than 5,000 users in the European Command (EUCOM), Central Command (CENTCOM) and Africa Command (AFRICOM) areas of responsibility (AORs). From leading a communications team forward deployed on an Individual Augmentation at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, to running the Operations Directorate at NCTS Sicily during one of the most turbulent times in recent U.S. - Italian relations, Lieutenant Culbert’s efforts made dramatic positive impacts on communications across the AFRICOM and EUCOM AORs. On her Individual Augmentation, Lieutenant Culbert served as Deputy Commander Joint Task Force Horn of Africa J6, IA as Deputy Emergency Management Officer, and Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Stations Atlantic (NCTL) Detachment Assistant Officer in Charge. In April 2013, a massive flood of Camp Lemonnier left 11 personnel dead and devastated the surrounding area. Lieutenant Culbert immediately led her staff in a massive effort to restore communications so warfighters downrange could continue to execute their mission. She led 38 civilians to run more than 200 tactical voice and data circuits in the austere environment of Africa. She supported 27 tenant commands and more than 3,500 personnel at Camp Lemonnier with base-level infrastructure and all required communications. Faced with numerous obstacles and a limited budget, she completed more than 50 IT projects using technology to improve safety and quality of life for U.S. forces across the entire Joint Task Force. Of special note, she spearheaded the regional mobile communications plan connecting first-responders and security detachment personnel. She also led the installation of reliable communications to the air traffic control tower, greatly aiding in aircraft intercommunications and the ability for controllers to better track and control both commercial and military aircraft. Lieutenant Culbert also took charge and lead 70 Sailors, Civilians and local nationals to reorganize the directorate and stand up the command’s first Joint Fleet Telecommunications Operations Center. Her efforts increased customer service and reduced circuit downtime while increasing moral and productivity at the command. She expertly managed four Nuclear Command and Control exercises providing critical communications among the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Airborne Nuclear Command Post, Submarines, and EUCOM headquarters. She achieved this body of work during a time of intense political unrest at NRTF.

 

CDR John DeBok, USCG
Command, Control, Communications, Computers & Information Technology (C4IT) Service Center
Commander DeBok is Chief of the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), Acquisition Technical Authority Branch, at the C4IT Service Center. He supervises a matrix team of military, civilian, and contractor subject matter experts that is delegated to perform technical oversight of all major acquisitions that include C4ISR capabilities, such as the National Security Cutter, Fast Response Cutter, Offshore Patrol Cutter, and other standard boat acquisitions. In addition, he coordinates C4ISR activities associated with the In-Service Vessel Sustainment Program, a major vessel overhaul initiative. Commander DeBok’s staff is responsible for the transition-to-sustainment of C4ISR systems obtained through major acquisition programs, such as systems acquired under the former Integrated Deepwater System acquisition program. Under the Coast Guard’s Deputy Commandant for Mission Support business model, it became necessary to transition the management of the sustainment of those systems from the system integrator to the Coast Guard. Commander DeBok centralized oversight of sustainment resources; arranged for a detailed logistics readiness review that focused on identifying, defining, documenting, and managing system configurations, maintenance, and sparing needs; enabled the C4IT Service Center to assume increasing management maturity and responsibility; and ensured that the command, control, and combat management system was fully sustainable. Commander DeBok also partnered with the Coast Guard’s Aviation Logistics Center to bring together C4ISR and aviation subject matter experts to optimize sustainment of acquired aviation C4ISR systems. In addition, Commander DeBok performed outstanding oversight of the newly acquired Fast Response Cutters. Working closely within the C4IT Service Center and other sustainment community partners, Commander DeBok facilitated superb negotiations with headquarters’ staffs, formulating resource proposals to provide the critical logistics resources to sustain new assets throughout their multi-decade lifecycles.

 

Seraj Dhaliwal
Differential Global Positioning System, Nationwide Control Station (NCS)
Mr. Dhaliwal, as the Lead Engineer, is responsible for all development and sustainment activities for command and control of 85 remote Global Positioning System (GPS) broadcast sites networked across the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. After taking responsibility for NCS in early 2012, Mr. Dhaliwal discovered a system that did not meet information assurance criteria. Because the system provides critical GPS augmentation information for safety-of-life applications ashore and in the maritime environment and is a major component of the nation's GPS interference and monitoring capability, Mr. Dhaliwal acted quickly to improve the system. He developed an innovative strategy to transition NCS to updated software while maintaining 100% system availability. He also spearheaded the implementation of procedures to meet security objectives of the system while reducing downtime by more than 75%, supplier costs by more than $100,000 per year, and Category 1 vulnerabilities from over 200 to fewer than five. Once the system stabilized, Mr. Dhaliwal implemented standardized control processes. During his off time, he also built a server to pull down, test, and deploy software updates automatically. He cross-trained team members to run scans, analyze the results, and mitigate vulnerabilities on the fly. He wrote procedure guides to clarify complex policy. Mr. Dhaliwal also created a process guide for a novel approach to conducting system backups in accordance with relevant security guidelines. Meanwhile, in addition to all the activities mentioned above, Mr. Dhaliwal designed a more robust and secure NCS architecture, which will use the Coast Guard's next generation command-and-control graphical information system. He was the lead engineer on other critical projects, including Superstorm Sandy restoration efforts. His engineering expertise, innovative thinking, transformational leadership, and dogged determination result in secure, cost-effective, and scalable Coast Guard mission-essential systems.

 

ET2 Benjamin B. Dwyer, USCG
Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter (FRC)
Electronics Technician Second Class Dwyer, assigned as the Electronic Materials Officer, is responsible for configuration, operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of all classified and unclassified command, control, communication, computer, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) equipment on board the 154' cutters. Petty Officer Dwyer is a skilled technician, dedicated to amassing expert-level knowledge and applying it to ensure unit success. He was instrumental in establishing the foundation of service for the Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter (FRC). He generated improvements to crew C4ISR training, playing a key role in equipment-specific training courses at Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma. Championing class-wide standardization and best practices, Petty Officer Dwyer developed procedures and processes for the vast array of FRC C4ISR equipment.  He devoted significant time to training shore support personnel on FRC equipment and aided in the development and validation of hundreds of maintenance procedure cards for onboard electronics, enhancing the ability of shore-side technicians to troubleshoot FRC systems. Petty Officer Dwyer developed and championed resolutions to issues affecting the new FRC platform. For example, he developed a solution to a risky air-flow problem that was quickly implemented fleet-wide; he worked to resolve major equipment shortcomings that threatened operational testing and evaluation; and he worked with industry partners and across multiple Coast Guard units to resolve severe tracking issues with the FRC primary radar, resulting in a combined software/hardware resolution that was implemented fleet-wide. Petty Officer Dwyer has been critical to the overall success of the FRC acquisition and its recent approval for full-rate production. He was selected as the USCGC Richard Etheridge (WPC-1102) Enlisted Person of the Year in 2012.

