NIOC Georgia Direct Support Element Provides Critical Expertise

Story Number: NNS130204-13Release Date: 2/4/2013 3:17:00 PM
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By Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Seaman Robert A. Hartland

FORT GORDON, Ga. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to the Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Georgia direct support element serve a Navy faced with emerging global threats and are always readily available to lend their technical cryptologic expertise.

The direct support element at NIOC Georgia is a nimble force that supports some of the most hostile areas in the world. "Our Sailors in themselves are weapons systems, and are the very best in their field, true information warriors," said Cmdr. James H. Henderson-Coffey, NIOC Georgia operations officer.

Specially trained personnel within this direct support element deploy in teams to support tactical commanders abroad. These Sailors provide a highly specialized and technical understanding of foreign threats and are able to integrate their extensive knowledge into forward operations and planning. As information operations specialists, direct support operators predominantly serve aboard Navy ships, submarines, and in support of aircraft squadrons. When deployed, these teams primarily provide indications and warning to support warfare commanders' decisions and increase battle space awareness.

The surface shop, led by Lt. Charles M. Brawner and Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collections) Nakia T. Davis, provide cryptologic expertise to surface platforms and reach-back stations annually in support of 2nd, 5th, 6th, and 7th fleet operations. These Sailors provide operational technical skills that ensure the fleet is 100 percent mission-ready.

By providing an unrestricted perspective of the foreign threat, Sailors aid in the advancement of effective operations. Through the use of global maritime domain awareness and personnel augmentation, direct support has become a double-edged sword.

As a nation, our policies demand the capability to operate on or below the world's waterways. In addition, our flexible military force requires highly specialized intelligence personnel to augment the seaborne assets within the Navy's fleet. Both of these capabilities are sustained in part by utilizing specially trained personnel such as those found within direct support elements located at Navy Information Operations Command Georgia.

As emerging global threats continue to change, so has the Navy. With the increased flexibility and expertise of direct support elements, the Navy has adopted an on-call structure that constantly adapts to the needs of the nation.

NIOC Georgia is a subordinate command of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and comprises Task Force 1050 of the U.S. 10th Fleet. Based at Fort Gordon, its mission is to provide Information Warfare and Cryptologic expertise and personnel to Fleet Air, Surface, Submarine and Special Warfare Combatants and to provide reach-back and extended staff support to U.S. Central Command and U.S. European Command Joint Forces Maritime Component Commanders. NIOC Georgia supports the global war on terrorism, operating in a challenging Naval, multi-service, and multinational environment.

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