Carrier Strike Group 10 Officers Nominated for Copernicus Award

Story Number: NNS050107-11Release Date: 1/7/2005 12:35:00 PM
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By Journalist 3rd Class (SW) Kat Smith, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Two officers of Carrier Strike Group 10 embarked aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) were nominated for the Copernicus Award Nov. 22.

Both Cmdr. John Hearne, knowledge manager, and Lt. Cmdr. James Mills, flag communications officer, earned nomination for the contributions to Navy information stystems.

The Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association (AFCEA) and the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) are sponsors of the Copernicus Award, a prestigious award in the information systems community.

The award was established for those Sailors and Marines who demonstrate exceptional initiative and dedication with in the information systems rate. This award not only commemorates the individual, but their contribution to C4I (command, control, communication, computers and intelligence), information systems and information warfare.

Individual Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen have played critical roles in breaking new ground for communications and information technologies in the military, making achievements through common principles and the actions and determination of individuals, military and civilian, junior and senior.

"Before our staff moved on board, we used the Navy Marine Corps Internet (NMCI) network. Lt. Cmdr. Mills integrated that network into a ship environment. This is a major accomplishment because it's the first time this has ever been done," said Hearne. "He also took the lead on computer network defense. We continuously run drills to ensure our network is safe from attack," added Hearne.

According to Mills, Hearne has been working with Collaboration at Sea II, a program that helps all the ships talk to each other. "He has improved our ability to talk to other navies with this program," said Mills. "This effort not only helps HST work with our coalition, but also makes a major mark in Navy technology."

To be nominated for this award, Sailors and Marines do not need to make technical contributions, but their contributions should come from some other part of the information system community. Each of their contributions demonstrates exceptional initiative, leadership and insight within their area of expertise.

All Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel, military and government civil service personnel, are eligible for nomination. Up to 30 awardees are selected each year. Any Marine, Navy or Coast Guard commands that wish to nominate a member of their staff are only allowed to submit two nominations.

"It was a pleasant surprise to hear we were nominated for the award. I don't believe anyone from an afloat command has been nominated before," said Mills. "In our community this is a very prestigious award."

"It's good to see our effort afloat is being recognized," said Hearne.

"It's recognizing something that is going to benefit the Navy as a whole, not just this command," said Mills.

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