 

Seth E. Erxleben
Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division
Mr. Erxleben is the Technical Administrative Lead for the Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure Branch providing technical leadership to Network, Windows, and Unix Systems Administrators. Mr. Erxleben led the initiative to stand up virtual machines (VMs) versus physical machines. By using VMs, NSWC Crane IT can reduce management and operating costs while maintaining/improving reliability, providing more rapid deployment of computer systems and improving information assurance (IA) and configuration management of IT assets. Along with server virtualization, Mr. Erxleben led Crane's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) initiative to run desktop operating systems and applications. VDI reduces desktop administrative and management tasks. Applications can quickly be added, deleted, upgraded and patched; security is centralized; and data is easier to safeguard and back up. Because of the VDI capability, a developer supporting an application remotely was able to save thousands of dollars and improve system effectiveness. Under Mr. Erxleben's leadership, in Fiscal Year 2013, NSWC Crane established more than 90 Virtual Servers, 20 virtual Desktop Interfaces, 14 Zero Clients, and 25 Thinapps - significantly improving NSWC Crane's computing effectiveness, security and cost. Mr. Erxleben's contributions to the NSWC Crane Live Virtual Constructive (LVC) Network and Infrastructure led to establishing the National Test Network lab that supported the U.S. Special Operation Command (USSOCOM) Emerald Warrior exercises, the Bold Quest exercise and the Tactical Network Test Bed locations. Mr. Erxleben led and assisted development of innovative technical solutions, solved complex technical challenges, enhanced and pioneered LVC-related simulation and networking capabilities, while partnering and collaborating with the Indiana Army National Guard's Joint Simulation Training Exercise Center at the Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, the Joint National Training Capability, Joint Mission Environment Test Capability Program and the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command's Emerald Warrior departments and staff to provide realistic congested/contested environments and LVC content for operational training exercises, test events and engineering development. These integrated spectrum capabilities will allow NSWC Crane to advance Electro-Magnetic Battle Management and sensor fusion concepts, enhance the interoperability of system of systems architectures, provide support to essential joint exercises, test and evaluation events.

 

LCDR Paul F. Farrell, USN
Commander Carrier Strike Group Ten (CCSG- 10)
Lieutenant Commander Farrell, as the Communications Officer/Information Assurance Manager, mentors and controls communications via radio frequency (RF) and all internet protocol (IP) on classified, unclassified and coalition networks for the 80-person flag staff, two major embarked staffs, nine aircraft squadrons encompassing 75 aircraft,  and five warships. He also serves as Assistant Knowledge Manager supporting operations for two unclassified, two classified and a classified coalition Strike Group websites. Commander Farrell leveraged his deep computing technical experience to create the CCSG-10’s Cyber Security Assistance Tiger Team. This team enabled the four assigned warships to succeed in all Fleet Cyber Command Cyber Security Inspections Certification Program (CSICP)/Cyber Security Inspections (CSI). Impressively, the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) was the first ship to receive a passing score on a Defense Information Security Agency (DISA) comprehensive Cyber Security Inspection (CSI). Commander Farrell controlled flagship C41 installations and created the coalition information-sharing environment to support the newly minted United Kingdom/United States Destroyer Squadron, First Combined Destroyer Squadron (lCDS) Staff. He drove the Information Assurance (IA) validation of two newly installed networks; the Navy Unclassified Computing Environment (NCE) for access to United Kingdom pay and personnel records; and the one-of-its-kind hand-crafted Secret Internet Protocol Router Network – Releasable (SIPRNET-Rel) Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on board the flagship. This enabled continuous SIPRNET communications between U.K. members and U.S. flag staff members, assigned warships and other U.S. personnel. He validated proper combat system/C41 support for 1CDS operational watch standers in the Surface Warfare (SUW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and DESRON Destroyer Squadron briefing shipboard spaces while flawlessly maintaining operational security of U.S. classified information. Immediately following the creation of the 1CDS Staff, he extended his oversight to complex communications in support of U.S. Navy and Air Force commands and coalition units in Germany and Italy for Fleet Synthetic Training Group Command (FST-GC). He also enabled complex integrated qualification and certification in the June 2013 Sustainment Exercise and Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint in mid-July 2013. During these intensely complex certification events, he oversaw RF and IP communication flow between the Strike Group and all subordinate units/squadrons to include the German frigate FGS Hamburg (F-220), multiple Canadian warships, Strike Force NATO located in Lisbon, Portugal, and on board the USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20). Instrumental to the improvement of machine level cyber readiness, he "operationalized" force-wide cyber health through the implementation of the first-of-its-kind Operational Task Cyber Readiness. This new process vaulted cyber readiness of all Navy Central Command/Commander Fifth Fleet-deployed IT-21 networks to new performance levels.

 

Brian H. Gaines
Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic (COMSUBLANT)
Mr. Gaines is assigned as the Broadcast Control Authority (BAC) Officer for the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Information (C4I) Directorate. Mr. Gaines has been the driving force for improvements in almost every aspect of global submarine C41 afloat and ashore. A “catalyst for change and a pioneer in transformation,” Mr. Gaines led a 77% improvement in C41 support to submarines worldwide. He established a fundamental approach to dealing with challenges: providing comprehensive guidance; upgrading qualification standards; improving C41 training; enforcing accountability; establishing a drill program and quality control processes; enhancing information flow between departments and organizations; breaking down barriers to success; and driving the error rate to zero through a layered approach. He led decisive changes in the development of targeting data that improved C41 systems compatibility while implementing rigid data-handling requirements. These changes eliminated virtually all processing errors through increased focus and strict procedural compliance. He also implemented innovative techniques to optimize weather graphical data for strategic units maximizing system functionality and increased quality assurance focus. This effort resulted in dramatic improvements in meteorological and oceanographic data availability to the fleet. Mr. Gaines led and mentored the collaboration of eight disparate organizations to continuously improve submarine C41 support worldwide. He developed the first submarine C41 metrics in order to share with the submarine C41 professionals, and then used those metrics to build an extensive network to maximize a fleet training proficiency program that has resulted in remarkable improvements in fleet C41 capabilities. He established a traffic analysis (TA) supervisor for the first time at COMSUBLANT. Immediate results were seen in identification of data handling challenges and correction of errors before non-delivery situations occurred. He directed the TA supervisor and network engineer collaboration to improve data checking program profiles. This ensured data-handling error reductions through improvement in automation and resulted in a 70% improvement in data handling.

