Vinson Sailor Earns Prestigious Copernicus Award

Story Number: NNS050119-02Release Date: 1/19/2005 10:13:00 AM
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By Journalist 3rd Class Jason McCammack, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

USS CARL VINSON (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson's (CVN 70) Information Systems Technician 2nd Class James Brown, a system administrator for Combat Systems' Automated Information Systems division, earned the distinguished Copernicus Award for contributions in the field of Information Systems Warfare and Command, Control and Communications, the Navy announced in December.

Brown was one of 26 winners of this year's award, named after Nicholas Copernicus, the 16th Century Polish astronomer who correctly challenged the popular view at the time that Earth was at the center of the universe. The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the U.S. Naval Institute sponsor the award.

"It's pretty cool," said Brown. "It's a big award, and it shows that people appreciate what I do."

According to a naval message, the winners are critical in enabling a revolution in military affairs based on communications and information technologies.

Leading Chief Petty Officer Senior Chief Information Systems Technician (SW/AW) M.J. Phillips nominated Brown for the award because of his unsurpassed devotion to duty and his ability to tackle even the most challenging assignments.

"His technical ability and work ethic are remarkable," said Phillips. "He's never had a job he couldn't finish. If Brown starts a job, you can bet your paycheck he'll finish it."

Brown downplayed all the accolades.

"I enjoy being an IT (Information Systems Technician)," said Brown. "I've always had an interest in computers and a knack for fixing things. Honestly, I'm just doing my big deal."

The awardees and their spouses have been invited to attend the Copernicus Awards Dinner Feb. 1 at the San Diego Convention Center.

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