CNO Visits U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, Holds All Hands Call

Story Number: NNS131217-27Release Date: 12/17/2013 8:44:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) David R. Finley Jr.

FORT MEADE, Md. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert visited U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/ U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) and held an all-hands call with Sailors stationed at Fort George G. Meade, Md., Dec. 17.

The purpose of the visit was to recognize FCC/C10F warfighters overall and in particular their hard work related to recent network defensive measures being implemented to improve network security.

"Your efforts, combined with joint and interagency partners, have been very important to the Navy," said Greenert. "We could not get the job done without your help."

The CNO's visit highlights the vital importance of dynamic network defense as well as network and cyber security at the individual user level within the new cyber norm in which the Navy operates.

"The Navy is about seapower and presence is our mandate," said Greenert. Cyber network warfighters here and around the globe are essential in projecting our power and defending our country, the admiral added.

During the all-hands call, Greenert also reenlisted three Sailors, pinned seven newly qualified Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialists, and frocked six Sailors assigned to FCC/C10F.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to be reenlisted by the highest ranking Adm. in the Navy," said Information Systems Technician 2nd Class (IDW/SW) Phillip Swartzlander. "To see him up close and shake his hand will be a memorable moment."

In all, the awards ceremony recognized the accomplishments of 26 Sailors and civilians from FCC/C10F, U.S. Cyber Command, Defense Information Systems Agency, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, and the National Security Agency.

CNO went on to answer questions from the Sailors and civilians in the audience on a wide range of topics, from the budget to the length of future deployments.

Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander, FCC/C10F, spoke with the FCC/C10F team after CNO.

"This visit serves as a reflection of your hard work," said Rogers. "I think our organization is unique...with the structure, authority and the level of expertise across the operational and defensive side to bring it all together as you have [to defend Navy networks]."

"For me, the challenging and rewarding thing about Fleet Cyber Command/Tenth Fleet has always been the fact we are creating the future of our Navy and the mission set," said Rogers. "It is truly exciting and I feel we are doing something that truly matters."

Fleet Cyber Command (FCC) 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. FCC is an echelon 2 command reporting to the CNO for administrative and service matters.

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.

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Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert delivers remarks during an all-hands call at U.S. Fleet Cyber Command-U.S. 10th Fleet.
131217-N-ZI511-763 FORT MEADE, Md. (Dec. 17, 2013) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert delivers remarks during an all-hands call at U.S. Fleet Cyber Command-U.S. 10th Fleet. Greenert visited the command to recognize the command's work in recent network defensive measures to improve network security. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Julianne Metzger/Released)
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