 

Staff Sergeant Guillermo D. Garcia, USMC
U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific
Staff Sergeant Garcia, as Cyber Defense Branch (CDB) Chief, provides leadership and technical acumen that have yielded tangible benefits for Marine Corps Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC) and the more than 90,000 Marines of supporting/subordinate commands. Staff Sergeant Garcia has not only excelled in his duties as Branch Chief (a billet normally held by a Master Gunnery Sergeant), but also leveraged his paramount technical insights and collaborated with numerous entities to yield a Cyber Common Operational Picture (COP) tool for MARFORPAC—a first for the Marine Corps. Staff Sergeant Garcia took responsibility for the development, implementation, training, and integration of the MARFORPAC Cyber COP, which enables operationally focused cyber situational awareness, including network maps, outages, planned maintenance, security patching compliance, cyber-related intelligence, real-time network monitoring, major exercises and operations, and key unit/personnel tracking. Staff Sergeant Garcia personally developed the technical framework for this COP tool in close coordination with the MARFORPAC Information Management Office, ensuring maximum interoperability and visibility for all commands. Far beyond a simple computer network–monitoring tool, the Cyber COP integrates National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and numerous other intelligence and law enforcement reporting with network outage and maintenance reports, and enables network defenders to build a profile of potential cyber adversaries and proactively defend networks against potential threats. The synergy created by Staff Sergeant Garcia's Cyber COP enables true operationalization of cyber information and drives actionable defensive measures, and he is working toward partnerships with other service components and the armed forces of allied nations. During this past year, Staff Sergeant Garcia has laid the groundwork for assisting allies and partners with securing their networks.  His training framework will yield dividends for years to come, as it is used in exercises with other allies and partners, enabling more secure networks for collaboration of exercises and operations.

 

CTR2 Jon T. Harperslaboszewicz, USN
Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Hawaii
Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Second Class Harperslaboszewicz is a Fusion Analyst/Supervisor in Subsurface Direct Support Department. He leads multiple teams of Sailors deployed on U.S. combatants conducting Chief of Naval Operations-directed missions. He directs the analysis and reporting of signals intelligence in support of national and fleet-level consumers. His recommendations to platform Commanding Officers have supported collection opportunities in sensitive areas while maintaining flawless superb situational awareness. to support safety of ship. Petty Officer Harperslaboszewicz supervised 33 Sailors on three CNO-directed special operations while deployed 135 days on two Pacific Fleet and one Atlantic Fleet combatant. He drove intelligence efforts on an intensive Intelligence Preparation of the Operational Environment (IPOE) mission, which increased operational knowledge for future actions in an unfamiliar mission area. His expertise is recognized throughout the cryptologic community, and he has coordinated analytic efforts and fostered transparent communication between NIOC Hawaii and national intelligence agencies. His high-value target collection on all direct-support missions is superb. Petty Officer Harperslaboszewicz also led 320 hours of advanced technical training for 67 Sailors from two countries. Through this training, 13 Sailors achieved their next-level qualifications which doubled the mission readiness for his division. Petty Officer Harperslaboszewicz was selected "by name" to augment the Pacific Technical Analysis Center (PTAC) as a communication intelligence analyst during three high interest events. While in the PTAC, he successfully processed 84 first-time complex signals of interest, including emergent technologies of particular importance to the intelligence community. The results of his analysis provided significant insight for the future of advanced collection processing reporting. Petty Officer Harperslaboszewicz dedicated 130 off-duty hours in the development of the comprehensive area data packages that were used extensively by 78 operators on 32 sensitive missions. His singular focus to mission success enabled all 32 direct-support teams deployed in the Pacific Fleet to quickly and accurately provide combatant commanders with a clear picture of the intelligence battle-space as well as timely indications and warnings. On his initiative, he taught himself a proprietary computer language and coordinated with a specialized team at the National Security Agency (NSA) to develop and test an advanced analysis tool. He performed operability tests to ensure system functionality on both NSA and deployable systems and drafted detailed instructions for operator use. His dedication to mission success enabled direct support collectors and analysts, in every theater, the ability to identify signals of high-interest based on specific parameters.

 

Stephen Hoshowsky
Acquisition Directorate Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Information, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Project Office, Moorestown, NJ
Mr. Hoshowsky, as Technical Director, is responsible for managing the software development program for the U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC). Mr. Hoshowsky serves as the acquisition expert for the development of all NSC software and hardware system requirements, Coast Guard command and control systems integration, interface design with U.S. Navy systems, independent verification and validation testing, and the production and implementation of C4ISR systems on the NSC. Mr. Hoshowsky demonstrated highly effective leadership, guiding more than 200 military, government staff, and contractors to implement an advanced technology C4ISR afloat system called Segment 2 (S2). He forged a cohesive team that took the Navy’s architecture, tailored it to Coast Guard missions, then produced it, performed testing, and implemented it on an NSC. Mr. Hoshowsky empowered his team to analyze 271 design products and translate these into 34 contract deliverables that led to the build and delivery of a C4ISR system. Leading by example, he used his strong technical knowledge in validating 2.2 million source lines of code from Aegis tactical systems software and enabling 75% re-use. He fostered synergy between Coast Guard, Navy, and industry to provide interface designs that enabled production of a system that integrated NSC's sensor data to increase NSC capabilities. To improve S2, Mr. Hoshowsky delivered a testing laboratory, referred to as the Coast Guard Systems Acquisition and Integration Lab, which became the linchpin for improving NSC C4ISR acquisitions.  He then directed the $15M S2 installation on an operational NSC, USCGC Waesche (WMSL-751), within an aggressive 100-day schedule. Mr. Hoshowsky inspired the S2 team to complete this major upgrade and certify this capability on time and within budget. Mr. Hoshowsky provided a compelling example of leadership guiding the NSC C4ISR system upgrade. He inspired his team to overcome obstacles, work long hours, and invent smarter ways to implement S2.

 

Vinay Krishna
Program Executive Officer, (PEO) Submarines, Washington
Mr. Krishna is assigned as the Non-Propulsion Electronic Systems (NPES) Deputy Engineer for the Ohio (SSBN-726) Replacement Submarine Program. Mr. Krishna synthesizes targeted effort from multiple organizations staffed with government service, military, and contractor personnel to advance the design and integration of command, control, communications,  computers, combat systems, and intelligence (C5I) systems  planned for the Ohio Replacement Submarine. Specifically, he leads the Ohio Replacement C5I Process Integration Team that oversees the sonar, exterior communications, navigation, radar, imaging, electronic surveillance, fire control, countermeasure launcher, and torpedo tube control system integration teams as part of the Ohio Replacement Design Build Sustain Team. In 2013, he established new procedures and guidance, advanced the C5I design, and set a course that will lead to NPES success throughout the design, construction, and deployment of OHIO Replacement submarines. Employing tremendous foresight, he achieved a C5I design maturity level that supported setting the length of the Command and Control Systems Module (CCSM) an unprecedented eight years ahead of construction start. This enabled the CCSM to be the first Ohio Replacement module with an established length and ultimately supports setting the overall length of the submarine. His mature design also enabled detailed planned for hull mechanical and electrical systems such as electronic auxiliary freshwater, ventilation, and electric power distribution. Mr. Krishna developed a process for the development, review, and submittal of Government Furnished Information (GFI), and submitted the first Ohio Replacement GFI to the prime contractor. Under his guidance the Navy provided all 25 scheduled GFI submittals to the prime contractor on or ahead of schedule. Mr. Krishna developed and implemented a plan to use highly permeable flexible metal conduit for government furnished electrical data cables used to connect electronic bays. He proved his concept is technically feasible by developing a test procedure and then executing the procedure at a government laboratory. His concept reduces electromagnetic interference risk, reduces installation cost, and adds the flexibility to modify government cabling without incurring an additional cost of updating shipbuilder drawings. In addition, Mr. Krishna established noise-monitoring hydrophone count and location to optimize cost and performance, modified the baseline multi-function antenna plan to improve performance while reducing cost, and gained fleet wide support of a plan to improve external communication reliability while minimizing cost to the Ohio Replacement Program. In his current position, Mr. Krishna guides the advancement of submarine C5I.

