Congratulations to Commander Jeffery L. Burke for being select as the 2019 Captain Joseph Rochefort Information Warfare Officer Distinguished Leadership Award winner!

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RMKS/1.  Captain Joseph John Rochefort was a major figure in the U.S.
Navy’s development of cryptologic and intelligence capabilities from
1925 to 1947.  He headed the U.S. Navy’s fledgling cryptanalytic
organization in the 1920’s and provided singularly superb cryptologic
support to the U.S. fleet during World War II, leading to victory in
the Pacific War.  At the end of his career (1942-1946), CAPT
Rochefort successfully headed the Pacific Strategic Intelligence Group
in Washington.  In 1986, he posthumously received the Presidential
Medal of Freedom for his contribution during the Battle of Midway.

2.  Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. TENTH Fleet is
pleased to announce Commander Jeffery L. Burke, USN, assigned to Navy
Information Operations Command Hawaii, as this year’s winner of the
Captain Joseph J. Rochefort Information Warfare (IW) Officer
Distinguished Leadership Award.  Peer nominated by CDR Christopher
Eng, Commander Burke is recognized for the exemplary support he
provides to the personnel he leads, both Sailors and Joint personnel,
exemplifying Captain Rochefort’s counsel that “…we could accomplish
almost anything if no one cares who got the credit.”  During the
course of his 28-year career, first as an enlisted Sailor and then
following his commissioning, Commander Burke has always been on the
cutting-edge of changes in the community.  Early in his career while
stationed at Navy Information Warfare Activity, he was directly
responsible for the first Computer Network Operations wireless
capability, and then was nominated for the prestigious COPERNICUS
Award as young Division Officer onboard USS CHUNG-HOON (DDG 93).
Later, he drove the deployment of next-generation collection
capabilities into the U.S. SEVENTH Fleet area, before he pioneered
new tactical data pathways from strike group units to SUPPLOT to
prevent primary outages from affecting indications and warning
support to Warfare Commanders.  Currently, he directs the efforts of
more than 500 Joint military and civilian personnel while executing
offensive cyber operations, while concurrently leading 330 Sailors
and civilians supporting defensive cyber operations.  Commander
Burke’s record of accomplishments throughout his career epitomizes
the highest qualities of an information warfare officer.  Presentation
of the award will be accomplished at the U.S. Naval Cryptologic
Veterans Association Annual Convention, which will be held in
Portland, Maine on 8 June 2019.

3.  I would also like to acknowledge the other candidates this year
for their significant leadership contributions to the IW mission.

LT John T. Kalafatis, Navy Information Operations Command Pensacola
LT Michael R. Lidestri, Commander, U.S. SEVENTH Fleet
LT Michele R. Sullivan, Navy Information Operations Command Whidbey
Island

4. Special thanks to the officers who provided peer nominations for
this year’s consideration.

5.  Congratulations and well done!  VADM T. J. White, USN,
Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. TENTH Fleet.//
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