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SUBJ/2020 ON-THE-ROOF GANG (OTRG) ANNUAL AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT//
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EMAIL:CHRISTOPHER.WELCH(AT)NAVY.MIL/TEL:240-373-3939//
GENTEXT/PASS TO FLEET CRYPTOLOGIC SUPPORT UNITS/SSES//
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.

  1. Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 OTRG award.
  2. The U.S. Navy OTRG winner is CTTCS(IW/SW/AW) Mayra G. Kohlmann, USN, currently assigned as at Navy Information Operations Command Colorado. Senior Chief Kohlmann’s efforts during her career have clearly demonstrated initiative, resourcefulness, and dedication to duty all while building upon the strong foundation of Naval Cryptology. She has amassed an impressive and diverse record during her 21-year career, she is considered a battle-force multiplier who has led in all operational facets while assigned to an aircraft carrier, two guided missile destroyers, two guided missile cruisers, Navy Information Operations Command Norfolk, and Navy Information Operations Command Colorado. In her current role as the Leading Chief Petty Officer for the Navy Integrated Fires Element, she has been at the forefront of a nascent capability that will deliver increased lethality to naval forces and ensure the U.S. Navy’s dominance in the maritime domain.
  3. The U.S. Marine Corps OTRG winner is MSgt Ariel C. Siegler, USMC,
    currently assigned to the 81 National Mission Team, Marine Corps Cyberspace Warfare Group. Throughout his 19-year career in Intelligence Battalions, Marine Corps Support Battalions, Marine Corps Special Operations Command and the U.S. Marine Corps Cyberspace Warfare Group, he 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 supported national,
    operational, and tactical level signals intelligence and cyberspace operations on behalf of national agencies, combatant commanders, and the U.S. Marine Corps, most recently in supporting five distinct lines of efforts to ensure the security of U.S. critical infrastructures and key resources, as well as operations against Tier 1 adversaries during named combatant command operations.
  4. The competition was particularly keen for this year’s nominees and
    congratulations also go to the following nominees:
    CTICM(IW) David J. Phillips, U.S. Navy Information Operations  Detachment Korea
    CTICM(IW/SS) Adam I. Shucard, Navy Information Operations Detachment Kaneohe Bay
    CTRC(IW/AW/NAC) Tyler R. Lesser, U.S. Navy Information Operations Command Yokosuka
    CTR1(IW) Chelsey B. Carel, USS ROSS (DDG 71)
    CTI1(IW) Michael P. Case, Navy Information Operations Command Texas
    CTT1(IW/SW/AW) James J. Fischer, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command
    MSgt Nathan W. Kollenburn, Company A, Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion

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.

  1. Although this year’s U.S. Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association convention had to be cancelled due to the current emergency, Senior Chief Kohlmann and Master Sergeant Siegler will be appropriately recognized for their accomplishments in the very near future.
  2. Congratulations and well done! VADM T. J. White, USN,

Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. TENTH Fleet.//

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