 

CAPT Didier A. LeGoff, USN
Program Executive Office, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence and Space (PEO C4I)
Captain LeGoff’s guidance, provides local and wide area computer network (LAN and WAN) functionality to the Navy, embarked Marine Corps forces and Military Sealift Command. His responsibilities include leadership, management and oversight of the $12B Acquisition Category (ACAT) lAM Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) Program, which replaces five existing computer networks afloat, corrects otherwise immitigable cyber security vulnerabilities and provides the Navy with its first true cyber platform. Captain LeGoff is heavily involved in guiding Space and Naval Warfare Systems (SPAWAR) Information Technology (IT) efforts, acquisition mentoring and in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) outreach programs. Captain LeGoff manages one ACAT II, two ACAT II, three ACAT III, one AAP and one Project, comprising a portfolio of $440 annually and approximately $2.8B across the Five-Year Defense Program, providing network functionality across the entire spectrum of operations. Captain LeGoff brought the CANES program from concept to reality while sustaining existing legacy networks and significantly improving the Automated Digital Network System (ADNS) Program. CANES has an inventory objective of 192 ships, submarines and shore sites. ADNS is a $960M ACAT II program with an inventory objective of 265 ships, aircraft and shore stations. Leading the Navy's flagship IT acquisition, Captain LeGoff navigated CANES to achieve Milestone C in December 2012 and through its initial 2013 installations. His direction ensured CANES provided the Fleet a cyber-platform capable of hosting required warfare and business applications while providing full network functionality across all security domains. In addition, he steered CANES design efforts to regain and strengthen the Navy's cyber security posture, reduce network and application variance and drive down total ownership costs. Captain LeGoff led the competitive CANES Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase achieving cost savings of $720.8M. These cost savings accelerated Full Deployment by three years to FY23 and allowed $230M to be re-allocated to other Navy priorities. The Milestone C Service Cost Position alone approved a net total ownership cost reduction of $900M. Continuous Process Improvements he directed led to additional documented savings of $20M annually because of program efficiencies. In addition to executing a development and limited deployment production contract solicitation, CANES recently released a highly competitive Production contract valued at over $2.5 Billion, the largest in PEO C4I history. This multiple award contract will continue competition and has a even greater potential for taxpayer savings.

 

Dale C. Linne von Berg
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Mr. Linne von Berg is the Head of the Applied Optics Branch that develops and transitions Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Infrared Counter Measures (IRCM) technologies and systems. Mr. Linne von Berg has been a principle leader, architecture designer, and facilitator in the development/fielding of advanced C4ISR systems across the Department of Defense and the intelligence communities (IC). His leadership has resulted in notable accomplishments in the technical, managerial, and financial aspects ofC4ISR capabilities for the warfighter. As a Navy working capital fund manager, he routinely provides direction and technical management of more than 40 C4lSR programs annually ($50-$200M) which require him to address and directly solve system design, development, integration, testing, and real-time demo/operational issues for a variety of community sponsors. Since the 1990s, Mr. Linne von Berg has spearheaded the migration of DoD tactical ground exploitation stations from hardware-unique, proprietary, UNIX-based systems to lower cost, government-owned, standards-based, cross-platform software solutions. With his industry partner, the Space Dynamics Laboratory, his efforts in designing the architecture for this approach and ultimately transitioning/fielding the developed NAVIS/Vantage ground station software was instrumental in the technical migration of the previous ground station programs to the current Distributed Common Ground Station (DCGS) systems. As of 2013, Vantage software is now the standard data link interface, real-time tactical screener, and/or multi-INT database manager for DCGS systems deployed by all /four DoD services. Mr. Linne von Berg continues the expansion of these capabilities with multi-DoD/IC programs for new sensor interfaces and exploitation tools supporting emerging needs. The developed government-owned Vantage software now includes support for ISR sensors that have been fielded in numerous airborne platforms. Mr. Linne von Berg has also significantly advanced C41SR with several innovative sensor technologies which have transitioned to operational use in Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Afghanistan. Specifically, his efforts include leading technical and management roles in the development of the F-14 F/A-l8 reconnaissance systems, Angel Fire/Blue Devil dual-band wide area persistent surveillance sensor system and multiple MX-20SW long-range oblique gimbalized short-wave infrared hyper-spectral sensors for multiple community operational groups. When transitioned and fielded, each of these advanced C41SR systems established a new standard in state-of-the-art, whether by providing unparalleled coverage, coverage rate, range, resolution, day/night, or material/target detection capabilities.

 

