Weather Forecaster Wins Bronze Star with SEALs

Story Number: NNS080612-15Release Date: 6/12/2008 3:11:00 PM
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By George Lammons, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command Public Affairs

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. (NNS) -- A Sailor from Naval Oceanography Special Warfare Center Detachment (NOSWD) was awarded the Bronze Star May 16, for his actions during a deployment with an East Coast-based Navy SEAL team.

Senior Chief Aerographer's Mate (AW/SW) Justin Fisk has spent his career as a weather forecaster, and he is the senior enlisted with the NOSWD Norfolk, a subordinate of the Naval Oceanography Special Warfare Center, San Diego.

As his detachment's senior enlisted, Fisk usually doesn't deploy.

"I went over because we didn't have enough forecasters, and I went over as a forecaster," said Fisk.

Fisk's command, co-located with Naval Special Warfare Group 2, works with and deploys with SEAL teams to provide on-scene weather and ocean forecasts to assist SEAL operators with mission planning and execution.

When he got to Iraq, he managed to do more than forecasting.

"The bottom line was, I helped increase the Naval Special Warfare use of ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) platforms overseas," Fisk said.

Lt. Cmdr. Glen Cesari, Fisk's officer in charge, explained that Fisk managed all of the unmanned aerial vehicle operations.

"That's a pretty difficult task, especially where he was," Cesari said.

Fisk's citation reads: "He managed multiple intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms covering more than 100 operations, 400 hours of vital full motion video to troops on the ground as well as critical target development coverage."

The award was presented by Rear Adm. David Titley, commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, but it was awarded by Rear Adm. J.D. Kernan, commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command.

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