Congratulations to the following 2019 On-The-Roof Gang (OTRG) winners:
CTTCS(IW/SWCC/EXW/SG/SW/AW/PJ) John P. Mendoza, USN
MSgt Kenneth R. Phillips Jr., USMC
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RMKS/1. Between the years 1921 and 1927, U.S. Navy and Marine Corps
personnel taught themselves to break the Imperial Japanese code and
passed these skills informally to many of their contemporaries. The
value of the information extracted was recognized under the auspices
of OP20G, the former Office of the Director of Naval Communications.
Formal training was subsequently developed and implemented in 1928
and took place, until 1941, in a specially constructed blockhouse on
the roof of the old main Navy building in Washington, D.C. – hence
the name “On-the-Roof” Gang (OTRG). Since 1983, the OTRG award has
recognized cryptologists who exemplify leadership, initiative,
resourcefulness and dedication, and personify the highest traditions
established for cryptologic excellence.
2. Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command is pleased to announce the
winners of the 2018 OTRG award. Presentation of the awards will be
accomplished at the U.S. Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association
Annual Convention, which will be held in Portland, Maine on 8 June 2019.
a. The U.S. Navy OTRG winner is CTTCS(IW/SWCC/EXW/SG/SW/AW/PJ)
John P. Mendoza, USN, currently assigned as an instructor at
Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station. Senior Chief
Mendoza’s efforts during his career have clearly demonstrated
initiative, resourcefulness, and dedication to duty all while
building upon the strong foundation of Naval Cryptology. He has
amassed an impressive and diverse record during his 24-year career,
earning seven warfare qualifications, deployed on 11 surface and
subsurface combatants, deployed with multiple Special Operations
units, and earned his Master Training Specialist qualification.
b. The U.S. Marine Corps OTRG winner is MSgt Kenneth R.
Phillips Jr., USMC, currently assigned as the Senior Enlisted
Marine, Company D, Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion, Fort
Gordon, Georgia. Throughout his career, Master Sergeant Phillips
has expertly leveraged his diverse experience and proven technical
acumen to the benefit of many Marines and other service members in
his charge. He has served with distinction in assignments ranging
from deployments as a part of a Joint force in support of strategic
missions, serving at National Security Agency field sites, training
Marine Expeditionary Units, to instructing aspiring Signals
Intelligence Marines. He has excelled in every opportunity,
displaying unparalleled technical expertise, and he has been sought
out by key leaders and decision makers for his sage advice for
more than 17 years of service.
3. The competition was particularly keen for this year’s nominees
and congratulations also go to the following nominees:
CTNCM(IW/SW/AW) Michael E. Tonglet JR., Navy Information Operations
CTRCS(IW/EXW/SW/AW) Justin R. Anger, Navy Information Operations
CTRCS(IW/AW/SW/EXW) Kevin L. Crocker, USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT
CTRCS(IW/SW/AW) Dustin R. Witt, Navy Information Operations Command
CTRC(IW/SW) Jamey L. Stewart, Navy Information Operations Command
MGySgt Eric R. Baquol, Company B, Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion
MSgt Jessica M. Brenes, Headquarters Company, Marine Cryptologic
These outstanding information warriors and cryptologists exemplify
leadership, initiative, resourcefulness and dedication, and
personify the highest traditions established for cryptologic
excellence by the original OTRG.
Congratulations and well done! VADM T. J. White, USN,
Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. TENTH Fleet.//