CTTC (SW) Igor Lobanov, USN
Afloat Training Group (ATG) San Diego
Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Chief Lobanov is responsible for leading 13 Chief Petty Officers and seven Petty Officers in training and assessing Combat Systems tactical and technical personnel through shipboard training evolutions. He is also a Combat Systems Training Team Leader during Surface Basic Phase training events, overseeing trainers from eight shipboard warfare mission areas. Chief Lobanov's has increased the war fighting proficiency of Pacific Fleet ships in all areas of C41 to include Electronic Warfare (EW), Communications (COMMS), Cryptology (CRY), Information Systems, and Intelligence (INTEL). He guided 18 C41 trainers through the successful completion of 573 training and certification events on board 67 ships. In addition, he supervised his team's support of three commands, ATG Pacific, ATG San Diego and Engineering Assessment Pacific, during the issuance of Fleet Cyber Command-mandated SIPRNET Tokens and the management of two Type Commander (TYCOM) accountings of more than 600 Information Technology assets with the Regional Inventory Tracking Application. As the EW Mission Area Functional Lead for all ATGs he led a team of EW Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from eight ATGs. His team drafted the EW training and certification requirements for all surface ships. He also led this team, as well as SMEs from Electronic Warfare Tactical Guidance Unit (EWTGU) Pacific Command, in the creation and the first revision of the Surface Force Exercise Manual and the ATG Pacific User's Guide EW Tab which included 38 proposed amendments to grade sheets and EW Standard Operating Procedures for Basic Phase warfare certification in EW. His initiative improved the shipboard training and certification requirements as well as Navy-wide C4I combat readiness while developing a blended training approach that used the expertise not only from ATG but from Fleet Cyber Command. Chief Lobanov developed and delivered EW training to more than 250 officers and enlisted sailors during 60 training events, resulting in the EW certification of 13 ships. He was handpicked to train 18 EWTGU Trainers and 28 Senior Information Dominance Warfare Officers, including four Deputy Information Warfare Commanders, on the Surface Warfare Readiness Manual and Basic Phase C4I warfare certification. He also oversaw the mentorship of Tactical Action Officers and the guidance of waterfront Commanding Officers on tactics in EW, CRY, INTEL and COMMS for implementation in their Battle Orders, including the tactical employment of Splitrock. He was the driving force behind a critical finding that if adequately trained and qualified Information Systems Technicians were not present in Ship's Signal Exploitation Spaces during Condition 1 to support the SCI classified networks and communications equipment, it could result in a severe degradation of a ship's CRY and INTEL missions as well as national tasking. Ultimately, his initiative led to a new TYCOM Warfighter Improvement Program requirement, greatly enhancing the combat readiness of the Fleet.

 

ITC Richard D. Lombardi, USN
Destroyer Squadron Twenty-One (COMDESRON 21)
Chief Information Systems Technician (SW/EXW/IDW) Lombardi is the Assistant Communications Officer is responsible for communications training, certification and performance for the five AEGIS guided-missile destroyers assigned to the Destroyer Squadron. He serves as the Information Assurance Manager (lAM) and Electronic Key Management System (EKMS) Inspector for the squadron. Since reporting aboard, Chief Lombardi has dramatically improved communications readiness and information security in the DESRON’s destroyers. A dedicated mentor, he has spent countless hours onboard squadron ships training junior and supervisory personnel, leading to increased standards and greatly improving professional development of squadron Sailors. Outside of his inspector function, he has worked closely with the five EKMS management teams to ensure the absolute highest standards and strict accountability are maintained. Of particular note, his direct work with a struggling EKMS manager on one of my ships resulted in an assessment grade of "outstanding" in a subsequent EKMS inspection. Passionate about cyber security, Chief Lombardi has developed and implemented comprehensive and standardized cyber security and information assurance management policies throughout squadron, which have served as a model on the San Diego waterfront. Chief Lombardi has guided the squadron's communication teams in ensuring maximum communications readiness in support of operational tasking. He single-handedly developed a complex communication and spectrum management plan for Flight Test Operation-Ol (FTO-Ol), a high-profile ballistic missile defense testing mission executed by USS Decatur, which involved complex Joint and inter-agency coordination. His efforts ensured the Decatur's (DDG-31) ability to fully integrate into the communication and data sharing structures in order to successfully engage a ballistic target. His tireless efforts contributed significantly to waterfront leading success in a Board of Inspection and Survey visit in the USS Kidd (DDG-993), MidCycle Inspection in the USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108), Type Commander Material Inspection in the Decatur, and several Cyber Security Inspection and Certification Program reviews.

 

IT2 Jonathan D. Martinez, USN
Coastal Riverine Squadron Four
Information Technician First Class Martinez administers and manages the day-to-day operations of Delta Company, Deployable Joint Command and Control (DJC2) Rapid Response Kit/Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) Enterprise Command and Control (RRK/NETC2) system in direct support of Commander, Task Unit 56.7.4 (CTU 56.7.4), providing full SIPR and NIPR command-and-control infrastructure and managing all aspects of communications and network operations while forward deployed to U.S. Fifth Fleet. He provides direct technical assistance and training to Commander Task Force 56, Navy Expeditionary Combat Forces Central. Petty Officer Martinez operates and maintains the Aqua Puma All Environment (PUMA) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) in support of CTU 56.7.4 tasking. In November 2012, the NECC Adaptive Force Package (AFP), Task Force 86, rapidly deployed in support of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Coastal Riverine Squadron Four was ordered to provide C2 infrastructure for all units deployed. On short notice, Petty Officer Martinez and a team of communication specialists deployed to Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst, New Jersey, and employed the DJC2 RRK/NETC2 to establish full SIPR and NIPR services, providing two weeks of uninterrupted network connectivity.  The system allowed for Commander, NECC, and his staff to coordinate relief efforts and maintain command and control over seven NECC units, three Navy amphibious ships, the Marine Corps 26th MEU, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and numerous other federal, state and local officials, strengthening the joint military and civilian efforts. In June 2013, Petty Officer Martinez oversaw the first ever Coastal Riverine Force deployment of the DJC2 RRK/NETC2 system to Fifth Fleet in support of CTU 56.7.4. Petty Officer Martinez delivered SIPR and NIPR network accessibility to CTU 56.7.4’s Tactical Operations Center (TOC). His efforts were critical in executing 500 hours of theater and national-level tasking, allowing for rapid processing and distribution of time sensitive information. While deployed Petty Officer Martinez was directly responsible for the initial network setup of the Joint Operations Center (JOC) on board Afloat Staging Base-Interim Ponce (AFSB-I 15). With no prior Integrated Shipboard Network System (ISNS) experience, he engineered the network infrastructure of 29 computers providing continuous NIPR and SIPR connectivity to 33 Joint Service Personnel in support of Fifth Fleet Focused Collection Operations. While under way, he served as embarked communication technician on board the Riverine Command Boat (RCB) for 18 missions in the Arabian Gulf. He was critical in establishing a reliable communications plan and maintaining a constant communications link between the Patrol Officer and higher headquarters. In addition to his duties as Embarked Communications Technician he served as PUMA UAS operator. In this capacity he logged 12 flight hours from the Riverine Command Boat (RCB) utilizing the PUMA UAS to provide real-time ISR in support of mission tasking.

