FORT GORDON, Ga. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert visited Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Georgia May 19, and held an all-hands call to discuss the Navy's role in signals intelligence, information operations and cyber support.
In a full auditorium of NIOC members Greenert highlighted the importance of intelligence in today's world and the emergence of a new warfare domain. He expressed his high regard for the skills and abilities of NIOC Georgia Sailors and remarked on the highly adaptable nature of NIOC Georgia's team.
Further complimenting the intelligence and cyber roles of NIOC members Greenert added, "Cyber is growing fast and it will continue to grow. The demand of the world and the threats out there will have everyone turning to cyber."
Greenert also discussed the Secretary of the Navy's recent U.S. Naval Academy speech regarding new personnel initiatives that will modernize the fleet today, and in the coming years. Fitness, advancement, and roles for women were among topics Sailors desired to follow up on during the question and answer period.
Additionally, during the all-hands call, Greenert took the time to pin 14 newly qualified active duty and reserve information dominance warfare specialists and officers. Directly following the pinning, the CNO re-enlisted Petty Officers 2nd Class Jerrell McQuay and Gloria Escalante.
Surface Operations Officer LT. Nick Goddard said afterward, "This visit truly is a great honor. It's not every day you get to showcase the collective talents of our IDC Sailors to the Navy's top officer!"
NIOC Georgia was recently aligned under the newly created type command Navy Information Dominance Forces and is a subordinate of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command. NIOC Georgia is based on Ft. Gordon and comprises Task Force 1050 of the U.S. 10th Fleet. Its mission is to conduct SIGINT, cyber, and information operations for fleet, joint and national commanders that enhance the warfighting effectiveness of our Navy and the nation.
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