FORT MEADE, Md. (NNS) -- Three U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet members were selected as recipients of the Copernicus award, which is presented annually to Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and civilians who excel in command, control, communications and computers (C4I) and information technology jobs, Dec. 28.
The award is co-sponsored by Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International and the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI).
The 10th Fleet winners are Lt. Ryan N. Haag, Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Georgia; Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 1st Class (IDW/NAC) Matthew James Strauss, NIOC Whidbey Island; and Lt. Cmdr. Gilbert A. Yarbrough, U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Bahrain.
The Copernicus award was established in 1997, named for the Copernicus Architecture that was used as the blueprint for the future C4I structure of the Navy, according to AFCEA.
You can view the 10th Fleet and all 2013 Copernicus Award winners' citations (for actions performed during FY 12) at AFCEA's award website: http://www.afcea.org/awards/copernicusaward.htm.
Fleet Cyber Command is an echelon 2 command reporting to the Chief of Naval Operations for administrative and service related matters. It serves as the (1) Navy Component Command to U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Cyber Command, providing operational employment of the Navy's cyber, network operations, information operations, cryptologic, and space forces and (2) Navy's Service Cryptologic Component commander to the National Security Agency/Central Security Service.
U.S. 10th Fleet is the operational arm of Fleet Cyber Command and executes its mission set through the same maritime warfighting organizations and mechanisms that the Navy uses in other warfighting domains. That is, 10th Fleet is a three-star numbered fleet that provides operational oversight and uses its Maritime Operations Center to execute command and control over its assigned forces and subordinate Task Forces.
The backbone of this cyber capability is a motivated work force of uniformed and civilian teammates, such as those receiving the 2013 Copernicus award, who are the foundation of the Navy's efforts in the cyber domain.
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