 

Mr. James A. Mayers
Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Command, Control, and Communications (C3), Marine Corps Systems Command
Mr. Mayers is the Lead Satellite Communications Engineer for the Product Manager, Networking and Satellite Communications (NSC), Program Manager.  He has demonstrated a keen ability to execute diverse Marine Corps satellite communications (SATCOM) system requirements while continually supporting the needs of deployed Marine Corps operating forces across the globe. He reviewed new requirements to consolidate the existing Marine Corps super high-frequency wideband SATCOM terminals and served as the lead engineer of the integrated product team charged with evaluating the cost, benefits, and risks associated with SATCOM consolidation. Mr. Mayers worked diligently to develop tactical SATCOM solutions that provided increased interoperability within the MAGTF and with other services and agencies, while reducing the tactical lift footprint, lowering sustainment costs, and meeting or exceeding mission requirements. His efforts to formulate options to dramatically reduce the lift requirements for USMC tactical SATCOM equipment resulted in four courses of action, one of which was adopted and which provides total Marine Corps-wide reductions of 52% in weight and in cubic feet, with a cost-of-ownership savings of $222 million over ten years. As a result, NSC was able to reprioritize portfolio resources to be able to initiate the research and development and procurement investment actions required to implement this strategy in its entirety with no impact to any programs' budgets or schedules. Mr. Mayers also brought attention to exciting new SATCOM technologies that have the potential to revolutionize SATCOM capabilities within the Marine Corps in the future, such as the inflatable SATCOM antenna.

 

CW03 David A. Meissner, II, USN
Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One
Chief Warrant Officer Meissner, Assistant Aircraft Configurations Department Head, is responsible for the management of ·all Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Information, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Mission Systems for 16 EP-3E aircraft and two mobile and one permanent Quick Look ground-based processing and analysis systems. He plays a key role in the development and integration·of aircraft Quick Reaction Capabilities which leverage developmental communications and surveillance technology required to prosecute emerging threats. He has played a vital role in the mission success during more than 7,500 flight hours supporting global reconnaissance operations from five different theaters of operation. His efforts ensured the squadron maintained the ability to rapidly integrate new technologies and pursue high-value targets. In close coordination with Naval Air Systems Command and reconnaissance systems development contractors, he led a team of 20 skilled workers in the design, installation, operational testing, and operator training for ten surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities vital to answering Combatant Commander's critical intelligence requirements worldwide. Chief Warrant Officer Meissner identified three obsolete EP-3E mission systems and developed the technical data packages, flight clearance messages, and installation procedures needed for their upgrades. His exceptional training of more than 35 junior avionics technicians guaranteed the complete integration of these PC-based capability upgrades providing enhanced data link and tactical mission displays at the Squadron level which paved the way for modernization of the EP-3 fleet. In addition, Chief Warrant Officer Meissner working with Naval Warfare Command and National Security Agency to a lingering precision network collection system that had remained inoperative despite nine previous months of troubleshooting. He volunteered for more than 50 days of travel, deployed to various theaters on short-notice leading C4ISR trouble shooting efforts when all other avenues failed. He single-handedly developed a systems testing annex allowing operators and maintainers to simulate aircraft on-board networks, inter-communication systems, and imagery processing systems for troubleshooting and training purposes. His ability to troubleshoot and repair aircraft components locally has already paid significant dividends in the timeliness and cost requirements associated with urgent repairs. Chief Warrant Officer Meissner shines brightest as a mentor. He has permanently changed the attitude of his department by establishing a culture technical expertise.

 

LT Justin R. Porter, USN
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 112
Lieutenant Porter, as the Avionics Division Officer, responsible for VAW-112's Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Information, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems. He also is the Communications Security Material Systems (CMS) Officer for the squadron, overseeing all cryptologic requirements and serving as the unit's expert for all Information Technology and Weapons Systems requirements. Lieutenant Porter led 17 personnel in two avionics work centers. His leadership of the division responsible for the E-2C weapons systems resulted in a 100% operational sortie completion rate of fully mission capable aircraft during deployed combat operations from 2012 to 2013. Lieutenant Porter meticulously managed the CMS program comprised of more than 100 classified line-items across four E-2C Hawkeye 2000 aircraft. He established and enforced local procedures to ensure proper use and handling of all classified material, resulting in zero CMS local element violations, while drastically decreasing workload on aircrew and maintainers. While deployed, he established an automated platform camera recording system, directly contributing to improved pilot training and operational safety by documenting eight months of carrier recoveries and enhancing three Hazard Reports. Lieutenant Porter excelled at the Advanced Mission Commander Course and was upgraded to Instructor Mission Commander within 24 months of his arrival, six-months ahead of his peers. He coordinated and led a Joint Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance overwatch mission in Central Command's area of responsibility and was hand-selected as the only community representative to attend a Joint Command & Control conference in Qatar. Lieutenant Porter's efforts led to a new understanding of E-2C capabilities and to the publication of a daily Command & Control Theater Situation Report. In addition, he developed E-2C tactics integrating internet relay chat, Automatic Identification System, and digital products while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon returning from deployment, Lieutenant Porter used his technical expertise to create the E-2C community's first integrated mission record and playback system, synchronizing the displays of an F/A-18, an E-2C, and the USS Mobile Bay (CG-53’s) combat information center, to debrief aviators and surface warfare officers after air and surface defense exercises.

 

ENS Kiley D. Provenzano, USN
USS Gettysburg (CG-64)
Ensign Provenzano, an Information Warfare Officer leads the Surface Navy's first Visual Information Division (VI). In addition, she performed duties as Signals Intelligence Warfare Officer (SIWO) during the Gettysburg's deployment to the Fifth Fleet’s area of responsibility (AOR). She also serves as Gettysburg's Special Security Officer, Talent Keyhole Officer, Operations Security Officer, CRITIC Action Officer, SCI System Security Manager, Command Security Manager, and Top Secret Control Officer. Ensign Provenzano has made a 1asting and impactful contribution to the advancement of Information Warfare. VI Division has become a critica1 enab1er and tool in the U. S. Fifth Fleet’s AOR. This Division and her work have been 1auded by Commander, Fifth F1eet, on mu1tip1e occasions, for their extraordinary contributions to Information Warfare. The Division conceived, designed and integrated five disparate intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) reporting streams into a single Common Operating Medium (COM) on board the Gettysburg. Ensign Provenzano’s Division took the capability resident in the new Intelligence Carry-on Package (ICOP) and increased its utility and functionality ten-fold! The result is a first-o£-its-kind real-time, streaming video from a cruiser or destroyer. Visual intelligence from this medium has been pushed real-time to Commander, U.S. Fifth Fleet on multiple occasions. ENS Provenzano and her Division have generated 107 operational VI reports - the most among Task Force 50 assets (more than the aircraft carrier). Her products have been singled out by Fifth Fleet and Carrier Strike Group Ten Commanders as the most exceptional VI products seen to date. ENS Provenzano stepped in as Signa1s Warfare Officer (a position norma11y reserved for a seasoned CW03 or CW04) on no notice and catapu1ted the division to new heights. Her recommendations on the dissemination of information from a highly classified collection program were adopted as "fleet standards" within a week of her taking over. While leading her division to Fleet-level recognition, ENS Provenzano has also managed seven of the most critical information related programs on board Gettysburg!

