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SUBJ/CORRECTION/2020 CAPTAIN JOSEPH ROCHEFORT INFORMATION WARFARE OFFICER DISTINGUISHED LEADERSHIP AWARD//
AMPN/ REF A IS REQUEST FOR NOMINATIONS//
POC/WELCH, CHRISTOPHER C./CIV/FLTCYBERCOM/
GENTEXT/PASS TO FLEET CRYPTOLOGIC SUPPORT UNITS/SSES//
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.
- Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. TENTH Fleet is pleased to announce Commander Brian L. Schulz, USN, assigned as Commanding Officer, U.S. Navy Information Operations Command Yokosuka, as this year’s winner of the Captain Joseph J. Rochefort Information Warfare (IW) Officer Distinguished Leadership Award. Peer nominated by LCDR Eren Cataloglu, Commander Schulz is recognized for the exemplary support he provides to the personnel he leads, exemplifying Captain Rochefort’s counsel that “…we could accomplish almost anything if no one cares who got the credit.” During the course of his 18-year career, Commander Schulz has always been on the cutting-edge of changes in the community. Early in his career while stationed at Navy Security Group Activity Kunia, he was the only Ensign to qualify as a Senior Operations Officer and led 320 joint-service personnel, and then qualified as a subsurface Direct Support Officer. He continued to support the fleet as a Communications
Evaluator at Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Misawa, qualifying in 60 percent of the allotted time and accruing more than 900 flight hours, including over 300 combat flight hours. Follow-on assignments continued to show his commitment to leadership and excellence while being assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command with two deployments to Afghanistan as an Officer-in-Charge, the Executive Officer of NIOC Colorado, the Cryptologic Warfare Junior Officer Detailer at Navy Personnel Command, and the Force Cryptologist and Deputy Director for Intelligence for Naval Forces Europe, Naval Forces Africa and U.S SIXTH Fleet. He currently leads the 151 Sailors assigned to NIOC Yokosuka in supporting the U.S. SEVENTH Fleet Forward Deployed Naval Force. Commander Schulz’ record of accomplishments throughout his career epitomizes the highest qualities of an information warfare officer. Although this year’s U.S. Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association convention had to be cancelled due to the current emergency, CDR Schulz will be appropriately recognized for his accomplishments in the very near future.
- I would also like to acknowledge the other candidates this year for their significant leadership contributions to the IW mission.
CDR J. Austin Maxwell, U.S. Pacific Fleet
LCDR Miles J. Bozarth, Navy Information Operations Command Colorado
LCDR Michael Praester, Navy Information Operations Command Yokosuka
LCDR Jason A. Ross, Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station
LCDR Katherine E. Rice, Navy Information Operations Command Texas
LT Nayomie D. Richards, Naval Information Forces
CWO4 James T. Palilla, Navy Information Operations Detachment Groton
CWO2 Timothy B. Duncan, Navy Information Operations Command Colorado
- Special thanks to the officers who provided peer nominations for this years consideration.
- Congratulations and well done! VADM T. J. White, USN, Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. TENTH Fleet.//