PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- The U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) director for intelligence presented the first group of Sailors from Navy Region Hawaii with the new information dominance warfare insignia aboard the USS Missouri Memorial in Pearl Harbor Dec. 15.
Rear Adm. Elizabeth L. Train, PACOM's director for intelligence, presented the insignia to 176 Sailors, both officer and enlisted, who completed a rigorous personal qualification program in information intensive fields.
"The ceremony today is a milestone event. It's a significant restructuring of the Navy today," said Train. "This is a tremendous time and opportunity for all of us, all of you, to develop the next generation of leaders."
The warfare pin identifies professionals who possess extensive skills to develop and deliver dominant information capabilities in support of U.S. Navy, joint and nation warfighting requirements.
"This pin was created as a concept, whose time has come, that 21st century warfare is going to involve a great deal of how information is managed, processed and transmitted," said Lt. Cmdr. Jon O'Connor, assigned to PACOM Intelligence Center. "We've developed this new cadre of warfighters that can use leverage [and] information on the battlefield."
Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Ashley Castleberry, assigned to Navy Information Operations Command Hawaii, expressed what she learned after qualifying for her pin.
"I think the pin is important because by doing it I got to see a lot of things that I didn't know we even did. It just opens your eyes to how much impact we actually have on what happens in the Navy," said Castleberry.
Those who qualify to obtain a pin include information warfare officers, naval intelligence officers, meteorological and oceanography officers, information professional officers, space cadre officers and any enlisted rate that is assigned to an information dominance command.
The Information Dominance Corps consist of more than 44,000 active and Reserve officer, enlisted and civilian personnel Navywide.
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