 

CAPT Jeffrey M. Rohman, USMC
13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), I Marine Expeditionary Force
Captain Rohman, as Assistant Communications Officer, has led the planning, systems engineering, systems acquisitions, training, and execution for Pacific Command, Central Command, and Africa Command deployment, three coalition exercises, and five MEU certification exercises. In order to support a variety of missions, MEU communications capabilities have to range from small, highly mobile systems to fully operational joint task force headquarters that could operate at sea or deployed ashore. This task required redesigning of communications systems to make them smaller, faster, and more rapidly deployable. Using the latest technology, Captain Rohman designed systems and networks capable of transmitting tactical data from remote locations to anywhere in the world. Today, many of these innovations are being adopted throughout the Marine Corps. Captain Rohman designed a communications suite around an inflatable satellite communications (SATCOM) antenna. The newly designed system proved to be more capable, lighter, and easier to move. The solution he created is currently supporting units in theater and is being adopted by both the 22nd MEU and Special Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response. In addition, after recent upgrades in Central Command and Africa Command, Captain Rohman coordinated directly to replace outdated terminals with current terminals for all MEUs in the Marine Corps. Captain Rohman also spearheaded an initiative to facilitate the installation of the Department of Defense's standard situational awareness tool on all LSD- and LPD-class ships. Captain Rohman has made a tremendous impact in the command and control field by engineering smaller, more expeditious communications systems that improved capabilities for both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps.

 

Samuel C. Serman
Norfolk Ship Support Activity (NSSA)
Mr. Serman is a senior electronics technician for the Satellite Communications Branch within the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Information (C4I) Systems Division. He provides Distance Support, Onsite Technical Assistance, Onsite System Assessments and "over the shoulder" training to Fleet Assets, within the NSSA’s area of responsibility (AOR). Mr. Serman developed a new "streamlined" process for testing the full functionality of the Satellite Communication Sets (AN/WSC - 6 variants) during technical assist visits, Total System Readiness Assessments (TSRA) and pier side refurbishment efforts. This process includes the use of satellites which provide a loop-back path for the signal under test. This loop-back path allows a technician to send and receive data, testing both transmit and receive circuits, as well as the antenna functions for tracking and movement . Previously, the set -up process for obtaining satellite access was cumbersome and fraught with pitfalls. Many times, NSSA was unable to accomplish its tasking because it could not access satellites. Without this loop-back testing and connection to a satellite, there is no clear way to verify complete system operability. Previously, a ship had to request access 30 days in advance via a Satellite Access Request (SAR) which defines the period of time the access is required. In response, a Satellite Access Authorization (SAA) was returned to the requesting activity defining the parameters, time frame and satellite the ship can interface. Due to ships schedules, world events, personnel availability, etc., assessment event dates are fluid and change constantly unlike the SAAs. Since technical assist visits are usually unscheduled events, satellite access is in most cases not available or if the TSRA schedule slips by a few days, and fails to meet the SAA timeframe. The resolution was to re-work the SAR process for NSSA and all the Regional Maintenance Centers (RMCs) worldwide. The new process provides a clear interface between the satellite controllers and the local RMC accomplishing the test, allowing access to a test channel for a specific satellite. This new process allows almost immediate access to a satellite test channel providing the time to troubleshoot this system faster and more efficiently. This process has been in use now for almost 12 months and has proven itself for nine technical assist visits and multiple TSRAs.

 

MAJ Jason R. Shockey, USMC
12th Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force
Major Shockey leads, trains, and mentors the Communications Platoon to facilitate planning, installing, operating, and maintaining regimental command and control systems. As the Communications Officer, he has made many specific demonstrable contributions to enhance command, control, communications, and computer capability.  For example, his efforts have brought about marked improvement in all forms of communications, particularly data. He created a service desk to ensure an efficient transition to the next generation network, and updated regimental policy to reflect current U.S. government agency, academia, Department of Defense, U.S. Cyber Command, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps cyber policy, which created staff efficiencies. Demonstrating his commitment to advancing the understanding of today’s cyber environment and complex infrastructure, Major Shockey has both educated the regiment (through monthly newsletters and classified briefs, which increased critical information asset protection, increased awareness, created efficiency, and allowed the staff to more thoroughly understand today's cyber threat environment and complex interdependent command and control infrastructure), and also educated the local community (in information and online security through public speaking engagements during off-duty hours). He has assisted with investigations by taking action to detect and respond, report, isolate and contain, acquire, and preserve potential digital evidence. Major Shockey has also created an information technology business continuity/disaster recovery plan to ensure that essential, prioritized business functions can continue with minimal interruption. His specific contributions prove his expertise and have advanced the regiment to a more secure, combat ready state.

 

LT Charles E. Steele, II, USN
Patrol Squadron Five
Lieutenant Steele, the Tactics Officer, is responsible for providing training and integration of the P-8A Poseidon's Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4I) systems across Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Eleven. He also oversees the Intelligence Department which is responsible for all intelligence tasking operations requirements. While attached to the P-8A Fleet Integration Team, he single-handedly brought to light the incompatibility of the instant messaging program designed for the P-8A and the program used across the Departments of the Navy and Defense. His insight led to a critical change in requirements which will now enable the P-8A to meet Initial Operational Capability and deploy with a compatible instant messaging program. He was significantly responsible in the implementation and training of International Maritime Satellite (INMARSAT) capabilities on the P-8A. His forward thinking and perseverance resulted in the authorization of critical INMARSAT funding in order to properly train aircrew prior to deployment. He was hand-selected by the Maritime and Patrol Reconnaissance Weapons School to develop Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures on INMARSAT utilization. This included his ingenious method to upload images to a website while airborne. This streamlined the process of data forwarding and allowed for multiple users to have immediate access to critical intelligence data. He was also responsible for the integration of the Expendable Mobile ASN Training Target (EMATT) Portable Target Programmer. This device allows for manipulation of the pre-programmed profiles embedded in the EMATT which enabled users to expeditiously adapt it to mimic current targets. He was also responsible for increasing the efficiency and usage of the EMATT. Due to time constraints, a normal flight consists of approximately three hours on a single EMATT. Realizing this was only approximately 35% of the EMATT's capacity, he coordinated joint exercises across P-SA, P- 3C, and MH - 60R squadrons to use the EMATT to its full potential. A staunch proponent of professional development and initiative, LT Steele dedicated his time to develop the P-8A's first Naval Aviation Technical Information Product publication. This publication contains the technical information of all of the C4 I equipment on the P-SA. He was also responsible for single-handedly developing the P-8A Aircrew Pocket Checklist. During the development, he quickly recognized the inefficiencies of the current process and recommended a change to the Deputy of Airworthiness. This resulted in a significant reduction in content errors and reduced product delivery by six months.

