PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) announced its 2018 Civilians of the Year (COY), March 14.
CIWT selected Richard Berger, training director for Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Monterey as supervisor COY; Alfred Zemke, information technology (IT) specialist for IWTC San Diego as non-supervisor COY; and Mario Vulcano, course manager and primary instructor for the Cryptologic Warfare Officer Basic Course (CWOBC) at IWTC Corry Station as Civilian Instructor of the Year.
“Our CIWT domain is comprised of incredibly talented and professional people, and I’m grateful how our Navy civilians play a vital role in the execution of our mission and in our warfighting effectiveness for the Navy the nation needs," said CIWT's Executive Director Jim Hagy. "I greatly appreciate their dedication and service to not only this command, but this great nation."
Throughout 2018, Berger managed every aspect of foreign language training for 931 officer and enlisted students across 17 Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) programs. His efforts led to IWTC Monterey’s first-place graduate proficiency ranking among the four military services at DLIFLC. In addition to his primary duties, Berger oversaw various programs designed to measure student academic performance, Navy Military Training, physical readiness and teamwork. He significantly improved the command’s peer-to-peer mentoring program, directly leading to the command’s improved academic performance in 2018.
"It's always nice to have your efforts formally recognized, but it will never be the reason I come to work every day. For me it's having a sense of purpose and the satisfaction of being part of a great team,” said Berger. “It was my privilege to serve in the Navy, and now as a Department of the Navy civilian, with quality people who were fun to be around.”
As an IT specialist for IWTC San Diego, Zemke served as the lead technician for the preparation and installation of the Distributed Common Ground System-Navy (DCGS-N) Block II system, a critical system upgrade for the schoolhouse. He contributed more than 100 hours towards the successful upgrades to the command’s other training support networks, including the Joint Worldwide Intelligence System and Navy Training Network. His work allowed students to receive training on platforms with the capabilities matching those systems they would work with in the fleet. He created 36 standard operating procedures that allowed for greater continuity of knowledge and decreased downtime during incidents and outages.
“I appreciate and I am honored to receive this recognition,” said Zemke. “I am truly blessed to be part of the extremely talented team of professionals at IWTC San Diego.”
Vulcano provided 1,461 hours of technical training to six classes throughout 2018. His efforts enabled new accession cryptologic warfare officers to fully grasp the concepts needed for success in follow-on assignments worldwide. As a supervisor for the course, he personally contacted more than 350 former CWOBC trainees to identify training gaps in the current curriculum and identify additional training requirements. Vulcano incorporates his personal initiative called “Invest in Tomorrow’s Leaders Today” into the CWOBC curriculum. He coordinated more than 70 virtual teleconferences and visits from senior information warfare leaders to explain real-world examples of signals intelligence and cyber operations.
"I am honored and humbled to receive this award,” said Vulcano. “Throughout the years instructing, I have come to learn that delivering quality instruction is a team event. Here at Corry Station, we leverage our talents, classrooms and labs to provide the best possible training our service members."
Capt. Nick Andrews, CIWT’s commanding officer, offered his thanks and congratulations to the Civilians of the Year, sharing, “The CIWT team is successful because each of our domain members is committed to our job of preparing Sailors to fight and win in the arena of information warfare. I'm extremely proud of the dedicated hard work and professionalism demonstrated not only by our Civilians of the Year, but by all CIWT domain personnel.”
With four schoolhouse commands, two detachments, and training sites throughout the United States and Japan, CIWT is recognized as Naval Education and Training Command’s top learning center for the past three years. Training over 21,000 students every year, CIWT delivers trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services. CIWT also offers more than 200 courses for cryptologic technicians, intelligence specialists, information systems technicians, electronics technicians, and officers in the information warfare community.
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