 

LCDR Yolanda M. Tripp, USN
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic (NCTAMSLANT)
Lieutenant Commander Tripp is the Joint Fleet Telecommunications Operations Center (JFTOC) Director, JFTOC Watch Officer, and Operations Department Training Officer. She is responsible for all communications service for Commanders in the Fleet Forces, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Fleet areas of responsibility (AORs). Commander Tripp directs and supports every major Internet Protocol (IP) and Radio Frequency (RF) shift within NCTAMSLANT AOR. Her coordination with Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NAVCOMTELSTA) Naples and NAVCOMTELSTA Bahrain ensure seamless IP and RF shifts among Fleet AORs for all deploying and returning naval units, enabling them to maintain uninterrupted positive command and control (C2) throughout their deployments. She is a recognized expert throughout the Fleet in communications planning and support for U.S. Navy, Joint, and Coalition operating forces. She has played a pivotal role in NCTAMSLANT training program. Commander Tripp expertly led five watch teams of more than 300 personnel, managed communications at the most complex communications facility in the Navy, and delivered vital command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence services to surface, subsurface, air, and ground forces in support of U.S. Naval, Joint, and Coalition operating forces worldwide. During her tenure as JFTOC Watch Officer, she led a team of 60 sailors and civilians in providing real-time management of communications within the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Middle East AORs. She expertly performed critical communications shifts for 10 Carrier and Expeditionary Strike Groups ensuring uninterrupted C2 for operational forces, balancing limited resources with rapidly changing operational requirements. She superbly managed all technical and military training for 380 personnel in the Operations Department. Recognizing training deficiencies, she was instrumental in developing and implementing a seven-week Training Academy for command personnel. Using 21 internal subject matter experts, she led the development of 57 podium lectures tailored in three functional areas. The program achieved unprecedented results. Sailors who completed the Academy experienced a 50% reduction in watch station qualification time and were better prepared for mission success. One-hundred seven personnel qualified in their positions and 74 Sailors were promoted after completing the training. Her effort is being shared to improve Navy schoolhouses and saved the Department of Defense $200,000 in contracting costs to develop similar training. Under her leadership, the Operations Department had 85% retention, 25 Basic and Intermediate Qualified Information Professional Officers, 176 Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist qualifications, and 166 Information Assurance certifications leading to 110 Navy Enlisted Classification designations enabling her Sailors to receive significant re-enlistment bonuses.

 

LCDR Justin A. Ward, USN
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 117
Lieutenant Commander Ward, as the Training Officer, is responsible for unit combat readiness and proficiency, technical and tactical proficiency and ensuring aircrew progression along the Fleet Air Combat Training Continuum. The E-2C Hawkeye 2000 has supported the Fifth Fleet with Airborne Early Warning and Command and Control for multiple deployments. As the theater operations have matured, the increase in requirements of airborne command and control has driven tasked assets to maximize. The U.S. Air Force Central Command Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) in Southwest Asia conducts continuous intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions for theater contingency operations. The CAOC is heavily reliant on U.S. Air Force and shore-based Navy airborne ISR assets. In addition to the theater maturing, the E-2C Hawkeye 2000 has added capability to include an Integrated Broadcast System (IBS) receiver, Automatic Identification System receiver, a Combined Emitter Database electronic intelligence search engine and an Iridium based Internet Relay Chat system. Commander Ward was instrumental in developing and training aircrew on mission systems ensuring 100% maximization. Previous use of new systems was nonexistent across the squadron because of lack of experience and a complex interface. Commander Ward led the efforts to understand and simplify the use of these systems. His efforts provided a significant increase in the find-fix capability of the Hawkeye 2000. Operationally the CAOC was less familiar with the E-2C Hawkeye 2000 and its Electronic Support Measures (ESM) capabilities, including the IBS receiver to collect and track commercial and military electronic emissions, than a legacy E- 2C. Commander Ward helped to integrate the Hawkeye 2000 into the CAOC ISR Division. His efforts led the CAOC to add the Hawkeye to the Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition (RSTA) Schedule. This new tasking helped to build the pattern of life for the Air Component Commander during persistent flights conducted by the Hawkeye. (This was in addition to the maritime surveillance support already provided to the Maritime Component Commander.) Commander Ward also educated the Hawkeye community on the method to gain tasking via the RSTA providing lessons learned to the Hawkeye Weapons School and Type Wing Commander. Having a carrier asset with access to off-board sensor information and local corroborating information speeds the kill chain. Using off board IBS information with correlating local detections greatly increases the number of available mission sets for the Hawkeye 2000. In addition, the access to IBS information provides enhanced situational awareness to the Hawkeye's primary repertoire of airborne command and control, airborne early warning, maritime surveillance, and electronic support. Never before has the Hawkeye~ 2000 been capable of being its own ISR and Command and Control asset. The marriage of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance with trained airborne command and control war fighters is critical to the success of the Navy and its combat capabilities.

 

Susan E. Whitley
Naval Air Systems Command
Ms. Whitley is the Military Flight Operations Quality Assurance (MFOQA) Integrated Product Team Lead (IPTL) in the Air Combat Electronics Program Office (PMA209). The MFOQA program is a software application that provides data analysis and visualization of flight data that was initiated in 2005 by the Secretary of Defense in order to reduce aircraft mishaps. MFOQA provides a knowledge management process designed to identify potential human error and other aircraft causal factors before they lead to mishaps. Ms. Whitley is responsible for overall design, development and deployment of the Navy MFOQA program. Ms. Whitley resurrected a program that was behind schedule, over cost, and headed for termination. The Milestone Decision Authority (MDA) described her Herculean efforts as "the most impressive program turnaround that I have seen in my career." Determining that external requirements growth was imposing unacceptable life-cycle cost growth, Ms. Whitley led a 2011 re-baselining effort that created a foundation for success. Ms. Whitley is currently guiding MFOQA to an on cost, on schedule Milestone C decision followed by an Initial Operational Capability. Echoing the MDA’s comments, the Test Readiness Review (TRR) Panel members said that the MFOQA TRR was one of the best they had seen. As a result of her efforts, the MFOQA program is now positioned for true success and the Navy will save millions of dollars that would have been lost if the program had been cancelled. One of her many tasks during the re-baselining was socializing and gaining buy-in for this new methodology with the many MFOQA stakeholders. She also championed the introduction of the MFOQA Engineering Tool (MET), a prototype of the program of record, and successfully campaigned for its fielding at VAQ-129 to support the EA-18G Growler. The MET has subsequently been expanded to four additional fleet squadrons. The result has been acceleration and early development of the next phase of the program which will provide the much needed capabilities at an earlier date for each new type of aircraft. Ms. Whitley masterfully negotiated a contract award that secured government purpose rights to software that was $7.1 million below the originally proposed price and identified other substantial life-cycle cost reductions. One example of this was the architecting of a common data reader that eliminates the need for proprietary readers for each aircraft type, model, series and reduces life-cycle costs by an estimated $85 million.

 

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